2016 Wedding Trends

So what are going to be the biggest trends of 2016?

Here at Nikki Kirk Photography we regularly check into Bridal Tweet to see what's going on Stateside and every year Bridal Tweet publish a wedding trends for the coming year. We've taken their predictions and added some Nikki Kirk Photography images to illustrate the trends UK style!

So what's hot for 2016? Check out the top ten trends for this year predicted by Bridal Tweet...


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"Naked wedding cakes will be big in 2016."

Sam's and Tommy's wedding cake from their wedding at Hilles House.


"With the cost savings of digital invitations, brides are upgrading their invitation stock, linings and embellishments.

We have seen a huge increase in this printing method over thermography, letterpress and engraving.  By opting for this cost effective printing method, brides are able to upgrade to impressive double thick card stock and embellishments. Multi-color invitations are also more affordable since there are no extra costs for additional colors. Think about the gorgeous handmade papers you can use for layering your invitations and lining your envelopes.  The add-ons are endless when you save on the printing costs."

Wedding stationary by Hip Hip Hooray and Styled by The Little Wedding Helper. Photographed on location at Elmore Court.


"Retro looks will dominate the bridal fashion trends; such as in headpieces, lace pieces will be used densely."


Head piece by Posy & Pearl for their 2016 Downtown Abbey inspired collection. Modeled by Rachel Anthony. Hair and Make Up by Monika Vrublova. Photographed on location at the Nikki Kirk Photography Boutique Studio.


"Take pink, blush, and darker champagne.  Then, add drama and candlelight at many levels - and movement.

That is the trend we are seeing for 2016. High drama, floating centerpieces in tall venues to bring the jaw-dropping awe and, at the same time, create intimacy."

Wedding planner: Planned for Perfection. Wedding venue: The Savoy Hotel, London. Flowers by Rob van Helden.


And as day turns to night...


"The photo booth has evolved.  Although we have loved the Photo Booth Craze for the last few years, in the future, we can already see an increase in Step and Repeat Photography, which offers guest not only a perfect preservation of them looking their best, but entertainment and the perfect wedding favor.  In 2016, we will also see an increase in flip books, open air booths and green screens."

Photographed at the wedding of Amy and Ade at Eastington Park.


"Foil, black and gold are hot trends for 2016 wedding invitations.  Lace gets glamorous too - and the price is still affordable!"

Stationary: Hip Hip Hooray. Styled by The Little Wedding Helper. Venue: Elmore Court.


"Creative Seating Plans - The mixture of tables give a dramatic look to the venue space and spices things up from the norm. The Square and rounds really make the space feel inviting instead of like a conference. I think we will be looking at a lot more set up's such as this one in 2016! "

Photographed at the wedding of Penny and Tom at Brympton House. Tie the Knot wedding styling.



"Tradition is back with the giving of Thank You favors!  Brides and Grooms want their wedding day to be remembered in a special way. The giving of timeless and useful favors is back! Candy dishes, wine and bar-ware, servers, anything and everything Murano, coasters, candles and candleholders. A favor that will remind the guest of that spectacular day/night! Presentation is elegant and eye-catching."

Photographed at the wedding of Alison and Ryan at Sudeley Castle. Wedding planner: Planned for Perfection.


"Bronze makeup is a thing of the past! With the 2016 wedding gown lines championing a whole lot a lace and floral appliques, makeup will lighten up and take on a more angelic look. Beauty always reflects the tone of the dress so brides will enjoy a delicate pale, almost Elizabethan, light. But no matte here; the modern injection will come from a buffed glow on the cheeks that balances tenderly with the Rose pink cheeks and lips."

Photographed at Wyck Hill House. Model: Rachel Anthony. Dress: Cotswold Bride.


"The rustic/vintage trend  from past seasons has morphed into a new look --- Old World --- featuring lush damasks and laces combined with gilded tabletop to create a refined European look."

I love this image from the wedding of Cate and Brendan - incredibly elegant and the banqueting table set up is perfect for a refined wedding breakfast when you have a more intimate wedding.


"Accent with curio pieces, tufted seating with nailheads, maps, and footed vases."

Images top left, middle, top right: Wedding stationary by Hip Hip Hooray, styled by The Little Wedding Helper, venue: Elmore Court

Image bottom left: styling by Lilyfee Floral Design, venue: Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham

Image bottom right: styling by Lilyfee Floral Design, venue: Norton Hall.



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