Top 10 Wedding Trends For 2016

  • By Justin Pitts
  • 04 Feb, 2016

Prediction of Top Trends for 2016 

This is a very fun project that many of my colleagues like to talk about.  What will we see as the top trends for 2016.  Some trends are actually revived trends of weddings pasts, and others are completely new trends that have never been seen before.  Either way it is a exciting venture to see what brides are coming up with to make their huge day one that is unique and will forever be remembered.

 ... Our Prediction's on the top 10 Wedding Trends For 2016 Are...


1.  Wedding Color's
  2016 is a very predictive year when it comes to colors.  So far, we have already seen a trend in wood & metallic colors such as silver, platinum, gold, copper, bronze and other modern style weddings.  For the more adventurous, country feel we have noticed a wood and burlap colors, and of course our fun and outgoing personality brides are going with the bright vibrant colors.  Red's are still in and purple is making another come back after a 4 year lull. Coral, Orange & Teal have made a huge comeback according with sources at the local bridal dress store. 

2. Non Matching Bride's Maids Dresses...?
 Yeah, you heard right.  No one needs to match! Ok, maybe on the same color scheme, but many brides are starting to realize, that if you have happy girls in your bridal entourage, you will be happy too and many ladies come in many different shapes and sizes. So comfort is a small token of gratitude for them standing up for you.  The days of the ugly wedding dresses are disappearing such as the dresses seen the movie, 27 Dresses.   Now days, ladies are turning to more modern and practical dresses. In many cases, the dresses will be the same colors, but not the exact same style.   Another bride's maid dress trend is same style, but different shades of the same color so there is still a bit of color coordination.

3.   V-Necks & Lace.
 According to Glamour Weddings, V Necks and open backs are the rage of the bridal fashion runways right now. As a husband, seeing my wife in a V neck line with an open back is, well... it's just damn right beautiful.  So we are definitely going to agree with Glamour.com on this prediction. However, we are going to disagree on the whole lace wedding dresses.  We I don't believe that will catch on as much as everyone is raving about.  We feel that its too 1840's. Regardless, it does have a bit of an old vintage feel to it. So, if you are going for that vintage swing feel, then that may be the way you choose.  However, for a budget friendly bride, this may not be so friendly to your budget.

4.  Animated Monograms, Cake Mapping & Wall Mapping.
 This is a new technology that has hit the mid-west with in the last year, and it is a trend that is climbing in popularity and demand.  Imagine, your cake being completely animated with your names and date and even pictures or splashes of colors moving and interacting with the environment around it.  Animated cakes, also known as cake mapping, is the ability of taking a projector and creating graphics to project on to the cake.  It creates a whole new unique aspect of the cake and kids will stare intently on it trying to decide wither to watch or eat it.  Animated Monograms are also becoming a new and more affordable option instead of the large monograms that many venues offer now.  With Digital Animated Monograms.  This can do exactly as previously mentioned about the cake, but on a wall instead.  The same images on your cake can also be projected on to the wall where the monogram is.  This is now a new and ingenious way to also sneak in that slide show with out actually having a slide show.  The images and graphics are only limited to the experience and graphic design skill of the company you work with.  
 Finally, the last and most newest technology to hit the wedding scene is Head table/Wall Mounting or also known as Animated Backdrops.  This is the same technique as cake mapping and Animated Monograms, but with the back drop instead.  The projector is set at an angle to prevent the light projecting on to the bride and groom, but still able to have the entire back drop become one large banner, or maybe a fairy tail scene from your favorite movie.  Or as one option we did was to create a video of the Brides Dad who recently passed away, standing behind her, so she could have a picture with her dad on her wedding day.  The options are endless to your imagination.

5.  Theme Weddings.
 This is a trend that has never truly gone away.  Wither it's Bling and Glam to Country.  Themed weddings are always fun to be a part of and is a great way to show 2 individual styles uniting into one cohesive theme.   But we predict that the themes are going to become even more extravagant and interesting with in the year.  More and more brides are looking for that extreme themed wedding. From foot ball teams to favorite movies, soon over the top theme's will become a more elaborate and more regular occurrence for 2016.

