Getting married this year? We've got you covered with all the latest! Here are the top wedding trends according to leading celebrity wedding experts:
Colin Cowie, the party and wedding planner of choice for celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Seacrest and Kim Kardashian comments, “I’ve never been one to do trends - I’m much better at creating them. When you work around your client’s unique DNA and cater everything guests smell, touch, taste, see and hear to that DNA, you end up with something unique that truly tells a story.
Being in the industry for as long as Cowie, one can quickly pick up on a few things expected in 2019. According to this event planner of choice, keep an eye out for the return of modern, contemporary, minimalist looks. Basically, this year, less is more. No more over-the-top floral walls with brides opting instead for non-traditional florals composed of wheat or grass.
"Round ceremonies are something I’ve always enjoyed designing because they ensure friends and loved ones are no more than a few feet away from the couple, creating a more intimate atmosphere. Eco-friendly weddings will definitely be trending this year, and with that will continue the rise of vegan meal options," adds Cowie. "I’ve also begun to see many couples request limited phone use throughout their celebrations, keeping everyone present and unhidden by a phone screen. Without the constant iPad and phone use, a creative way to stay away from the usual photo wall is to create an interactive vignette that doubles as a photo opp.”
Invitations & Wedding Stationery
Giant Invitations, a leading luxury wedding invitation company commonly chosen for celebrity weddings including Vanessa Williams, comments, “Metallic hot stamp foiling has always been popular and it continues to grow. This year we will expect to see a higher demand for copper foiling, followed by the popular rose gold foiling. You will also see more nature-inspired invitations and softer touches including the use of watercolors and deckled edges. A popular trend for 2019 includes adding your own custom illustration of the venue to the invitation!"
The famous and multi-award-winning cake designer Faye Cahill predicts the trend of artistic and fun styles for 2019. Faye comments: “Think painted watercolor finishes, palette knife textures, fondant ruffles, drippy icing and abstract sculptures of chocolate and isomalt (a technical clear sugar). You will also find fun and optimistic cakes. Following the announcement of living Coral as the color of the year, I think we will see a move away from dull neutrals to more vibrant hues. For wedding cakes, that will be more restrained than for celebration cakes, however, some couples will choose to go all out and express the joy of their union.”
From the Bridal Fashion Week, we found 2019 gowns will showcase a multitude of bows, sparkles, statement sleeves, halter gowns, capes, touches of color, multi-tiered dresses, and as Alin Le’ Kal, the celebrity couture designer who just debuted his collection at Paris Fashion Week, comments: “Designers are just loving feathers! It is going to be everywhere. Crystals and feathers, you can’t go wrong! I think we could possibly still see feathers in(to) 2020.”
The Flower Appreciation Society chimed in on the trends for bouquets and arrangements for the big day. “In 2019 we are seeing the move away from larger bridal bouquets to smaller, more delicate ones. Seasonality and locally sourced flowers are becoming extremely important with issues of sustainability and the environment in mind. This means that we are designing bridal bouquets using delicate garden flowers, in considered seasonal color palettes and in light, delicate and airy compositions so that each individual flower has lots of space to shine and be appreciated!"
Celebrity makeup artist Melissa Sassine says, “I definitely feel that for the bridal trend for 2019, less is more. What I mean by this is in relation to the color palette. Even though they want flawless long-lasting bridal makeup, they still want to look the best version of themselves, without overly dramatic eyes and harsh contours.”
Melissa’s favorite bridal color palette includes beautiful neutral tones and light champagne shimmer on the eyes, fluffy lashes, natural bronzers to warm up the skin, soft highlighters, with pink/nude lustrous lips.
Bridal gowns are embracing bows this year, and the love for bows doesn’t end there. Nicole Kidman’s hairstylist Kylee Heath, who has been trusted with the gorgeous locks of Margot Robbie, Sofia Vergara, Isla Fisher, and Emma Roberts says, “With ribbons and bows being a huge trend throughout award season, I think it will carry over to wedding hair. I love the idea of a low ponytail with a ribbon tied in it or a bow to finish off the look.”
Alan Buki Hair Creative Director Tiffany Thurtell, the celebrity hairdresser who worked on Miranda Kerr and Madonna’s hair, says, “The biggest wedding trend we have seen coming into 2019 is hair accessories. Hair throughout 2018 became so undone and relaxed giving a very bohemian vibe. Moving into 2019, hair is still looking relaxed with glossy loose waves. However, it is becoming more polished with a glam/luxe vibe. The use of hair accessories is very on trend. Being a hair scarf, hair clips, diamond hairpins. Ponytails are also on trend with extensions being used to create a much fuller, textured look. Brides also being able to use extension ponytails for multiple hair looks on their special day.”