Spring is here, but we are already looking forward to summer weddings! We noticed a few things changing the world of beach-side weddings. A shift in color choices, less florals, simplified celebrations are going to be big in 2016.

Soft, Monochromatic Colors

Bright, bold hues have long been associated with beach weddings, but 2016 is seeing a shift to understated, feminine shades. Pastel pinks, cool blues, ivory, aand creamy white are among the most popular color choices this season. Rather than selecting separate colors from across the color wheel, brides are opting for slightly varying hues of a single color. We’re seeing softer hues for bridesmaid’s dresses, accented by a few pops of a slightly darker shade for accessories, such as shoes.

Non-Floral, Natural Decor

Many brides are decorating with succulents, shells, seaweed, aand driftwood rather than traditional wedding flowers. This non-floral trend is ideal for do-it-yourselfers, since it’s easy to pick up dried starfish aand shells at a craft store – transforming them into beachy corsages aand boutonnieres. Plain wooden tables are getting dressed up with striped runners of navy aand white, aand deck chairs for lounging add a subtle seaside touch. These natural elements blend into the scenery perfectly, aand look more at home on the beach than flowers.

The Look

Less is more when it comes to beach weddings. Skin looks dewy aand bronzed, with a soft, subtle shimmer to emphasize cheek aand brow bones. The traditional smoky eye look is giving way to shimmering champagne tones, though some brides are adding a hint of color with a soft mauve or olive green. For lips, barely-there glosses are in demaand, as are smooth beige tones. This year’s wedding dress trend is all about the details – with oversized floral embroideries, crochet, aand daintily twisted panels aand straps adding interest to slip dresses. Lightweight, delicate floral crowns feature simple designs, with coastal elements such as small shells aand freshwater pearls.

Underwater Photography

Forget the first dance, beach weddings are all about the first swim. Couples are looking for increasingly creative ways to capture their big day, aand underwater photography is the latest craze. Newlyweds are diving into the ocean after their nuptials, creating breathtaking underwater wedding portraits. Since the wedding dress inevitably gets soaked aand saandy, brides frequently purchase a separate dress for the shoot.

With cool ocean breezes, saandy beaches, aand spectacular sunsets, this year’s summer weddings are sure to be unforgettable.