With many engagements lighting up our Facebook feeds throughout the holiday season, we're preparing for a year full of wonderful weddings. Anja Winikka, site director of online wedding directory The Knot, joined TODAY Wednesday to share what trends we should expect to see.
1. Wild West weddings
If previous years were all about farm-to-table fare and beautiful barns, 2015 will welcome the era of the Wild West. Namely, rustic ranches and lots of leather accents. Jenna Bush Hager was ahead of the curve in 2008 by holding her wedding at Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.
2. Peace, love and macrame
Music festivals have inspired laid-back events that use kitschy details and earthy settings to set the romantic mood.
3. Drone and Go-Pro wedding photos and videos
Photographers are taking advantage of new technology for creative aerial shots the couple will cherish for years to come.
4. Bridesmaids duties are now covered — by apps!
Allow apps to help with the small stuff, like TaskRabbit (for all the little to-dos), TouristEye (for planning the honeymoon) and Uber or Lyft (for rides to and from the venues).
5. Food installations
Foodies rejoice! Your favorite part of the wedding party is now taking center stage in elaborate displays like beer gardens, doughnut dessert walls and hanging salad stations.
6. Modern brides dare to ditch the dress
When fashionable celebrities like Olivia Palermo and Solange Knowles choose chic separates or stylish jumpsuits over dresses, you can be sure a trend will follow suit.
7. Unexpected wedding venues
While traditional churches and catering halls have their perks, unique spots like museums, castles or even caves are becoming popular.
8. Pantone's Marsala makes a statement
Pantone announced that a deep Marsala red would be their Color of the Year and weddings are taking notice. The royally rich color is popping up on everything from the bridesmaids dresses to invitations.
9. Three-time costume changes for the bride
Some brides choose to wear a second dress to their after-party, but Winikka says that now there will be brides who pick a third dress for yet another part of the day. It's like their own mini-awards show!
10. Formal affairs make a major comeback
Casual weddings have become the trend du jour, but affairs that are staying formal will go to the max. Think opulent details like champagne towers, Cinderella castles, valets or even crowns for the new Mr. and Mrs.