It’s 2019 which means it’s time for an update on the latest trends! Last year you LOVED the guidance our 2018 trend report gave you. We’ve been inspired by the latest international trends so, by popular demand, here’s our digested version of the latest wedding trend report for 2019.
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Deep in colour love
We’re going to see a return to deep colours like emerald and aubergine and a growing demand for florals. So think about your bridesmaid dresses and maybe dress your girls in deep shades of green, or amethyst or an ombre mixture of both.
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We’re all becoming more plastic-aware now, and there is a continuing rise in eco-friendly weddings.
More couples are thinking about vegan options for their wedding reception too. So that’s definitely something to talk to your caterer about…
Greenery is a real thing
Increasing numbers of couples are going to be opting for the freshness that greenery offers, with strands of foliage draped across tables, chairs and ceilings. Floral walls are still popular (they make such a perfect backdrop for photographs) and the rustic wedding look seems like it’s never going to go away.
Less is more
Minimalism is back, and it’s going to be a massive trend in 2019. Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie were style setters with their wedding gowns, which had minimal embellishment, instead relying on a beautiful fit and cut. That’s something brides are now opting for too.
At your reception, this will translate to your floral decisions. Instead of arrangements of brightly coloured flowers, choose strands of simple leaves on a dark backdrop, as above.
Time to turn the tables
For guest tables at your reception, there’s a move towards long, refectory style tables instead of traditional round tables. In keeping with this, forget high candelabra. Instead designers are opting for low level vases and centrepieces which encourage the flow of conversation and prevent decoration becoming a ‘wall’.
The flowers you will choose
International wedding stylists report back that these are going to be the flowers in vogue: chrysanthemums, anthuriums, gerberas, carnations, dahlias, ranunculus, asters, tropical – monstera and palmetto, dried flowers, garden roses and peonies, thistle, dendrobium, pincushion protea, craspedia. Mention these blooms to your florist and see what they suggest.
The age of the selfie
Everyone is taking selfies now and they’re not going to stop at your wedding. To help your guests take good shots avoid having bright muti coloured lighting at your reception. Instead choose mood lighting in soft whites or amber that will enhance and set the right atmosphere.
Wedding signs are being frequently chosen for lighting up the dancefloor and lighting pathways. They’re also a good backdrop for selfies.
Other lighting you’ll be seeing plenty of are fairy lights, neon wedding signs and LED backdrop lighting.
One aspect that shines through the 2019 trends is the use of textures. We’re seeing mixing golds with black metal finishes. Velvet fabrics and accessories used as a drape over chairs or as a table runner. You might like to think of using velvet as a trim on your wedding dress or in winter, dressing your bridesmaids in velvet. In fact, we’re getting more and more requests from brides to use this soft, classic fabric. Vintage finds and investment pieces are precious discoveries.
Other fabrics you’re going to be seeing are those that shimmer and shine like sequin linens.
‘Elegant black tie’ is a recurring theme that we predict we’re going to see a lot of. Look at last week’s blog to see how we’re interpreting it with a monochrome colour palette, plus gold and blush accents for warmth.
What we’re seeing again in 2019
Some trends from 2018 have proven so popular they’re going to continue through this year. Archways continue to be popular as well as trees and large arrangements for ceremonies. Well, of course, the backdrop these give to photographs is just perfect.
A striking architectural feature in a building such as a staircase or fireplace will be celebrated and used as a focal point.
Brides will also notice the prevalence of geometrics on tables, pops of bright colour, the popularity of charger plates, and tropical themes.
It’s all about textures
Stylists are taking a new look at table linen and exploring the possibilities. Think of the tablecloth as a backdrop for a ‘tablescape’. We’re using textured linens and lace, and dropping tablecloths right down to the floor. On the tables at chic weddings you’ll see sequins shimmering over tables, lace overlays, ‘petal’ finish cloths and ‘rosette’ fabrics. Fabrics are moving into more than one dimension.
Colours and textures are being mixed and matched with different styles of glassware, crockery and linen. Muted and metallic tones are still popular.
Interior design is also having a major influence on weddings. In recent years, many fashion designers have brought out ranges for interiors which have then been incorporated in venue styling. Now, designesrs are using warmer colours to create a cosy atmosphere and ‘hygge’ mood (that’s the Danish and Norwegian word for being snugly wrapped up a feeling of well-being).
We mentioned velvet before and it’s having a real moment in interior design and this effect is definitely trickling through to weddings.
Where should you start looking for ideas?
Social media is a good place to start breezing through. You’ll find ideas to inspire on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. Check out hashtags like #weddingtrends #weddinggreenery #weddinginteriors. Enjoy exploring and feel free to get in touch if you need any tips or advice!