Weddings are the days where a couple commit to each other in front of their friends and family, in a location that they have chosen because it means something to them and surrounded by the décor and styles that reflect them as people.
If you’re planning your wedding for 2019, and need some inspiration, why not take a look at some of the trends that experts think will be big in the wedding industry this year.
Flowers are undergoing a big change this year with LauraJean, from LauraJean Floral and Event Design, telling Wedding Wire that arrangements and installations will be coming down from the rafters – as was a recent trend for a few years – and solidifying themselves back on the tables. Not only that, but floral arches are making a comeback in 2019, according to WeddingForward.com. If you want to make your entrance through a towering archway of blooms, then this is your year to do it.
Bouquets, centrepieces and other arrangements alike will all see an increase in the amount of greenery used by florists, emphasising a few large and bold flowers instead of a number of smaller blossoms. Wedding planner Bruce Russell states that “Trees and use of foliage throughout floral designs will take centre stage… Florals will be natural, whimsical, and romantic.”
As greenery is becoming a focal point this year, décor on tables is being transformed to help make that bold statement. Some brides and grooms may choose to swap out tall centrepieces completely, instead opting for rows of low flowers that won’t obstruct any views and will instead create a subtle romantic atmosphere throughout the venue.
Some couples may choose to take their aesthetic in a completely different direction, opting for darker tones and colour palettes to make the greenery stand out and emphasise certain features of the décor above others, such as velvet table cloths or stunning place settings. These striking accents are directly in contrast to recent years trends of pastels, but it will be fun to see how couples embrace the new style.
There are a few differing expert opinions when it comes to the colours that will be at the fore of the wedding industry in 2019.
At the end of 2018, Pantone announced its colour of the year for 2019, choosing a pinky-orange “Living Coral”. This colour could be seen as a centre-point in summer weddings with its sunny disposition and bright personality.
Wedding Wire reports that we could see the classic pink shades being overtaken by hints of purples this year. Christina Millikin, from Glow Events, believes that purple allows for more scope and atmosphere, saying: “You can make it light and airy or bold and dramatic”. With some couples’ move towards a moodier colour scheme, purple could be a great way to bridge the gap between too dark and too pastel.
However, in contrast to the moodier scheme, many couples are still leaning towards the traditional with silvers, sages, roses, pale blues and champagne gold staying in the top 10 list for 2019 colours, according to ElegantWeddingInvites.com.
Sustainability and ethical practices
As was the case at Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding, sustainability and eco-conscious decisions are set to be a big consideration for couples planning their weddings in 2019. Many couples are looking to reduce their eco-footprint by using foam free flower installations, cutting out the harmful toxins in a flower oasis, sourcing their wedding cakes from local companies that use in season and local ingredients, and finding wedding dresses made using ethical practices.
On a sustainable front, couples are also choosing to save money by reusing their décor from one venue to the next – moving their floral arrangements from the ceremony to the reception and using food as part of the décor of the day.
At the Brewery, we can host wedding ceremonies as well as receptions in our venue rooms, meaning the same décor can be used for both aspects of your day – allowing you to have a consistent theme throughout your day and saving you money on outfitting two venues.
If you’re looking for a stunning, historical venue to host your wedding day, right in the heart of London, why not consider The Brewery. We have six separate venue spaces that can be fully customised by our fantastic event design team, drawing on 2019 trends or your personal inspiration, and a wonderful wedding planner to help tie your day together.