2016 Spring & Summer Wedding Trends: Interview with Glamour & Grace

Hey there folks! This past fall I had the pleasure of interviewing Megan Acosta, Owner and Blogger Extraordinaire behind Glamour & Grace, a successful vintage and handmade wedding blog (and a top wedding blog in the country) on fall wedding trends. Well, last week Megan was gracious enough to allow me to pick that lovely brain of hers once again. The topic this time? 2016 Spring & Summer wedding trends. I mean who better to ask about trends than a blogger right? They are inundated with the latest and greatest wedding inspiration every single day. And today, I want to share some nuggets from that interview with you! Read below to get inspiration for your spring or summer wedding! 

Fashion

Megan has been noticing a shift in bridal fashion towards separates and two pieces. Brides are opting for lighter and freer dresses and this trend is happening both on the runway and in real weddings (check out this blog post by Megan for inspiration on chic and affordable wedding dresses). In this stunning bridal session published by Glamour & Grace, the bride opts for a two piece ensemble with a white lace 3/4 sleeve top and a long and flowy cotton bottom. As Megan said, "The two piece gown is modern and on trend, yet has such a feel of timelessness." 

Photos by: Mallory Dawn  on Glamour & Grace

Brides aren't the only ones donning new wedding fashion. There has also been an emergence of floral prints on bridesmaids dresses. Gone are the days of bridesmaids wearing only long silk, chiffon, or tulle dresses (which are still great options!). Modern bridesmaids have lots of options. Today, the brides best friends are sporting floral prints, cotton and tulle skirts, sequined pieces, and more. As Megan said of this summer wedding published on Glamour & Grace, "Both prints and separates are going to be huge for next year and this maid of honor is the perfect example." As you can see, this maid of honor dons a simple white camisole and a brightly colored floral skirt. The look is fresh and stunning.

Photos by: Chesley Summar Photography on Glamour & Grace

Here is an example of a long, grey tulle skirt from BHLDN. The lovely thing about tulle skirts is that they are both modern and timeless. Plus, you can mix and match the tops giving you lots of options. And bonus! this is definitely one outfit you would want to wear again!

Florals

Every spring the colors come back to us. We transition from the cold, dead of winter into the vibrant & life-filled spring. Early Spring greets us with her pastels and soft colors and then summer shows us her vibrancy with her bright and bold hues. In addition to brighter flowers, we can expect to see another floral trend this year: greenery. Granted, greenery has been making a comeback in a BIG way over the last few years, but this year we can expect to see even more. The change? Instead of greenery simply being a filler, this year we can expect it to be the main event. The showstopper. Plants like ferns, palm fronds, and eucalyptus will steal the show.

In this wedding featured on Glamour & Grace, we can see how one couple plays up the greenery. I love how the juxtaposition of the greenery against the white makes a simple and yet impactful statement. This couple also put a great deal of thought into the meaning and sanctity of their ceremony and their desire to honor God which you can read more about here. This look is both modern and classic. 

Here is another example of greenery being the focal point with this elephant ear leaf menu from Camille Styles. Why not do something beautiful and good for the environment?

Photo: Alea Moore Photography Calligraphy: Callie Brannen Planning: Burke Design + Planning

I LOVE the ferns in this elopement shoot from Glamour & Grace! A setting like this is perfect for the couple that wants a wedding that's a little more "moody" and "off the beaten path".

Photos: White Rabbit Studios Florist: Simpson's Florist on Glamour & Grace

Pantone's 2016 Colors of the Year: Rose Quartz & Blue Serenity

Pantone did something for the first time ever this year. They declared two colors as the colors of the year. Rose Quartz and Blue Serenity are officially the colors of 2016 (to see more from Pantone visit their Instagram here). These colors apply to all aspects of design: interior design, art, photography, weddings, fashion, and more. The colors are soft and pastel and are reminiscent of a beautiful cotton candy sunset. We can expect to see lots of photos popping up on Instagram and in the blogosphere of wedding inspiration centered around this theme. Check out this article from Bridal Guide for tips and suggestions on how to incorporate these colors into your wedding. The possibilities are endless!

Minimalism 

Over the past few years, many brides having being moving away from over-the-top design and have being opting instead for weddings with minimalism, simplicity, and an industrial focus. With a minimalist wedding you can let your venue be the focal point and can put your money toward other things (like killer food and drinks). Also, minimalism gives you more of an opportunity to have an eco friendly celebration. This wedding featured on Refinery 29 did an excellent job of letting their industrial backdrop do the talking. Everything from the brides' jewelry to the modern and simple reception design are a nod to the minimalism trend. 

Photo: Our Labor of Love

Food

Food trucks are all the rage for summer weddings. Taco trucks, pizza trucks, and even ice cream trucks are becoming more and more popular. If you are local to the Richmond, Virginia area consider using Gelati Celisti (ice cream), King of Pops (popsicles), or Sugar Soiree (flavored cotton candy cart) for your spring or summer wedding treats. Further, offer guests seasonal fruits and berries like pineapple, strawberries, and lemons.

Naked cakes also pop up more in the hot months as there is less risk of icing meting away in the warm heat! And, there has been a shift over the last several months away from ornately decorated cakes back to simple, white cakes adorned with berries or greenery as we see in this lovely wedding featured on Glamour & Grace. Sometimes less really is more

Photo: Noi Tran Cake: Mrs. Bombom Chocolates, Specialty Cakes and Sweet Treats on Glamour & Grace

So there you have it! I hope this helps to inspire you as you think through planning your spring or summer wedding! Feeling stuck? We'd love to help! Click the link below and fill out the contact form. We will get back with you soon!

Happy Planning!

~Maggie ♥