Top Wedding Theme Trends 2016

Over the years brides have tried to recreate their own version of a royal or celebrity wedding. More recently theme ideas are taken straight off a Pinterest board. However in 2016 brides are focussed on creating their wedding in a way that showcases who they are. So here is some of the top wedding theme trends in 2016 to look out for, and some suggestions of how to incorporate the different ideas into your own design.

Wedding Themes

Perfect wedding themes are too boring! Weddings themes are designed with a sense of warmth and familiarity, like if you open your home to guests, and include the couple’s personal spin on romance and fun. Buzz words used to describe this style of theme are things like “unbuttoned elegance” and “perfectly imperfect”.

Top Wedding Trends in 2016 is Mix and Match Themes

Wedding ceremonies will be less formal, and instead blend glamour and ease for an elevated wedding experience, as well as have activities that provide guests with some unexpected entertainment. Use dynamic designs that mix and match different styles to create a wedding that is unexpected, bold and completely gorgeous. Gone are the days when a couple had to choose just one style for their wedding day. In 2016 it’s time to mix up themes like rustic chic, backyard, vintage, romance, high drama, or boho – but of course with a touch of glam.

Top Wedding Trends in 2016 is a Perfectly Unbuttoned theme

Wedding Dresses

In 2016 you will see brides opt for more modern and chic looks. Look out for non-traditional stunning two piece separates outfits, or a one piece dress but with a removable skirt for the bride to change her look during the wedding reception. Wedding gown designs will elegantly cover the bride’s shoulders and/or arms for a gorgeous romantic look, or, and sometimes instead will have part or all of the back of the gown cut out.

Top Wedding Trends in 2016 for Wedding Gowns

Bridesmaids dresses need not be the same in colour and style and designs can be mix and matched to flatter different body types. Another option, look at two piece or separates designs for your bridesmaids to wear. This will increase the number of times the outfit is worn after the wedding.

Top Wedding Trends in 2016 for Bridemaids Dresses

Floral Designs

Think just picked! In 2016 floral arrangements that are becoming popular feature whatever is in season and/or whatever is available locally, or even in the garden. Bride’s are going for floral designs which are less structured, unfussy but instead wildly romantic and very elegant.

Top Wedding Trends 2016 Loose Florals

Centrepiece designs should be loose and more natural arrangements and stay under eye level. Reception tables don’t need to all look the same. So why not mix up your centrepieces by using vases of different sizes and shapes. Think outside of just flowers for centrepieces and incorporate organic elements like feathers, agate, and plenty of native greenery.

Top Wedding Trends in 2016 is Natural Floral Centrepieces

Wedding Theme Colours

Rose gold and copper will be the metallics of choice in 2016. Metallics can be incorporated everywhere in elements such as invitations, linens, vases, tableware, bouquet ribbons, lanterns, and jewellery.

Top Wedding Trends in 2016 is Rose Gold Metallics

Weddings will always have a special spot for beautiful blush and this won’t change any time soon. In 2016 more and more brides are incorporating rich, warm and more vibrant colors and jewel tones into their wedding theme elements. Choose colours from deep reds, maroons and pinks to dark greens and blues as these colors will definitely amp up the elegance.

Top Wedding Trends 2016 Vibrant Colours

Photography Shots

Couples today want more than just posed photographs to capture their big day. To really tell the story request that your photographer take “action shots”. Think about shots like doors slowly opening before a bride walks down the aisle, or mum or dad wiping their tears, or (if the photographer has a drone – watch out for this new trend!) an aerial shot of the dance floor.

Top Wedding Trend in 2016 is Drone Photography

Brides look absolutely beautiful on their wedding day, often thanks to an enormous amount of hard work and effort. So it’s not surprising that brides want to capitalise on that by choosing to do a Boudoir session. No need to book a separate photo shoot, brides can have their mini-boudoir session as she gets ready on her wedding day. This new trend is a fun way to surprise your new husband with a little something sexy.

Top Wedding Trends in 2016 is Budoir Photography


Be bold. When it comes to lighting in 2016 it’s important to make a statement to really create the right ambiance.

Top Wedding Trends in 2016 is Bold Lighting

Try mix and match chandeliers (modern and vintage); or fill your reception venue with an abundance of candles or lanterns; or use pendant lights with bare “Edison” bulbs. Whatever you choose make this a priority and select the right lighting in order to create a stunning setting to wow your guests. Lighting really does make a huge difference to your wedding!

Top Wedding Trends in 2016 is Lighting using Candles


Your wedding ceremony is no different and should also be a reflection of you as a couple. So if you are planning your wedding in 2016 and would like to talk about the best way to personalise your wedding ceremony get in contact and we can have a chat. I would love to hear from you!

Happy New Year!
Glenys xx

PS. Check out Wedding Tips for lots of other top wedding theme trends, suggestions and recommendations to help you plan for your big day.

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