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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The biggest trends of 2015


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.



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.



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.




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.




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.



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

Good luck and happy planning.

The POB Team

Where to splurge & where to save


Weddings are getting fancier, quirkier, larger and more glamorous. Just because you want to keep your costs low, doesn’t mean that it needs to look like a budget wedding. There will be things that will gobble up the bulk of your cash however, there are also some areas you can save money; the key is to shop around but know where to splurge and where to be frugal. Here are my top 5 splurges and top 5 saves… I’ve also thrown in a couple of don’t even bother’s, just for good measure!

Where to splurge:

5. The rings  – The rings will be one of the few things from your wedding, apart from the vows, that will last forever. Shop around but search for quality; we were quoted $5,000 for both our rings but shopped around until we got the same thing for the budget we had set. Stick to your guns, persistence will pay off.

4. Hair and makeup – Your hair and makeup need to last ALL DAY no matter the weather and you will have a gazillion photos of you and the wedding party. Make sure you seek several quotes but always ask to see a portfolio and get trials included in your package.

3. Wedding party attire – Like number 4, all eyes will be on your wedding party for the entire day. There’s a reason why the term “cheap suit” is used and not in a good way, you can see it a mile away and same goes for the dress. No need to go overboard, you can find gorgeous wedding gowns for around $2,000 to $3,000 and remember my last post? A smaller bridal party means you can have your bridesmaids and groomsmen in some nice quality attire too (assuming you’re fitting the bill of course).

 2. Music & entertainment – You want your wedding to look beautiful but you don’t want your guests yawning at their tables from boredom. Make sure that after the formalities are done, your guests can let their hair down on the dance floor and really celebrate the special occasion. You’ll also have a chance to catch up with people when you’re all dancing and having fun, everyone will talk about how great your wedding was so make sure your entertainment is quality and discuss the set list too.

1. Food & alcohol – This is number one because it’s the first question people ask when you’ve been to a wedding… how was the food? Make sure when visiting potential reception houses that they offer a tasting session. Also consider the portions in proportion to the alcohol served. You want your guests to be jolly but not plastered where there is potential for disaster. You don’t want to run out of alcohol either so consider the different packages the reception house offers and don’t be afraid to haggle; I did and got a good deal!

Where to save:

5.  Cars – Do you have a friend or family member with a nice car? They might be happy to drive you around for the day. Alternatively, check out for self-drive classic cars that are cheaper than having chauffeur driven cars. You can also contact specialised car clubs to find out if they would be happy to drive you for a small fee. We went half/half, one self-drive and one classic car with a driver.

 4. Flowers – This one can be a little tricky but you need to make sure you shop around. Have a good idea of what you like so that your quotes don’t end up being huge because they’ve included 14 different types of flowers and foliage. Pick about three of each and see how you go. also has many “at-home” local florists that do weddings at a fraction of the cost of the mainstream bridal florists, worth looking into.

 3. Photographer and/or videographer – Your photos and video will be one of the most important parts of your day however you’ll need to consider what you would like to capture. If shots of you getting ready and artsy shots of dresses hanging on chairs are really important to you then shop around for a professional photographer; however if you really just want to capture the moments during the ceremony and reception, think about whether you have any friends or family who are avid photographers with good equipment… if you think about it, we all know at least one! Many people opt to have their friends take all the photos and then send them the snaps afterwards. With all the technology available these days you can get your IT nerd friend to touch them up for you.

 2. Cake – Think about the last 3 weddings you went to and describe each cake in detail……. Exactly. The honest truth is that no one cares! You’ll have 3 photos of the both of you cutting it and then it’ll be chopped up and thrown in bags. 2 tiered wedding cakes serve about 50 people and they can start at $500! If you know someone who can make a decent cake, ask them if they can help. Pinterest has some great inspiration for wedding cakes too.

 1. Invitations and/or save the dates – Traditionally, wedding invitations are sent 3 months in advance however many people are opting for mid-week weddings these days so a save the date would make life easy for your guests if they have to organise an annual leave day or day off school. Even if you are making your own invitations, you could save on paper and postage by sending your invitations 4 months in advance instead. Search online for invitation templates and wording; there are a plethora of options on wording from really traditional to fun and modern.

Don’t bother:

3. Bonbonniere / wedding favours – Many couples opt not to give wedding favours these days but it you do feel the pressure of doing something, a donation to an organisation that has special meaning is also a popular option.

