Getting hitched in 2016 – This year’s wedding trends

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Wedding trends come and go, and brides are always finding new ways to make their big days stand out.

This year’s predicted trends see old traditions replaced with more modern alternatives, explosions of colour and rustic themes. Here are this year’s biggest wedding trends for couples planning their 2016 nutptuals.


Mismatched bridesmaids. Gone are the days of forcing your best girlfriends into identical dresses that may only suit one or two of the group. Mismatched bridesmaid looks are in – whether you opt for the same colour but different dress styles, allocate each bridesmaid a different colour or use one or two accent colours from your overall theme, there are no hard and fast rules in what your favourite girls should wear on your big day.


Cake alternatives. Don’t fancy a classic three-tier fruit cake and royal icing? Fine! Couples are swapping out traditional cakes for sponge cakes, cupcakes or even cheese towers to offer guests different desserts. ‘Bake-off’ style tables where guests bring along a dessert or cake for everyone to enjoy are also becoming popular, making special days even sweeter.


Soft palettes. The soft, flowing styles on the spring bridal runways are being paired with soft colour palettes to give weddings a whimsical, romantic feel. Pastels, blushes of pink and subtle greens and blues are this years go-to colours for romantic receptions, teamed with floral decorations in the same hues for a fairytale setting.


Bold colours and metallics.  But for those who like a splash of colour, bolder shades can make wedding parties pop. From bright bridesmaids to rich colours in flowers, table decorations and stationary, colour can give weddings a modern look – with metallics such as silver, gold and rose gold also popular for a striking wedding style.


Brunch weddings. Some couples are replacing the traditional wedding breakfast with a fun wedding brunch instead, often finding a more informal meal can save money. Food stations and pop-up bars are transforming buffet food from dull to delicious, with barbecues, hog roasts and other alternatives bringing fresh flavours to modern weddings.


Woodland themes. Woodland weddings were on the rise in 2015 and will be revisited this year by couples looking for more natural settings for their wedding. Woodland ceremonies, receptions in beautiful barns and gardens and rustic decorations are expected to be big this summer, with brides opting for a dreamy, boho look to match the theme. Flower crowns, cascade bouquets and soft colour schemes are expected to give woodland weddings a magical, Midsummer Night’s Dream feel.