Wedding Predictions for 2019 - How Has The Year Measured Up?

2nd August 2019


The UK wedding season is currently in full swing, so I thought it'd be fun to look back on the following list of luxury wedding predictions, compiled by B Wedding Invitations. How many have translated into eco-conscious celebrations?

Wedding Styling

Donovan SantiniColin Cowiethe party and wedding planner of choice for celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Seacrest and Kim Kardashian comments:

“Keep an eye out for the return of modern, contemporary, minimalist looks; this year, less is more. Out with the over-the-top floral walls and in with non-traditional florals composed of wheat or grass. 

Round ceremonies are something I’ve always enjoyed designing because they ensure friends and loved ones are no more than a few feet away from the couple, creating a more intimate atmosphere. Eco-friendly weddings will definitely be trending this year, and with that will continue the rise of vegan meal options.

I’ve also begun to see many couples request limited phone use throughout their celebrations, keeping everyone present and unhidden by a phone screen. Without the constant iPad and phone use, a creative way to stay away from the usual photo wall is to create an interactive vignette that doubles as a photo opp.”

Less is more, eco-friendliness, and vegan food - nailed it!

Invitations & Wedding Stationery

Giant InvitationsGiant Invitations is one of the leading luxury wedding invitation companies (commonly chosen for celebrity weddings including Vanessa Williams), comments:

Metallic hot stamp foiling has always been popular and it continues to grow. This year we will expect to see a higher demand for copper foiling, followed by the popular rose gold foiling. You will also see more nature inspired invitations and softer touches including the use of watercolours and deckled edges. A popular trend for 2019 includes adding your own custom illustration of the venue to the invitation! 

Taking a page from the traditional and classic designs, interlocking monograms and monogram wreaths are back! Using the couple’s initials, monograms are an amazing way to add a personal touch. 

Lastly, there will be a greater demand for custom designed envelopes. Expect to see more bold coloured envelopes and linings.”

Inspiration from nature and deckle-edged recycled papers are definitely up our street!

Bridal Gowns

Alin Le'KalFrom the Bridal Fashion Week, we found 2019 gowns will include plenty of bows, sparkles, statement sleeves, halter gowns, capes, touches of colour, multi-tiered dresses, and as Alin Le’ Kal (the celebrity couture designer) comments:

“Designers are just loving feathers! It is going to be everywhere. Crystals and Feathers, you can’t go wrong! I think we could possibly still see feathers in 2020.” 

Well, we can only hope that they are ethically sourced, or creatively made from natural fibres...

Flowers

FloretFloret is a multi-award-winning flower farm specialising in growing unique, uncommon and heirloom flowers. Considered one of the leading ‘farmer-florists’, it is no wonder they have over half a million followers on Instagram and been raved about by countless publications. 

When it comes to the biggest trend in 2019, Floret comments:

Locally-grown, seasonal flowers. For brides, there is nothing quite like clutching a bouquet filled with fresh, fragrant flowers grown with love and harvested by hand by a local flower farmer or from a floral designer's own cut flower garden. Thankfully, this trend is becoming more and more common, as awareness and interest in local flowers continues to grow and the number of new flower growers specializing in seasonal blooms expands around the world.”

The Flower Appreciation SocietyThe Flower Appreciation Society (voted the best florist in London by Vogue) also comments: 

“In 2019 we are seeing the move away from larger bridal bouquets to smaller, more delicate ones. Seasonality and locally sourced flowers are becoming extremely important with issues of sustainability and the environment in mind. This means that we are designing bridal bouquets using delicate garden flowers, in considered seasonal colour palettes and in light, delicate and airy compositions so that each individual flower has lots of space to shine and be appreciated! 

Another trend for 2019 is floral foam free installations. We are trying to design all of our large-scale installations using chicken wire, water vials and vessels instead of the more traditional floristry foam. This is again working with the environment in mind, as floral foam has lots of nasty chemicals in, doesn’t properly biodegrade and releases tiny micro plastics into the water when you soak it. This means that installations are becoming more considered and looser in feel as florists have to think cleverly about how to design larger pieces using construction materials that can be reused again and again.”

Local, seasonal, foam-free - sounds good to me!

Make Up

Melissa SassineCelebrity make-up artist with a huge following, Melissa Sassine says:

“I definitely feel that for the Bridal trend for 2019, less is more. What I mean by this is in the relation to the colour palette. Even though they want flawless long-lasting Bridal makeup, they still want to look the best version of themselves, without overly dramatic eyes and harsh contours.

My favourite Bridal colour palette consist of: beautiful neutral tones & light champagne shimmer on the eyesfluffy lashesnatural bronzers to warm up the skin, soft highlighters, with pink/nude lustrous lips.”

The more natural the look the better - an using eco-ethical make-up products, too!

Hairstyles

Alan Buki HairTiffany Thurtell, the creative director at Alan Buki Hair (the celebrity hairdresser who worked on Miranda Kerr and Madonna’s hair) comments: 

“The biggest wedding trend we have seen coming into 2019 is hair accessories. Hair throughout 2018 became so undone and relaxed giving a very bohemian vibe. Moving into 2019, hair is still looking relaxed with glossy loose waves. However, it is becoming more polished with a glam/luxe vibe. The use of hair accessories is very on trend.”

Even better if those accessories are sourced from small, eco-conscious local businesses :)

Skincare

LUIEREThe advanced bridal skincare brand and face mask choice for celebrities at the Oscars (landed in the hands of Adriana Lima, Meryl Streep and Ariel Winter), LUIERE comments:

“This year is all about looking natural and flawless with a subtle glow. This is why brides love using hydrating treatments before their big day. Japanese brides-to-be have been using face masks religiously every day for weeks before their wedding, and this is becoming a trend now for skincare lovers around the world. We recommend using a deeply hydrating mask that will hydrate from deep within the dermis, without clogging, leaving you with a beautiful natural glow for the big day.”

Choose your brand carefully to avoid any nasties, but if you can't use the opportunity of your wedding day to indulge in a beauty regime, when can you?!

Cakes

Faye CahillThe famous and multi award-winning cake designer Faye Cahill predicts the trend of artistic and fun styles for 2019. Faye comments: 

“Think painted watercolour finishes, palette knife textures, fondant ruffles, drippy icing and abstract sculptures of chocolate and isomalt (a technical clear sugar). You will also find fun and optimistic cakes. Following the announcement of Living Coral as the Colour of the Year, I think we will see a move away from dull neutrals to more vibrant hues. For wedding cakes, that will be more restrained than for celebration cakes, however some couples will choose to go all out and express the joy of their union.”

Texture and creative details are definitely more prevalent in the weddings I've worked on - I've provided fewer flowers for cakes than ever before as the cake designer themselves has created all the impact. 

Engagement & Wedding Rings

Temelli JewelleryTemelli Jewellery, loved by super models Jennifer Hawkins, Rachael Finch and Jesinta Campbell comments:

“Some of our most popular include the solitaire (single diamond), trilogy (three diamonds) and the halo (diamonds surrounding the main diamond). We have noticed a trend towards rose gold and gemstones such as Morganite (peachy colour) and Padparadscha Sapphires (peachy pink colour), as well as white gold with blue gems including Sapphire and Tanzanite. 

Wedding bands are steering away for the traditional and going for larger statement diamonds, detailed intricate rings with a twist or detailing and crown shape rings that curve around the engagement ring with larger fancy cut diamonds such as marquise, baguette and pear shape diamonds.”

Just make that gold recycled and those gemstones ethically sourced!


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