Hottest Wedding Trends for 2016

New year, new creative ideas for your dream wedding! Everything from colors to decorations to favors we’ve got you covered for the hottest wedding trends of 2016!


2016 is the year of daring pastels that go perfectly with the landscape of your outdoor wedding. Mix them between bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen suits, flowers, and even your wedding cake! Below are the top 3 colors from Elegant Wedding Invites for the 2016 year.



Blue is one of the most calming of all colors, reminding you of the peaceful sky and ocean. This light shade of blue will make your guests feel at ease while helping you celebrate your big day. Pair with more natural pastels such as pale yellow and peach to enhance the colorful, but not overwhelming, effect.


Centerpiece-Aaron Delesie Photographer via Fab Mood/Bridesmaid-Sylvie

Gil Photography via SMP/Cake-Anneli Marinovich via B Loved Blog/

Limpet Shell


More a shade of aqua than any other color, limpet shell is perfect for brightening up any spring wedding. Giving a “fresh” and “crisp” look and feel to your wedding ensemble and décor, this color is sure to make a pop for 2016. Pair with cream and pale coral to give that “something blue” a little something extra!

Limpet Shell

Cake-Hunter Ryan Photo via Artfully Wed/Bridesmaids-Whitney

Krutzfeldt via SMP/Shoes-Love & Light Photographs via SMP/

Lilac Gray


Neutral doesn’t have to mean boring! Especially not this elegant shade with a hint of purple. Lilac gray is one of the edgiest colors of 2016 to incorporate into your wedding, giving a more mystical feel. To enhance this enchanting color try pairing it with mossy greens and pale lavender, keeping with the natural outdoor color scheme of your outdoor wedding!

Lilac Gray

All -Photogen Inc. Via SMP

Photos as Favors

The key to giving out a great wedding favor is to make it something your guests will either actually use or cherish. For 2016, Wedding Shoppe Inc. has determined the ideal photographic favors for your guests that will always help them remember celebrating your special day.

Moving Pictures

Weddings are getting more of a technology upgrade than ever this year! Especially through these memorable photo flip books from Turn any 10-30 second video into a memory your guests can keep in the palm of their hand.


Martha Stewart Weddings

Selfie Stations

Pictures are a great keepsake in general, but who can resist taking a silly group picture with a bunch of wacky props? Have an on-the-spot printer available and your guests can happily walk away with their personal memories of your big day.


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2016 is the year of giant photographic signs and props. What better way to take advantage of this trend than through your wedding? Below are some fun ideas from Deer Pearl Flowers for incorporating massive letters into your decoration mix.


Standard latex balloons are a thing of the past. This year large foil balloons are a great way to make a statement, of which many can match your color scheme easily. They are also a fun way to mix up the rest of your decorations as well!


Deer Pearl Flowers

Upright Signage

If balloons aren’t necessarily your thing, consider a sturdier option of giant block letters. To make even more of a statement, add lights for a more glamorous effect!

Block Letters

Deer Pearl Flowers

We love these creative ideas for 2016! Remember, your wedding day is all about you and what reflects your personality  – be expressive and have fun with it!

Making the most of bridal shows

Bridal shows are so very exciting! Nothing like putting a bunch of people who work with brides in a big room together to get everyone excited about what they offer (and there are free samples!). But bridal shows can be BIG, overwhelming and exhausting and it’s possible to go home with a full tummy but not closer to fulfilling your needs.

You need a plan!

Here are some ideas on how to make the most of bridal shows:

  • Plan ahead.
    Have a look at the list of wedding vendors who are going to be at the show. Which ones do you really need to see and talk to? And if there are some ‘must haves’ for you then be sure to ask them if they offer what you are looking for. If they don’t, then cross them off the list and don’t spend a lot of time with them. You may also want to start with the vendor at the furthest point from the entrance and work backwards. Everyone else will be working the room the other way.
  • Have your information ready.
    If you are going to give your information out to vendors, you can print out some fun ‘business cards’ with your information on them. If you have a wedding logo, put that on there. You can have inexpensive ones done online at Vistaprint or even do your own in a Word Document and print them out on perforated Avery business card pages.
    Alternatively, you can just go around and collect the vendor’s information and not hand out yours – but you are likely going to want to enter to win a few things!
  • Who’s going with?
    It’s tempting to bring the whole gang to the show – all the Moms (and Dads) may want to see all the exciting options offered by the different wedding vendors. If they do all want to go be sure to set some expectations ahead of time. Let them know that you are going there to see and talk to specific vendors and if they’d like to come along, great, but if they want to wander then plan to meet at a specific place at a specific time. You can even send them to a few vendors if you like and have them gather information for you.Alternatively, just bring your Mom or your best friend – you’ll get through the day quicker.
  • Use your smart phone.
    If you really love a particular flower arrangement or a dress or table decoration you see, take a picture of it. You’ll be happy to have it to reference if you choose to go with them or if you decide to do something similar.

Wedding events can be challenging but also very informative and lots of fun – as long as you do some preplanning. Good luck!


**And be sure to come see us February 14th, 2016 at the Richmond Convention Center for the Richmond Wedding Experience or on January 31st at the Richmond Wedding Expo at the Altria Theatre **