There are so many reasons we love welcoming in a new year – brand new calendars to hang, pretty journals to fill, and wonderful weddings to plan! 2018 was an amazing year for getting wed, and we’re ready to jump into the creative ideas and exciting celebrations ahead for all of the beautiful brides-to-be (hi!!!) in 2019 and beyond.
We gathered some of our favorite planners, designers, and creatives for a chat about the upcoming wedding trends they’re excited to see, and they gave us the inside scoop on what they’re predicting will be big this year. Some of the takeaways? An emphasis on experience over extravagance will be a major theme of 2019. Also: simple is in, go green (in more ways than one), and get ready to embrace your colorful side.
Below are all of the tips straight from the pros for a modern wedding that is oh-so romantic and on-trend, plus a few things they’re glad to see are so over. And, tips for incorporating a little of the unexpected to create those memorable moments your guests will love. Put your planning pants on and get ready to dive in – it’s wedding time!
Rory Gale of Hartford Prints!
Minimal is in: “We’re seeing a minimalistic approach to wedding invitations in 2019 with lots of black/grey/navy text-based invitations on white or cream paper. With so many unique venues couples are highlighting their locations with sketches of the venue on their Save the Dates or Invitations. Greenery is still very much on trend and we see many organic invitations featuring wreaths or moments of greenery.”
Goodbye pale, hello vibrant: “We are color people, so we love that the corals are far behind us and we’re seeing a lot more deeper color palettes with rich burgundy, forest green, and sapphire. After many years of elaborate packages with twine, belly bands and wax seals, our couples in 2019 want to keep things simple and sometimes trim their package down to only include the invitation rather than multiple pieces. With this approach we’re having a lot of fun playing with more decorative envelope liners.”
That personal touch: “What is really special is that couples are finding ways to incorporate their family and friends into the big day so we’re getting more and more invitations or elements that are designed by their father, friend, sister or even themselves!”
Beth of The White Dress by the Shore
Gown: Blush by Hailey Page
Embrace new necklines: “There are a lot of new trends coming into play this year on the bridal runways. Off-the-shoulder necklines were everywhere. The fear with an off the shoulder gown is that brides will not be comfortable on their wedding day, however, we saw a lot of functional off the shoulders that still give you a lot of wiggle room. Meghan Markle had a huge influence this year as well. Her reception dress led to halter necklines on every runway!”
Keep it romantic: “We saw a ton of gowns with pearl accents, whether it was scattered throughout the gown, just on the bodice, or added to headpieces and accessories. We also saw appliquéd floral lace (with and without embellishment) on almost every runway. We adore this feminine trend!”
Be bold: “Two big, bold styles this year include jumpsuits and capes! We love a good jumpsuit for a modern bride for her ceremony for any bride for her rehearsal dinner. And capes are a great way to add drama and length to any gown and make a great alternative if you are not a ‘veil girl’.”
HAIR + MAKEUP
Brittany and Jess of Upstyle Hair & Makeup Co.
Photo by L’Amour Fou Photography
Soft and simple: “Our style is effortless and romantic, and it’s no secret that wedding trends are heading that direction as well. We’re always into soft, minimal updos but what we’re loving lately is a good tousled, beach wave. We think brides are starting to really embrace their natural beauty and we’re excited to see what’s in store for the new season!”
Warm and glowing: “For makeup, we’re seeing a lot of focus on the fluffy brows, lashes, glowing skin and warmer tones like rose gold and bronze.”
Natalie Pinney of Whim Events
Photo by Erin Chapman Imagery
Focus on moments: “Our favorite new wedding trend is actually that couples are letting go of some of the old, stuffy wedding traditions and focusing on one-of-a-kind experiences for guests. For today’s couple, it is extremely important for them to ensure their guests are having a meaningful and memorable time. More and more couples want to create ‘Instagrammable moments’ for their guests, putting unique and unexpected spins on old event traditions or elements. This season, our clients have added some amazing moments: a rose bar before the ceremony, a flower crown bar for the guests, pedi-cab rides around the venue, stunning floral installations vs. traditional centerpieces, surprise dancers to get the crowds going, even a parade led by a New Orleans style 2nd line band bringing guests around the block!”
It’s the little things: “Experiences don’t have to be massive – small touches like surprising guests with a dessert/food truck at the end of the night, or ordering custom glowsticks for a 90s inspired pizza after-party – make it different. For us, bringing in these unique experiences is a new trend that makes for a really great party.”
Chelsea Suddes of Pearl Weddings & Events
Photo by Kelsey Stevens Photography
Go (royal) green: “Not only were Meghan Markle’s wedding dresses influential, they were also sustainable – the couple was persistent on making eco-friendly wedding planning decisions. Their eco-conscious choices did not go unnoticed by couples and may have begun a powerful shift in the wedding industry’s sustainable decisions and options!”
Seriously, green: “Wedding flowers will continue to be full of lush greenery as this trend will overlap from last year and keep running into 2019, full speed ahead. And really, why would anyone want this trend to end? Greenery is beautiful and if couples want to bring the outdoors in, they should!”
The exceptional experience: “The newest wedding day trend is focused on the guest experience. More and more couples are incorporating welcome food and drink stations for when their guests arrive to the ceremony. Couples want their guests to be comfortable and happy right from the start to ensure that their celebration will last all night long.”
Photo by Daphne and Dean Photography
Be bright: “I’m seeing more couples embracing color. Some are really going for it and I’m noticing that even couples keeping with the traditional styles are asking for seasonal elements that bring in tones and textures with the occasional touch of a deeper or brighter colored flower added in.”
Keep it compact: “Bouquets are scaling back down and a lot of brides are still asking for the garden aesthetic but not making it the focal point to their day. Seeing more breezy compact style bouquets rich in color and tone with unique foliage while going larger with their ceremony decor. I love it. I’m always worried about bouquets being too large and a bride looking back in 10 years and realizing it took away from their photos or was too heavy to hold.”
Minimal + monochromatic: “I’m a big fan of monochromatic with some texture. You can do minimal and create a custom look by going for items that add interest. Sometimes for a shoot I go walking around with clippers or just pull a few dappled pieces of foliage from my yard and the look feels buttoned up and fresh.”
Photo by Allegra Anderson Photography
Comfy and natural: “More and more I see wedding clients gravitating toward natural and candid lifestyle photography that captures their personalities. Especially for engagement photography, there will be more interest in at-home lifestyle sessions. These photo sessions are particularly special to a couple because they not only capture their essence as a couple, but allow them to feel comfortable in their own home, an environment that means so much to them. It’s a great way to highlight the uniqueness of their lives, and put the extraordinary in the ordinary moments we share with our loved ones.”
First look flow: “While it’s not a new concept, the first look will continue to become even more commonplace. When couples plan a ‘first look,’ they schedule a time to see one another before the ceremony. It’s a private moment that the couple shares. It is both sacred and beneficial to the flow of the day. This moment allows the couple to have a special moment together where they see each other before anyone else. Immediately following the first look, the couple will have formal portraits taken, as well as family portraits, wedding party portraits, and any other formal photographs they would like to do. With these photographs already taken early in the day, the couple will spend more time with their guests and family at the reception.”
Which wedding trends are you most excited to see in 2019? If you need us, we’ll be over here dreaming about everything modern, minimalist, and Meghan Markle-inspired.
Happy planning! xo Rory