 2. Gifts for the bridal party – If you’ve paid for their attire for the day, there is no need to get them a gift. Re-consider if you have asked them to purchase their own attire for the day.

1. Outfit change – Some couples like to have a “leaving outfit”, although that isn’t as popular anymore it’s better left for the old days. Getting changed will eat into your time celebrating and saying your goodbyes and besides, you only get to wear your gown for one day… keep it on for as long as you can.

These are my top 5’s however they may not be yours. Take a look at what’s important to you and apply the same principle, guaranteed you’ll be pleased with what you can save.

Good luck and happy planning!

Purple Orchid Brides

You’re engaged! Now what?


Congratulations! You are about to embark on an amazing journey; planning your wedding day is going to be amazing.

Preparing for your future with your one and only is an incredible time of your life and planning your special day will be exciting but also a little overwhelming. For most of us, we only plan on getting married once so we’re all rookies at planning the most important day of our lives. Brace yourself for A LOT of opinions from the “experts”; some advice will be really helpful, others, not so much but it’s up to you to make sure what you take on board and don’t. The number one thing you need to remember is that it is your day…. So plan it how you want it.

I’m in the middle of planning my own wedding and I’ve found that by setting up a clear game plan from the very start, I’ve been able to have a really organised and stress-free lead up to my big day … so far…

To help my fellow bride’s to be, I’ve decided to start a blog about what I’ve found has worked in my favour and what I’ve found challenging. I plan to guide and assist in every way possible so that you can all have an amazing wedding day for everyone involved. At the end of the day you want your guests to say how wonderful it was, and not thank the heavens that it’s over!

To start you off, here are my top 3 tips to commence the planning process, ready, set, Go!!

1. Crunch your numbers: And I don’t mean budget, not yet. Many blogs will tell you that you’ll need to set your budget first but until you know a rough size of the guest list and size of your bridal party, you won’t be able to effectively plan your budget. I would also recommend discussing the guest list with your parents and in-laws to be; many of us face the burden of having to invite distant cousins and relatives because our parents say we need to. This is where you may need to have the discussion about whether your parents pay for their guests; having these discussions early will help you plan your budget and make decisions on other areas of the wedding. Another thing to consider is whether you will be inviting children or not; this will help you plan your reception budget as well.

Agree on your bridal party. These days many are opting for smaller bridal parties but if you come from a large family and each have a handful of nieces and nephews, you will need to agree with your fiancé as to who will be asked to be involved in your big day. Remember, you can have people involved in other ways like reading at the ceremony or helping set up.

Decide on the time of year you’ll have your special day; deciding on a date will also help with the budget as you will know how long you have to pay everything off. Winter weddings are generally cheaper with many reception houses offering winter packages whereas Spring is “wedding season” so you’ll be expected to see prices go up around this time of year. It might also be worth discussing with your fiancé whether you want to have your wedding locally or have a destination wedding. You would need to consider travelling and accommodation costs as part of your budget; on the flip-side though, you could be saving on the number of guests attending if you choose to have your wedding out of town as some people may need to decline their attendance… food for thought.

 2. Plan your budget: Once you’ve agreed on the approx. number of guests and the total number in your bridal party, sit down with your partner and start crunching numbers being as detailed as possible. You know how many guests you’re expecting so this will allow you to think about how much the reception will cost.

Once you’ve agreed on a budget, add $5,000 to $10,000 to it… seriously.

3. Pick a theme: This part is my (and most bride’s) favourite part and where Pinterest will be your best friend. If you don’t have a Pinterest account, I suggest creating one and start searching for inspiration. If you want to keep your inspiration private, don’t worry, you can make your boards private as to not give away your plans for the big day.

It’s also best to pick and theme and stick to it as much as possible; indecision will turn you into Bridezilla!

You now have your approximate guest list, your bridal party, your budget and the time of year for your wedding. Having a clear outline of what you’re able to work with will help you make firmer decisions on reception locations, your suppliers and allow you to isolate those businesses that cater for your needs.

I hope that these tips help you get started on your wedding plans and helps you feel like you have some control. In my next post, I’ll share how I chose to allocate my budget and where I think it’s important to splurge vs. tighten the grip.

Good luck and happy planning!

Purple Orchid Brides