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Top 5 Wedding Trends for 2016

It’s going to be a great year for weddings! We’ve got the most exciting new ideas for décor, cakes, music and more.

Metallic Color Palettes

Metallics are surprisingly versatile; depending on how and where you bring them into your celebration. They can be elegant, whimsical, ethereal or even very natural. (Think glitzy golds to pop out room decor at a black-tie wedding, copper lanterns at an outdoor reception or on a rustic tablescape.)

No matter the venue or theme, designers across the country say rose gold will show up on everything from rings to table linens. Even the food and drink get in on the trend, with shiny blush icings on desserts and rose-hued cocktails. One metallic that is on the wane, however, is silver.

Creative Seating Plans

Couples are moving away from a reception layout based on large round tables, which has a tendency to feel too much like a conference event, and are instead opting for either very long, rectangular tables or a mix of long tables surrounded by smaller square and round tables — all for a more intimate vibe. And lounge areas, complete with comfortable seating options, remain a crucial part of the cocktail and after-party hours.

Gueridon Service

Food stations that were all the rage even up to last year have conceded to the classic sit-down dinner, but that doesn’t mean guests are stuck in their seats. To keep things interesting, caterers are bringing back gueridon service, where servers arrive at the dinner table with a cart filled with all the makings for customizable appetizers and desserts — everything from caesar salads, pastas and tartares to gelato, doughnuts and milk-and-cookies.

“Naked” Cakes

“Naked” cakes, which are unfrosted (or partially frosted) and simply adorned with berries or fresh flowers, are trending from coast to coast — and at both relaxed receptions and more formal affairs.

Multiple Music Options

The days of picking between a DJ or a band are over. More and more, couples are viewing each aspect of their wedding celebration as an opportunity to bring in different entertainment options.

For example: a cabaret singer to serenade guests during the cocktail hour, a retro orchestra to add to the ambiance at dinner and a rocking dance band or DJ to keep people moving well into the night.

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