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5 Wedding Trends for 2016

When it comes to weddings, trends come and go, so it's a wise idea to choose one trend you absolutely love and to keep the rest as timeless and true-to-you as possible. Luckily, what's around the corner in 2016 will help you create a look for your wedding that's both classic and modern so you won't be looking back at your photos twenty years from now and say to yourself 'What in the world was I thinking?'

Selective exposure

A wedding isn't really the best time to flaunt everything your mama gave you, but that doesn't mean you have to hide yourself beneath a hundred layers of tulle from head to foot. It's ok to show a little skin, and the sheer materials in many of the 2016 bridal lines make it easy to hint at a bit of exposure while staying covered. Accents like lace and sequins over sheer fabric draw artistic attention while low backs and illusion backs are still of-the-moment.

Watercolour prints

There have always been brides who like to add a bit of colour to their dresses, usually by way of embroidery, sashes, or ribbons—even in the trains or in a peek-a-book cutaway. Those are still lovely options for the 2016 brides along with watercolour washes of pastels along the bottom of a gown or in the skirt, such as this Romona Keveza gown.

Greenery


It wasn't too long ago when brides eschewed both excessive greenery and any amount of baby's breath in their floral arrangements. If you want verification that the times, they are a-changing', just have a look at the bouquets of 2016. Greenery is everywhere, and you'll find large bouquets of nothing but baby's breath. Florists are using everything from magnolia leaves to ivy—even herbs (think basil, parsley, rosemary, mint) in creative ways.

Black tie affairs

Truth be told, a black tie affair is always fashionable. Still, the past few years have witnessed brides choosing a more casual approach to their nuptials. The new black tie affair is going all-out on luxury: champagne towers, castle settings, valet services—nothing is too much for the black-tie affairs of 2016.

Dipped V necks

For years, strapless dresses were the trend du jour followed immediately by longer sleeves (courtesy Kate Middleton). While neither look is dated, the newest look to hit the bridal style runways is the dipped V-neck. Not quite a sweetheart and not quite a true V, the dipped V brings a bit of daring and visual interest to a traditional wedding gown.

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