Planning a wedding in 2019? As we come off the back of another busy year, read on for our predictions of the top wedding trends for 2019.
2019 Wedding Trends: Bridalwear
When it comes to bridalwear, we’re expecting to see a continued ‘less is more’ approach – think sleek, classic silhouettes and minimal embellishment. In terms of styles, you’ll be seeing a comeback of the halterneck – another trend inspired by Ms Markle. Meanwhile, bridal separates and suits are set to remain popular for the modern wedding.
2019 Wedding Trends: The Cake
After several years of naked and semi-naked cakes, we’re seeing a return in embellished cakes. Fear not, it’s not the traditional royal icing, but instead think more contemporary colours and patterns, ruffles and textures. In true GBBO style, couples are increasingly wanting a showstopper – and cake makers are working hard to outdo each other in terms of size and style.
2019 Wedding Trends: Eco-Conscious and Ethical Weddings
As awareness of the environmental impact of weddings rises, we’re seeing a big uplift in those seeking something a little more environmentally friendly. From locally sourced food through to ethical bridalwear, we’re expecting to see a big increase in those looking to reduce wastage and opt for more sustainable alternatives.
Flowers are one key area which can have a huge environmental impact. There is increasing pressure to ditch the green floral foam, and the trend for dried flowers and pampas grass are becoming more and more popular as a longer-lasting alternative to fresh flowers.
2019 Wedding Trends: Food & Drink
A big trend for 2018 and only set to grow in the year ahead is luxury grazing tables (we actually shouted about this one a while back at the beginning of 2018 and it’s only getting bigger!). Perfect not only for feeding even the fussiest of eaters, luxe grazing tables are works of art in themselves and an easy way to create a visual centrepiece to wow your guests’ eyes as well as their stomachs.
Mirroring the changes in eating habits, we’re also expecting to see a lot more menus focusing on locally sourced foods, and vegan / vegetarian options to match the trends in eating habits.
In terms of drinks, couples are increasingly opting for more personalised options – whether bespoke cocktails or drinks stations. We’re also seeing higher demand for bars to be the focal point – meaning the aesthetics and design of the bar are all the more important, with couples wanting something stylish and that little-bit-different.
2019 Wedding Trends: Personalised Ceremonies
Couples are increasingly ditching traditional ceremonies and opting for a more personalised approach. Celebrants are seeing a huge rise in popularity, with couples seeking something that’s more tailored to them, allowing them to tell their story. With the planned changes in the law governing where people can get married, couples are hoping to use this to their advantage and get married in increasingly creative spaces. As the regulations loosen, couples are set to have even greater choice in where they marry, not just who marries them.
2019 Wedding Trends: Ditching Tradition
With ever more choice and flexibility, the pressure for couples to conform to tradition is lessening. We love that more couples are wanting to throw the rulebook out and do things their way. Whether skipping the traditional cutting-of-the-cake, or ditching favours (one thing we won’t be sad to see the back of!), couples are focusing their money on where it really matters.
2019 Wedding Trends: Minimalism
We’re seeing many couples opting for a pared-back look to their day. Minimalist needn’t be boring – in fact, done well, minimalist styling can give a clean, elegant look to your day and as a contemporary wedding planner we think this style is bang on trend. Think light-filled blank-canvas venues (London is full of great choices!), stylish black and white stationery (pair with vellum to add texture and interest), and simple, clean-lined bridalwear. Perfect for creating a fresh and modern wedding feel.
2019 Wedding Trends: Maximalism
On the flip side, as a luxury wedding planner we’re also seeing couples opting to go all-out. With many 2018 couples opting for simple greenery with golds and creams, we’re predicting to see a rise in the use of colour this year. Whilst coral is on the cards being the Pantone Colour of the Year, we’re in fact expecting to see a greater rise in deep, dark hues – a complete contrast to the light and airy vibes we’ve been seeing in 2018. Think big, wow-factor floral installations and bright pops of colour. Fun, fresh and full of personality!