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2019 Wedding Trends You Need To Know If You’re Getting Married Next Year

We’ve got all the ideas and inspiration you need for your 2019 wedding.

2019 Wedding Trends You Need To Know If You're Getting Married Next Year

From the most practical wedding dresses you can find to metallic eye makeup and bold wedding colours, here are the 2019 wedding trends you need to know about if you’re getting married next year.

2019 Wedding Trends: Fashion

Wedding dresses with pockets

Wedding dresses (and jumpsuits) with pockets were all over the runways during Bridal Fashion Week. If there’s one thing we know about the 2019 modern-day bride, she’s prioritising practically and comfort over aesthetic. And that’s why this trend is taking over because from a bride’s perspective, it’s a practical solution. Especially if you want to touch up your lippy!

Wedding dresses with sleeves

In 2019, we’re going to see the return of classic cuts and simple fabrics, with more and more brides opting for gowns with sleeves.

Take inspiration from Meghan Markle’s long-sleeved, boat necked Givenchy wedding gown and opt for a style with a pared-back bridal silhouette.

To see long-sleeved wedding dresses in action, take a look at our full blog post right here.

Simple wedding dresses

Speaking of the “Meghan Markle effect”, bridal designers have predicted a return to refined minimalism. Think HalfPenny London’s 1990s-inspired slips, Sassi Holdford’s sleek columns, and Cymbeline’s unfussy tulle skirts.

2019 Wedding Trends: Music

Movie soundtracks for your wedding

Some music specialists are predicting that movie soundtracks are going to be a big thing in terms of 2019 wedding entertainment. Look at The Greatest Showman – it’s been so popular this year that we bet couples will be requesting bands to perform songs from the film.

2019 Wedding Trends: Entertainment

Unusual wedding entertainment

Let’s face it, wedding photo booths have been done way too many times. Today’s engaged couples are now looking for new and unusual ways to entertain guests. There are so many possibilities for you to choose from!

Harpists or pianists for your wedding

More people are choosing to party later and later at their wedding. So the trend of winding down wedding music is sure to become a thing in 2019.

Nothing is more calming than the sound of a harp playing in the background. You could also book a pianist to bring all your wedding guests together for a sing-a-long at the end of your big day.

2019 Wedding Trends: Decor & Styling

Bold colours

Move away from conventional whites and creams because reds, pinks, and even oranges are set to take a starring role in everything from floral arrangements to bridesmaid dresses.

We’re seeing more and more couples steer away from the classic white decor and instead embrace bright colour and a bold aesthetic in their wedding decor.

Too much white at a wedding can look a little clinical. So embracing soft shades of nude, blush, and blue offer pretty alternatives to classic white.

Plastic-free wedding decorations

Sustainability is more than just a fashion trend. The wedding industry is taking note too, switching from the likes of plastic straws to paper and glass alternatives. It also helps that linen napkins and glass straws look much chicer than plastic.

Following in the footsteps of Princess Eugenie, brides-to-be are thinking more about the planet while planning their big day and choosing to go plastic-free when possible.

In 2019, expect a rise in eco-friendly weddings, featuring flowers that can be replanted, organic menus, and minimal plastic.

Read more: How to have a sustainable wedding in 11 simple steps

2019 Wedding Trends: Makeup

Brides wearing red lipstick

The classic matte red lip for brides is back. Just pair it with strong brows to create a really defined look.

The key is to pick the right shade for your skin tone (the girls at Urban Retreat can help you with that!)

Always use a lip primer to start and then apply the lipstick. This should minimise the number of times you need to reapply it throughout the day.

Super natural wedding day makeup

Show off your natural bridal glow with barely-there, minimal makeup. The key to this is all in the prep, so make sure you up your skincare routine around six weeks before the big day. It’s also vital to prep the skin every night to get rid of the toxins that build up over the course of each day.

Brides wearing metallic eye makeup

It’s time to up the big-day drama with mixed metallics at your 2019 wedding.

If you want to wear something other than nude, metallics make a great alternative without being over the top. Keep the rest of your bridal makeup look wedding-classic, then add a hint of glittery liner or sheer polish.

2019 Wedding Trends: Hair

Wedding hair with flowers

Whether you fasten tiny blooms into your curls, weave fresh flowers into waves or go all-out with a flower crown, there’s something effortless yet striking about floral headpieces.

This is a look that suits hair worn up or down. Just make sure to keep the rest of your face fresh and simple.

Braided wedding hairstyles

Bridal braids were a key trend on the 2019 bridal shows. For an edgy, yet pretty swept-back style, opt for a dramatic plaited parting.

Wavy and loose wedding hair

You might also want to channel your inner mermaid with the new season’s penchant for heavenly waves. If you want to achieve a less “done” look, go with the flow of your natural texture and create a loose up-do with trailing tendrils.

2019 Wedding Trends: Flowers

Nude and pastel wedding flowers

More and more couples are throwing traditions out the door, which means pale pink, blush and taupe are increasingly replacing classic white blooms as a bride’s wedding flower of choice.

Fragrant garden roses, stocks and sweet peas are set to become some of the most popular blooms to appear in a big way next year.

Peony bouquets

The peony is such a timeless wedding flower. It’s always a popular bouquet choice so you can expect to see lots of these in 2019, too.

As a very versatile flower, peonies can be crafted into bouquets that suit any style of wedding, from very formal affairs to rustic garden parties. But remember – peony season begins in April/May and only runs through to late June, so their availability is limited.

If you have a late spring/early summer wedding and your heart is set on peonies, you’ll be able to get your hands on them. But if your wedding is later in the year, take a look at these beautiful alternatives:

  • Garden roses (for summer)
  • Dahlias (for late summer)
  • Ranunculus (for winter and spring

2019 Wedding Trends: Food

Sharing Platters

It seems food trucks have had their moment, but couples are still looking for laidback ways to offer simple, tasty food.

Sharing plates are proving to be a popular choice for 2019 weddings (as well as a rise in dessert tables!)

Edible wedding favours

Take-home bites have quickly become a popular choice for brides and grooms because it’s the couple’s chance to make it their own.

If you want to take on a DIY challenge, jam, jelly or chutney is easy to make and can be enjoyed by your guests as long as the wedding day is over. Choose some rustic-looking fabric to cover the top and you’ll receive compliments for weeks!

If you’re having a winter wedding, you package up a childhood favourite for your edible wedding favours – marshmallows. This will work especially well if you after-party includes a fire pit.

Or if you’re a keen baker, why not make some cute cookies or biscuits and ice names on them? That way, they can double up as place name cards!

Late night wedding food

While late night wedding food is nothing new, 2019 wedding food trends include more sophisticated and personal requests.

Instead of typical late-night wedding snacks of pizza or mini fish and chips, these are being replaced with unique eats that reflect the couple’s favourite comfort foods.

2019 Wedding Trends: Cakes

Cheese wedding cakes

Gone are the days when you must have a three-tiered iced fruit cake. These days, its all about getting creative.

Cheese towers accompanied with preserves, artisan bread and crackers are going to be very big in 2019.


Want someone to help with planning your 2019 wedding? Discover how to bring your wedding dreams to life by booking an appointment to discuss your plans with a consultant at The Wedding Gallery today.

By Holly Sutton

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2019 wedding trends you need to know if you're getting married next year