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Wedding MBA – Day 2

Wedding MBA – Day 2

I apologize for not getting this up yesterday before going to bed. I was so exhausted I just couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer.

So yesterday was the first day of the Wedding MBA and the sessions were divided by the part of the industry we are in. For example there were specific sessions for wedding venues, photographers, florists, wedding planners…you get the idea. So three of the four sessions are not really of interest to you because it is just business stuff so I won’t bore you with that. However the fourth will be interesting for you. We discussed wedding trends for 2016. If you like to be on top of trends then you’ll be happy you stopped by to read this. Here we go!

The Spring 2016 pantone colours are:

  1. Rose Quartz
  2. Peach Echo
  3. Serenity
  4. Snorkel Blue
  5. Buttercup
  6. Limpet Shell
  7. Lilac Gray
  8. Fiesta
  9. Iced Coffee
  10. Green Flash

Get more details on these colours right from the source.

The trend for wedding cakes in 2016 includes taper candles and it appears that only single layer cakes are the way to go as well. What do you think?

Photo from Unique Wedding Cake Toppers

Trend number 2. Gravity defying and suspended wedding cakes. I have already seen these a lot in 2015 but mostly at big rich fancy weddings so maybe this means they will start to happen in everyday weddings. I personally don’t love the gravity defying ones – not that I don’t think they are impressive because that is certainly an art but they just don’t do anything for me. Now a suspended cake I think is super cool and can be so beautiful. How many cake disaster do you think we’ll see all over the internet this year?

Photos by Arabia Weddings and Pinterest.

I’m the girl who wore a white tuxedo to my prom so the trend of wearing bridal pants is super cool to me. There are so many women who just don’t like dresses or who just don’t feel like themselves in a dress so this will be a great option for them.

Bridal shorts, often covered by a skirt of some kind for the formal part of the day, are also making an appearance for 2016.

And, the bridal jumpsuit. I love it!


Photos by Onewed, Un-jersey Bride, and loverly.

The next trend is for our photographer friends. Arial drones are all the rage this coming season. It is estimated that it is going to cost you between $200 and $700 an hour to have your photos taken from the sky. Before booking yours be sure to check with your venue because it is anticipated that many venues will not allow the drones for liability reasons.

Photos by Villa Russo and

This trend is a personal favourite of mine. Not because it provides entertainment for your guests. If you have ever watch a true mixologist make a drink you will totally understand. Weddings in 2016 are calling for mixology and flair bartenders. Bring it on!!

Photo by Bar Career MD DC VA

One trend that the men are going to love…relaxed groomswear. The men can stop wearing tuxedos or at least leave the colour open. Again this is a trend we saw a lot of in 2015 as well but perhaps we’ll see nothing but in 2016.

Photo by The Wedding Hunter

And last but certainly not least. It is no longer a requirement to only have women on the bride’s side and men on the groom’s side. Now you can mix and match. Have you want to have stand up for you.

Photo by The OurWeddingDay Blog

I hope you enjoyed this post. It’s time for me to go and learn some more. Have a fantastic day everyone!

Julia O’Grady has big vision, fresh ideas and a proven track record in the events industry. She and her team work hard to exceed client expectations and push ITM Events to achieve greater heights. A driven entrepreneur, Julia also manages the business side of ITM Events including human resources, finances, marketing and writing grant and sales proposals. In taking a high level approach to event management, Julia is able to visualize a project from inception to successful execution. She attracts valuable sponsors by offering meaningful opportunities to engage with participants. Julia uses her keen analytical mind to create incredible events that maximize the available budget. When Julia isn’t planning unforgettable events, she loves travelling the world with her family, staying active, and enjoying fine food and martinis.


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