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5 Earthy Trends That Have Us Swooning

We love pink peonies as much as the next planner, but lately we’ve been on board with all-things Earthy when it comes to weddings. While 2015 saw the resurgence of boho-chic with its flower crowns and birch archways dripping in greenery, we think 2016 is headed in a more minimalistic direction, while still holding steady to the Earthy trend that boho weddings everywhere executed to perfection. Today, then, we’re breaking down our favorite 2016 earthy wedding trends for this upcoming season of nuptials.

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Clean Cacti

The desert trend is in full swing, and we predict that it’s here to stay. Rather than thick foliage and dripping greenery, clean, understated cacti will have its biggest year yet in 2016. Think: West Elm meets southern California meets the expansiveness of the Sahara Desert. We especially love these cacti cupcakes from the one and only Alana Jones-Mann and these super chic West Elm planters. Pro tip? Ditch the typical altar and instead frame your couple’s ceremony space with groupings of understated planters filled with tall, towering cacti.

Aisle Planner Earthy Wedding Trends
Photo courtesy Shane and Lauren Photography

The Great Outdoors

While past years were all about dressing up a venue, the earthy direction that 2016 is heading in calls for just the opposite: instead of ballrooms that need disguising, couples are opting more and more for natural, outdoor venues that provide striking, powerful backdrops all on their own Think: the towering red rocks of Arizona, the whimsical forests of Northern California, the timeless lighthouses of Long Island or the quaint outdoor gardens of the Pacific Northwest. We especially love the idea of saying I Do amongst the blooming foliage of Anthropologie’s Greenhouse, Terrain or against Sedona’s unmistakable red rocks at L’Auberge.

Aisle Planner Earthy Wedding Trends
Photo courtesy Shane and Lauren Photography

Almost Elopement

With earthier, more intimate weddings oh-so on trend right now, we predict we’ll start to see more and more weddings that feel closer to elopements than typical weddings. With modern-day brides and grooms preferring the fuss-free route, we’re predicting the rise of a wedding/elopement hybrid. This means our couples will draw inspiration from both ends of the spectrum. So, while couples will still opt to celebrate their nuptials amongst invited guests, we might see invite lists getting shorter and shorter, and I’d also venture to say we’ll see more and more couples opting for just a maid of honor and best man, or even no bridal party at all rather than dealing with the hassle of 10 bridesmaids and groomsmen.

We may also see a rise in the trend of destination elopements followed by large receptions back at home to celebrate. A little creative idea for ya? If your couple opts to elope followed by an all-out at-home reception, send reception invites postmarked from the destination they eloped to help build the buzz for the upcoming party.  

Aisle Planner Earthy Wedding Trends
Photo courtesy Shane and Lauren Photography

Earthy Turned Industrial

We saw the heavy use of wood in wedding design elements in 2015, and we think it’s here to stay, but with a new twist. Rather than wood used in a rustic, boho way, we think we’ll see this earthy element paired with clean lines and modern metals to create an industrial-chic vibe. Think CB2 meets a modern Uptown apartment. Rather than farm tables dripping boho-inspired florals, we’ll see them dressed with chic, square copper vases, and all-things industrial. With this, we’ll also see the rise of art museums and oh-so-cool warehouses used as event venues. Among our favorites? The 1896 in Brooklyn, The Foundry in New York and The Carondelet House in L.A.

Bringing Worldly Home

With travel an always-hot topic, we predict we’ll see more and more couples opting to bring their favorite vacation destinations home using wedding design elements. Not every couple can afford to fly their entire group of friends and family out to the Amalfi Coast, after all, but they can afford to incorporate organic lemon trees, hand-painted tiles and rich, royal blues to evoke that classic Mediterranean feel right at home. We predict we’ll see more and more destination-at-home weddings, where couples opt to duplicate, say, that East-Coast feel but on the shores of the Pacific, through table names (Brooklyn, New York, New Jersey, etc.) and other aesthetic elements.

Pro tip? If your couple is opting for a destination-at-home wedding, make sure you incorporate the location-inspiration into every single detail of the wedding, including the food and beverages. Craft up custom cocktails (Limoncello for Italy-inspired affairs, classic Manhattans for New York-themed soirees, etc.) and ensure appetizers and small bites also communicate location (caprese salad bites for Italy, a late-night pizza bar for New York, etc.)

Overall, we’re so excited to see what 2016 brings and we want to hear your thoughts as well! Share your 2016 wedding trend predictions with us in the comments section below.

About the Author

Gillian Griffith
Gillian Griffith

As Aisle Planner’s Contributing Editor, Gillian knows there’s nothing as deadly as a woman with good grammar, great nails and a strong backhand (think: tennis). She is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada, where she spends the sunny days with her family, her Louisiana Catahoula pup and, her ultimate love, a 1939 typewriter. Follow Gillian on Instagram @gigi_the_girl

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