Trend Spotting 2016

Every year writers and commentator types like to look back at what’s happened and forward to the coming year. I especially enjoy humorist Dave Barry’s annual wacky holiday gift guide. I am no Dave Barry, and the trends I’m about to share may not be funny, but maybe, just maybe, they will be fun and even useful.

Pantone Color of the Year

First I must address the ‘color of the year’, as decreed by Pantone, the company known worldwide for its system of colors. This year’s choice: Rose Quartz and Serenity. Cleary that is not one color, and they explained it in this pretentious way: Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.’  Ok then! Hereafter I shall refer to these colors as ‘pink’ and ‘blue.’ It reminds me of TIME magazine choosing a group of people (2014: Ebola fighters) for Person of the Year. Couldn’t you just pick one? ‘Person’, ‘color’ – these are the singular form of the noun.

If you think pink is a little bit sentimental or cornball, know that most skin tones look great in pink! It is a flattering color, if a little princess-y. Done right, it can be amazing. I have learned to truly love pink. A few years ago they were pitching pink wedding gowns. I don’t know what happened to that – they were gorgeous.

Men look good in pink, too. I love a pink tie or pink shirt. It says ‘I’m secure in my manhood.’ Again, remember most skin tones look great in pink. How about a pink tux? It could be good. Pink tuxes are not just for 1970’s proms anymore.

A pink tux could definitely rock!

As for the blue – please refer to the above thoughts on pink. So moving on…

I couldn’t be happier to see lots of new bridal gowns that aren’t strapless. While strapless gowns are gorgeous, not every woman can make that work. We’re finally seeing some really fabulous dresses that do not require an exacting amount of cleavage. Some of these new designs have plunging necklines, others have very high necklines that somehow still look incredibly sexy. With straps you can even go backless. Don’t forget about lace sleeves! How about a crop top two-piece gown? Very cool. You won’t be missing out on the drama.

More choices!

Crop top gown - love it!

Everyone knows that cocktail hour is the best part of the wedding, and a new trend is to make the entire evening one big cocktail party. Why didn’t someone think of this sooner?

Another food trend is skipping the cake and doing elaborate dessert bars. Works for me!

Unusual venues continue to be popular. You’d do well to have a great wedding coordinator to make it work – but how about a wedding at a Christmas tree farm, an art gallery, museum, zoo, on a cliff, by a river or on a river for that matter?

For décor the experts are saying that metallic will be popular, as well lots and lots of lighting to make them shine. Think shimmering silver, cooper, and gold tones to add glamour and glitz. But if that’s not your style, rustic continues to be popular and is always charming.



Photographers are taking advantage of new technologies by using drones or Go-Pros for creative shots sure to be fabulous!

Go ahead and have your very own wedding hashtag, but still, please turn off those cameras and cell phones for the ceremony (are you sick of hearing me say that yet?) #LoisHeckmanCelebrant.

While its fun to follow the latest trends, remember the classics always work (by definition I think). New ideas offer us choices; they are not meant to dictate.

Today’s couples want their wedding to be a reflection of their personalities. Adding personal touches that show your interests and taste is a way to do that. Don’t choose something just because it’s hot this year, choose the colors, décor, venue, flowers, food, music, style, vibe, and flavors that feel like you! Be comfortable, whether its in pink, blue, or black and white.


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