As cherry blossoms give way to lush green, this can only mean one thing: spring wedding season is in full bloom in the Carolinas for our Charlotte wedding Bosses!

So what’s ‘hot’ for 2016 wedding season?  We asked some of Charlotte’s finest wedding planning pros to gives their predictions for what the 2016 Wedding Season has in store:


ALL IN THE FAMILY:  Aisha Thomas (Aisha Thomas Events)  says her 2016 couples are opting to create more events/moments for both families to spend time together outside of the ceremony and reception. “Often times families and friends travel many miles and do not necessarily know one another. Creating additional family/close friend events allows the opportunity for the families to get to know one another and just enjoy TIME.” said Aisha.   (vs simply gathering only on the wedding day. Which, no matter how intimate-seems to go by in a flash.)  Think beyond the traditional rehearsal dinner and opt for more family-centric,  get-to-know you events such as brunches or a chic family cocktail party like the one pictured below.)

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family wedding cocktail party


MIX IT UP!  When it comes to selecting a wedding style/decor for your wedding, Kelly Martin (Head Over Heels)  suggests not getting locked into to one particular look such as ‘modern,’ ‘rustic,’  or ‘glam’ and instead combining elements of multiple styles you love to create your own custom look.  “I love a farm tables paired with contemporary ghost or Infiniti chairs topped with a glam chandelier dripping in crystals. You could even add vintage flatware and serving pieces in mixed metals – such as golds, silvers and coppers to further reflect your style.” said  Kelly.


MIXING METALS: Speaking of ‘mixing,’  Angelina Recinella (Planned to Perfection) is also feeling the love of all-things-mixed.  Angela suggests mixing metals is on-trend for 2016.  Can silver and copper be friends?  How about varied shades of rose gold, gold and silver? (as pictured in our feature image above and below in the way of pretty glittery maids.)   Borrowing from interior design is one way to pull in non ‘wedding-y’ elements and make the day your own.  (You can also check out this glittering trend in House Beautiful who suggests applying the same concepts to your home here.)

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FOODTRUCK FUN:  Erin Padgett (Erin Padgett Events) is loving the wedding trend of adding ‘snacks-on-wheels’ as an unexpected bit of fun to the wedding day. “I love this trend – whether it be for cocktail hour only, for the main dinner or just for dessert – food trucks create such a fun atmosphere!”  (A few of Erin’s Charlotte food truck favorites are Tin Kitchen, ROOTS, Kings of Pops.)

roots food truck charlotte(Image courtesy of Roots Farm Website)


SHOW YOUR TRUE COLORS:  Our pros can all agree on one ‘shift’ in planning,  which  has been couples truly honoring the unique things about the two of them and showing real wedding  ‘personality’ throughout their wedding events.  Though tradition can be beauttiful–couples are getting personal and incorporating unique events (think pre-ceremony cocktail party) , bold decor options (like patterns and mixed metals trends borrowed from interior design vs, wedding blogs)  and selecting more unique options for their ceremony vs. a more traditional church option. (think mountainsides, breweries or their own backyard.)

As much as our Bosses love ‘trend-spotting’ and incorporating at-the-moment ideas; their favorite wedding elements are those are inspired directly by the couple making the wedding unique to them and all their own.


Featured Wedding Boss Planners:

Aisha Thomas (Aisha Thomas Events)

Kelly Martin (Head Over Heels)

Angelina Recinella (Planned to Perfection)

Erin Padgett (Erin Padgett Events)

Featured Photographer:  BlueSky by Cass Bradley