2016 Weddings Are Simply, Naturally Beautiful


by Patti Dechter, AddAPearl.com 

It’s always exciting to see which bridal gown and wedding décor trends emerge each year, and this year we have a real treat: natural elements are trending for 2016 weddings. And it turns out that leveraging the simple romance of nature’s bounty can create truly breathtaking weddings.


Wood and whimsy


Marrying the love of your life in the great outdoors is no longer the only way to surround yourself with all that’s natural. Many couples and wedding design planners are opting to incorporate the strength and beauty of wood into interior design and décor for their wedding vows or reception venues.


Arches have always been popular for weddings. 2016 will see couples exchanging rings under archways of rustic wood, woven branches or even driftwood. Wood embellishments add a charming ambience to the wedding reception as well. Signage, place card holders, guest books, and of course centerpieces with a woodland feeling are simple and elegant.


Miniature Antler Card Holder



Nature’s palette


Each year has hot colors for weddings and in 2016 we’ll see many more neutral tones that underscore the wonderful tints and tones we find in nature. This year bridal couples are opting to work with earth tones of sophisticated grey, black, soft brown, crisp white, and soft metal.


Neutral tones don’t mean that wedding venues or receptions will be devoid of drama; natural colors can be very striking in their simplicity. Consider the soft elegance of a wooden chair draped in dove grey, accented by white ribbon and a bit of greenery.


Greenery and floral


Tapered Wicker Basket


This year the trend toward sustainable catering is mirrored in the all-natural approach to flowers. Cascading bouquets of locally sourced flowers and decorations of vines, blooms, and boughs are found at outdoor weddings and indoor venues alike.


Thinking outside of lace and tulle, many brides will wear floral crowns rather than veils in 2016. Floral centerpieces are stunning when artfully arranged with natural elements such as cork, stone, or wood. Copper, soft silver and pearls are also popular choices that elevate a rustic look to something effortlessly elegant.


Adventurous rustic wedding locales


In 2016 the trend to outdoor and adventure weddings continues with increasingly popular al fresco settings for the marriage ceremony, reception, and photography.


Nature-loving brides are going beyond beaches or farm fields, which are always a beautiful choice, to host their weddings in national parks, campgrounds, and underneath forest canopies. There is something very picturesque about beautifully set reception tables that seem to spring up in the wilderness.


It’s sometimes the small details that are the most memorable, like fairy lights spread through the branches of a towering tree, petals dusted over a vintage worn table, or simple wood chips and soft baby’s breath to line the walkway where the happy couple will tread. Brides who keep their eyes on the details are sure to have an incredible wedding.


And as for the bride, it’s no surprise that the top 2016 bridal trends complement and incorporate the beauty of pearls for the Big Day. Pearls have been a favorite of brides for centuries, and it’s not hard to see why.  A classic strand of pearls–yours or your mother’s–will compliment any wedding. Given as a gift, pearls are a beautiful, natural reminder of your special day that last for years to come.