Wedding Trends 2019

Last year I shared my top trend predictions for 2018 including transparent details, circular floral backdrops, velvet and my personal favourite…suspended flowers and foliage! And some of these predictions are set to be even bigger news in 2019 – step forward the hotly anticipated trend of intense / bright colours.

The good news…2019 promises to be just as inspirational and packed full of trend predictions that can easily be incorporated into the design and/or style of your day.  

So here it is, my guide to the wedding trends to look out for and be inspired by in 2019:


The Meghan Effect

The wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry has understandably imprinted itself on the wedding industry and will affect wedding trends for years to come and this will be especially discernible in 2019.

From the dresses to the natural bridal beauty, the statement yet foam free floral and foliage installations to the Swiss meringue buttercream…to name but a few. It’s therefore no surprise that ‘The Meghan Effect’ has made it to the top of the trends feature for 2019.

Photographer: Sanshine Photography, Planner: Katrina Otter Weddings, Florist: Amie Bone Flowers

Dried flowers and foliage

Instagram is suddenly awash with a plethora of images of dried flowers and foliage being used for weddings and styled shoots, from the smaller details (dried confetti) to larger statement pieces (think suspended installations) and even as far as bouquets, buttonholes and floral crowns. The appeal…the nostalgia, the longevity, the flexibility, the uniqueness and of course the impact that they create. 

Vibe over palette

Every year we, as an industry, make a BIG deal about colour trends and colour palettes and this year is no exception. However, in 2019 I’m also predicting that there will be a significant shift away from defining colour schemes, with couples focusing more on planning weddings that permeate around the notion of a vibe or mood rather than a specific and potentially restrictive theme, colour or colour palette.

Outdoor, personalised and celebrant-led ceremonies

In 2017, 20% of my couples had celebrant-led ceremonies. This year the figure jumped to 40% and next year…100%. Yes, that’s right – ALL of my couples next year are forgoing legal and religious ceremonies (on the day) in favour of celebrant-led ceremonies.

So why this rapid growth in popularity? Well, celebrant-led ceremonies can take place in any location, at any time and they can be any format or style you want. Couples can include the traditional elements that suit whilst adding their own individuality, creativity and personality. 

For such a long time, there’s also been huge restrictions on outdoor weddings and whilst it looks like these regulations might eventually change, outdoor weddings (wherever you want) are already possible when you opt for a personalised, celebrant-led ceremony… another reason for their rapid growth in popularity.

In a nutshell, celebrant-led ceremonies give couples the freedom to say what’s in their heart and what’s important to them in a setting of their choosing and this is ultimately why we’re seeing such a significant change in the way couples now say ‘I do’.

Mindful and sustainable weddings

This is a BIG trend for 2019 and BIG news for the wedding industry. It’s also one that I’m going to revisit several times in my features throughout the year.

The areas that are particularly prominent when it comes to the notion of sustainability and weddings are:

  • Foam/oasis free florals (it’s actually made from a form of non-biodegradable plastic)
  • Buying British, local and seasonal
  • Sustainable bridal fashion
  • Plastic free weddings (something that has received quite a bit of coverage recently thanks to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank and their plastic-free Royal wedding)

Burgundy, Red and Plum

A trend feature wouldn’t be complete without a colour palette prediction… step forward my personal favourite – richly elegant, dramatic and intensely autumnal tones from just-bitten berry to dark and dramatic plum tones. I especially love this palette as it clearly invites you to be adventurous and potentially incorporate tumbling fruit displays into your floral centrepieces and tablescapes.

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Katrina Otter is a Cambridgeshire based wedding planner and event organiser with over 10 years experience. Find out how she could help you plan your wedding day at

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