Top Wedding Trends 2016

Today, I am thrilled to share a few of my favorite wedding trends on Channel 2’s Colorado Best Morning Show. As promised, here is the complete list of my top 20 wedding trends for 2016.

Thank you to Blue Bridal, Swank Stems, Whimsy Design, Four 13 Designs, Event Rents, Bella Bridesmaids, and Honey B for sharing your expertise and wedding trends on Channel 2’s Colorado Best Morning Show on Tuesday, February 2nd. (video clip coming soon)

1. Two Piece Bridal Dresses by Blue Bridal. I am in love with this trend. At Blue, they have 5-6 different tops and skirts for you to mix and match. The end result is always stylish!


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2. Saturated Color Palette. Move over cream and blush. Deep reds, pinks, greens are stepping in the spotlight.

3. Adventure Weddings. Couples are planning a whole weekend full of fun activities and taking on more of an adventure flair when it comes to their wedding. Like taking a snow cat to their reception. The most perfect views are on top of the mountain, right?! You must check out Telluride Resort for this. They have a perfect set up.

4. MisMatched Bridesmaids Dresses has been a trend for a few years now and will continue in 2016. This trend is simply the best. For those who have been a bridesmaid know that having one dress to fit all body types and styles of all the bridesmaids is nearly impossible. The trend is to mix it up and choose variety of different styles, shades of one hue, and even add in pattern and texture. The mix is beautiful and everyone is happy.Win. Win. The stylists at Bella Bridesmaids Denver are experts in making the perfect selections for you to have a cohesive and stylish look.


photo by nicole lenzen | view real wedding feature

5. Rustic Mountain Weddings. We can’t talk about Colorado wedding trends without mentioning the ever so popular Rustic Mountain theme. I think we will see a bit more luxe added in with the rustic this year.

6. Food-Inspired Florals. These days, everybody is a foodie. So having food-inspired florals is only fitting. Just like these centerpieces that become your salad.


photo credit by harper point | view real wedding feature

7. Metallics. Gold has been a trend for the past couple of years. In 2016, we will see more mixing of metallics.


photo by: harper point photography | view real wedding feature

8. His & Hers Cocktails. What better way to give your guests a glimpse of who you are than by serving them your favorite libations?  Satellite Bars (a secondary bar) are being set up to feature these speciality cocktails.


 photo by kendall pavan | view real wedding feature

9. Intimate Winter Weddings. Think a ton a candles, a wood burning fireplace, and 20 of your closest family members and friends in a mountain cabin. Yep, sounds pretty perfect to me, too. Of course, Colorado has a ton of options. Check out our venue guide.

10. More Dessert, Please.  A whole table of your favorite desserts is still on trend this year. Yes!

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photo by: harper point photography | view real wedding feature

11. Wedding Hashtag. Over half of all weddings are now using a hashtag. For those who love sharing on social media, use a custom wedding hashtag to get the most out of the day. You will love browsing through all your guests’ posts on the morning after. View our 7 tips for using a wedding hashtag.

12. Stylish Grooms. Move over brides. Grooms have taken their style up a notch with custom suites and sleek tuxes.

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photo by jarrod renaud | view full feature

13. Calligraphy is not just for addressing your envelope. It is popping up on all wedding paper goods.

14. The After Party. The formal reception is just a warm up for the after party. From renting out their fav local bar to karaoke to a rock’n’ 80’s band, this is a great way to continue the celebration and another chance to surprise your guests.

15. Woodland Theme. Refined rustic in the forest. Simple, green, outdoors, and perfect for Colorado.

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photo by sarah roshan | view full feature

16. Sustainable Catering. Using organic and locally sourced food will continue to be important. More and more couples are making it a priority with their catering

17. Boho Chic. It is all about flower power and flower crowns.


photo by shalynne imaging | view full feature

18. Canine Companions. Colorado has be the dog capital of the world. It is no surprise these best friends are making an appearance at their wedding.

