What’s trending in food, fashion, beauty, and decor for 2016 nuptials from Toast the Trends, a collaboration among Chicago wedding pros and The Four Seasons.
INs and OUTs:
Bridal gowns and bridesmaids’ dresses
IN: Unconventional bridal gowns; Sleeves (long ones, short ones, capped ones)
OUT: Cookie-cutter bridesmaids’ dresses (bridesmaids everywhere are rejoicing!). Expect to see more bridesmaids choosing their own dress in a cohesive color palette.
Hair & Make-Up
IN: Vintage-inspired style including ‘70s bohemian brides with well-placed braids.
OUT: Braiding for the sake of braiding (if you’re not a boho bride, don’t force the trend just because it’s trendy).
Food & Spirits
IN: Miniature everything, especially desserts; brides and grooms’ cocktails; great craft beer menus; Sentimental eats e.g. anything the bride and groom have enjoyed in their time together so if they’re diehard tailgaters, serving sliders and craft beer at the afterparty.
OUT: Food that doesn’t match the theme; Standard drink lists – the liquor component of a wedding is extremely important (see above).
Ceremony & Reception
IN: Romantic decor such as chandeliers, candlelight, and flowers, flowers, flowers; Sharing a personal story of their first date, or the proposal, in the program or on the wedding website; Afterparties – the perfect time to shift into an adults-only nightcap, definitely the time to be more casual serving snacks such as mini pizzas or sandwiches, and plenty of craft beers.
OUT: Receiving line – it’s a formality that stops the momentum of the event; Long toasts!!!
Thanks to Groupon (!) for a great summary, link to full article here.