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Expert insight: 2019 International Wedding Trend Report

07th January 2019 | Julia Braime

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As an early highlight to our year, we are super excited about the release of The International Wedding Trend Report 2019, which, put simply, is the ‘trend bible’ for all things wedding – and so naturally our dream reading material!

Created by the wedding industry for the wedding industry, this wonderfully inspiring and hugely informative publication is put together by the International Academy of Wedding & Event Planning, who gather thoughts, predictions and forecasts from the world’s top wedding professionals – including yours truly at Brides Up North HQ – on what’s going to be hot in weddings for the year ahead.

Now, don’t be mistaken thinking this is about putting all weddings into themed boxes, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. For from collating insights from industry pros across the globe, the report offers an abundance of ideas on every big day element; from the venue, dress and styling to colour palettes, blooms, entertainment, food and drink. Better still it outlines the changes in weddings as traditions and regulations are relaxed and couples are given more freedom to do their day, their way resulting in both stylish and personal celebrations (our very favourite kind!)

And so to celebrate the release of the Academy’s latest report (which you can get delivered direct to inbox by clicking here), we’ve invited Kylie Carlson, CEO of the International Academy of Wedding & Event Planning, to the blog to share her pick of global wedding trends to watch out for in the coming year.

With images by Carolina Sainz.

Kylie says: Another year is upon us, which means another round of wedding trends to gush over. 2019 is shaping up to be a year of statement weddings, with couples increasingly wanting to break the mold and create a day that is truly unique to themselves and their relationship. We asked industry experts to weigh in on the top trends that they foresee for the year ahead, and we can’t wait to see the development of weddings in 2019. Here are some of the trends that will pop up in weddings all around the world.

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Moodier colour palettes

Pastels are pretty, but it seems like couples are ready to try something new and move past the subtle hues for shades that make more of a statement. “Rich navy and purple hues seem to be the new black, as a formal but modern option design,” shares Vaishali Shah of Ananya Cards. “We love that more couples are opting for bold colours, and aren’t afraid to balance unusual combinations of dark, neon, jewel tones, and neutral hues for balance.”

Social media inspiration

Social media has played a large role in the wedding industry up to this point, and its presence will only grow as couples take advantage of their networks to gain more knowledge into the industry’s trends. “Pinterest is a bride’s best friend, giving her a virtual mood board where she can tap into, gather and collage ideas for every element of the day; from the dress and blooms right down to the smallest of details, such as signage, table numbers and favours,” tells Julia Braime and Rachel Parry of Brides Up North. “This really helps in giving an overview of how all will come together in advance of the celebrations.”

Taking tech to the next level

Hashtags are old news. After all, when it comes to digital elements, the possibilities are virtually endless now. “Technology in general is making real headway into more and more weddings,” explains Sam Johnson of Carmela Weddings. “There are some really out-there ideas like having a GoPro bridal bouquet to capture hidden moments, but we believe digital mapping is the area that will just keep getting bigger and better. Think animation on the cake, interactive food and menu choices, right up to a fully immersive experience where guests can enjoy an entirely different theme with the push of a button.”

Make way for gastronomy

As more couples want their wedding to be about the guest experience, 2019 will see an overhaul in classic catering trends. “Boring canapes and snacks are no longer in the list of catering preferences for weddings,” says Juliana Rodriguez of Scarlett Entertainment. “When it comes to out-of-the-box wedding entertainment ideas, original and personalised catering services will predictably be among our top requests.”

Rodriguez elaborates, “Innovative services that have caught the attention of couple looking to make an impression include Event Cocktail Pearls, sophisticated molecular cocktails encapsulated in a bubble of flavours. It’s an original gift for wedding guests and a unique way of enjoying a delicious cocktail.”


Beyond the traditional dress

The vibrant styles on the runway are making their way to the aisle, with traditional white dresses making room for new and unique shades. “Coloured wedding dresses are getting a lot more profile in 2019, with brides able to show their individuality and style with a wider range of colours,” enthuses Holly Poulter of Revelry Events. “Nothing is off the table – bold reds, multicoloured and ombre, or even black (everyone looks good in black). Designers like Leanne Marshall and Jenny Packham particularly showcased beautiful shades of blue in their Spring/Summer 2019 bridal showcases, which could trickle down into UK brides next year.”

Don’t miss this year’s issue of the International Wedding Trend Report where we cover all of the trends to keep an eye on in 2019.

Kylie Carlson is the CEO of the International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning. With seven locations globally, the academy boasts an internationally recognized accreditation program that brings professional training to wedding planners, designers and stylists.

Image credits:

Planning: IAWEP, Crystal Events Barcelona

Photographer: Carolina Sainz

Design & Styling: Anemone

Venue: La Baronia

Floral Design: Garci Flors 

Furniture & Prop Hire: Crimons

Cakes & Sweets: Sweet Mama

Stationery: Celebremos Design & Co., PenandFold

Planning/Styling Assistant: The Experialist

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