The new year is a great opportunity to examine trends for the upcoming wedding season. I put together this list based on my observations over the past year, common requests from brides and discussion with other planners. Check out what's big in the wedding world in 2016!

 Colour(s) of the year

-Every year Pantone releases their colour of the year which is reflected in fashion, home and event design trends for the next 12 months. This year Pantone changed things up and announced not one but two colours for 2016 - rose quartz (blush) and serenity (light blue). We’ve seen a lot of pink in weddings for a few seasons now, but the inclusion of blue provides an interesting contrast.

-Metallics continue to be popular all over the wedding spectrum in sparkly table cloths, votives and vases, chairs and even apparel. I've got my décor plans full of gold for a lot of my weddings this year and I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

 Floor Plans and Seating

-Fewer brides are including round tables on their wedding floor plan, opting instead for long rows of harvest tables that can make a 300 person wedding feel like an intimate gathering.

-Dedicated lounge areas are gaining momentum which offer guests a chance to mingle and relax in between dance sets. 

Photo and Video

-More and more of my brides and grooms are requesting action shots in their photo wish lists such as a father seeing his daughter for the first time or a hug between the groom and a member of his wedding party. Couples want their photos to go beyond portraits and tell their wedding story.

-Wedding hashtags continue to be popular and they are a great way to collect candid shots from your guests.  There are photo companies that set up web stations for guests to view and share photo booth photos instantly using email, sms, facebook and twitter (check out adessophotobooth.com).  It's also popular for couples to DIY their own selfie station with a décor backdrop (often re purposed from the ceremony), a selfie stick and posting instructions.

Flowers (or anything but)

-Greenery like ferns and leaves are becoming the focal point of wedding décor. It’s also popular to use lanterns, candelabras or bird cages to eliminate floral centerpieces all together.

-For brides who seek out the talents of reputable florists (and their florals), I'm seeing lots of proposals for mixed and matched centerpieces.  In terms of style, many brides now opt for a rather ‘wild’ or ‘just picked from the garden’ floral look with little structure and lots of variation. Flower crowns remain a big floral statement for all members of the bridal party.

 Other Observations

-Anything custom. Couples are looking for weddings to be completely theirs whether it be specific types of entertainment featured at different points during the wedding or incorporating elements from a favorite city or a favorite sports team, (I'm working with a couple on some baseball ideas for their summer wedding right now)!

-Brides men & Grooms ladies. Bridal parties are increasingly breaking with gender tradition and it's getting more and more common to see men stand on the brides side (brother, friend etc) and women close to the groom stand up on their side.

-First Looks. A lot of my couples are taking the opportunity to see each other prior to the ceremony. It's a great chance to spend some time together privately and take in some special pre wedding moments and photos.

-Feature Bars: beyond signature drinks, my couples are looking for craft beer stations, sparkling wine stations and interactive cocktail bars that let you muddle your own mojito or add splash of fresh juice to your own concoction.

 Cheers to a year of gorgeous (and trendy) weddings!