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2020 Wedding Trends: What’s In and Out This Year

With the 2019 wedding season behind us, it’s time for us to set our sights on the 2020 landscape as we enter into the new year. Busy season may still be a few months away for some, but it’s never too early to get up to speed on the latest trends that will influence your work this year.

We spoke with wedding industry experts throughout the industry to get an idea of what we can expect in the way of trends for 2020 and, while some 2019 styles are staying put, we’re excited to welcome a wave of new themes and ideas to the scene.

Here are just a few trends to keep an eye out for in the year to come.

Photographer: Gyan Gurung, gyangurung.com – Planner: For the Love of Weddings, www.fortheloveofweddings.me

Family-friendly weddings

“More couples are getting married after having children, so they are including their children in their weddings and planning,” explains Kristin Watkins of Stephanie Rose Events. “Children are selecting the cake, music, and menu items. Menu items are more kid-friendly like mini grilled cheese, corndogs, and fries at cocktail hour, fancy mocktails, and Italian soda bars. For décor, children are designing table numbers and guestbooks. At the reception, kids have their own area with movies and video games or sweet teepees to rest their heads.”

Photographer: Inta Photography, intaphotography.com ; Planner: Bohemia Events, bohemia-events.com

Non-traditional seating arrangements

“Many couples will steer away from having the 10-by-10 rows and an aisle down the middle,” says Jennifer Claire Constant of The Celebrant Directory. “Many are swapping this for circular arrangements with the couple in the middle of the circle. This way, everyone gets to experience the couple’s emotions and it creates a very personal atmosphere. Also, seats may change too. Rather than plastic or matching chairs, many couples will opt for the unusual mismatched look.”

Photographer: Lefteris Kalampokas, kalampokasfotografia.gr

Fashion meets tech

“Technology has enabled us the ability to offer additional customization on wedding dresses for brides,” shares Jennifer Feldstein of The Last Minute Bride. “It has allowed us the ability to have a seamless partnership with our design and production partners and showcase sketches, increased fabric options, and custom fabric options in real-time. It supports the trend of personalization that couples are gravitating towards in their wedding planning choices in regards to their wedding day attire and accessories for both the bride and groom.

Photographer: Amanda Karen Photography, www.amandakarenphotography.co.uk

Low-key honeymoons

“In 2019, over-the-top luxury was at the forefront of honeymooners’ minds, where grabbing the perfect Instagram shot was a given,” recalls Jen Avey of Destination Weddings Travel Group. “Now, couples are looking for anti-luxury and ultra-local experiences, so they can really feel the authentic vibes of their destination. Honeymooners in 2020 will gravitate towards bungalow-style accommodations and rustic resorts where they can truly disconnect and feel the ambiance of being away from home. Unplugging and spending quality time together is now becoming more important than sharing every moment of your trip on social media. In this regard, wellness retreats and self-care amenities are becoming more popular for honeymoon resorts to cater to.”

For a look at more 2020 trends, be sure to check out the full International Wedding Trend Report which covers everything from stationery trends to color palettes to table décor themes — from all around the world.

Kylie Carlson is the owner of The Wedding Academy. With seven locations globally, the Academy boasts an internationally recognized accreditation program that brings professional training to wedding planners, designers and stylists.

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