modern outdoor wedding setup with chairs, ottomans, lighting and heatersMillennials have been credited with breaking a lot of wedding trends the last couple of years!More and more of them are getting married and we are starting to see their influence rise even further in the wedding industry.

They want dessert other than a wedding cake. They are cutting out the bouquet and garter toss, the organized exit, and assigned seating!

Instead, they are offering different kinds of entertainment, multiple kinds of music throughout the events, interactive experiences and nooks for more huddles.

Some are incorporating cigar bars, espresso stations, and other places to create places for guests to step away from the busy reception to have conversations and connect with other guests.

We’ve been looking at the international influence of weddings overseas as well as our local couples and wedding planners to get a good feel for the wedding trends for 2019 / 2020. 

Let’s have a closer look at what you’ll be seeing a lot more of for upcoming weddings:

1) It  is all About the Couple    

The world is getting smaller and couples from various backgrounds meet and fall in love. It is such great fun planning weddings with different traditions, colours, tastes and music. Modern couples are making their very own statements and bring their own culture into the 21st century while still respecting their heritage. The weddings are strongly influenced by the bride & grooms taste and new ways they communicate their love story to their guests. 

Couples create their own logos which are seen already from the invites and RSVPs. The logos are then transferred onto the rest of the stationery and can also be used as a light projection onto the wall or the dancefloor, or used on coasters going under the cocktails. The couple’s taste can also be seen in their choice in speciality linen, textures of the wedding décor, and personalised music. There are so many ways to make a personal statement and It will look fantastic on the day!

2) Private Moments

bride and groom shares a private moment reading their vows We’ve all seen the ‘first look’ photograph trend, but now these private moments are extending into the wedding ceremony as well. Some couples are choosing to actually say their personal vows in private with just the celebrant as a witness.They do this so that they can have their own moment together in private before sharing their love with their family and friends.

Many couples say that they wish they’d had more time with their partner during their wedding, so we’re seeing couples actually carve this time into their schedule.

3) Natural Makeup & Hair

Meghan Markle and the Royal Wedding have been the driver behind the natural makeup trend. Megan Markle looked absolutely breathtaking and kept her hair and make-up to a minimum. With this trend in mind it’s important to remember that make-up should not completely transform your look – it should simply assist with bringing out your best features.

So, no more layers of dramatic makeup; keep it light and simple. If you usually wear your hair down, there’s no reason to attempt an intricate updo for your big day. Just be yourself and be comfortable. Focus on bringing out your own natural beauty.

4) Luxury Elements Everywhere

We’ve already seen how the influence of Instagram and Pinterest luxury weddings has brought luxury elements to more weddings, but this is something we’re going to see even more of.

When looking at wedding trends, creating a wedding experience that is uniquely yours speaks luxury and trend setting more than anything else. So many couples get married in the same venues year after year, we all attend them. Find a venue that has never had a wedding reception before, and you’ve got a golden ticket! Luxury rustic barn getups or luxury bohemian weddings are definitely going to be in style, while we’ll see more luxury elements added to vintage, vineyard and even alternative weddings.  

5) More Alternative Seating

wedding trends beautiful alternative outdoor wedding ceremony seating with wooden pallet benches and pillows We’re seeing weddings take on a bit more of a relaxed atmosphere when it comes to food and seating. More couples are going to opt for relaxed seating rather than fixed seating for their guests, with traditional chairs making way for more bench seats, cushions, crates and pallet seating for that boho vibe.

Brides are mixing and matching furniture pieces to create a unique space that is tailor fit to their personal style.

6) Food as Art, Decor, and with Options

No more chicken or beef. Today’s couple wants lots of food options for their guests since they are aware of food allergies, dietary restrictions, and varying tastes. Instead of one plate fits all, they are creating food stations, sushi boats, grazing tables, hosting food trucks, BBQ style servings and food buffet and grazing tables

Interactive food stations, even buffet-style meals, and ice cream trucks are also great hits! Guests want to have options to choose from. With beautiful interactive food stations and grazing tables, the food becomes part of the decor for the day. As weddings get more casual, these unique food service options become a good way to bring people together at the events.

7) Decor Trends

Copper and gold wedding table setting in glass marquee in forest

Apparently copper is going to keep making its way into more and more events and rose gold will start to sunset.We’ll see forest weddings and glass marquees remain popular as greenery is used in décor, installations and of course items such as flower bouquets.Moody fall/winter colour palette is coming in including dark wedding cakes that are given pops of colour with flowers and decoration. Navy and burgundy have been big winners when it comes to wedding trends and colours over the past year, but we have news for  2019.

Black is back wedding trend wedding dress with black and burgundy decor and flowersBlack is back! Stylish black décor, slick black designs, black and gold/copper table settings and stunning black bridesmaid dresses are all in for a comeback as the bohemian influence really brings those moody tones and hues further into weddings.

Color palettes, decor, bridesmaid dresses, groomsman’s suits are all becoming more fluid with lots of mixing and matching. Wedding colour schemes are less rigid and more vibrant pops of colour are coming back. 


Sustainability in wedding decor and favours is a major consideration for couples.They are creating favours that guests can use, cook with, plant in their garden, or eat versus trinkets that may not be used.

Unique Lighting: Candles have always been a great way to set the mood, but even better? Unique lighting fixtures to really set the mood. Move aside, string lights! Receptions in 2019/2020 will be LIT with mixed pendants, exposed bulbs, fringed masterpieces, mini lampshades and capiz shell chandeliers. Light boxes and neon signs are replacing chalkboards, while big lit up letters is still a favourite.

Wedding Reception with greenery and chandeliers hanging from the roof

Earthy elements & Hanging installations: Greenery really is the gift that keeps on giving and it is staying popular when it comes to weddings. Use bunches of olive or eucalyptus leaves to make awesome bridesmaid bouquets that are affordable and totally easy to DIY. There’s a bigger emphasis on creating an overall natural look and feel and greenery hanging from the roof is still a popular trend. Hanging installations really found their stride and we expect to see them becoming more and more elaborate. 

8) The Gown & Veil

After all, it’s your wedding day — all eyes are on you! Make sure you find the gown of your dreams that really speaks to who you are and reflects your personality.Veils are getting longer and more dramatic.The right veil should strike the perfect balance between effortless elegance and drama.Luxury is in the details so choosing fine fabrics and a gown with detailed beading, embroidery or lace work will show your gown’s character and unique beauty. This is definitely a place to splurge!

For more wedding inspration and tips see  10 Tips For Your Wedding Day

Also on the blog, download you own printable Wedding Planning Checklist



We know every couple is unique and want to personalize their big day. We love the trend predictions and can’t wait for the 2019 and 2020 weddings to see more of these wedding trends incorporated into our couple’s special day!

Comment and  join the conversation!Tell us which trends you think are here to stay and if we missed other amazing trends that you believe should be on this list!


–The Wedding Gateway–




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