Pinterest is the go-to for wedding inspiration. Couples create boards of their favorite images and use them to dream, organize, and plan their big day. Of course, that gives Pinterest a unique view into what’s trending with weddings, and they’ve just announced the hottest trends of 2016. Here’s what they found to be among the top trends of the year.
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1. Alternative Ceremony Seating
Instead of straight rows, which everyone will be expecting, couples are getting creative with their ceremony seating and trying something completely different. Guests will be surprised and delighted, plus it makes it so guests no longer have to crane their necks to see you and your groom. Although this will set a fun and unique tone for the rest of the ceremony there are some logistics to keep in mind if you are thinking of going with this trend.
Sight lines: In a traditional ceremony layout, all guests face forward and know exactly where the couple will be positioned. Alternative layouts may leave guests guessing where the best seats are.
Wedding party size: You’ll need to think about where you want your bridesmaids and groomsmen will stand. In some seating arrangements ,there may not be enough room for everyone alongside you and your groom so they may need to be seated.
Finding their seats: Once guests arrive, you don’t want them to be confused or hesitant to sit because they’re not used to the seating layout. Perhaps you’ll need ushers directing guests or some cute signage explaining the setup. Just make sure you communicate to your guests what your expectations are for them.
Photographs: Figure out where your photographer will be positioned to get the best shots and what you’ll likely see in the background in those images. Where will you and your groom be standing and what will behind you as your backdrop in the ceremony photos?
Sound: I can’t tell you how many weddings I’ve been to and I couldn’t hear any of the ceremony. So disappointing! For me and probably most wedding guests, the ceremony is the best part so you need to think about how far away the furthest guests will be seated from the action.
Position of the aisle: You’ll also need to figure out the best way for you and your wedding party to enter the wedding ceremony.
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2. Technology-Free Ceremonies
Now that just about everyone carries a cell phone, many couples are opting to have an “unplugged wedding ceremony.” In fact, Pinterest has seen a 600 percent increase in pins saved on this topic. So what exactly is an unplugged wedding you ask? It’s where your family and friends are fully present for your ceremony rather than viewing it from behind their screens. It means walking down the aisle and actually seeing the happy and supportive faces of your favorite people versus being distracted by a sea of mobile devices. You should be able to trust that your photographer will be able to fully document your ceremony in a beautiful way so your guests can relax and enjoy the moment.
So how do you politely ask your guests to refrain from photography during your ceremony? There are numerous ways to go about this but here are some common ways:
Leave it to the wedding officiant: Many couples decide to have the wedding officiant make an announcement prior to starting the ceremony. Normally the minister will give a welcome, then say something like “The bride and groom are so excited to share this day with you. They want to be sure you can be fully present for their ceremony, so they ask that there be no photos taken during the ceremony. They have professional photographers who will be documenting the ceremony for them.”
Write it on your invite: If you choose to have absolutely no cell phones or devices at your wedding then you may want to add a note on the invitation or wedding website requesting no cameras as the wedding.
Make a sign: If you only want an unplugged ceremony, then an easy option is to create a sign. You can place a sign at the seating entrance letting your guests know that your wishes about an unplugged ceremony.
Put it on the wedding program: Just add a little note to the front page of the program.
Get personal: If you have someone in your family who will have a difficult time respecting your wishes, don’t be afraid to have a personal conversation with them a week or so before your ceremony. By personally conveying to family members how important it is for you to see their face and support during your ceremony, and also assuring them they’ll have access to your professional photos hopefully they’ll be more at ease to not pull out their camera.
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3. Nontraditional Venues
Religion’s taking a backseat, as more couples are opting to forgo the church for a location that’s a little more low-key or unique. Private homes, court houses, your favorite museum, the pub where you first met, vineyards, the options are almost endless! There are so many places that you can get married that there is no reason to limit yourself to venues specifically marketed to weddings. If you’re not quite sure what kind of venue is right for you, keep an open mind. Think about places you loved as a kid, trips you’ve taken with your hubby-to-be, or fun adventures. Weddings can happen almost anywhere.
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4. DIY Toss Bar
It’s not just the bridal party who gets to join the celebrations! The DIY toss bar gets everyone in on the fun and brides across Pinterest know it. Pinterest has seen a 30 percent increase in the number of pins saved on this topic. One of the best ways to get spontaneous, fun, and colorful photos is with confetti. But, did you know that besides confetti, there are a number of different ways to get the confetti effect? From flowers to super colorful sprinkles, to pom poms and flags, you’ve got a ton of options for getting those priceless photos. Put together a fun toss bar and your guests can create their own custom creations. They’ll love showering you and your new hubby as you walk down the aisle as a newly married couple.
