The modern wedding has become less about the ‘going-to-the-chapel’ tradition, and more about choosing your own adventure. Break a couple of age-old customs, because why should anyone have to follow the rules when it comes to celebrating their personal love story?
Here are a few trends we anticipate will be seen throughout 2020 in the wedding industry.
- Green Vibes
Sustainable weddings are on the rise. Consider “upcycling” your wedding, by committing to zero waste or a reduced carbon footprint. A lighter version of this 2020 wedding trend includes resetting a family stone or heirloom engagement ring, repurposing ceremony florals, sourcing locally grown food or hiring vendors who also prioritize sustainability. Also move away from firework shows, as it is bad for the environment and animals are sensitive to the noise.
- Micro Weddings
This wedding trend is by invite only – think 40 people or less. But like any exclusive party, a celebration of this kind delivers big. The budget per guest is higher, which means your very nearest and dearest are treated to bespoke touches, elaborate meals and a lot of personalization.
- Magical Mysticism
Mysticism is in 2020. This spiritually charged vibe combines all the things: crystals, saging, palo santo, even aura photobooths.
- Barrettes and Combs
Veils aren’t going anywhere, but tiaras have given way to the latest in hair jewelry – barrettes and combs.
- Trending Hues
Colour is one of our favourite 2020 wedding trends. Expect to see a lot of neo mint (new millennial pink); cassis, not quite pink, not quite purple; yellow, a mellow, rich hue with earthy undertones; and faded denim, a blue that is equally fresh and serene.
- It’s Lit
Good lighting is the surest way to get those 2020 wedding decor trends noticed. From hanging installations to tube lighting and LED bars, the options are endless.
- Statement Wedding Decor
Go for the wow-moment. Instead of stretching your decor budget to include many things, narrow in on one or two true statement moments, like hanging florals over dining tables or a neon installation that doubles as a ceremony altar.
- Dressed To Impress
Black is taking a backseat to blue. Navy, teal and cobalt hued jackets are trending when it comes to tuxedos and suits for the gents. Gentleman are also moving away from too traditional and moving towards colourful suit jackets.
- The Cheese Hour
Think of this 2020 wedding trend as the savory twist on the traditional opulent dessert display following the cake cutting. Instead of tables of sweets, wheels of cheese, crackers, nuts and fruit are piled high. This lux charcuterie board can also check the box for end of night nibbles for your guests – win-win!
- Spray Painted Stems
Greenery is still trendy, but this year’s wedding decor trend is getting a colourful makeover. Spray-painted greens, branches, and grasses are adding texture and pops of unnatural colour (think neon, frosted pastels and metallics) to arrangements and bouquets. Dip dyed petals are also hot and a fun way to add an unexpected pop of colour into the decor mix.
Instead of fresh flowers, dried flowers are also in – sometimes painted or bleached and, sometimes, left natural. But in 2020 we will see a lot less pampas grass.
- To-The-Max Fashion
Our favourite 2020 wedding trends extend to fashion too, and this craze speaks to the classic loving crowd. Big ball gowns, exaggerated sleeves, embellishments and lace—a big departure from the sleek and sexy gowns of years past—are very now.
The new generation of bridal designers have hit their stride, and are offering up a world of choice for the bride who doesn’t want to look too “bridal”, or wants to wow in multiple looks on the day. Some brides are choosing to wear dresses that are completely floral, while others are wearing white dresses with colourful flower appliques.
The big sleeves was commonly seen in the ’80s but it’s making a comeback in 2020 as well.
- The New Amenity Basket
Think of this as the ultimate wedding trends #extra. Instead of treating guests to just mints and hairspray, make their trip to the loo more memorable. Stationing tarot card readers, magicians and champagne stations just outside restrooms ensuring the party doesn’t stop, even if you leave the dance floor.
- Classic Blue
The Pantone Colour of the Year is “Classic Blue,” and blue has been making an appearance more and more as of late. Different shades of blue can be complemented with neutrals and earth tones.
- Interactive cocktail/drinks stations
Interactive cocktail hours are so much fun for guests! We want to see more of them in 2020 and with a continued elevation.
- OUT: Wedding favours
No more wedding favours and gifts in 2020. Most guests leave them and forgets about them which is an unnecessary cost. Let’s try and be budget conscious in 2020.
- OUT: Guestbooks & polaroid photos
No more guest books with Polaroid pictures. Do you really want a million photos of your drunk friends with moustaches? You’ve already hired a great photographer.
- OUT: Large Bridal Parties
Also, move away from large bridal parties. It is so much work for couples to manage so many friends, their wardrobe, their schedule, and their emotions!
- OUT: Too many speeches
Ditch the trend: Too many speeches. Guests want to eat, drink, dance and be merry!
Sources: https://www.brides.com/story/2017-wedding-trend-predictions | https://www.theknot.com/content/new-wedding-trends