With winter creeping in, it's time to don those woolly socks, turn the thermostat up full-whack and start dreaming of sunnier days - yes, now is definitely the moment to begin looking forward to what is going to be hotting up your wedding-day next year, with some 2019 trend predictions from a selection of some seriously cool UK suppliers! We've been busy curating our top tips for next season, so pop the kettle on and prepare to get summer-wedding ready without even having to take your slippers off...
1. The Look
First up - what is a 2019 wedding even going to LOOK like!? The rustic trend has definitely started to peter out, with couples instead now looking towards bolder and brighter designs; Planner and stylist Martha from London- based company Anemone explains why:
"5 out of the 12 colours in Pantone’s Spring/Summer 2019 London Fashion Trend Colour Report sit in the Red/Orange/Yellow spectrum. We’ve already seen yellow starting to become more popular in 2018 and I’m predicting the 2019 Colour of the year will be a shade of Orange. I think we can expect to see warm shades and orange hued highlight colours in 2019 wedding designs."
But don't worry, if you've still got your heart set on a neutral palette then country-chic has been given an overhaul with hessian, bunting and jam jars moving out, and tapered candles, hand-dyed silks and cross-back farmhouse chairs moving very much in. Metallics are still playing a significant role, but they look set to become a little more muted too:
"I think we’ll see silver and chrome make a come back. The catwalks showcased sequins and shimmery embellishment in shades from white and light grey, to silver, chrome and even pewter. It would be great to see this translate into 2019 wedding styling and decor. "
So there you have it, bold or minimalist - we've got you covered!
2. Fabulous Florals
There's no denying, a wedding without flowers can feel a little bit like a cheese with no chutney (the horror!) and couples aren't shying away from big blooms, with statement installations filling our insta-feeds, and they look set to get even more abundant, as Amanda from Amanda Jane Flowers explains:
"More and more couples are choosing big statement floral installations such as floral arches. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex certainly led this trend earlier this year, and I think it is wonderful: not only do you get to create a fabulous backdrop to your ceremony, but if you choose the right installation these can also be used again at your reception."
Beautiful AND budget-friendly? I'm in! However, if you're wanting to keep things a little simpler, then Amanda says to just take your tips from our pals down-under:
"Our colleagues in Australia have been filling our insta grids with the most beautiful designs this year, [using] Pampas grass and reflexed roses - I'm already receiving lots of enquiries about these style of arrangements!"
3. Style it out
Now let's take a moment to focus our attention on the most beautiful feature of many a wedding day - the dress! Or, as it would happen, not the dress. Confused? Bridal designer Hannah from House of Ollichon explains why brides are broadening their horizons when it comes to deciding what to wear:
"Women are far more confident in choosing what THEY want and what THEY feel comfortable in rather than going for the traditional expectation. The bridal jumpsuit will once again evolve as a go-to bridal option; the likes of Blake Lively and Millie Mackintosh have demonstrated how a tailored trouser look can be just as feminine as a floaty dress or structured corset."
What's that - Women choosing exactly what they want to wear and how they want to wear it? How very 21st Century! But it doesn't stop there, it would seem the sky is the limit when it comes to forward-thinking bridal trends, 2018 saw designers such as Temperley and Hermione de Paula combining exquisite, renaissance-gypsy inspired embroidery with colourful florals to create bold new looks, and the trend to challenge the 'traditional' white dress looks set to go even further in 2019, with more designers offering up blue, yellow, red and even black wedding gowns!
Despite this, there is still very much a place in all our hearts for a bride in white - so if you're wanting to keep it a little more traditional then Hannah explains how to give it a deliciously simple update:
"Brides-to-be are really embracing modern shapes and lines that are simple yet stunning, and geometric lace offers this in abundance. While we all love the traditional floral lace, going geometric really modernises any bridal look."
4. Keep 'em sweet
It's important to bear in mind that whilst you might be agonising over which scented candle to select for the ladies' loos, most guests are actually surprisingly easy to keep happy - they just want to have fun! If you're feeling a little stuck for inspiration, then event illustrator Megan, from The House of Love Illustration, has put together a fabulous list of original ideas you can pinch for your big day!
"1. I'd like to see more DIY doodle tables, collaborative art endeavours and chances for guests to decorate -even on the tableware, candles, linen and balloons. You name it, you can probably draw or paint on it!
2. Build your own macaroon wedding cake.
3. Bespoke wedding colouring books for all - telling the story of the couple.
4. Get a Poet in residence to create pieces throughout the day.
5. Artists in residence to capture reportage-style movements of the day.
6. Ask your guests to bring vinyl to play
7. Treasure hunts and Guinea-pig petting!!!
8. Forgo gifts -instead get everyone to invest in glittery attire, treat them to make up artists and hire accessories to die for.
9. Provide your guests with bespoke, illustrated temporary metallic tattoos."
As you can see, the options are endless and exciting (why anyone wouldn't want a guinea-pig to pet on their wedding day I honestly have no idea); but if none of these are taking your fancy then just remember that more than ever, weddings are becoming about the shared experience, with guests happily forgoing favours in exchange for something magical to participate in instead:
"Do things that facilitate creative collaboration and celebrate humans connecting in different ways. Think of tools and ways to keep it relaxed, to get everyone to make interesting conversation, to have a giggle and to create moments and fabulous memories together."
So there you have it! You've got the fun, the fashion and the fabulous design and styling all sewn up for your hot-to-trot 2019 wedding - if you're still needing a little more inspiration or are looking to add some magic to your big day then links to all of these incredible suppliers' sites can be found below. Plus don't forget that Jump the Broom can help you with any aspect of planning your big day - from Design Inspiration sessions to On-the-Day Management! Now where's that hot water bottle...
Love, Kate x
With thanks to today's contributors:
Anemone Style :
Anemone is all about helping couples who want to go their own way and be creative with their wedding planning, celebrating with their friends and family in a way that is totally unique and personalised.
I love to create and style weddings for the modern, design-led couple using their story and personal styles as inspiration. It’s not about specific themes, it’s about realising my client's dreams and all the meaningful details that I love to bring to a design.
Amanda Jane Flowers :
I love to create modern seasonal arrangements using the very best seasonal foliage and blooms. Where possible I aim to use the very best British floral products, supporting the British cut flower growers to ensure that your arrangements exceed expectations in design, scent and quality. The only rule, and the question that I always ask myself when ever I or a member of my team create something is: Is it beautiful?
House of Ollichon :
Our brides are mainly those fashion forward women who simply don't want a big dress, maybe they're getting hitched in a pub or registry office, having a garden party or festival wedding or maybe they just what to wear the trousers! We are also very popular with second marriages where women may have already ticked the 'big dress' box and of course we are so lucky to dress lots of same-sex couples. The double appointments we run for two brides together are SUCH FUN.
The House of Love Illustration :
Not only does talented Artist Megan Metcalf become your very own resident illustrator capturing the wedding day moments in quirky line drawings reportage style (coloured in ink afterwards), she also creates bespoke artistic experiences and unique art installations usually with the ambition of helping your guests relax and add an interesting, creative element to the day.
Photo: Joanna Bongard
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