DOWNTOWN: New Trends for 2016 Weddings Spotted at The Hay-Adams

Spring is just around the corner, and wedding planning is about to reach its height. The folks over at Hay-Adams are quite used to planning weddings (and other events) and through their experience they have seen the changes in trends over the years. Alison Okobi the Director of Catering put together the following trends that are vogue this year, so if you are planning - here are some ideas
The landmark Hay-Adams, directly overlooking the White House is a popular venue for brides wishing to capture the quintessential Washington wedding. Alison Okobi, the director of catering at this award-winning hotel is spotting some new trends in 2016, based on the weddings she is orchestrating at The Hay-Adams.

  • First is the new trend of holding a brunch wedding instead of an evening affair. Brides can really enjoy the day celebrating with guests and sparkling cocktails are perfect with brunch. In fact, Rosé wines, along with Rosé Champagne, are very much in demand this year
“2016 is shaping up to be a year of quality over quantity on this special day, with more family-style, intimate dining experiences for receptions, with low florals arrangements to invite conversation,” states Director of Catering Alison Okobi.
  • Another trend spotted at The Hay-Adams is that brides are requesting a more neutral design palette with more greys and softer earth tones, along with wooden and metallic decorative objects and accents, instead of higher drama sparkling surfaces. Okobi is also getting requests for rose gold details, and she is currently sourcing rose gold chiaviari chairs for a bride.
  • For greater ease of planning, brides are turning to laser cut signage and place cards for their big day. 
  • There is also a growing trend for couples seeking an organic and sustainable sourced menu for their wedding. 
  • They also want paired beverages featured at food stations, such as a favorite tequila with a ceviche station, or local Virginia wines showcased with cheese pairings overseen by a sommelier for an educational component at the reception.  
  • Lastly, couples are moving beyond his and her cakes to his and her signature cocktails, reflecting their own personal style.
The award-winning Hay-Adams hotel is located at 800 16th Street NW, Washington DC, 20006
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