» What’s Hot for 2016: Top Wedding Trends

Kim Forrest is one of WeddingWire’s editors. She manages content creation on both WeddingWire and EventWire. Kim has been writing about weddings for nearly a decade, and has been quoted as a weddings expert in the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, and more. 

2015 was a groundbreaking year in weddings—from the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage to the nuptials of such celebs as Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello, and many more. We are looking forward to seeing what’s to come in 2016—and want to share some of our picks for the top wedding trends for the New Year!

GIF Booths

Of course, we all love photo booths at weddings—it’s a fun activity for guests and provides a personalized favor. GIF Booths are an extension of that—creating short moving clips for guests to share on social media.

Flowers and Greenery Hanging from Ceilings and Covering Walls

Floral creations aren’t just for reception tables anymore! We’re seeing floral arrangements in unique places—including hanging from venue ceilings and covering walls to create a memorable photo backdrop (remember the famous photo from Kim and Kanye’s wedding?).

Flowers and Greenery Hanging from Ceilings and Covering Walls

Photo by The Big Affair

High Ballerina Buns

While many brides are still loving the loose, romantic look, we’re also seeing more and more brides wearing their hair in more structured ballerina-inspired updos. We love how this style keeps the hair out of the face all night long!

Doughnuts

Of course, we love any sweet treat, but we think doughnuts will be the dessert of the moment in 2016.

Doughnuts at weddings in 2016

Photo by Joie De Vivre Photography

Expanding Social Media Presence

2015 was the year of the wedding hashtag, with couples asking their guests to use a special hashtag when sharing wedding photos on social media. In 2016, we predict social media expanding even further with couples and guests using Snapchat and Periscope to document the day.

Retro-Inspired Groom’s Looks

This year, we saw the rise of the cobalt blue tuxedo. We think that in 2016, grooms will think outside the box even more by wearing attire in shades like burgundy or plum.

Textured Buttercream Frosting

We’ll be seeing a lot of white wedding cakes in 2016—but what makes these cakes unique are how bakers are creating interesting patterns and textures with buttercream.

Textured buttercream frosting at weddings in 2016

Photo by Amber Hatley Photography

Copper (yes, again)

We know, we know—we said the same thing last year! But we are still seeing so many weddings with gold or copper palettes that we don’t think this metallic will fade away in the New Year. Expect to see some of Pantone’s Colors of the Year—Rose Quartz and Serenity—mixed in, but we still think copper is king.

Drone Photography and Videography

More and more photographers and videographers are using drones to capture aerial footage of weddings. Look for this to grow even more in the New Year.

Foil-Stamped Invitations

This metallic look stems from the gold/copper trend. It’s a festive and fun style for stationery.

Foil-stamped invitations for weddings in 2016

Photo by Megan Clouse Photography

Indie First Dance Songs

“All of Me” by John Legend and “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran were tops in 2015, but we think couples will eschew Top 40 hits for more indie tunes this year. Check out what DJs from around the country chose as their top picks here»

Eucalyptus

Wedding bouquets are still going heavy on the greenery—specifically beautiful seeded eucalyptus.

Eucalyptus bouquets for weddings in 2016

From left: Photo by Kismet Visuals & Co. Photography & Design; Photo by Vitalic Photo

Cocktail-Appetizer Pairings

Tacos and tequila, hot dogs and beer—providing sips and bites together create a unique culinary experience for cocktail hour.

Dresses with Removable Skirts

A look inspired by Sofia Vergara’s Zuhair Murad wedding gown, which paired a grand overskirt with a more form-fitting silhouette underneath.

Dresses with removable skirts for weddings in 2016

Dress by Sottero & Midgley

Illusion Bodices

Sheer bodices adorned with lace or beading were all over the Bridal Market runways and we expect to see these on brides in 2016. Check out more wedding dress trends here »

Bridesmaids in Separates

We’ve been seeing more and more bridal parties clad in tops and skirts rather than dresses. It’s a modern look that allows for even more creativity and versatility.

The Word “LOVE”

Sure, it’s pretty literal—but couples love to creatively feature their word “love” at their weddings. From signage to marquee lights and more, we have to admit, we love “love” too!

The word "LOVE" for weddings in 2016

Photo by Laura Ivanova Photography

Honeymoons in Hawaii, Thailand and South America

We asked wedding travel experts to share their picks for the top honeymoon destinations for the New Year—and they all sound pretty dreamy.

Our 2016 WinterBook is chock full of even more wedding trends—be sure to check it out in January! And Happy New Year from the WeddingWire Editorial Team!