6.  Alternative Reception Times.
 Recently, we have been hosting weddings receptions from early morning to mid day.  Same concept as a evening wedding reception but during the earlier part of the day.  This saves many clients money because they are using time slots that are not normally used during the week or day.  Some have done a early sunrise ceremony, which is more intimate with just a few guest and have a breakfast or brunch wedding.  We have also noticed a increase to Thursday and Sunday Night weddings.  Especially with holiday weekends.  I do foresee that these alternative wedding times will be an increasing trend, especially with smaller more intimate weddings.

7.  Out Door Wedding Receptions & Ceremonies
 Every year, it seems more and more couples are using mother nature as the back drop of their wedding reception.  Of course, weather is always a factor and sometimes, the weather causes a bit of turmoil, but the breathtaking photo's and memories of an out door wedding is so unique that it is unparalleled to any venue can provide. Plus, with an outdoor wedding, you don't have to pay the outrageous catering fee's that many fancy venues imply upon you just for having your wedding at their venue. 

8.  Pork loin and Chicken
 Beef... It's no longer for Dinner.  At least at weddings.  With the rising costs of beef, the most logical choice is to go with chicken or pork.  However, another alternative has been taco bars, spaghetti and pasta bars to even a extravagant Mongolian grill/Chinese buffet.    Many guest are tired of constantly having Chicken cal don Blu.  Yeah, it's good, but there got to be something more than just chicken cal don Blu.

 9.   Photo Booths, A Blast From The Past!
 Remember those enclosed photo booth from the arcade or the mall.  Well, now they are back and in full force at weddings across the nation.  It is an EVER GROWING popularity at weddings.  The cost efficiency and just the pure guest enjoyment is absolutely an absolute requirement to have at your wedding.  

10.  Feathers... Seriously? Feathers...

 Ok, so actually, after looking online at some of the few trends that are building momentum.  Feathers are becoming more and more of a trend.  It may not take off directly in 2016, but I do believe by 2017, many brides will have incorporate some sort of feather into the wedding.  From feathers on the dress, in the hair or in the decorations, there will be feathers.  Just hope no one is allergic to birds.  If so, don't worry, there are now companies devoted to synthetic feathers.  So brides, don't dismiss that dress with feathers all around the skirt, cause you may actually come to like it. Let's just not let it go to far to the birds.

There you have it, the top 10 Trending Trend Predictions for 2016.  What ever you choose to do for your wedding, whither it is popular or it is your style.  Just remember, it's your wedding. It is your moment with that one true love you have searched your entire life for.  It is as perfect as you make it, regardless of any budget.  So, enjoy that moment. Enjoy that one single event of your life, that will take your breath away for a life time.  Before you know it, that moment is gone. So relish, enjoy and savor that moment.  Right now, you are in love, and this is that magical day that you can proclaim it to the Heavens and above.  So what ever you do, Do it your way.  You never know, you may be that one bride that starts that new trend.
I hope this gives you some ideals for your special wedding day.  If you would like to learn more or would like information on other matters of weddings.  Feel free to contact us at 605.338.2761 or visit us at www.siouxfallsdjsquad.com
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this article.

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By Justin Pitts 22 Aug, 2016
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By Justin Pitts 04 Aug, 2016
Decorations are set and the day is here, everything is perfect.  At this very moment, you don't think that anything could be more perfect... till you get you photo's back from your special night.   Yes, you looked stunning in your dress, and your now husband was very dashing in that tux, but every picture of you and your husband standing at the head table had that "Drab" and dull wall behind you.  If only you knew to have that back drop would make all the difference when it came to your pictures.  It a little but amazing how a simple a bit of lighting and cloth can make so much of a difference.

Many clients don't even think of the back drop behind the head table till it is a lot closer to the wedding date.  Which is fine, however, with the popularity of having this elegant addition to the head table, or the entire room, availability can be scarce as your date quickly approaches.  It is recommended to reserve your back drop 4 to 6 months in advance prior to your event.

