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The Hottest 2019 Wedding Trends in the UK

By Alice Prendergast, on 21/12/18
Alice Prendergast
The Hottest 2019 Wedding Trends in the UK
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Want to add a bit of modern style into your event? This 2019 wedding trends report will show you what’s in ATM.

If you’re tying the knot next year, there’s a good chance you’ve already dipped your toes into the wonderful world of wedding planning. Before you start hashing out all the details for your big day, get to know the hottest 2019 wedding trends in the UK. Incorporating a few of these will help modernize your celebration and give it that extra somethin’ somethin’ it needs to take it to the next level.

Here are the hottest 2019 wedding trends in the UK.

Booking a dual-purpose venue

Traditionally, the wedding ceremony would be held at a church or register office and followed by a reception at a second, more party-worthy location. While this is still popular, these days more and more couples are booking one wedding venue for their big day instead of two. Why? It’s simple - many alternative venues (think restaurants, country houses, barns and wineries) are becoming licensed for civil ceremonies and there’s even some indication that UK marriage laws concerning where you can and cannot tie the knot may be changing. Plus, opting for the more modern approach, means you can save both time and money (and who doesn’t want that).

Constellations / Babb Photo

Going for rustic-luxe decor

The ever-popular, shabby-chic look is getting an update in 2019. Instead of going full-blown rustic wedding, couples are expected to err more on the elegant side by adding more luxurious decorative accents to barns and country homes. Velvet linens, chandeliers, metallic place settings and accents you’d typically find at a hotel or mansion wedding venue will take the place of lacy tablecloths and mason jar arrangements, giving this beloved trend new life.

Wharfdale Grange / Kazooieloki Photo

Using your food displays as decor

Of course, you want every part of your wedding decor to be absolutely dreamy. If you think your buffet, food stations or wedding dessert table are looking a little dull in comparison to everything else, turn them into art installations. Need a few ideas to get you started with this 2019 wedding trend? Use a cool shelving unit to show off your appetizers, replace passed hors d’oeuvres with artfully presented grazing tables, repurpose vintage finds, like dressers and hutches, and use them at your bar - the more creative you get, the better.

The Rustic Dresser

Hiring eco-friendly suppliers

Many couples are going green with their wedding details to reduce the carbon footprint of their big day and make it that much better. Host an eco-friendly wedding by choosing a caterer who uses locally-sourced ingredients, ordering stationery that uses recycled paper and eco-conscious printing techniques, hiring (instead of buying) wedding decor items like seating plans, signage and table numbers and opting for floral arrangements with local, seasonal blooms. 

Hollyhock Lane

Getting less specific with wedding colours

Finding linens, decor, attire and accessories that match each other perfectly is pretty difficult. If you want to save yourself that stress, this is definitely one of the 2019 wedding trends you should go for. Ditch the specific wedding colour and go with a range of shades in the same colour family, instead. For example, for a summer wedding you could dress your bridesmaids in a few different pale shades, use taupe linens, robin’s egg blue tableware and accent with pops of colour including ‘Living Coral’ - Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2019. Having a range of colours will give your wedding a more dynamic look and make it a little more modern.

Embracing creative event design

Couples and wedding planners alike, are getting more creative with event design. For example, rather than choosing a rustic, elegant, or bohemian wedding style, going with an event design concept inspired by your personal style and interests or by design trends. This allows you to experiment a little more when it comes to your wedding’s decor and fine details. For example, if you and your partner are all about fashion, you could use a magazine rack as your wedding table plan, name your tables after your favourite publications and put down a red carpet so all of your guests can get photographed in their wedding ensembles as they arrive.

Photography by Ochi

Taking inspo from the royal wedding

While you probably won’t be able to afford to mimic Harry and Meghan’s big day, you can definitely use it to inspire your wedding. Whether you want to snag Meghan Markle’s wedding look, their white, green and pale pastel colour scheme, borrow their first dance song (Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”) or play beer pong at the reception, there are ways to incorporate a few royal wedding ideas without being total copycats.

via @kensingtonroyal

Opting for copper accents

If you want to add some shining, shimmering accents to your wedding decor, use copper. Use of orangey metallics is expected to be a 2019 wedding invitation trend and you’ll also see copper-toned linens, wedding cakes, engagement rings and decor, so we suggest working it into your big day in some way.

Photography by Ochi

Filling your arrangements with anything but flowers

OK, OK florals never really go out of style, but these days more and more couples are opting for alternative wedding bouquets and arrangements. From greenery to grasses to cotton branches, anything can be used to make your wedding aisle decorations, centrepieces, bridal bouquets and displays pop. Greenery designs will also be one of the big 2019 wedding cake trends.

Via @pipleyflowers

Brightening up your venue with neon signage

Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow! While chalkboards are still fan faves, neon signage is expected to be an even bigger 2019 wedding trend in the UK. Illuminated letters are the perfect way to point your guests to important places like the wedding dessert table and/or buffet or to glow up your wedding photo booth backdrop.

Photography by Ochi

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