The new year is in full swing and with it comes a new crop of wedding trends.
According to The Knot’s annual wedding trends report, here’s what you’ll be seeing a lot of in 2016.
1. Two-in-One Dresses
When it comes to the dress, brides are always looking to get more bang for their buck. The convertible wedding dress does double-duty, taking you from ceremony chic to reception ready with just the pull of a zipper or push of a button.
Flowers aren’t just for centerpieces and bouquets. Now, fashion-forward brides are opting for painted floral wedding gowns as well as 3-D flower details — both popular trends hot off the bridal runways.
3. Wedding Concierge Pros
In 2016, it’s not uncommon for couples to outsource some or all of their wedding planning tasks. Popular services include bridesmaids for hire, social media concierges and even a trainer for your four-legged ring bearer.
4. Satellite Bars
Sometimes one bar just isn’t enough! Brides and grooms are setting up secondary “satellite” bars at the reception that feature a special cocktail, spirit or wine tasting.
5. Contemporary Choirs
Take the big day entertainment up a notch with a choir performance. The ensemble can serenade guests during the ceremony or dazzle everyone with an a cappella version of your favorite song at the reception.
6. Late-Night Karaoke
For couples who want to keep the party going, karaoke is the way to keep guests entertained well into the night.
7. Sweet Endings
The traditional wedding cake is getting an upgrade in 2016 thanks to a recent trend: video projection mapping. And good news for those of us with a sweet tooth: mini popsicles and donut displays are also gaining popularity.
8. Wow-Worthy Websites
Wedding websites are a dime a dozen in the digital age. But today’s couples are going the extra mile by hiring a web designer to create a beautiful, customized site.
9. Total Personalization
Now more than ever, brides and grooms are using the big day to display their unique tastes and interests — whether it’s by serving Grandma’s special cake for dessert, asking a dear friend to officiate the ceremony or decorating the tables with centerpieces inspired by their favorite movie.
10. 3-D Printing
The popularity of 3-D printing has made its way into the world of weddings. Wondering how you can get on board? Cake toppers and wedding bands are a good place to start.
11. Food-Inspired Floral Elements
Fruits and veggies aren’t just for dinner. Now, couples are using produce to spruce up centerpieces and bouquets in an unexpected way.
12. Stylish Grooms
The bride isn’t the only doing a mid-wedding wardrobe change these days. In 2016, some fashion-forward grooms are changing jackets for the reception, or freshening up their big day look with a different bow tie or pocket square.
13. Locally Sourced Food
Today’s wedding menu goes way beyond the traditional chicken and beef. More couples are making a point to serve guests high-quality, local fare. Think grass-fed beef or wild-caught salmon with a side of veggies from a local farm.
14. Metallic Palettes
Go for the gold! And silver too. There are countless ways to incorporate metallics into the big day, whether it’s foil accents on your invitations, sparkly wedding shoes or gilded trinkets for the tablescape.