10 Wedding Trends for 2016
After having catered, coordinated and hosted several hundred weddings in 2015, we were very excited to have a new year on the horizon. A New Year brings new hope for accomplishing goals and inspiring change and, for those of us in the wedding industry, new trends! Here are just some of the trends we are noticing for 2016. Are you incorporating any of these trends into your 2016 (or 2017) wedding plans?
- Metallic Decor – Silvers, Golds, Sparkles, and Foils can add a pop of glitz and glamour to any reception. Using subtle touches on your invitation, accessories, or table settings can keep this trend classy and under control.
- Hometown “Destination” Wedding – Incorporating elements of your favorite vacation spots into your wedding dishes, venue choice, or décor can work as an accessible alternative to a true destination wedding.
- His and Hers Cocktails – This options allows the bride and groom to show off their personalities and gives guests a feeling of intimacy with the couple during the event.
- Creative Seating Plans – An alternative to traditional round table seating, some couples are opting towards very long, rectangles or a mix of long, small, round or cocktail tables. They can help a reception feel less like a conference and more like a party.
- Naked Cakes – Scrap all the fondant and cut some of that icing. Add fresh flowers or sweet berries for a cake that’s beautiful, unique, and less of a sugar rush.
- Rose Quartz and Serenity – Pantone’s Color(s) of the year offer a soft mix of warm and cool tones to add a sweet, whimsical tone to any event.
- Drink and Snack Pairs – You know what they say, “Good things come in pairs!” Serving hors d’oeuvres or small plate samples with a matching beverage is tasty and adorable when made mini! Try our Mac ‘n Cheese Martini Bar paired with a Mt. Carmel Blonde Ale, our Chipotle Grilled Shrimp with mini Bloody Mary’s or Margaritas with Chicken Quesadillas!
- Modified Menus for Dietary Restrictions – As society becomes more health conscious, many couples opt to offer vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free options to their menus. These dishes can taste just as good, if not better than more traditional ingredients. Try our grilled asparagus with lemon zest, a hearty vegetarian pasta salad or quinoa salad, as well as our vegetarian entrees.
- Inviting Outdoors Venues – Enjoy the beauty of nature by holding your reception at a park with lots of green space. Check out Ault Park, Alms Park and Friendship Park in Cincinnati.
- Mismatched Center Pieces – Stand out and really show your creative side by providing a variety of centerpieces at guests tables. Think beyond matchy-matchy floral displays and chose some unique pieces that relate to your overall theme or interests as a couple!