You can just picture it now: your friend walking down the aisle last year wearing a dress with intricate lace sleeves, your cousin鈥檚 minimalist wedding with a bouquet full of greenery and聽the multi-day wedding of your high school BFF whose pictures you saw all over Facebook. These were just some of the biggest wedding trends of 2015, and as the year came to a close (and you started to get all those save-the-dates for 2016 weddings), we all started to wonder: What will weddings look like this year? Wedding expert Mindy Weiss, Wedding Paper Divas鈥 style partner, is here to save the day and give us聽her predictions for the biggest wedding trends of 2016.聽Whether you鈥檙e a guest, a bridesmaid or even the bride herself, you鈥檒l find a lot to look forward to this year. From this year鈥檚 biggest celebrity bride inspiration to how your family pup might participate, here are the gonna-be-big wedding trends of 2016.


1. Daring Wedding Gowns: The biggest shift from 2015 to 2016 is in wedding gowns, according to Weiss.聽鈥淲edding dresses have gotten so much sexier,鈥 she says. 鈥淏rides are more daring these days and really want to make a big fashion statement with their gowns.鈥 A gorgeous low cut or a sexy back, like聽Princeville by Katie May聽($3400), is a beautiful example of how to embrace this trend. (Photo via Katie May)


2. 鈥淩ustic Chic鈥 is Coming: 鈥淭he rustic wedding trend is also here to stay, but 2016 will see a more glamorous take on the theme 鈥 what I like to call rustic chic.鈥 Expect to see it all in the details, like chandeliers inside of a barn or china on a natural wooden table. 鈥淐ouples still love the outdoorsy feel of the rustic trend, but are making it a bit more luxe.鈥 This couple from The Knot knew how to add the right elegant touches to their wooden decor. (Photo via Studio 1250 / The Knot)


3. Pops of Bold Color: As with years past, Pantone鈥檚 colors of the year,聽Rose Quartz and Serenity, will surely make their way into weddings in fashion and florals. But the real trend will be a bigger emphasis on bright colors. 鈥淪oft greens and creams will continue to be big,鈥 Weiss tells us, 鈥渂ut with pops of bolder colors like plum and coral,鈥 like in this bouquet of beautiful florals and greenery. (Photo via Katie Stoops Photography / Style Me Pretty)


4. Dramatic Beauty: Second outfits for the reception are still popular, but brides are now upping the ante with a more dramatic look to go with it. 鈥淏rides are changing their hair and makeup to go with the new look,鈥 Weiss says. 鈥淭hey tend to go a little more subtle for the ceremony, but will change up the hair and add a bit more dramatic makeup for the reception.鈥 Go from a basic bridal look to a smokey eye in your favorite shade for that ceremony-to-reception transition.聽(Photo via Clary Pfeiffer Photography聽/ Style Me Pretty)


5. Mountain Weddings: With destination weddings still continuing to grow, couples are now thinking outside the box instead of the traditional beach wedding. 鈥淭hey鈥檙e taking it to the mountains! Places like Aspen, Utah and Montana are becoming big destination wedding locations. Couples are really trying to do things no one else has done and give their guests a unique experience.鈥 This couple, featured on Green Wedding Shoes, captured the perfect mountain California wedding at June Lake. 聽(Photo via Amanda Patrice聽/ Green Wedding Shoes)


6. Rehearsal Jumpsuits: 鈥淲here we聽are聽starting to move away from dresses a bit is for the rehearsal dinner! I鈥檓 seeing a lot of beautiful jumpsuits 鈥 they鈥檙e very 鈥榠n鈥!鈥 This Rachel Zoe piece featured on The Everygirl is perfect for the rehearsal dinner, or even a city hall wedding. (Photo via聽Miguel Marino Photography / The Everygirl)


