From the venue and food to the entertainment and the dress, the wedding industry has lots of arms, each one ever-changing. With different styles coming in and out of fashion and financial pressures, bride and grooms are having to plan more creatively to make their dream wedding a reality.
With this mind, what trends can we expect this year? From bridal hats to suspended flower arrangements, we’ve listed some of the top wedding trends expected to make their mark in 2020.
For those on a budget, many husbands and wives-to-be are looking into pop-up weddings, says Michele, founder of Pop the Knot. Bigger than a town hall ceremony but smaller than a traditional wedding, pop-up weddings have around 20 guests with all your needs catered to for an allotted time.
“A pop-up wedding is a quick and easy one-hour wedding experience,” says Michele. “The bride and groom get a venue, photographer, officiant and a bouquet for a fraction of the cost. The pop-up experience is a 15 to 20-minute ceremony with the wedding shoot after.
“This is going to be a huge trend for 2020,” Michele tells us. “With the rising cost of living prices, people are ditching traditional weddings and opting for quick and inexpensive weddings like what we offer at Pop the Knot.”
Although veils are still as popular as ever (particularly ‘cathedral’ or floor-length veils), many brides in 2020 are going to ditch the veil for subtle hair accessories instead, says an article by Hitched.
“Expect to see big headbands that the likes of which Blair Waldorf could only dream of, plus pretty pearl barrettes that bring the ’90s classic into the 21st century. Head coverings will come in the form of hats (yes, really). Fedoras, wide-brimmed, even a top hat. You remember that scene in the Parent Trap where Annie helps out at her mum’s wedding dress shoot and the model is wearing that amazing white hat? Exactly like that.”
As environmental pressures mount, it comes as no surprise that many bride and grooms are looking to tie the knot more sustainably.
Bespoke wedding and events planner, Made by Natalie, told us why she thinks eco-friendly and sustainable weddings are going to be a big hit in 2020.
“As we all become more and more aware of our impact on our planet, I think more couples will start to request sustainable, carbon-neutral or low environmental impact weddings. I believe it is really important as an industry to do all we can to support couples who wish to have a beautiful but sustainable wedding day.
“This can be achieved in many ways such as; sourcing companies who only provide seasonal menus, choosing foraged tablescapes and bouquets, paperless invitations, plant-based wedding breakfasts, pre-loved wedding outfits - the list goes on.”
Image credit: Marble LDN
A way to entertain your guests and create lasting memories, photo sets are becoming increasingly popular and sure to put their stamp on 2020 weddings. Different to a backdrop, a photo set is a more immersive experience with themed props and décor that look almost like the real thing.
“Gone are the days of photo booths and walls, photo sets allow wedding guests to truly immerse themselves in a 360° area in which to interact and take unique photos.” Says Marble LDN. “We’ve made hotel beds and mirror ball disco units in the past - it really is the perfect opportunity to showcase your creative side and let your imagination run wild!”
This year, we can see an increase in couples with a dog bringing them along to their ceremony. Not only is this a more cost-effective option than putting them in kennels, having your furry four-legged friend is sure to go down well with wedding guests and make for some great photos of all the family.
“If a couple are proud parents to a pet, why wouldn't it be there on their special day?” Says an article by Elle. “Holkham Hall said they've noticed animals featured in the ceremony being 'on the up' - adding that 'pets are always crowd-pleasers and Instagrammable'.
“Meanwhile, Denton-Ross adds how celeb-favourite Lavender Green have been 'increasingly asked to create a collar of flowers for our client's dogs who will feature in the ceremony - usually as a ring bearer or to walk a member of the wedding party down the aisle.’”
Forget having floral centrepieces on tables, in 2020, it’s all about suspended floral showpieces to give the wedding décor that extra wow-factor.
“Suspended florals are going to be HUGE this year,” says Claire Boon, event organiser at Bouquet & Bells. “We’ve already spotted the theme being incorporated into styled shoots and are introducing this jaw-dropping trend across our upcoming wedding fayres. These ‘floral clouds’ can act as statement centrepieces or to emphasise features such as your wedding cake. Suspended by clever invisible strings to fix to the ceiling, they really do style elements that span the ceiling to the floor."
From country hotels in Cheshire to old manor houses in the south, it seems bride and grooms are looking for picture-perfect wedding venues to tie the knot in.
2020 will see a rise in millennials choosing “grand, impressive stately homes and alternative venues for their wedding day,” says Hitched. “It’s predicted that more couples will choose to go all out for one memorable day, willing to spend big on a venue specifically because it provides an Instagram-worthy backdrop.”
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