Maine Wedding Trends of 2016

I know a lot of my 2017 and 2018 couples are in the thick of wedding planning right now. There's so many different trends and opinions and options about how you should plan your wedding. I thought I'd put together some of the new and neat trends I noticed while actually IN the field for inspiration. Enjoy!  

1. Day of Maps!

Wedding day guest maps

If your ceremony site is different from your reception venue you might want to consider sending your guests a wedding day map! Not only is it a great way to make sure everyone knows where they are going, it can be a really sweet keepsake from the day. This map was from Laura and John's wedding at Wolf's Neck Farm in Freeport Maine. I thought it was such a neat addition to the day's details that I photographed the ring with it.

2. Out-of-the-box lawn games

Wedding lawn games

Lawn games are a great way to add some entertainment to your cocktail hour or reception. Mary and Ryan's wedding at Coolidge Family Farm in New Gloucester had a giant size pong game going! There was also giant sized Jenga, Connect 4, and bean bag toss. The guests had so much fun at this cocktail hour! 

3. Unique Guest Books

unique wedding guest books

I love the tradition of guest books. The day goes by so fast and a guest book is a great way to hold on to a little moment with each person. Over my years as a wedding photographer I've seen wedding guest books get more and more unique! I loved these wooden hearts at Whitney and Christopher's wedding at the New England Outdoor Adventure Center

4. Black and White Color Scheme 

black and white bridesmaid dresses

When talking details with a couple I think I get most excited about the color scheme they are going with. It always says so much about the 'feel' they are going for. This year I've seen an increase in the amount of black and white color schemes at weddings. I love the classic and clean look of it. For Kate and Mason's wedding at the Royal Oaks Room in Lewiston Maine the colors worked perfectly. Kate had her bridesmaids in black with white pearls. The two colors were also paired all throughout their reception. 

5. Cascading Bridal Bouquets 

bridal bouquet 

I love a flowy, whimsical Bridal bouquet! Rory's bouquet from her wedding to John at Josias River Farm in Cape Neddick Maine was a VISION. The flowers were grown and the bouquet designed by Flour and they did a fabulous job with the bouquets and the table flowers at the reception. 

6. Versatile Wedding Gowns 

bar harbor maine wedding

I LOVED Gina's wedding gown from her and Harry's wedding at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel in Bar Harbor, Maine. Not only was it stunning it was versatile! Part of the dress was made to be worn two ways. For the ceremony she wore the delicate lace at the sleeves of her dress as a second sleeve draped at the top of her arms. For the Reception she could button them together at the back to add a beautiful detail to the back of the dress. You can see both ways she wore them below. 

The first look: 

Atlantic Oceanside Hotel Weddings

The second look:

Bar Harbor Maine Weddings

7. Old Fashion Cars as Photo Props 

2016 wedding trends
Wedding Photographers near Augusta Maine

Two of my couples last year, Mary and Ryan, and Kate and Mason opted to have old fashion cars as part of their formal portraits and I have to say, I LOVED it. They added a lot to each formal photo session and fit well with each wedding. 

8. Wedding Coloring Books

games for kids at weddings

A new idea and something for the kids to really get into was wedding day coloring books. Elyse and Andrew put these out for the children at their wedding and it was a great way to make things interactive for them! I also saw legos and mad libs at the reception.

9. Doughnuts! 

wedding doughnut bar

doughnuts doughnuts doughnuts! Who doesn't love a doughnut! I've seen them as part of a wedding dessert bar a few times this year. The above apple cider doughnuts were part of Elise and Kevin's Portland Maine wedding. I've also heard of couples having a doughnut truck come to their reception! 

10. Taking a few moments to be alone

Cape Elizabeth Maine Wedding Photos

Three of my couples last season, including Katelyn and Mike, put it into their timeline that the bride and groom had 15 minutes together alone. It usually fell just after the ceremony as they walked out and left. I think this idea is wonderful and a great way for a couple to catch their breath and take everything in. The day goes by so fast and setting aside a few moments to stop and remember just what it's all about really helps you get the most out of your day.

So there you have it! I hope this helps inspire those that are planning weddings right now. If you are interested in hiring me as your wedding photographer you can contact me HERE. 2017 is about 3/4ths booked and I've started booking 2018 weddings as well.