Each year, Thumbtack helps thousands of couples put together their perfect wedding. And in helping so many brides and grooms, we’re able to gather lots of data and identify trends to inspire other couples. This year’s biggest trend was the smaller size of the wedding itself. Gone are the days of big, buffet, and basic. Pared-down, intimate events are what couples are choosing to focus their budgets on.
What else is new and notable? Read on to see what’s trending now.
Food Gets Formal
In line with the smaller, more intimately-sized wedding trend is an upscaling of the dining experience. Couples are opting for formal sit-down dinners and fusion cuisine, meaning catering costs are taking a larger portion of wedding budgets. Food is now the largest cost after the venue. On average, couples are spending around $3,700 to feed their guests.
Photo Booths Are Booming
Couples want to share their love—especially on social media. Photo booths that are wifi-enabled and able to print customized photo strips make the social share super simple. Many booths can also take short videos, perfect for guests to post in their feeds. Enclosed booths are the most popular option for Thumbtack couples and account for 63 percent of rentals.
Cakes Are Rising
Wedding cakes are hitting new heights with the tall trend leading the way. 80 percent of couples request traditional stack cakes, with 57 percent of those wanting three cake layers and 15 percent wanting four layers or more. Pro tip: mix and match flavors in your stack cake to please everyone’s palate.
Personalized Palettes Lead the Pack
Popular wedding colors this year include bursts of reds and bright blues, pops of yellow as an accent, and gray neutrals to bring it all together. Metallic accents continue to hold strong, emphasizing the glam factor that brides are seeking.
Floral Arrangements Are Brightening
Sunflowers are blooming bright as a new trend this year, but that doesn’t mean traditional roses, lilies, and peonies aren’t still wedding favorites. The average Thumbtack couple will spend a little over $1,100 on wedding flowers, and 79 percent of brides plan to reuse ceremony flowers for the reception. Pro tip: Don’t forget a boutonniere or corsage for the officiant.
Pop and Country Get the Guests Dancing
Pop music reigns at reception—with 75 percent of couples requesting it—but country music is close behind at 55 percent. Many couples want a happy mix of all genres: enter, the wedding DJ. Part of the DJ’s are to introduce the bride and groom, make announcements, and provide a microphone for toasts, which is why many Thumbtack couples opt for one over a DIY ipod playlist.
Get the full Thumbtack Wedding Trends report at thumbtack.com/weddings.