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Wedding Décor Trends: The 2016 Forecast

As wedding season nears, we’re seeing certain trends emerging on the scene and we’re excited to see what’s in store for us in 2016! Let’s take a look at some of the up-and-coming wedding décor styles that you can expect to keep an eye out for:

Rich metallics
Who doesn’t love things that come in shades of gold, copper, and bronze? These precious metals can be used to accent any theme—whether it’s rustic chic or luxury glam. While these have been steadily growing in both the fashion world and the home décor industry, we’re excited to see some of these shiny hues to take center stage at this year’s weddings.

Metallic tea service sits atop a rustic chic table, from 24 Carrots, Irvine, CA

photo: © Linda Arredondo Photography

Gold rimmed dinnerware and goldtone flatware, from Purple Onion Catering, Vienna, VA

Photo: ©

A touch of romance
There’s no question that a wedding should be romantic, but one of the best ways to maximize on the intimate ambiance is to employ event lighting to strike the mood. Soft candlelight paired with elegant chandeliers makes for a warm and welcoming atmosphere that will set the tone for a cozy and friendly celebration. More and more, couples are even mixing aesthetics by bringing in ornate crystal chandeliers and lush drapery to a natural, rustic setting. It adds just the right amount of elegance!

Draped fabric coupled with ornate chandeliers, from Brancato’s Catering, Kansas City, KS

Photo: courtesy Brancato’s Catering

Patterns & prints
Who needs to pick colors when one can pick patterns? Expect to see a lot of prints in this year’s weddings. From plaid to floral to geometric, 2016 celebrations will be bolder than ever. However, some patterns will decline in popularity as they become outdated—think chevron and Moroccan patterns that have been on the scene for several seasons now.

Striped napkins add interest in the tablesetting, from Footers Catering, Denver, CO

Photo: courtesy Footers Catering

Jewel toned love
In addition to metallics, jewel tones are on the rise. While pastels will always have their place in the wedding industry, couples are flocking towards the vibrant shades of their favorite gems—emerald, sapphire, ruby, and amethyst are some of the top choices. In addition to being bold and romantic, jewel tones are also a great fit for any season or setting.

Be it emerald, sapphire, or ruby tones—jewel tones are hot for 2016

Even a jewel-toned bottle adds a special pop of color, from Mazzone Hospitality, Clifton Park, NY


Au natural
Consider the natural movement as an evolution of the rustic theme that’s beginning to fade away. While wood will still be present, other natural textures will join forces to create a stunning effect. Think raw cork, stone, and minerals like agate—together, these bring an earthy feel to any celebration.

With the wedding season around the corner, it’s an exciting time for the industry as a whole. Stay tuned to the trends and be sure to incorporate them into your products and services—your clients will certainly be looking for them!

Kevin Dennis is the owner of Fantasy Sound Event Services, a full-service event company based in Livermore, California. Dennis is the current chapter president for Silicon Valley NACE, and the immediate past national president for WIPA.

Kevin Dennis

Kevin Dennis is the editor of WeddingIQ and the owner of Fantasy Sound Event Services, a full-service event company based in Livermore, California. Dennis is the past president for Silicon Valley NACE, and national vice president for WIPA.