2019 has been an incredibly exciting year for all things Weddings! We’ve seen the not-so baby faced Justin Bieber tie the knot to his supermodel girlfriend, Hailey Baldwin and pop icon, Ellie Golding marry her art dealer boyfriend, Casper Jopling. It wasn't until I was doing some research to write this post that I found out hollywood megastar Jennifer Lawrence had got married this year! Who knew?
Inspired by Meghan Markle’s approach in 2018, 2019 has seen brides opting for simpler gowns and more environmentally-conscious decisions when planning their special days. There has also been a huge shift in social attitudes towards weddings, with more couples opting for a more laid back affair and choosing not to follow tradition. I have taken some time out to reflect upon what I think have been some of the best wedding trends this year and also those which I’ll be glad to see the back of in 2020.
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2019 trends to Keep
1. Elaborate Florals
I have loved the elaborate florals this year, from opulent floral arches, to sweeping floral installations framing doors and mantles. We’ve seen more wild and free, bouncy bouquets encompassing a more natural feel. We’ve also become more confident with our floral choices, branching out with colourful anemones and ranunculus, with some brides even reverting to coronations (I’ve seen some stunning bouquets recently which contained coronations – I know!) This is certainly one trend I hope will continue throughout 2020. I predict that we will see more installations and bouquets containing more unusual flowers and foliage, perhaps even bleached or painted florals. I think brides are becoming braver and less afraid of moving away from tradition and are being more creative with their choices as a result.
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Taken from the 'When Bambi met Faline' Shoot organised by myself in June 2019.
Florals by the wonderful Florist and Grace
2. Eco-Friendly approach
Meghan Markel and Princess Eugenie paved the way for brides making eco-conscious choices when it came to their wedding days. In the autumn, I styled a wedding for a couple who wanted an entirely paperless wedding. The invitations were sent online which suited them perfectly since theirs guests were from all over the world. On the day, we used chalkboards for signage and leaves with calligraphy writing as place cards for the table. We certainly had to think outside of the box, but that only made it more interesting for their guests! Looking for ways to throw an eco-friendly wedding? Check out my blog post here for my top 10 ideas.
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If you had told me this time last year that I would learn to love a balloon installation at a wedding, I would never have believed you. And yet, here I am, having fallen totally in love with them. From metallic and pearl effect to supersized balloons, there is so much more variety now. I have seen some of the most stunning and dare I say, totally elegant and tasteful balloon installations featured in weddings this year. They’re a more playful, cost effective alternative to florals, whilst still having the ‘wow’ factor. I hope to see this trend continue through 2020.
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As much as I absolutely love a clean and simple colour palette, it has been refreshing to see couples incorporate more playful colours into their weddings. Done right, colour can work beautifully and still look elegant! I’m working with a couple currently who are planning a vibrant orange and pink wedding and I can’t wait to see how it turns out on the day! I am excited to see how the 2020 pantone colour of the year, 'Classic Blue' works its way into the world of weddings.
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5. Bespoke stationery
The world of stationery has truly come alive. Unless you’re super crafty or a total computer whiz, I always say leave your signage and stationery to the pros! Your invitations and save the dates are the first glimpse your guests will get of your wedding, so you want to be sure to make a good first impression! Not only that, but stationery can last a life time. I have my entire stationery suite framed in my home and every time I walk past it, it brings back so many happy memories of our special day. I am loving the bespoke watercolour signage, as well as the gold foiling we are seeing at the moment. I hope more couples will see the value in bespoke stationery and will choose something personal to them, something which they will cherish forever.
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2019 trends to Ditch
1. Flower Walls
Sorry, I am so over them. They’ve certainly had their day! I predict a trend in more dried flowers and the use of more realistic looking artificial floral installations in 2020.
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2. Pampas Grass
Pampas grass has been HUGE this year, and as much as I have loved seeing the different ways it has been worked into weddings, I am ready to wave goodbye and welcome something new. I’m looking forward to seeing more interesting uses for flowers in bouquets, aside from pampas.
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3. Festival Weddings
I love that couples are moving away from tradition and are throwing the wedding that they truly want, rather than the wedding that they think they ought to have. I am excited to see how the festival vibe matures in 2020 and I predict that more couples will opt for a more bohemian style. Think more antique sofas and rugs and less hay bells and bunting.
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4. Sweet Tables
The good old’ sweet table trolley is still making its way into couples weddings, but I think 2020 will certainly be the year that this trend will finally die out. Still looking to satisfy your guest’s sweet tooth? I am loving dessert feasting tables at the moment, featuring lots of smaller desserts as opposed to having a traditional wedding cake.
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5. Pimp Your Prosecco Stations
I love prosecco. And I love a pimped prosecco. But it’s no longer new and exciting. In 2020, I’m looking forward to seeing more signature cocktails - cocktails named after pets, places you’ve travelled and even a play on your names!
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So there you have it. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead in 2020! Getting married?
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