DIY  vs Professional Back Drops.
As the DIY phase is high in the bridal industry, many people don't realize that it cost just as much as building your own back drop as it is to rent one from a professional decorating company or wedding vendor.  For example, a popular concept is to use PVC piping and cloth.  Now, PVC piping is a type of pipe used typically for plumbing.  It is a very cheap typically about $3.00 for a 10 foot pipe.  The cloth can be anywhere between $2.00/sq ft to $10.00/ sq ft depending on the quality of fabric you use.  Now, PVC pipe is very cheap, however, if not constructed correctly, it can be flimsy and fall over.  I have seen some brides use this and have used it very efficiently.  I've also seen some instances where it is nothing but an epic failure and it looks just so cheap.  It just depends on how much money your willing to spend on making your back drop.  The back drop cloth can be purchased at any local fabric store and with a little seamstress work you can have a nice back drop.  If you do go the DIY route, make sure that you use fire retardant cloth.  It may cost a bit more, but if some one knocks over a candle, that back drop can burn up very fast and your dream wedding will turn into your worst nightmare.  On a final note, make sure you use some sort of weight to hold down the ends of the back drop.  This is so then it won't tip over on you or your guest.  PVC piping is VERY light and flimsy, so make sure your using hard points and weights to secure it.  This may take a little bit of structuring engineering on your part, but with the right construction method, your back drop can be secure and will last through the night.  The only down side with DIY is that after the night is over, you now have to decide what your going to do with your back drop.  Also, you will want to ensure that when you set up your back drop or pipe n drapes, that your not violating any fire codes by blocking emergency exits or other codes that may be enforced in your governing jurisdiction.

Professional back drops use a high quality system of aluminum piping , weight bases for the pipes with a fire retardant cloth.  Some vendors will even set it up for you as well, but may charge a delivery or set up fee.  Many vendors include up lighting with their pipe and draping as well.  Yes, it may be a bit more expensive vs the DIY, but you won't have to worry about set up, tear down, and have the ease of mind that it would be set up properly.  You also will have a better quality of cloth to ensure a very elegant and professional look for each picture.  So let's talk money, Just to rent a pipe and drape system, your looking at a minimum of $4-$6 a linear foot depending on color and fabric type. Generally  10 foot back drop would cost approximately about $60-$80.00.  Delivery and set up fee's can charge between $50-$150.00.  So unless you have a way to deliver it and set it up to and from your event, you may consider the additional fee.  It will also give you the peace of mind that it will be set up properly and not violate any fire codes or other governing jurisdiction codes.
By Justin Pitts 03 Aug, 2016
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By Justin Pitts 26 Feb, 2016
So recently, I had a client ask me about my thoughts of fake flowers over real flowers for wedding reception.  Now, being a DJ and professional Emcee (not to mention a man), I know very little on flowers.  So this young bride to be (We will call her Ashley) and I decided to take a trip down to a few floral shops in Sioux Falls and to the hobby shops.  After 3 hours of looking and pricing flowers, we started a list of pro's and cons of real and fake flowers.  I will say, it was a bit fun and reminded me of the days when my wife and I would go to hobby shops just to play with floral arrangements when we were planning our wedding day.
By Justin Pitts 19 Feb, 2016
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By Justin Pitts 08 Feb, 2016
He asked and you said yes.  Next you got the dress, then the big planning starts.  From floral to catering and of course, the venue.  There are several factors to choosing what venue is the best choice for you.  This article is just a few things to ask yourself and the venue to ensure it is the best choice for your wedding celebration.
By Justin Pitts 04 Feb, 2016
This is a very fun project that many of my colleagues like to talk about.  What will we see as the top trends for 2016.  Some trends are actually revived trends of weddings pasts, and others are completely new trends that have never been seen before.  Either way it is a exciting venture to see what brides are coming up with to make their huge day one that is unique and will forever be remembered.
By Justin Pitts 28 Jan, 2016
Today, I just wanted to give a heads up about 2016.  As of right now, we only have 12 dates open for 2016.  So if you haven't booked a affordable, reliable and professional DJ, today I wouldn't wait to much longer.   Most highly requested DJ companies get booked between 6 months to a year in advance.  So, if you are getting married in 2016 and have not reserved your DJ yet.  Then you better get a move on! So if you haven't booked a DJ here are a few questions to ask the DJ you are considering to book before you actually book them.
Now, also keep in mind that no one goes into business to intentionally make your wedding a huge disaster.  The questions to ask are for your safety to ensure that you are getting a true professional to make your dream wedding become a reality.
By Justin Pitts 22 Jan, 2016
Let's face it, music can make or break any event.  It's the life force, the energy, the pulse of your event.  Your performer, whither be a band or a DJ is a VERY important factor of your event.  Music set's the mood, and the tone of your event.  So, choosing the right entertainment for you is indeed the most crucial aspect of your event.  So do your research, and literally interview each performer to ensure their personality won't clash with yours.

