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2016 Wedding Trends: What’s Hot for Cakes, Colors and Flowers


By Alicia Dziak

No two weddings are the same. Each one is designed around the couple’s personal tastes and preferences, making each one an event to remember.

That being said, certain trends come in and out of play each wedding season. What’s hot for 2016 weddings? Read on!

Gone are the days of showy multi-tiered cakes with cake toppers. They’ve been largely replaced with simple and elegant styles.

“Cakes have been very simple but decorated with interesting elements, like sitting on a tree stump or surrounded by birch bark,” said Dina DiPasquale of Dina’s at the Mont, who caters weddings at HoliMont.

“A rising trend this year will be the non-traditional wedding cake,” said Katelyn Mueller, Certified Wedding & Event Planner (CWEP) and Assistant Catering Sales Manager for Centerplate at Holiday Valley. “Many couples opt for a small one-tier cake simply for the cake cutting ceremony, while providing desserts like cannolis, donuts, cupcakes, cookies, and petite treats for guests to enjoy. We’ve added an ice cream bar with a variety of toppings to appeal to this rising trend.”

“We are noticing a trend toward smaller cakes with a larger dessert station,” agreed Trish Mullaney, owner of Dessert deli, one of Holiday Valley’s preferred cake vendors. “Also, more times than not a very simple design is selected, without much color.”

According to DiPasquale, “White frosting is classic. This year golds and other metallics with be mixed in to add some bling!”

Of course, going off trend is always an option, sure to make way for a memorable wedding. “We had a bride who wanted a star wars theme, so we made her a black cake!” DiPasuale said.

These trends in cake decor have made their way into the wedding color schemes.

Mueller lists trending color combinations as whites with pale pinks (rose quartz or champagne) and gold or glitter accents, blues – especially light blue for spring — with accents of pale pink and purple, vintage-inspired lilacs and grays, and nature-inspired green, which pairs well with a navy or grey suits for men and as an accent color.

The Bridal Guide confirms this trend, noting that rose gold will show up on everything from rings to table linens, shiny blush icings appear on desserts and cocktails will be prepared with rose-hues.

By the way, while metallics are very in, silver is not as popular as in past years.

Another trend is bringing in elements that have special meaning, such as something from the bride or groom’s hometown, their alma maters, etc.

When it comes to flowers, natural and in-season bouquets that have that freshly-picked look are still trending for 2016. The Bridal Guide also cites tone on tone flowers, where three to five different flowers in the same shade are combined to create the stylish ombré effect.

“Woodland and natural themes are prominent this year,” added Mueller. “Couples are opting to incorporate the outdoors where and whenever possible.”

The Bridal Guide agrees, and mentions that potted trees, succulents, ferns, lavender sprigs and decorative leaves (such as magnolia, begonia) can now be the focal point of the décor. In addition, flowering plants and blooming branches, or even bare branches with crepe-paper flowers or sparkly jewels are being used for centerpieces.

“We are seeing more cascading arrangements than the classic tight ball, but we encourage brides to pick what suits their style rather than what’s on trend,” explained DiPasquale.

Modern or traditional, chances are at least one of the latest wedding trends will make its way into every 2016 wedding. Take your pick, customize it however you’d like and create your one-of-a-kind wedding!

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