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The Knot's Top Trends in Weddings for 2016

The Knot has shared their top trends in weddings for 2016. Read on to see if you are on-trend!

Trend: Contemporary Choirs & Late-Night Karaoke

Keeping guests entertained all night long with special musical performances isn’t new, but this year’s trend is: choirs! Think 20-person ensembles with amazing a cappella abilities. Surprise guests by hiring a marching band or gospel choir and have them perform a favorite rock ballad for the walk down the aisle or an a cappella version of the first dance song. And if you’re hosting an after-party, karaoke is king. A basic karaoke setup and some photo booth props is all you need to keep the party going. Watching friends and family belt out their favorite ’90s hits is priceless.

Photographers: Dana Cubbage Weddings

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 The Knot's Top Trends in Weddings for 2016
The Knot has shared their top trends in weddings for 2016. Read on to see if you are on-trend!

Trend: Contemporary Choirs & Late-Night Karaoke

Keeping guests entertained all night long with special musical performances isn’t new, but this year’s trend is: choirs! Think 20-person ensembles with amazing a cappella abilities. Surprise guests by hiring a marching band or gospel choir and have them perform a favorite rock ballad for the walk down the aisle or an a cappella version of the first dance song. And if you’re hosting an after-party, karaoke is king. A basic karaoke setup and some photo booth props is all you need to keep the party going. Watching friends and family belt out their favorite ’90s hits is priceless.

Photographers: Dana Cubbage Weddings

Trend: Contemporary Choirs & Late-Night Karaoke 

Keeping guests entertained all night long with special musical performances isn’t new, but this year’s trend is: choirs! Think 20-person ensembles with amazing a cappella abilities. Surprise guests by hiring a marching band or gospel choir and have them perform a favorite rock ballad for the walk down the aisle or an a cappella version of the first dance song. And if you’re hosting an after-party, karaoke is king. A basic karaoke setup and some photo booth props is all you need to keep the party going. Watching friends and family belt out their favorite ’90s hits is priceless.

Photographers: Dana Cubbage Weddings

Trend: Wedding Concierge Pros 

Wedding planning is getting easier. If an extra hand is needed to execute any element of the day that falls out of the realm of traditional planner duties, there’s a pro—and many times, an app—for that. Popular services include proposal assistance, bridesmaids for hire, bachelor party planning gurus, social media mavens and speechwriters. And The Knot can even help couples find the perfect venue with our Venue Concierge Service—for free! Brides can now hire someone to tackle the jobs they don’t have time for—including live-tweeting your wedding day and training your four-legged ring bearer.

Photographers: Tank Goodness Photography

Trend: Locally Sourced Food 

The new wedding menu will mimic the offerings at your local farm-to-table restaurant. Forget standard chicken or beef and say hello to “free-range Happy Days Farm hen.” Good food, both in taste and provenance, is playing a greater role in dinner fare. Healthy “it” ingredients like kale and sprouted grains will be on the menu regardless of the season. Source ingredients from the wedding locale and make them the cornerstone of the menu. If hosting a more intimate celebration, consider asking a chef to customize a multicourse meal, or serve guests family style.

Photographers: Damion Hamilton Photographer

Trend: Food-Inspired Floral Elements

Artichokes and Kale vs. Roses Bouquets and centerpieces are getting a style boost thanks to untraditional floral elements, like fruit and vegetables. Couples are even including ingredients off the dinner menu in their centerpieces, like kale or artichokes. Pick one favorite, like berries, and include them in bouquets, centerpieces and any installations for a cohesive take on the trend

Photographers: James Christianson Photographer

Trend: Stylish Grooms

You’ve heard of the second dress—now guys want a unique reception look too. Custom suits with embroidered monograms, velvet loafers and personalized cuff links give guys more style options than ever before in 2016. Grooms are switching to a dinner jacket for the reception or making a “wardrobe change” to wear a different bow tie and pocket square. Some grooms are even starting their wedding prep early with treatments like teeth whitening, “handshake maintenance” (a.k.a man manicures) and regular beard trims in the months leading up to the celebration. Rounding up the groomsmen for a pre-ceremony shave not only provides a fun, bonding moment, but guarantees a well-groomed wedding party.

Photographers: Ashley Goodwin Photography

Trend: Metallic Palettes 

It’s all about shimmer and shine this year. Don’t be afraid to mix silver and rose gold or gunmetal and gold—metallics play well together. The addition of luster elevates any look, giving a couple’s wedding style an extra-special feel. Add a metallic to the color palette for a hint of glitz or make a statement with rose gold sequin bridesmaid dresses, gilded greenery, foil invites or a sparkle dusted cake.

Photographers: Meaghan Elliott Photography

Trend: Satellite Bars

Say hello to the satellite bar in 2016. In addition to the standard mixed drinks, beer and wine setup, this second bar is designated for a special spirit. It’s a great way to personalize the party with your favorite libation, or even serve a tasting of preferred wines. Set up a bar that highlights your preferred drink, like champagne or a specialty gin. If you’re down for tequila, try some twists on the classic margarita (hello, grapefruit) or tasteful shooters. Personalize one step further with colored glassware, infused ice cubes or elaborate garnishes, like smoke, that will wow guests.

Photographers: Ashley Seawall Photography

Trend: Sweet Endings

Cakes are getting a design update with graphic prints and textile-like motifs, while plain tiers are acting as a canvas for projecting video displays—the perfect marriage of dessert and technology. The wedding cake is here to stay, but it’s no longer the only dessert on the menu. Passed treats, especially of the frozen variety like shaved ice or fruit-infused ice pops with the couple’s names on the stick, are trending along with installations like doughnut walls.

Photographers: Jaye Kogut Photography

Trend: Wow-Worthy Websites

Weddings have become weekend-long celebrations, regardless of destination, making wedding websites a must-have for all the details guests need. Enter the web designer. Couples are hiring design gurus to create a completely custom site with a unique URL, bespoke details and personalized illustrations. But you don’t need a web designer to get a beautiful site. The Knot wedding website tool offers more than 80 gorgeous wedding website designs that can be personalized to include a couple’s favorite photos and links to their registries. Some even offer matching invitations.

Planning Tools & Apps: The Knot Wedding Websites