The hottest wedding trends for 2016

Planning your 2016 wedding and wondering which direction your style should go in? At POB we’ve listed the biggest trends for the coming year to help make your wedding unforgettable.

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Themes and décor:

In 2016 many will continue to approach their wedding on a individual basis with couples continuing to move away from strictly traditional, to making their occasion a personal, fun and timeless event. On the décor front, we’ll see a shift from  the boho and rustic pastels to slightly more elegant and glamorous looks with pops of bolder colours starting to shine through.

Flowers:

The boho-chic flowers of 2015 will be easily adapted in 2016 but they will be on steroids! Wild cascading florals will dominate both bouquets and reception venues, think big, bold and in your face!

Colour scheme:

Metallics will make a big statement in 2016 with the main focus being on soft gold tones, champagne and rose gold. They will need to be carefully thought out as to not overtake the colour pallet, but you’ll see that these hints of shimmery glamour add an elegant, whimsical pop to a black-tie event. Metallics are also very versatile so if you’re looking to have a more casual or ethereal look to your wedding, these soft, shimmery tones will look just a magical. We think an amazing combo with gold tones are blush and black.

Gowns:

Sexy and heavy fabrics that nudge the traditional forward into something more modern will be dominant in 2016. Body veils and capes were a hot item at this year’s New York Bridal Fashion Week along with the high split. Feathers for texture and patterned gowns were also big.

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The groom:

The Groom’s attire will smarten up in 2016 with more dapper and elegant styles taking over. Think James Bond with a little quirk; neck ties will also replace the popular bow tie of 2015. On the colour pallet side – look out for boys in burgundy.

 

Take a look at our planning tips if you’re looking for some ideas on how to pull off your dream wedding without breaking the bank.

Good luck and happy planning!

The POB team.

 

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The biggest trends of 2015

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Whether you’re planning or reminiscing on your big day, there’s no doubt that 2015 saw some amazing styles and trends across the board. Here, we round up the top trends of the year, with a clear stand out – Boho-chick / rustic.

Themes & Décor:

The biggest trend in 2015 (and probably in 2014 as well) was by far the boho-chic or rustic styles with many couples opting for a more relaxed and informal atmosphere. There was a big focus on keeping an intimate and personal affair, the focus being long wooden tables instead of round ones, as well as tonnes of twinkly lights or candles to add a romantic and cosy feel.

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Flowers:

2015 floral arrangements were BIG! Whether you opted for soft and floaty or lush and full, the boho-chic and rustic feel was also a big trend in flowers with some interesting and non-traditional additions, such as dominant foliage, nuts, berries and even fruit to bouquets and floral arrangements.

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Colour scheme:

Again soft and floaty won in 2015 with many brides heading back into the direction of matching dresses for her bridal party. Gone are the days where each bridesmaid wore a completely different dress, we’re now opting for dresses in very similar style and colour to complement each body type. Floral head pieces were a massive trend in 2015 as well, with many brides deciding to wear flowers instead of the traditional veil.

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Gowns:

There were many gorgeous trends in this category in 2015, sheer, sultry and graphic lace the clear stand outs of the year. We also saw many sheer/backless with lace and beading detail and plunging necklines that really made a special statement in the colder months.

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The Groom:

The full beard and in some cases the “man bun” was a big trend for the boho-chic weddings in 2015, many grooms choosing from the blue hews for their look as well as creams and greys. We saw many Groomsmen in hipster styles with bow ties making a huge comeback in 2015 weddings.

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Stay tuned for what we think the hottest trends and looks will be for 2016!

Good luck and happy planning.

The POB Team

Planning the perfect Hen’s do

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It’s time to plan the hen’s night, the bride’s last “hoorah” and you want it to be perfect. You’ve been asked to be part of the bridal party and you have no idea where to start!….. well, actually you have an idea of how the night should be planned but there are so many things you need to consider. Firstly, it’s likely that you don’t know all of the bridesmaids as well as the bride does. Your idea of the perfect day might include a morning of pampering followed by a day at the races where someone else might think that a show-boat full of strippers followed by a cocktail bar might be the best way to go. And then, there are the guests to think about… how would the bride’s mother feel about “dick straws” in her drink?