7. Minimalist聽Decor: 鈥淐ouples are also leaning toward simpler decor,鈥 Weiss says. 鈥淏ut this doesn鈥檛 mean sparse!鈥 No longer will we be seeing tall, lavish centerpieces. Instead, lush, low florals are what couples are picking for a more understated look with smaller, more impactful decor pieces. 鈥淐ouples might also start booking smaller venues to make their simple decor feel grander.鈥 Nothing quite says minimalist beauty like this simple tabletop featured on Magnolia Rouge.聽(Photo via Erich McVey / Magnolia Rouge)


8. Comfort Food: 鈥淚鈥檓 seeing a big trend toward comforting, homespun food.鈥 Couples are still spending plenty of money on good food, but 鈥減eople want to eat what they鈥檙e familiar with鈥 these days. One trend with comfort food that we鈥檒l be seeing more of is DIY s鈥檓ores bars and bite-sized appetizers like these grilled cheese and tomato soup cups from Deer Pearl Flowers. (Photo via Deer Pearl Flowers)


9. Classic Cocktails: The signature wedding cocktail may be a thing of the past. 鈥淐ouples are going back to classic Mad Men-era cocktails,鈥 Weiss says. Think an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan or drinks made with other classic liquors like whiskey and bourbon. A perfect cocktail for a spring or summer wedding is the Mint Julep in copper mugs聽just like these ones from聽Style Me Pretty. (Photo via Grey Likes Weddings / Style Me Pretty)


10. Embracing Ombre: 鈥淚 see lots of ombre color in decor and fabrics,鈥 Weiss tells us. 鈥淚t鈥檚 especially beautiful when done with pastels and watercolors.鈥 Whether it鈥檚 with flowers, bridesmaids dresses or even the wedding cake, ombre is a unique way to incorporate more color into your nuptials. (Photo via Mango Studios /聽Style Me Pretty)


11. Broaches in Hair: 鈥淟ots of brides will definitely be striving for Sofia Vergara鈥檚 wedding look in the coming year.鈥 Instead of a veil, the new trend will be to rock an interesting piece in your hair. 鈥淚鈥檓 seeing a lot of brooches made into hair pieces, similar to what Sofia did, which is gorgeous,鈥 Weiss tells us. This one from BHLDN ($85) is simply stunning. (Photo via聽BHLDN)


12. Last-Minute Photos: Couples are opting for more casual and fun photos and are asking their photographers to stay until the very end of the event 鈥渢o capture those moments where everyone is really having a great time.鈥 Don鈥檛 forget those Thank You card photos too! (Photo via聽By Cherry Photography)


13. Romantic Lighting: 鈥淧eople don鈥檛 want to look purple in their Instagram photos,鈥 Weiss laughs. This could be the main reason why colored lighting is no longer what couples are going for, instead opting for beautiful lighting options like hanging tree lights. 鈥淐ouples want more natural, amber tones and are opting for softer, romantic lighting.鈥 (Photo via Liga Photography / Wedding Chicks)


14. 鈥90s Playlist: The 鈥80s jams are out, and the 鈥90s tunes are in! 鈥淚 chalk this up to the age demographic and the millennials who are getting married. The 鈥90s are the new throwback for them!鈥 Get all of the couples on the dance floor with Mariah Carey鈥檚 鈥淎lways be My Baby鈥 or have a little coordinated fun by grooving to Los De Rio鈥檚 鈥淟a Macarena.鈥 (Photo via聽Arte De Vie聽/聽Bridal Musings)


15. Pets in Weddings: Having your pets participate in your wedding in some way is going to continue to be a hot trend, but now with a twist: 鈥淲e鈥檒l see more pets in things like save the dates or engagement announcements as well in the actual ceremony,鈥 Weiss says. (Photo via Heather Hawkins /聽Style Me Pretty)


16. Relaxed Events: Last but not least, couples are taking all of the fuss out of The Big Day. 鈥淐ouples are also really focused on having their events feel relaxed and zen 鈥 they don鈥檛 want too much clutter! They鈥檙e looking for the ambience and decor to be peaceful.鈥 A relaxed feel, like this couple who opted for a casual beach wedding featured in Town and Country, captures an easy and effortlessly beautiful day. (Photo via Nathan Coe / Town and Country)

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