What's trending for 2019

Joshua Veldstra Photography

Get an inspired jumpstart on all your wedding planning with these 18 exciting ideas in fashion, décor, flowers, food, desserts and more!

Gowns with 3D flowers and floral embellishments

Hearts will flutter in 2019 for the delicate, feminine three-dimensional floral embellishments that are gracing both runways and real brides all over the country. Capturing every subtle movement, these darling details are an ode to whimsy and sophisticated-yet-girlish finesse.

At right: Justin Alexander Style 88048

Bold bridesmaid dresses

Deep jewel tones and moody textures are taking back their rightful place in the spotlight. From v-neck velvet gowns to chiffon in a solid shade of gemstone, bridesmaid dresses will receive a dash of “something bold” for the seasons ahead to really pop against the bride’s fresh white.

Photo credit: KH Photography

Natural, organic beauty

Although bold and moody elements take over wedding day decor this season, more minimal looks are “in” for bridal beauty. Skin with a dewy, all-over glow and fresh-face makeup give the effortless yet sophisticated feel that today’s brides seek, while utilizing natural and even ethically made products.

At right: Allure Bridals Style 9620

High necklines

Sweetheart styles no longer reign supreme! Necklines are again heading to new heights, with gowns that employ plentiful fabric, whether mock-neck, apron top, or even illusion. Think a high neck might be too stuffy? Think again! Modern brides can bare shoulders and lovely low backs with the latest styles – and even give the “illusion” of a plunging v-neckline, such as shown in this gorgeous Sottero & Midgley ‘Zayn’ gown (at right).

Minimalist gowns

Royal wedding frenzy is set to last well into 2019, with gowns popping up left and right inspired by the duchess’ minimalist style. These sleek and sculpted silhouettes are paired perfectly with subtle shoulder-baring necklines that speak to the true understated elegance in simplicity.

At right: Allure Bridals Style 9514

Deeper, richer colored florals

After years of recurring soft pastel palettes, rich earthy hues are reappearing throughout all elements of the wedding day. Bundles of fresh flora are thoughtfully prepared with a “just foraged” look, calling on moody reds, hunter green, deep purples and many more to make their mark.

At right: Narrow Road Productions; Flowers: Bloomsbury Blooms

Romantic, relaxed hair

Loose braids, free-flowing wavy hair and boho-chic updos are among today’s most coveted styles, as brides embrace the slightly “undone” look for their bridal hair and beauty. Can’t decide whether to wear your hair up or down? Consider the half up and half down look – giving you two hot trends in one. Just as gowns are showing off their romantic, whimsical embellishments, hairstyles will match with sweet face-framing tendrils and effortlessly tousled locks.

At right: Morilee Style 2045

Floral hoops for bridesmaids

Maids make a statement with abundant flora in new-found formations. Floral hoops are a fresh idea for the seasons ahead, instead of the expected matching bouquets, or dated balls of tight blooms. Get a bit “wild” with cascading just-plucked foliage, or opt for opulence with plentiful garden-fresh petals.

Photo credit: Dacia Idom

Imaginative desserts

Why just have your cake when you can eat other desserts too? Get creative with a sugary spread of beloved family recipe pies, or display your favorite chocolate sprinkle donuts on a wall. Wedding day sweets are no longer limited to “tradition,” and they’re showing up in artful arrangements, too.

Photo credit: Joshua Veldstra Photography

Unique wedding cakes

Buttercream and fondant are getting all dressed up with unconventional adornments and alternative sizes. Instead of just one multi-tiered cake, imagine a full table of petite iced confections, all of varied size and decoration. Brides this season will say “I do” to wedding cakes in many forms, from shimmering edible gold leaf embellishments to simply sweet minis all tied with a bow.

Photo credit: Grace Upon Grace Photography; Cake: Darcy’s Decadent Designs

Abundant and ‘wild’ greenery

To match the natural, ethereal aesthetic that today’s brides love, plentiful greenery and wild blooming arrangements are bound to take center stage. Instead of fabric-draped details and refined bouquets or centerpieces, opt for lush, low rows of floral garland or foliage to adorn farm style tablescapes and any day-of decor.

Photo credit: Chugach Peaks Photography; Flowers: Snow Peak Farm

Copper: the modern metallic

Metal stands strong as a wedding design element, though the particular tone of choice for 2019 is copper. Infuse this modern metallic into many details of the day, whether centerpieces, place settings, dessert adornment and more. With today’s brides opting for a more industrial vibe than years prior, copper brings the “wow” factor when placed against unpolished wood tablescapes and wild, foraged greenery.

Photo credit: Weddingstar.com “Glass Geometric Ring Box”

Grazing tables

Say goodbye, tired cheese plates and boring passed apps. The latest craze is the “grazing table” – a big and beautiful table brimming with a variety of artisan cheeses, cured meats, breads, antipasti, fresh and dried fruits, dipping sauces, and more. Perfect for a cocktail-hour event where guests can mix and mingle comfortably.

Mix and match decor

For an effortless and oh-so-relaxed wedding day feel, couples are mixing and matching different décor elements to create that coveted “less polished” look. Think ceremony seating with antique wooden chairs in all different shapes, or place settings with varied china patterns, flatware and glasses. These make for a truly unique visual effect, often utilizing both new and old-found pieces.

Photo credit: Chugach Peaks Photography

Personalized details for everything

Cookie cutter weddings? No more! Today’s couples are opting to infuse their own tastes into their big day, employing personalized details and meaningful touches that reflect their own personalities, interests and style. Whether sharing wedding favors sourced from each of your hometowns, or toasting with local craft beer instead of champagne because that’s how the two of you met – the options are truly endless!

Photo credit: shopnarwall.com and Britt Croft Photography (at left); KH Photography (at right)

Illustrated invitations

Modern typography, bold fonts and hand-illustrated designs are all the rage when it comes to today’s wedding stationery. Couples are even including custom maps within their fully made-to-order invitations. Call on those personalized touches that speak to you two as a couple, with a dash of unique calligraphy or fresh fonts on the worded elements of your big day.

Invitatons: Minted.com styles “Love Grows” & “Love Actually”

Miniature food

For the ultimate offering of variety, mini sampler foods give guests the chance to pick and choose during cocktail hour with ease. Little bites are far from bland – craft a selection that speaks to you as a couple. Originally a southern belle? Tiny biscuits and gravy will delight guests from near and far. Love Mexican culture and food? Ask your caterer to create bite-sized tacos, paired with mini margaritas. From itty bitty cheeseburgers to soup shots, just about anything can be made miniature.

Photo credit: Megan Freeman Photography


Entertainment is no longer limited to the DJ! Surprise elements – like mingling with llamas during the cocktail hour, being serenaded by a choir at the ceremony, or playing a smashing good game of pinata – add an unexpected experience to your wedding. These unique ideas will not only delight you and your guests on the day-of, but are sure to bring unforgettable memories for years to come.

Photo credit: Don Pitcher Photography; pinatas by The Pinata Shop