No need to panic, we’ve been doing some research on how to pull off a hen’s do that accommodates the bride’s interests and considers the bridal party and your guests. Here are the top ways we think you should tackle organising the most awesome hen’s night out!

Get together with the bridal party – If you don’t know the other bridesmaids very well, organising the hens night is a great way to get to know each other. Suggest meeting up for lunch or dinner where you can brainstorm ideas. It’s really important that you all ask each other’s opinion and give each other a chance to contribute. It’s also good to ask the girls whether the bride has specifically mentioned anything in the past that you might be able to include in your plans. Make sure you take notes and don’t forget to exchange contact details. 

Ask the bride – There will be some other things that collectively, you aren’t sure about, especially when it comes the different guests that will be invited. You might be certain that the bride wants a stripper but do you know whether her aunty Doris will suffer a mild heart attack at the sight of a chiseled male torso? You can speak to the bride without giving anything away. For example, if you are planning male entertainment, would the full nude be too much for the crowd or would it be safer to split the evening into 2 sections? An earlier dinner for everyone and then a cheeky party for the crowd that would enjoy a bit of naughty-ness. It’s really important that you cater for all people so getting an idea from the bride is a great way help you plan the evening. 

Do your research – Once you and the other bridesmaids have had a chance to talk about some ideas and the bride has given you a little more direction, start doing your research. The bridal party should share the load and make some enquiries. The main objective is to gather quotes and availability as well as other important factors like operating hours, wheelchair access and flexibility on dietary requirements. Once everyone has made some phone calls and gathered information, catch up again to go through the options. 

Get the guest list from the bride – Understanding your estimated numbers is always important to figure out before you set a budget; if you know the total number of people expected to attend, then it’s likely that you’ll have an easier time allocating the cost per head. Ask the bride to provide you with a list of guests she would like to invite; encourage her to include people like her grandmother or the groom’s younger sister; this ensures that everyone feels they are included and are welcome to join the party. It also gives them the chance to decline the invite rather than not be invited at all. 

Take budget into account – There are a few things to consider when it comes to putting together a budget; is the bride also planning on any other events that may mean that guests would contribute money or gifts? i.e. kitchen tea, bridal shower or a bridal lunch. As a rule of thumb, most hens do’s place a budget of about $100 per head, this would include covering the cost of the bride as well, as usually, she’s expected not to pay anything on the night. This per head amount must only account for anything that the guests will be involved in. If the bridal party decide to do something intimate beforehand or organise accommodation, this should be covered by the bridesmaids and not by the guests who won’t be included in that part of the day. 

Leave some wriggle room in your schedule – You want everyone to have a great night out and feel relaxed during the party. Unfortunately things happen that are out of your control such as traffic, weather and general delays… we do like a good chat! Make sure that you leave enough time in the night’s schedule to ensure you’re not rushing around and feel like you’re herding cats; if you need people to arrive at a venue by 7pm, put 6.30pm on the invite so that the stragglers don’t miss anything. If you’re moving from one venue to another, allow time for transport over to the next place, it’s also a really good idea for one of the bridesmaids to head over a little earlier than the rest of the group to secure the booking if applicable. By leaving some room to move in your schedule you’ll ensure that everyone is having a great time and the bridal party can also enjoy the evening without feeling the stress of rushing.

Keep these 6 tips in mind and once you have these lined up and organised, the other details will fall into place such as any decorating you choose to do, collection of the funds to pay venues etc. The key thing to remember is to be relaxed about your approach. If you’re Maid of Honour, don’t feel like you need to take on all the responsibility, share the load and allow others to contribute.

Good luck and happy planning!

The POB team

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