Here come the 2016 wedding trends

Here come the 2016 wedding trends Images

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

We love weddings at Pacific Palms Resort and our wedding coordinators can’t stop talking about these 2016 trends! Whether our brides prefer a classic ceremony and reception or if they prefer something completely one of a kind, we think we’ll be seeing a few of these trends and ideas make some appearances as we craft the wedding of their dreams. Maybe these tips will provide some inspiration for your upcoming nuptials, perhaps a Los Angeles wedding?

2016 wedding trends:

  • GoPros galore: This trend is especially popular with destination weddings as the cameras can catch pre-wedding activities or fun excursions as well as moments from the big day. We have a feeling we’ll see a lot more selfie sticks this year as well.
  • Highlight reels: Want to relive the best moments of your big day or share a video with friends and family that couldn’t be by your side? Highlight reels, like this one from Robles Video Productions, are growing in popularity and some videographers can even have a teaser trailer ready for you a day or two after the wedding.
  • Dancing down the aisle: Last year, we watched the trend of dancing as a grand entrance to the reception but this year it seems to be making its way back to the ceremony, much like the famous 2009 JK wedding entrance dance that quickly dominated YouTube.

  • Mismatched bridesmaids: Not many brides are asking their bridesmaids to wear identical dresses this year as the trend of letting the woman decide the most flattering dress for her is taking over, though brides do often provide suggestions of colors and shoes.

Vesic Photography,

Photo Credit: Vesic Photography,

  • Parade shots: Instead of traditional posed photos of the bridal party and groomsmen, parade shots have a bit more action as they catch the group on the move and in different locations between the ceremony and reception.
  • Desserts versus cake: Another trend that was popping up last year as well and that seems to be holding strong in 2016 is having a dessert table with minis or a variety of sweet treats versus the traditional tiered cake. That’s not to say the bride and groom can’t have their own cake!

Wedding cupcakes

  • Metallic takeover: Brides magazine predicts that rose gold and copper hues are hitting a popularity spike as embellishments for invitations or décor at the wedding such as table skirts or as part of the centerpiece. For our South Asian weddings, we’re expecting gold to be a strong color for lenghas.

Gold lengha,

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  • Wooden accents: Kate Apsen predicts that for Indian weddings, the rustic look with wooden tables or accents will mix with traditional décor. Another way to add some artistic accents is to use henna-inspired patterns on napkins or place settings.
  • Tokens of good luck: Aspen also sees the trend of incorporating elephant trinkets or figurines during the reception with swapping out candles for these little symbols of good luck and prosperity.


Photo credit: Kate Aspen,

  • Going on the Gram: The past few years have focused on wedding hashtags for the couple to find photos of their special day on social media networks but this year it seems weddings are being planned around “Instagrammable” elements. Whether it’s the venue itself, floral arrangements, food, cute couple moments, or entertainment, guests are looking for extraordinary moments or things to share online.
  • Cocktail hour: Some 2016 influences we’re seeing on the cocktail hour is creating specialty his and hers cocktails for your guests as well as crafting mini hors d’oeuvres. Bridal Guide suggests one-bite tacos with margarita shooters or meatballs with a small glass of Chianti. Another element of the cocktail hour is to have wait service versus a buffet so guests may mingle and enjoy more time together instead of waiting in line.

Appetizers at wedding

We’re looking forward to seeing what our creative brides come up with as they plan their wedding at Pacific Palms Resort!

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