The Hottest New Wedding Trends for 2016 & 2017
Each wedding season it seems as though a plethora of bridal trends make their way off the runways and magazines and into the aisles and receptions of millions of brides and brides to be. If you’re getting married this year, or have recently become engaged (which, by the way, congratulations!) chances are, you’ve already started visualizing and planning your big day. When it comes to wedding trends, however, there’s a fine line between staying true to your own vision and creating a personal experience, and planning your big day with what’s popular among modern brides. Luckily, poufy sleeves and big hair aren’t currently trending, but there may still be some exciting trends on the list that might surprise you! We recently had the pleasure of attending the Wedding Market Live NYC Event at The National Arts Club on April 19 with Sylvia Weinstock from Sylvia Weinstock Cakes, Darcy Miller, the editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings, Justin Delancey, CEO of Menguin, Inc., and Sandy Hammer from AllSeated, where we were a part of a weddings, fashion and tech discussion. It was a fantastic afternoon and we couldn’t wait to share what we learned with you. From crafted cocktails to naked wedding cakes, here are some of the season's most popular wedding trends.
Brides and grooms are putting the “me” in menu with the return of family-style eating. Instead of traditional, formal sit-down dinners, brides-to-be are opting for more of a personal and relaxed atmosphere for their guests. As an alternative for smaller, round tables, brides are choosing long tables to ignite a feeling of nostalgia and casual, intimate elegance.
A traditional wedding cake is typically frosted with white icing, but this trend is getting a serious “make under,”—made with no icing at all! More and more brides are choosing to serve “naked cakes,” or layered cakes with minimum (or no) amounts of frosting—only used when sticking layers together or adding a decorative or rustic touch. Most brides opt to decorate their naked cakes with fruity or flowery touches, as well as funkier elements, like succulents or herbs.
No wedding cake? No problem? This sweet new trend is taking a serious bite out of the wedding industry— and for good reason. While it’s safe to assume fresh donuts have always been a crowd favorite, donuts have become the newest (and chicest) wedding trend of the year because of their size and look. Not only are donuts a fun alternative to a traditional cake because of the array of flavors and colors brides can choose from, but they’re also less expensive and easy to bake. With elegant flavor options such as vanilla-lavender, earl grey and blueberry, donuts are playful and sophisticated trend we’re very supportive of. (Plus, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love donuts?!)
The craft cocktail movement has moved full speed ahead as an alternative to the typical “signature drinks” served at wedding receptions. Not exactly sure what this wedding buzzword means? Essentially, craft cocktails are libations where every element is tailored specifically to the drink. From the syrups, bitters, ice cubes, garnish and glass, brides are opting for more of a whimsical or rustic bar menu as supposed to traditional spirits.
Some of the more surprising trends we discussed at the Wedding Market Live event is that many brides are now forgoing their bridal bouquet completely in favor of holding their parents hands while walking down the aisle. During the panel discussion, David Stark of David Stark Design and Production, mentioned how more and more brides are choosing to walk down the aisle with their mother and father, and how interesting it is to see this tradition change with modern brides. While this trend may not be sweeping the nation anytime soon, ( à la donuts), the thought behind it is meaningful.
Sylvia Weinstock added that some ongoing trends are destination weddings, but, across the board, more brides are opting for smaller, more intimate weddings that are cost efficient and which offer a more personal celebration. (More time for the bride and groom to spend with their guests!)
Ultimately, one thing was clear throughout the discussion and variety of topics presented: whether or not you decide to follow a trend is entirely your decision; as a wedding should be a personal experience for the bride and groom and serve as a reflection for their own style, aesthetic and interests. David’s recommendation for brides-to-be is to think about what you like and pick one or two elements of a trend that cater to your personal style.
For example, breakfast foods are an up and coming wedding trend many couples are choosing to serve to their guests. But just because waffles are whimsical doesn’t mean you should serve them. Love breakfast? Perfect!—A make your own waffle bar could be the answer to your brunch wedding bunch. But, if not, don’t do it! Stick to what you love and your wedding will truly feel like your own. (But hey, donuts are never a bad choice)