You’ve said YES and the dust has started to settle. Now it’s time for the hard work to start. Your head is spinning with schedules, seating plans, mood boards and seating arrangements (where on earth is strange Uncle Pete going to sit?) The initial excitement about organising your special day may have started to fizzle slightly as you run out of new ideas and inspiration.
Do not fear. We’ve put together all the top wedding trends for 2019 to help spark up your creative juices and give you and your future groom a fresh approach to your wedding day.
This year sees a growing trend for dried flowers, a perfect way to bring the outdoors indoors without the worry of having to tend to live blooms and foliage throughout the day. They’re also ideal for weddings in hotter climes as extreme temperatures can cause wilting in fresh bouquets.
Easier to transport and store before the big day, think about using dyed pampas grass, strawflowers and bunny tails, in contrast with aromatics like Greek oregano and Lavender for a dramatic wild and wispy look.
Dried flowers can also be matched with buttonholes, hair circlets, table decorations and centrepieces. Amaranthus Hanging makes a stunning floral wall hanging.
If you’re not completely convinced try mixing dried and fresh to create striking textures.
With creating Insta worthy images playing a huge part in informing wedding trends a pop of colour in the obligatory confetti shot will ensure you stand out. Bold, bright and beautiful (and of course biodegradable) confetti will add a touch of festival vibes to the day.
Confetti made up of rainbow colours rather than the traditional block colour palette and metallics, including coppers and rose gold will feature a lot in 2019.
Illustrated Wedding Invites
The wedding stationery you choose will set the tone for your special day. As soon as your invite pops through your guest’s door they’ll have an idea about the vibe of the day. Your invitations are a way to make a real statement.
This year it’s all about the personalised touch and commissioning illustrations that reflect who you are as a couple. From original illustrations of the venue to drawings of you and your groom, whimsical freehand drawings will make for a romantic touch. It’s a lovely way for guests to have a peek into what you might have planned on the day.
Illustrated invitations can be completely unique and reflect all the elements of what makes your relationship so unique and special. Take a look at Polly Crossman’s intricate designs bursting with botanicals.
Classic Wedding Dresses
After years of decorative embroidery and lace detailing it’s time for dresses to be modern chic. Meghan Markle’s sleek tailored wedding dress with no embellishment has set the trend for the timeless and classic.
Dresses that compliment natural beauty and create a silhouette that perfectly suits a brides shape will be hitting the aisles this year.
With Pantone announcing its colour of 2019 as ‘Living Colour’, we’ve fallen in love with this vibrant hue. It’s the perfect colour to incorporate in full or to add accents and flashes of colour. From coral coloured shoes peeking out from beneath layers of silk organza to cake toppers, flowers and decorations, this warm colour will add a joyful but calming touch to your day.
It works well across all seasons and contrasted with turquoise and teals it will be sure to add a smile to your guest’s faces.
Add some shimmer to your day and an interactive fun element for your guests to get involved with. From toddlers to grannies, everyone loves a bit of glitter. We love glitter and think every wedding should have a glitter bar. Glitter bonds people together (literally if you spill the glitter adhesive). It’s a great talking point and an opportunity for your friends and family to let go and partake in something a little risque with no risk involved.
Creating your own glitter bar is easier than you think. Grab some glitter in lots of colours (the biodegradable variety of course), some dedicated glitter gel (Vaseline works perfectly), a mirror and away you go.
There’s no escaping the pure joy a gospel choir creates. This wedding entertainment trend is booming thanks to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle having one at their wedding. Music is a great way to entertain your guests in the evening and at the reception. A choir could welcome guests as they arrive or during the ceremony.
Epic Veils and Capes
Bridal capes aren’t new, but innovative and fresh designs of this classic garment will be walking down aisles this year. From sheer embroidered to a ruffled 70’s cocktail number, bridal capes are perfect for the non-traditional bride looking for a unique accompaniment to her dress.
Priyanka Chopra’s spectacular 75-foot raw tulle veiling, held by six handlers as she walked down the aisle in Jodhpur towards her now-husband, Nick Jonas, has also set a trend for epic veils. Designers are encouraging that brides see veils as not only an add-on to the gown but as a part of the overall look.
One of the key wedding trends in 2019 will be about creating weddings and ceremonies with a reduced environmental and ethical impact.
Events such as weddings typically require a lot of resources so they have the potential to create a ton of waste and pollution. According to a Pinterest study, millennials and Generation Z are more interested in sustainability than those over the age of 38. So, it comes as no surprise to note that searches for sustainable wedding ideas have increased by 181%.
It’s all about the accessories and headpieces bringing the wow factor to weddings this year. From oversized floral to celestial crowns (think Beyonce Met Ball), this year is the year to go BIG.
Baroque-style embellished crowns have also become increasingly popular in recent years and thanks to Meghan Markle, tiaras are making a comeback too. We predict brides will be even bolder with their choice of headpieces in 2019.