Need some toss bar inspiration? I’ve compiled a list of unique toss ideas to give you some extra inspiration.
Sequins or glitter: If you know me you know that I believe in pink and gold but glitter is my favorite color so I can’t help myself but suggest this even though the sparkles might stick with you for the rest of the night. There’s nothing more fabulous and festive than gold glitter.
Flags: Okay, I know. As much as we all love confetti and glitter they can make a mess. One great way to minimize the mess of confetti is to make mini flags with fun celebratory sayings! These can be DIY projects or you can buy cute and custom made flags on Etsy. Trust me, your guests will be waving them all night long.
Dried flower confetti: Have guests fill cones with herbs, petals, and lavender in a self-serve display prior to the ceremony and have them toss their confetti at the big kiss! The colors and detail will make the photos amazing. And, since they’re biodegradable, you probably don’t need to worry about cleaning up.
Pom poms: Pom poms are such a cute alternative to confetti. Since they’re larger and more fluffy, you won’t need to worry about the bits and pieces getting in your eyes or sticking to everything.
Sprinkles: I have a HUGE sweet tooth so of course, I love this idea. If you have a sweet tooth as well, show it off by giving guests sprinkles to throw instead of confetti. It will definitely surprise and delight them, and might be the perfect way to segue your guests into a late-night sundae bar.
Confetti: And of course there’s always just plain confetti-whether one color or many different colors, it always brings little something special and celebratory to your photos!
*Disclaimer: Although I love this trend please make sure to check with your vendor before deciding to go with a toss bar as many locations don’t allow confetti (gasp!).*
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5. Mismatched Bridesmaids Dresses
It’s easy to fall in love with the look of mismatched bridesmaid dresses, but pulling it off is a whole other story-especially when it comes to mixing colors. Because it’s such a pretty look but can be very tricky I’m not surprised that Pinterest searches for mismatched bridesmaids dresses are up 50 percent. Luckily, A Practical Wedding has put together some tips for making the process easier for both you and your maids.
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6. Food Trucks
In lieu of a formal sit-down dinner, more couples are going with casual and delicious food truck options. Searches for food truck weddings are up 30 percent in 2016 and there no surprise why. Food truck fare allows couples to serve their guest’s delicious food that they love, stay on budget, and enjoy their wedding without all the “shoulds” a traditional wedding forces upon you.
7. Frozen Desserts
If you’re having an outdoor wedding, there’s a chance it might be very hot that day, which is why it’s important to come up with a few ways to keep your guests cool. One of the best ways is to serve chilled drinks but the more fun way is to serve frozen treats to guests as they arrive at the wedding. Here are a couple of my favorite ideas for some inspiration:
Popsicles: For something a little more fun, have waiters offer guests fruity popsicles to enjoy as they’re waiting for the ceremony to begin.
Freezies: Guests will get a kick out of these childhood favorites—set out a tub filled with frozen freezies the ceremony begins (don’t forget to leave a pair of scissors to snip them open!).
Snow Cones: Another whimsical idea would be to hire a snow-cone vendor to pass out treats as guests arrive at the ceremony.
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8. Honeymoon Fund
With more couples living together before marriage, a traditional gift registry filled with household items isn’t always necessary. That’s why many are turning to honeymoon funds to register for alternative items and experiences instead. In fact, honeymoon registry Pinterest searches are up 200 percent this year!
Honeymoon registries can allow guests to purchase gifts of anything from airfare to a day at the spa. HoneymoonWishes, Honeyfund, and travel agencies like Maritime Travel and Flight Center offer registries to make your honeymoon dreams come true.
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9. Late-Night Snacks
After spending hours tearing it up on the dance floor, there’s nothing that will make your guests happier than a surprise late-night snack. There are so many great ideas for late-night snacks. Fast food fries, taco bar, pizza, warm pretzels. Incorporate your favorite late-night snack or ones you think you’re guests will love.
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10. Informal Programs
Having a wedding program plays the main key to keep on track from start to finish because planning a wedding is not a simple task to handle. These wedding programs will guide the wedding party guest and keep them updated with what is going on during the wedding event. It speaks a lot about you and your wedding day.
Couples nowadays opt for creative and custom-made wedding program designs in making their wedding exceptional. Many customized wedding programs may come in booklets however you can also find those which utilize diverse materials like boards, metal, glass as well as a blend of several things.
So now it’s your turn. What do you think of these trends? Did you incorporate any of these ideas in your wedding or plan to? Comment below!