Thumbtack.com released some fun trends on 2016 weddings. If you are a newly engaged Southern bride, check out these tips and trends as you plan. You will even see a few fun trends coming out the South not to mention stats on what a wedding costs in some Southern states.
The new theme is no theme: Couples are increasingly focusing on small details — not big themes — to set their weddings apart.
Highlight videos are hot — Videographers are seeing an 8% uptick in requests for highlight videos, which incorporate personalized messages from guests and are created for social sharing.
Laser-cut details are everywhere — Featured on invitations, place-cards, and even place mats, laser-cutting will be especially popular.
Cupcakes aren’t going anywhere — 10% more couples will feature cupcakes for dessert in 2016, compared to 2015, showing that this personalized touch has staying power.
2016 couples are upping the ante: This year’s couples are spending noticeably more on wedding essentials compared to 2015.
20% increase in spending — The average couple will spend about $2,000 more on average, with much of that going to a more upscale dinner experience.
Formal receptions on the rise — For 2016 weddings, there’s been a 26% increase in couples requesting servers for formal dinner receptions, and a 32% increase in couples requesting plated meals.
Traditional tiers — Cakes are also getting taller than ever, with a 55% increase in couples requesting a 3-layer cake this year compared to last year.
Big, bold visuals have arrived: From wedding theme colors to bridal beauty looks, expect 2016 weddings to feature big visuals.
Glam beauty — More and more brides are eschewing the “safe” natural and romantic beauty look: there’s been a 75% increase in brides requesting glam hair and makeup, with touches like highlights and contouring and bold lip colors.
Beyond natural — Brides plan to go beyond “born with it” in 2016. The data shows a 70% increase in requests for false eyelashes and airbrushing. There’s been a 15% increase in brides planning to wear a classic veil.
Bright palettes — Popular colors this year include bursts of reds and bright blues, along with pops of yellow as an accent, and gray neutrals to hold it all together. Metallic accents stay popular this year, emphasizing the glam factor.
The Real Cost of Getting Married
Based on average price quoted for wedding essentials for Thumbtack weddings in 2016
National Averages – Costs and Customer Profile
$12,189: The amount the average American couple will spend on essential wedding services in 2016, excluding the venue, dress, and rings, for a wedding with 98 guests on average.
33: Average marrying age of Thumbtack couple
75%: Thumbtack couples who are employed full-time
5%: Thumbtack couples who are students
45%: Thumbtack couples who are homeowners
Top 5 Most and Least Expensive States to Get Married
Top 5 Most Expensive States to Get Married
Connecticut – $17,211
New York – $16,305
District of Columbia – $15,835
Rhode Island – $15,233
Pennsylvania – $14,722
Top 5 Least Expensive States to Get Married
Missouri – $9,031
Nevada – $9,095
Arizona – $9,593
Kentucky – $9,712
Utah – $9,804
Top 25 Most Expensive Metro Areas to Get Married (Wedding Essentials)
New York, NY — $16,077
Philadelphia, PA — $15,434
Pittsburgh, PA — $14,287
Baltimore, MD — $14,261
Providence, RI — $13,990
San Francisco, CA — $13,734
San Jose, CA — $13,418
Cleveland, OH — $13,416
Washington, D.C.-Northern VA — $13,303
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN — $13,173
New Orleans, LA — $13,089
Boston, MA — $13,028
Miami, FL — $12,923
Los Angeles, CA — $12,709
Chicago, IL — $12,449
Milwaukee, WI — $12,197
Seattle, WA — $12,149
Detroit, MI — $11,819
Memphis, TN — $11,805
Portland, OR — $11,714
Columbus, OH — $11,692
Austin, TX — $11,519
Rochester, NY — $11,472
Charleston, SC — $11,448
Sacramento, CA — $11,349
Northeast and Mid-Atlantic affairs tend to be more expensive: This higher cost is most often driven by formal dinners and a large number of guests. In New York, 33% of couples request plated dinners. In Washington, D.C., 48% of couples request hors d’oeuvres.
Midwestern states throw the biggest weddings: Weddings are the biggest in Midwestern states like Minnesota and Wisconsin, where over 60% of couples welcome 100+ guests. The smallest weddings are in destination wedding locations like Hawaii, where 43% of couples welcome fewer than 20 guests.
BBQ and Mexican catering vs. Italian and American cuisine: Italian and American food are crowd pleasers at weddings across the country. In fact, there are only two states that would prefer another type of cuisine at weddings – both Kentucky and South Carolina prefer BBQ. Unsurprisingly, Mexican is popular throughout the Southwest, with 43% of couples in New Mexico requesting Mexican food.
Pop music reigns at the reception, but country’s close behind: Wedding guests across the majority of the United States (46 states) prefer pop music, but country is a close second choice in several states, including Texas.
Vermont braids and Southern locks: Brides across the country love a timeless romantic look. Brides in Vermont prefer to accent their look with braids, while brides in most other locales prefer a half-up / half-down look. Long curly hair is especially popular in Southern states like Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