19. Barn Weddings. Yes, having your wedding in a barn can be super stylish and fun. It just works.

colorado-wedding-photography_0632photo by jackie cooper | view real wedding

20. Bold Lighting. Lighting can transform your venue from uninteresting to unforgettable. Adding chandeliers, cafe lights, or a few hundred edison light bulbs can add to the ambiance. Up lighting or projection lighting can make any venue shine and spotlight elements that you would like to highlight.




Black Valentines Day

Notes from Emily & Mary Grace of LockerPartners {LISTmembers} 

A Denver wedding video capturing the 2015 “Black Valentines Day” wedding designed by the couple themselves! All the centerpiece art at their reception was collected and assembled by the couple over the course of their engagement. Wondering where the ceremony clips are? Per request of the couple those have been omitted from this version of the edit. Sometime’s it’s just nice too keep something private. We promise, it really happened;)


Christy + Danny’s Black Valentines Day {Denver Wedding} from LockerPartners on Vimeo.

Wedding Cinematography by LockerPartners {LISTmember}

Concept & Design: Christy & Danny (bride & groom) | Venue: Mile High Station | Photography: From The Hip | Floral: Ladybird Poppy | Veil/ Skirt /Jewelry: Sara Gabriel | Dress Boutique: Emma & Grace | Makeup: Pretty Bride Shop | Coordination: Tangerine Room Events | Musical Performance: Itchy-O | Catering: Relish Catering & Events
Cakes: Kelley Kakes | Ballet Dance Performance: Alexandra Rose & Dancers  | Calligraphy: Grandma Doris and Mama Paula | DJ: Elite DJ (Tasos Hernandez)  | Ceremony Music: Ian Cooke | Photobooth: The Traveling Photobooth | Tarot: Rory Lula

Floral Print Bridesmaid Dresses

Floral prints are in full bloom! Typically, when you see a trend across the board in interior design, fashion, wedding……. the trend has longevity. (see our post on LIFE & STYLE)

In wedding style, the trend for bridesmaid dresses is to be bold whether it is mismatching styles or a floral print.


6 hot bridesmaids dress trends to consider for your 2014 wedding! / Floral Print Inspiration – Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog / Handmade Washington Farm Wedding Lindsay Mitch / Inspired by These Citrus Orange and Pink Wedding Ideas – Inspired By… / Floral Print Bridesmaid Dresses / Floral Print Inspiration – Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog / Floral Print Bridesmaid Dresses

The Infinity Braided Updo Tutorial

“I love this braided updo because even though it appears as if you need mad braiding skills to achieve it, you really don’t, ” explains Roxie Jane Hunt, contributor for “The bones of this hairstyle are all based around basic braiding techniques, making the infinity braid do-able for anyone. Medium-long to long hair is needed to create this look. If you don’t have quite enough hair to create the finished look you desire, simply throw in a few clip-in extensions!

The infinity braid is also a perfect style for day two dirty hair (and beyond) and the perfect DIY look that can take you from a casual lunch date to an evening formal event in a snap.”

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For this gorgeous look, you will need to section the head into threes, two small side sections and one large section down the middle. French braid one of the side sections.

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Create a basic three-strand braid on the remaining side section and larger middle section. Secure all braids with a small elastic.

Step 3


Starting with your center braid, wrap it loosely into a bun.

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Use bobby pins around the bun to secure it in place.

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Take the French braided section and wrap it under and around the middle bun. Pin into place.

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Finally, take the remaining smaller side braid and wrap it over and around your middle bun. Pin that braid into place and spray the entire look with a hairspray of your choice.


Denver Elopement

Liz & Keith opted for an intimate vow exchange in Cheesman Park in Denver, CO with only a handful of friends.

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Photographer: Lucky Malone | Location: Cheeseman Park | Floral Designer: Ladybird Poppy Floral Design | Hair Stylist: Ashley Smith Beauty

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