Next year is shaping up to be a unique year for weddings! 2019 wedding trends are all about bucking tradition, taking the baton from 2018 and running with it full-steam ahead. We collected our favorite upcoming 2019 wedding trends and put them all in one place. Which of these will you run into next year?
Gold Wedding Gowns
If all that glitters is gold, get ready for 2019 weddings to sparkle. More brides are ditching the traditional white dresses and going for something with a golden touch. Perhaps inspired by celebrities like Jessica Simpson and Blake Lively donning gold gowns in their own weddings or in their TV roles, the rise of the gold wedding gown shows no signs of slowing down in the next year.
Neon signs haven't always had the classiest reputation. But in a certain style, like with cursive lettering, they can have a super-cool effect. Brides and grooms are taking note, constructing custom "Mr. & Mrs." neon signs to hang above the guest book and gift table, bride and groom's table, or dance floor. After the wedding and reception, they get to take the neon signs home as an added bonus to remember the day.
Donuts. Entire Walls of Donuts
First it was cupcakes, now it's donuts. Wedding desserts are always in flux now that couples feel free to think beyond the cake. Artisan donuts with local ingredients, hung up on a donut wall (yes, a donut wall), are all the rage. As an added bonus, donut walls are easy to DIY, giving couples even more sense of personalization over their big day. Look for more donut walls in 2019, with fancy varieties and "His" and "Hers" specials, like maple bacon and farm-fresh strawberry. At some point, we figure donuts will give way to something else but it's anyone's guess what that will be. Who knows...maybe the trend in 2020 will be pudding, brownies, or cinnamon rolls! And you know what? We'd be just fine with that.
Okay, so maybe "donuts" and "wellness" aren't exactly two words that usually go together. But despite the last item on this list, themes like locally-sourced food, eco-friendly decor, sustainable receptions, and vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meal options are a booming trend that we only see accelerating. By the same token, more couples are decorating their venues with dramatic, jungly foliage like treest, ferns, vines, and flowers. The feeling of being one with nature comes with a soothing aesthetic that can add some extra romance to your wedding design.
Free-Form Dining & Desserts
Formal sit-downs are becoming less ubiquitous on the wedding scene, replaced by floating, free-form dining and dessert situations where you munch whenever and however you please.
Smoke Bomb Streamers
More and more couples are taking advantage of the dramatic effect of colored smoke bomb streamers, which make for stunning wedding photos.
Genderless Wedding Parties
More and more, we're seeing traditional aspects of the wedding upended, played with, and turned upside-down. The gender make-up of the "groomsmen" and "bridesmaids" are no exception. We're not talking about wedding parties made up of people who identify as genderless, or as something other than the gender they were assigned at birth. Rather, we're talking about women (who identify as such) being part of the groom's party, and vice-versa for bridesmaids.
More and more it's about including the people you are closest to, rather than worrying about restricting it to certain genders. Same goes for bachelor and bachelorette parties. It's becoming less about a last hurrah with your bros or your lady squad, and more about a great occasion where your close friends are invited -- regardless of what they identify as.
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Inspired by celebrities like Mandy Moore, backyard weddings have a lot going for them. If you have the space to manage it you can save on by far one of the biggest wedding expenses -- the venue -- and do everything from the comfort of your own backyard, or that of a friend or family member. In addition to being budget-friendly, backyard weddings are intimate and fully personalized. Sure, few of us have backyards as huge as Mandy Moore's. But for couples whose properties can handle the demands of a wedding, backyard weddings are all the rage.