Event Planning, Weddings

2016 Wedding Trends

February 26, 2016

Happy National Wedding Month! Besides the cold weather, it’s the best month of the year right? With that being said, even though it’s off season, February is a busy month for wedding planners! We are constantly researching the newest and best ideas and it’s going to be a great year for weddings. As brides and grooms plan for their 2016 and 2017 weddings, there are new ideas, trends, and color schemes that will be taking over bride-to-be Instagram feeds. Thanks to our friends at POPSUGAR here are 14 Ways Weddings Will Be Different in 2016. We’ve come up with a few categories ourselves that we feel are the most important for our Berks County brides to be up to date about:

The Dress: You know we’re all about that dress; bout that dress! This season’s dress is all about lace and plunging necklines but with a modern twist, meeting that happy medium between fashion forward and traditional. “For at least the last two to three years, brides have been looking for wedding gowns with lace, and many want some sort of sleeve or strap.  The illusion neck and low illusion back are added features of many of these lace gowns.  A bride can certainly find these details on any gown, but it seems that the fitted styles have been the most popular in recent seasons. And while it doesn’t seem as though this vintage look is going to go away anytime soon, I have a feeling that the ball gown, with all its beaded glory, is beginning to make a comeback. Brides aren’t quite saying “the bigger the better” just yet, but I definitely see a shift away from the smooth lines of the mermaid and trumpet to the full skirt. Although you’ll see the bird-cage veil going down the runways in London and New York, the truth is here in Berks County, most brides still wear a traditional veil. Some brides want a blusher on their veil but most brides don’t use one.” stated one of our local vendors, Elizabeth Kemp from Sweetheart’s Bridal and Formalwear. Follow them on Facebook to stay up to date on trends!

The Dress

Courtesy of Sweetheart’s Bridal and Formalwear

The Dress 2

Courtesy of M.I.O Photography

















Décor: Recent years have seen brides rush to recreate their version of a royal wedding or something straight off a Pinterest board. But as we greet 2016, it’s clear that brides are much more interested in going down the aisle their own way. Brides are caring more about their guests having a good time than having a picture perfect wedding. Floral arrangements can be tricky with some brides overdoing it while others just don’t have enough. The right mix of style and simplicity will be the cornerstone of fabulous wedding floral arrangements in 2016. Having candles in just about every aspect of the wedding, including the ceremony, is also becoming a popular trend.


Katie & Corey’s Winter Wonderland at the Green Valley Chateau


Marci & Tim’s jewel-toned wedding at the Green Valley Chateau






















The Photography Report: A picture really is worth a thousand words.  Creating a wedding #hashtag for guests to use to upload photos to Instagram and Twitter can help you experience your wedding through their eyes. Apps, like Artifact Uprising, are also allowing smartphone users to then upload those photos from Instagram and create actual printed hardcover books (not to mention calendars and postcards) of their instant artworks. If you want a view of your wedding from every angle imaginable then try this trend: Some photographers are getting in on the action by using drones to capture aerial shots, like the view of your ceremony from overhead and the amazing scenery. Check out the aerial view of our venue, the Green Valley Chateau and Tent. 

The Cake: We almost feel guilty slicing into the cake because they just look too pretty to eat but that won’t stop us! No doubt couples have a more sophisticated palate these days; a vanilla cake just won’t cut it anymore. A “naked” cake is another interesting and upcoming trend. Sure, there aren’t any fondant decals or buttercream ruffles, but you’ll be surprised just how many style options you have to choose from when it comes to this beautiful bare cake trend. Dessert bars are very much in style as well. It is very trendy to include multiple cakes to accommodate your guests that request vegan, gluten-free and sugar free options. Even whoopie pies are very much in vogue as well as an assortment of cookies, bars, and other favorite desserts.

Cake 2

A whoopie pic cake at Sara and David’s wedding at Reading Art Works


A naked cake from Christine & Dylan’s wedding at Reading Art Works

















We realize that staying on top of these trends can be a full time job and the possibilities are endless. This is where having an event planner can come in handy. We stress so that you don’t have to!

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