Wedding Trends for 2016: The Mansion Picks

Trends at Buffalo?s Preferred Wedding Venue

2016 marks a new year for new bridal trends, reception ideas, wedding decor and more. The Mansion on Delaware Avenue tracks and perfects the most popular 2015 wedding trends for the new year.

From personal wedding themes, to food and beverage, dessert, music and more, our event team can walk you through how to create your perfect, personalized wedding celebration to be remembered for years to come.

Personal Wedding Themes

Love art, travel, literature, or cinema? Showcase it at your wedding! Mashup tried and true styles with modern flourishes and let your personality shine through your theme. Popular wedding trends for 2016 include Industrial Chic, Old Hollywood, and Local Buffalo.

Experiment with deep color palettes {rust, navy, gunmetal} contrasted with subdued tones {oyster, champagne} and mixed metals & tactile fabrics {velvet, plaid}. Mixing coordinated color scheme and fabrics is a sophisticated way to customize your wedding palette.

Homage to hometown history and family with a uniquely downtown Buffalo wedding. Dozens of vendors throughout WNY specialize in wedding desserts, décor, stationary and more. Show the Buffalove!

Priority - Food & Drink

Showcasing local & seasonal produce has thankfully become the new standard for weddings in 2015/16. Mini traditional comfort foods as hors d'oeuvres? Yes, please! Chef spun new takes on your favorite flavors; niche tasting stations for chocolate, cheese or whiskey, and family-style first courses are becoming increasingly popular. Amazing wine pairings should not be overlooked; a sweet array of port, muscat and icewine offered with dessert is a nice touch as well.

The Wedding Cake

The enormous cake to serve all guests is a thing of the past? we love the petite cake trend that has blown up in recent years. Choose a ?naked? option with simple buttercream and fresh flowers, or full fondant with a spread of tortes, pies, and mini pastries in a spectrum of flavors. The petite wedding cake and assorted dessert is a fantastic way to get everyone sampling and talking.

Retro Rides

Antique autos or horse and carriage are great for some alone time for the newlyweds and are a classic alternative to the typical limo ride. A vintage trolley for the whole bridal party wins style points over the stretch limos, Hummers and vans, if you you?re transporting a group.

Gathering Spots

Interactive guest books, photo booths with fun props, lounge areas, and late-night snacks or cigar stations continue to be on the rise as essential conversation starters. Gathering spots throughout your wedding reception are great ways for families to bond, share memories, and build new ones.


The two things your guests will remember most are the food and music at your reception. If you want your crowd to dance, get the pros. Select a professional band you enjoy who will work with you ahead of time, or an awesome, vetted DJ who can read the crowd and make the party happen. For a more leisurely group, a smaller live trio specializing in jazz or standards is great.


There is no need to conform to the strapless gown or tux, if that?s just not your thing. 2016 is a perfect time for those looking to break out of the mold. New bridal styles include pants, full skirts and capes, fringe and fur, backless, cut-aways, super sheer skirts, and soft colors {blush, dove grey}. Colored, textured suits and vests are popular for groomsmen, with signature socks and bowties.

Relax, Enjoy, Celebrate

Have fun! Keep your wedding as low stress as possible. Throw family and friends a bone in the planning process- it?s all about connections anyway. Take as much time as necessary to consider your most precious {and future} relationships as you do to create your wedding Pinterest boards. Be sure your vendors are on the same page as you and your betrothed for a seamless wedding day for you to relax, enjoy and celebrate!

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