How to choose what is right for you. Band or DJ?

There is never a truly correct answer on what is right for you.  It is more on what YOU like.  You need to know the difference of hiring a DJ or a band.  Things to consider is space, style, experience and expertise. 

So what is the difference?
Typically a DJ is in most cases more flexible than a band when it comes to music selection.  A band usually  will cost more because there are more people involved.  Now, that being said, in some cases the same is true with DJ's depending on their skill or entertainment.  In some cases you end up just paying for an over inflated ego but we will just stick to the facts and touch base on ego's in a different article.

With Band's, there are several musicians which in return can cost a bit more than an actual DJ.  Now, in many cases, having a band to set the mood is great and let's face it.  Live music has a unique and unparalleled sound and feel and if the band is energetic and interactive, your guest will have the time of their life. The down side, is that the band may only know a handful of songs and would be limited to requests.  Usually they have a "set" play lists which they practice together over and over again.  However, that doesn't make the night any less of a value, but just limited on what can play.  If you have a band that plays mostly 80's cover songs, then it may be a bit difficult for them to play something in the top 40 lists because they simply may not know it.  The skill for multiple individuals playing different instruments to make the whole of the band requires a lot of practice.  So, when you choose a band, make sure you have heard of them or read reviews.

DJ's are also in a league of their own now.  The skill of mixing, scratching, beat and key matching is now a art and skill more than just selecting songs and pushing play.  There is also the ability to host the event to ensure the flow of the night works in your favor.  Now days, a DJ is more than a over expensive i pod.  They can do so much more to make your night flawless.  Music selection is more variable compared to bands.  Many DJ's have on hand (at least they should) have a minimum of 50,000 song selections with a wide variety of different genre's. Also, if space is an issue, a DJ would be friendlier to the venue space requirements vs a band.  In most cases a DJ only needs about a 10-12 foot x 8 foot area to set up their audio and lighting system.  A Band on the other hand would need MUCH more space and even possibly require an actual stage.  Now for the ugly truth about DJ's.  Being a DJ myself, it pains me to say this, but it is true.  There are individuals out there who simply think that being a DJ means to just be playing the music.  They are usually younger DJ's who are out there for the mere fact of being a DJ.  When they perform at a wedding, they see it more as a "frat" party vs a actual wedding.  Songs that are inappropriate for family events are played, and may possibly say a few ill taste things on the microphone.  All in all though, no one is in business to make your wedding a disaster.  Every person that DJ's weddings have the true intentions of making your night one to remember.  Its if they truly have the experience or even the know how to do just that.  Make sure you look at reviews of the DJ.  Many DJ's have a review system that they cannot alter.  We have one on our website, and we also have reviews on wedding wire, social media and also other wedding related websites.  Also, meet with the DJ in person.  Not just the manager or booking manager.  Also, know who your going to have.  In many cases, there are companies that use a multitude of Sub-Contractors.  Now, i'm not saying that sub contractors are bad, but it causes the company to have less control of the quality of equipment and performance style and there is usually no training when training is needed.

These are just some of a few examples of differences between DJ's and Bands.  I hope this has been helpful for you to decide what is best for you and your event.  

As always, if you have any questions about how to make your event a success, please feel free to call us at 605-338-2761 or just visit our website at www.siouxfallsdjsquad.com
By Justin Pitts 20 Jan, 2016
Your event is set, the date, the decorations, the caterer, rings, dresses... even your entertainment.  But have you considered a secondary form of entertainment? Why need a secondary form of entertainment?  Well, its simple.  There is only so much your DJ or band can do.  Yes, we provide a planning service and we help with making the night go smoothly and above all else, we entertain your guests during the dance.  However, what if you can do more to make your night enjoyable and memorable?  Well, you can and it is quite affordable.  
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