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Event Lighting: What to Look for in 2016

As a new year unfolds before us, up and coming trends are a hot topic for conversation. What styles will we see down the aisle this year? What colors are making an appearance? What kind of things are couples craving? The answers to these questions come from all over – from the fashion industry to home décor catalogs, trends often start elsewhere before crossing industry lines and making their way to the wedding scene. As for 2016, let’s look at a few things to keep an eye on this year.

High Strung Bulbs

Whether it’s strewn through the trees onsite or intricately woven throughout a tent, LED bistro lights are hot commodities for couples in 2016. String lights are so versatile that couples are able to tap into their creativity with them – from choosing strands in different colors to coiling LEDs into a pretty vessel for centerpieces, the sky is the limit when it comes to crafting your wedding lights.

Eco-friendly Resources

While “going green” isn’t necessarily a “trend,” it can certainly encompass all aspects of planning and designing a wedding, including event lighting. Engaged couples are increasingly looking to minimize their environmental footprint as they plan their big day by seeking solutions to have their dream wedding without unnecessary waste. LED candles and string lights are an energy-efficient choice for those who want to add a shining touch to their event space, while still maintaining a budget. For those who just have to have the warmth of flickering candlelight (and who could blame them?), consider opting for soy or beeswax candles, which are made of renewable sources.

Heavy Metal

Metallic hues make for some stunning accents and you’ll surely be seeing them in this year’s weddings. The thing about metallic colors is that they can be mixed into nearly any color palette for a simply breathtaking look – couples are taking advantage of this and incorporating shiny touches throughout their weddings. From chandeliers to votive cups to candelabras, be prepared for silvers, golds, and coppers to be popping up all over the place.

Stick to the Classics

Believe it or not, many of the trends of 2016 won’t be new to the scene – a lot of the hottest styles were making appearances in 2015 and continue to make waves in the wedding industry. Chandeliers, LED bistro lights, Edison bulbs, and clusters of candles at various heights are all favorite looks for weddings and will continue to shine – but when something is truly remarkable, will it ever go out of style?

It’s crucial for wedding professionals to stay up-to-date with trends as the chances are that your clients will be on top of what’s in and what’s out. From Pinterest to Pantone and everything in between, be sure to keep an eye out on what you’re seeing and what couples are requesting!


Audrey Isaac is the spokesperson for, an online market that pairs high quality candles with unmatched customer service. From weddings and birthdays to holiday parties and fundraisers has enjoyed celebrating life’s biggest moments along with their customers since 2002.


Audrey Isaac

Audrey Isaac is the spokesperson of 100 Candles, a wholesale market for candles and lights. Since 2002, thousands of wedding and event professionals have entrusted 100 Candles with their wholesale candle accounts. For more information, please visit