Pinterest Announces the Hottest Wedding Trends of 2016

Pinterest is not only the holy grail of wedding inspiration, but with over 100 million active users, it also offers a fascinating glimpse into user behavior. In honor of the one-year anniversary of marriage equality, they've released a list of the most popular wedding ideas on their site, along with data on up-and-coming trends. Here's what's resonating with brides across the country:

1. Unplugged Ceremonies
Custom wedding hashtags can be a goldmine for touching and hilarious photos, and many newlyweds display signage throughout their reception encouraging guests to capture candid moments. However, when it comes to the ceremony, some prefer to ask guests politely to "unplug" from their phones and abstain from snapping pics. Tech-free "I dos" are gaining traction — according to Pinterest data, searches related to this topic are up a whopping 600%.


Related: Why You Might Want to Consider an Unplugged Wedding

2. Honeymoon Registries
Honeymoon fund inquiries on Pinterest are up 200% this year — and it's no wonder, considering that gifting-focused apps like Amazon, Honeyfund, and Zola are revolutionizing the way that newlyweds-to-be search and register for items. You could add that KitchenAid mixer you've always wanted (but were never able to afford), collect funds for your dream vacay to Hawaii, and even register for a crash course in cooking, all in the same place. Imagine the possibilities!


Related: 10 Dos and Don'ts for a Universal Wedding Registry

3. Circular Ceremony Seating
Add a fun, non-traditional element to your wedding ceremony with circular seating, which is up 80% in searches. Unlike a traditional ceremony format, where the bride and groom have their backs turned, circular seating provides a better visual aspect for everyone involved. Although standard seating may be the only feasible option at a church or temple, non-religious venues and outdoor receptions offer more flexibility.


Related: 6 Creative Ways to Seat Your Wedding Guests

4. Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses
Bridesmaids, rejoice! Instead of being tied down to a one-size-fits-all-dress, more bridal parties are rocking complementary styles that flatter each girl's figure and personality (searches are up 50% this year). Allowing for some creative freedom also helps to ensure that the bridesmaids don't spend more than they can really afford on the big-day look. Just be sure to give a few guidelines as to what color, length, or fabric you prefer.


Related: Mix & Match Done Right: 25 Ideas for Your Bridesmaids

5. Toss Bars
"Toss bars" featuring rose petals, confetti, pom poms, and other sendoff items are trending, up 30% this year. Guests will love celebrating your union with this creative twist on tradition.


Related: 15 Spectacular Ideas For Your Wedding Sendoff

6. Casual Dining
Budget-savvy couples are gravitating towards low-key catering options, like food trucks (searches related to the term are up 30%) and buffets vs. the traditional sit-down dinner. Tasty late-night bites, such as sliders and mini tacos, also continue to reign supreme.


Related: 50 Fun Menu Innovations for Your Reception

On the Rise

1. Non-Religious Venues
When it comes to finding the perfect venue, brides and grooms are getting inspiration from their own backyard (searches for backyard weddings are up 25% since last year). A sentimental locale imparts an intimate and casual vibe that offers lots of opportunities for personalization. Scenic beach weddings came in at a close second.


Related: 100 Beautiful Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies

2. Asking a Friend to Officiate
Hosting a non-denominational ceremony? Consider asking a close pal or relative to do the honors of officiating, which adds an ultra-personal feel to the ceremony and speaks immensely to your relationship with that person.


Related: Asking a Friend or Family Member to Officiate Your Wedding

3. Creature Comforts for Guests
Savvy couples are stocking up on basic bathroom necessities, bug spray, snacks, and other low-cost items to help keep guests comfortable and happy on the big day. Provide seasonal items, like blankets for a cold and chilly winter affair or fans for a sweltering hot summer's day.


Related: 50 Little Details That'll Take Your Wedding to the Next Level

4. DIY Desserts
While wedding cakes will always be here to stay, more couples are looking into do-it-yourself dessert stations. Pins with s'mores bars, caramel apples, and even "pimp your own" cupcakes are the most popular.


Related: 25 Delicious Wedding Cake Alternatives

5. Alternative Wedding "Programs"
Featuring one oversized sign detailing the events of the day is a great way to cut down on costs. Order fewer stationery items than your guest count on the details that don't need to be one per person. For example, menu cards can be swapped for a larger sign or one per table.


Related: 50 Cost-Cutting Wedding Swaps

6. Groom-Approved Ideas
Modern couples are planning their wedding as a team. Images featuring wedding ideas that guys like, too (ranging from décor to stylish accessories to food) are on the rise.


Related: Fun Ways to Include Your Groom's Style in the Wedding

Tell us: Which of these ideas are you incorporating into your own wedding?

—Stefania Sainato