Our Favorite 2016 Wedding Trends

We're not traditionalists, so we relish any opportunity to put a twist on fresh ideas in the wedding industry and customize them to our clients. There are so many new trends this year, but these are the ones that we're most looking forward to in 2016:

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 Photo by   Angga Permana

Photo by  Angga Permana

Weddings are becoming more intimate and relaxed, and we're loving it! Our clients are trading traditional chiavari chairs for chic ghost chairs. This trend is so versatile because it works for many different styles of weddings. We're so into ghost chairs that we're actually adding them to our inventory, and will be offering them as rentals later this year!


 Photo by  Joielala

Photo by Joielala

Macramé is a form of knot tying that gained popularity in the 70s, but it's actually been around thousands of years. This trend is making a comeback in the form of ceremony markers, wall hangings, plant hangers, and table runners. First, we love this look because macramé is the art of knot tying, and you're tying the knot. How's that for symbolism? But we're also really looking forward to doing more boho and minimalist weddings this year, and we think that macramé is a really organic and simple way to decorate.


 Table runner from  All4partytime

Table runner from All4partytime

Our production coordinator, Katie, is OBSESSED with rose gold, and it's not very hard to see why. Rose gold is like the metallic version of blush - warm and soft, and completely gorgeous. The Rose Gold Rush, as we've just decided to call it,  can be see in everything from sequined table runners to engagement rings. We're also really into rose gold globe pendant lights, and we're hoping this trend will take over chandeliers this year.


You know what's really cool? When you go to a wedding and the bride and groom are like "Here's a bunch of candy. Eat as much as you want, in fact take some home." And you're like "What? Is this for real?" And then just tears of joy. That's a real thing that happens more and more thanks to couples who are serving sweets in addition to or in place of a traditional wedding cake. All of the weddings that we did in 2015 had some form of sweets table or candy buffet, and we are more than happy to see this taking off with our clients in the new year. 

The video above is of a candy buffet I set up in December. Videography by Ashton Hendrich


We get bored with blah wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses, and we long for trends that make ladies look like anything other than vanilla cupcakes. That's why we adore floral prints! There's something very daring, fun, and laid back about a bride in a floral print, and those are our kinds of weddings! This trend is definitely takes a sense of adventure, but it's totally worth stepping out to have a wedding gown that is as unique as you are.


 Penelope Wedding Suite by  Megan Wright Design Co .

Penelope Wedding Suite by Megan Wright Design Co.

Blush is not new to the scene this year, in fact, it's a trend that's been popular with our clients for quiet some time. We predict that pastel pinks will keep going strong this year with Pantone naming Rose Quartz one of the colors of the year. We have nothing but good things to say about this pretty color, but we do like to switch it up by balancing it with more masculine hues from time to time.


Again, we're really into the idea of putting a new spin on bridal gowns, and that's why we're big fans of bridal separates. They're elegant, yet slightly more fun and relaxed. Plus, you can mix and match to create the "gown" of your dreams.

Love em' or hate em'? We want to know: what's your favorite 2016 wedding trend? Leave a comment below, and let us know now!

ASK EVENT 29: Under the Sea Bridal Shower Ideas

Hi there!

I'm new to your site and I was wondering if you had (or will have) any tips or advice about an Under the Sea/Mermaid themed bridal shower. I am the Maid of Honor for my sister's wedding and she loves The Little Mermaid and our beach house. So naturally, that's the theme for the party. My goal is to try to do a more elegant version of this theme....I don't want it to look kiddie or cheesy. 

Also, I'm having a hard time deciding on a menu for the party. I am a recent college grad and I want to give my sister a nice party, but I don't want it to get out of hand. Is it ok to have all desserts at the party, or would you recommend a simple brunch or appetizer menu?

Thank you!!


Gabrielle Green of Event 29 explains how to create an Under the Sea bridal shower that doesn't look like a children's party.

Hi Kate, 

Welcome to our site, and thanks for your question! First of all, I love The Little Mermaid - it's my favorite Disney movie - and I love the idea of making the bridal shower about your sister's favorite things. I see your concern with a theme like this becoming very cheesy or childish. Here's my advice for you:

Don't Be So Literal

To keep your sister's bridal shower from looking like a children's party, avoid literal interpretations like plastering waves, seashells, mermaids, and fish on everything, and instead use those things as inspiration. 


Naturally, cool tones like blues and aquas come to mind when you think of the sea, so use that as a starting point, and then complement those colors with pinks and gold, maybe even throw in a few pops of yellow. 


Drawing on the inspiration of shells and mermaids use pearl accents like the macarons in the mood board that look like oysters. Rather than using actual imagery of mermaids, use teal sequined table runners. They're super fun, and a little classy.

Invitations and Paper Goods

To add a little elegance and whimsy and set the mood for the bridal shower, use a pretty script font surrounded by ornate frames on the invitations. Use the same font and matching frames and flourishes for things like the food labels and place cards.

Final Touches

Fresh flowers are my finishing touch. Save your money, and avoid buying things like streamers and themed plates and napkins - white are just fine, and splurge on fresh flowers. Have a florist arrange centerpieces using the colors in your palette. And finally, for truly magical guest tables, you can't go wrong with gold mercury glass votives on a sequined table runner!


I love the idea of a dessert party, just make sure to indicate that on the invitations so your guests know what to expect!

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MOOD BOARD: The Eclectic Fairytale

I'm actually doing the design and decor for our Production Coordinator, Katie's wedding, and I have to say that I feel very intimidated by the process because 1) I know her and 2) her fiancé, Tim, is actually a very talented industrial designer. I think that's why I created 4 mood boards for them instead of my usual 3. Because I wanted to impress them.

This was the first mood board that I presented them with. It incorporates a lot of the essential elements that are the most important to the couple. It also incorporates orange because they're getting married in a venue that is predominately orange. It sounds awful, but trust me, it's very cool. So rose gold and blush happen to be Katie's two favorite things and when you combine those things the results tend to be very soft and romantic. I kind of like that. But then you also have Tim who mentioned that he likes denim blues and the clean lines of mid-century modern design, so I didn't want to go overly frou-frou and girly with it. That's why I brought in the wood chargers and slate paper goods. They both mentioned that they do not like traditional flowers or floral arrangements at all, and they they wanted to incorporate Bells of Ireland. I love that because again it keeps things from edging into the too soft and feminine category. I thought it would be cool to do a living wall of overgrown greenery just kind of cascading down in beautiful disarray. 

I like this mood board. They didn't pick it, but I liked the one that they picked even more, so I can't wait to execute it and show you the results!

Eclectic Fairytale mood board for a romantic, yet balanced wedding on Event 29.


This is a mixture of clean lines with free flowing organic shapes, feminine blush tones with rugged denim blues.


pretty, whimsical, free flowing, organic, relaxed, airy, soft


a living wall, non-traditional floral arrangements


rosegold and blush mixed with denim blues, bells of Ireland, copper, script fonts, woods

A Preppy Coral, Pink, and Navy Baby Shower

A Preppy Coral, Pink, and Navy Baby Shower

Coral and navy is such a classic color combination, and it's perfect for a baby girl baby shower! This pink and blue party is super preppy with it's cute chevrons and monograms fit for a princess.

A Baby Boy Bless Their Nest Baby Shower

A Baby Boy Bless Their Nest Baby Shower

"Candace Hightower of Mingle Events dreamed up a charming "baby bird and owl" shower complete with chandeliers, sweet nests filled with edible chocolate eggs, and a vintage-inspired lounge area so inviting that guests were happy to take a load off..."