5 Wedding Trends Every 2019 Bride Should Know About


If the front of your fridge has been as crowded with invitations as ours this year, your summer was full of weddings. Now that summer — and with it, wedding season — has come to a close, that means one thing: we’re headed into engagement season. Next thing you know, your Instagram feed will be full of beautiful proposal pics, and if you happen to be one of those lucky ladies getting engaged this year, that means you’ll be in full planning mode for a 2019 wedding. There are countless decisions to make, and no shortage of inspiration out there between bridal magazines, Pinterest, and your own social media feeds — but sometimes you need a more focused list of ideas. So we rounded up 5 of the newest (and some just newly popular) wedding trends all you 2019 brides ought to know about — from dresses and flowers to reception food and invitations.

Bridal Dresses

Let’s start with one of the biggest parts of your wedding day, both in importance and budget: the dress. Whether you plan to go more casual or formal, if you’re shopping for a new dress, you’re going to notice certain styles and trends repeated, even if it’s not easy to immediately spot them in a sea of ivory chiffon.

It should be no surprise that one of the biggest influences on bridal trends this year is Meghan Markle. Just as Kate Middleton’s long-sleeve lace bodice served as inspiration for countless brides after her 2011 wedding to Prince William, expect to see hints of both Meghan’s ceremony and reception dresses when you’re shopping — most notably the boat-neck-meets-off-the-shoulder silhouette. Another trend we can credit Meghan with? A resurgence of the bridal tiara.

Other dress elements that are rising in popularity for next year are statement bows (think: oversized, structured bows that turn into trains), puffed sleeves, sparkle (all over or just a hint), and 3D floral elements. 2019 brides will also be more likely to wear dresses with geometric patterns and shapes; as opposed to floral lace and sweetheart necklines, there are more straight lines used in dress designs, from details in the fabric to cutouts and trim.

Another wedding dress trend that’s grown in popularity over the past several years isn’t a dress at all — it’s the bridal jumpsuit. More designers are including jumpsuits in their bridal collections, making them an option for formal weddings, but they’re also a popular choice for more casual, smaller weddings (an overall trend for 2019). Jumpsuits are also a fun option for rehearsal dinners or other wedding celebrations leading up to the big day.

Florals

After several years of muted color palettes for bouquets and centerpieces, 2019 is expected to see a resurgence of bright, deeply colored flowers. Abundant greenery will continue to be a big part of the ceremony and reception decor, but we anticipate seeing it combined with a more colorful selection of flowers, as opposed to being used on its own or simply paired with white stems as we’ve seen recently.

And speaking of flowers, industry experts are anticipating 2019 to be the year of dahlias. Their unique shape and lack of ubiquity (at least yet, that is), combined with the rich, jewel-tone hues they come in make dahlias the perfect choice for 2019 brides. Peonies and ranunculus will also be popular additions to bouquets and arrangements that lack uniformity and feel more natural and relaxed.

As for how you see florals used in wedding decor, expect to continue to see greenery garland draped along tables and railings, as well as hanging floral arrangements and flower walls. Transitioning arrangements from traditional centerpieces to true decor elements is a modern twist that allows the entire space to feel like it’s become part of the event. And while flower walls pack a big punch and provide a de facto photo backdrop for guests