From classic, simple wedding dresses and bold coral colours, to environmentally friendly wedding receptions, we’ve scoured the internet for the biggest wedding trends of 2019:
1) More personalized, natural weddings
More and more couples are mixing and matching attire and décor elements for their weddings, meaning a less staged and polished look – think big Sunday lunches with the family at your grandmother’s house. Couples are also finding increasingly creative ways to personalize their wedding day. There’s nothing like childhood photos to stir up nostalgic feelings in your guests and photos from your parents or grandparents’ weddings or of deceased family members are also great ways to honour your loved ones.
TIP: If you’re planning a smaller wedding, take advantage of one of the most personalized trends of the year. Replace generic place cards with a handwritten note to each guest. This adds a special touch to your wedding day and your guests will also appreciate it.
2) Increased focus on sustainability
Couples and vendors are finding ways to avoid waste at weddings – from sending digital RSVPs to choosing smaller floral arrangements or even no flowers at all. Ask your caterer to make use of locally sourced ingredients (where possible).
Trade expensive trinkets for edible weddings favours such as artisanal olive oils, preserves and macarons.
3) Rustic barns
Experts predict that this year we’re going to see a lot of couples reinventing and revolutionising the traditional barn venue. Brides and grooms will be adopting a more natural and minimal look for their barn weddings. By contrasting the rustic nature of the barn’s surroundings with clean, modern finishes from acrylic chairs, green and white florals and simple lighting, couples can achieve an elegant, sleek and contemporary look for their big day.
If you want to go the “Boho Deluxe” route, swop feminine florals for rustic leafy greens, crystals and stones. Think plants in ceramic or wooden boxes for centerpieces. For this trend, skip the table linen to show off raw wood tables adorned with chunky silver and gold candelabras and half-melted off-white candles.
4) Wedding dresses
Minimalists, we have great news; 2019 sees the return of classic designs and simple styles. And who better to lead the way for this trend than the Duchess of Sussex. After the royal wedding last year, the “Meghan Markle Effect” is set to influence wedding dress trends for years to come. For simple classic gowns, tailoring is key, as is finding the right silhouette to suit your shape. If you get this right, you will feel like a princess on your wedding day.
Other dress elements that you will find on the pages of wedding magazines this year are statement bows (oversized, structured bows that turn into trains), puffed sleeves, sparkle (all over or just a hint), and 3D floral elements.
5) Structural floral installations
To add drama to a traditional floral centerpiece, consider incorporating structural elements such as golden rods or wooden beams. Create a wedding arch and cover it with flowers or playful balloons. And if you are DIY-ing, handmade wreaths can be a beautiful addition to your wedding décor.
6) Grazing tables
Couples are still looking for laidback ways to offer simple tasty food and a great way to achieve this is by setting up a grazing table. Not only spectacular to look at, guests can look forward to snacking on different breads, cured meats, cheese, fruit and patés. Sharing plates and farm-to-fork concepts are both proving popular for 2019 weddings as is the rise in dessert tables.
7) Coral colours
Pantone has announced that its colour of 2019 is a bright, sunny, pinky-orange named “Living Coral”. Perfect for summer weddings, coral is a fantastic hue to incorporate into everything from coral-coloured flowers and bridesmaids’ dresses to cakes and makeup.