Our 5 Favorite Trends for Wedding Season 2019

 

There are always new and exciting things happening in the wedding world. While some trends come and go, the ways in which you tell your story, connect with your guests, and create a meaningful experience will never go out of style. Our favorite wedding trends for 2019 are all about the timeless details that highlight what a wedding is all about: love, family, friendship, and new beginnings.

5 favorite trends for wedding season 2019. Wedding inspiration for 2019 and 2020 luxury weddings.

1. intimate Weddings

More and more, couples are prioritizing guest experience when planning their wedding days. Whether it’s a more literal focus with things like welcome bags and favors, or more subtle choices like proper envelope etiquette and hosted wedding weekends, there are a myriad of ways to make guests feel special and enjoy their time with you.

My favorite way to improve guest experience though is in the guest list itself. By hosting more intimate celebrations, you’re able to spend more time, money, and thought on each guest. Rather than spending your food budget on 150 okay meals, you can instead afford 50 spectacular meals.

Even more, witnessing a small wedding is a really special thing. By only inviting your closest family and friends, you are telling your guests how much you love and appreciate them. That of all the people in your life, they are the ones who matter to you most. These smaller guest lists allow you to connect on a deeper level with each individual, creating memories that are vivid and special, rather than a blur.

Everyone’s version of a smaller guest list will vary, and it’s not about trying to keep count under a certain number. Instead, it’s about taking a look at who matters to you most—who you can’t envision your wedding day without. Whether the list of those people add up to 10 or 100, being intentional and mindful with your guest list will help you enjoy your day that much more.

Photo by Julie Paisley. Planning by Heather Benge Events. Hosted at Deer Creek Ridge. Florals by Royal Bee Flower Co.

Photo by Julie Paisley. Planning by Heather Benge Events. Hosted at Deer Creek Ridge. Florals by Royal Bee Flower Co.

2. sewn stationery

Integrating texture into paper goods has been the focus of many different designers (including us!) these past few years. This texture train has made waves already through the use of handmade paper, wax seals, and translucent vellum. One new way that we personally are exploring texture is through sewn paper. Whether it’s sewing up a vow book or program, or a more decorative touch, I love the intricacy and delicate nature of the texture that a sewed stitch brings. It adds an entirely new process and story to the table—a level of detail and intricacy that only comes through time and care.

Photo and Stationery by Caitlin O’Bryant Design.

Photo and Stationery by Caitlin O’Bryant Design.

3. organic floral arrangements and installations

If you couldn’t already tell, I love design that blends clean, refined lines with organic touches of character and charm. Florals are my absolute favorite way to incorporate that organic spontaneity. Unique and interesting combinations of texture, color, and composition are starting to rise up more, and we are phasing away from the cookie cutter bouquet.

One of the things I love about this approach is that it can be used in both lush and minimalistic arrangements. Instead of a super specific trend that goes out of style quickly (hello, donut walls), this organic approach is really just a basic technique that can be adapted and used in a million different ways. It’s about letting each stem feel spontaneous and stubborn, as if it was just picked out of the garden. Ironically enough, this look takes a talented hand to achieve, because even though it may look natural, there’s care behind it all, crafting the composition and flow of each arrangement and installation.

Photo by Mylyn Wood Photography. Florals by Wildflower Portland. Styling by Kamea Events.

Photo by Mylyn Wood Photography. Florals by Wildflower Portland. Styling by Kamea Events.

4. storytelling bridal party attire

Mis-matched bridesmaids dresses have been around for years. However, this approach is not about each person wearing matching colors with slightly different designs. Instead, it uses attire to tell a story.

In line with hosting more intimate weddings, the increased focus on guest experience, and the rising presence of mixed gender bridal parties, I believe that couples will begin to focus more on the comfort of their loved ones, right down to attire.

Couples ask their bridal party members to stand beside them for a reason. Each person will have a different reason than the next—a unique connection that bonds them with the couple. Why not use attire to tell a story of that connection? Sequins speak one thing, velvet another. Choosing fabrics and colors that both coordinate as a group and are reflective of the people wearing them is a beautiful and meaningful approach to wedding day attire, and I for one am here for it.

Photo by Stephanie Batten Photography. Planning by Taylor’d Southern Events. Hosted at the McAlister-Leftwich House.

Photo by Stephanie Batten Photography. Planning by Taylor’d Southern Events. Hosted at the McAlister-Leftwich House.

5. custom artwork

In the world of Pinterest, high end couples are seeking to customize and reach outside the box more and more. Utilizing custom illustrations is a beautiful way to elevate the unique mark of your wedding. Whether it’s a venue illustration, floral sketch, custom crest or portrait, bringing these one-of-a-kind elements to life across multiple platforms is a beautiful and timeless solution.

These illustrations can also be cherished long after the day itself has passed with framed prints, serving as another story and heirloom you can share for years to come.

Photo by Julie Paisley. Planning by Heather Benge Events. Stationery by Caitlin O’Bryant Design.

Photo by Julie Paisley. Planning by Heather Benge Events. Stationery by Caitlin O’Bryant Design.


At the end of the day, a wedding is an opportunity to really connect with those that matter most—to create lasting memories that you can look back on with love and fondness. Find ways to make those memories even sweeter, whatever that means for you. If uniform bridesmaid dresses and a large wedding will make the day of your dreams, then by all means, go with it!

Do what makes your heart happy, trend or not.

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