Wedding season is fast approaching, and to get prepared, we tapped local industry experts — from wedding photographers to master hairstylists — to find out what rising trends they’re seeing in the wedding world. Whether you’re getting married or attending a loved one’s nuptials, these are the top 2020 wedding trends you’ll likely see.
10 Wedding Trends to Look For in 2020
Guest List Trend: Intimate Numbers
Vulcan Park & Museum has seen a rise in smaller weddings (think 50-70 guests instead of 300). Director of Marketing & Public Relations LaShana Sorrell credits technology as the instigator for the change. “With the technological world we live in today, you have access to hundreds of people at a time. Your wedding is something special you want to share with your closest friends and family — then you can share it with the world later,” she says. “We see couples wanting to focus on the people who they interact with (in-person) daily.”
Décor Trend: More Lighting
In setting the mood for your ceremony or reception, nothing can transform a space like lighting. LaShana Sorrell sees couples incorporating more lighting into their wedding design — whether the event is inside or outside. She explains that “Vulcan is a blank slate and lighting can transform our spaces into something totally different.”
Menu Trend: Outside-the-Box Options
In the past, a beef carving station and mashed potato bar may have been enough to keep everyone full and happy. Not anymore. Now, the trend is personalized menus that cater to the couple’s preferences (both in taste and diet). Elyton Hotel Social Sales Manager Katharine Fesperman notes holistic menus (such as Keto and Whole30) as a growing trend. According to her, we can also expect to see more late-night hor d’oeuvres and infused drinks. She tells us, “Couples want a unique experience; they want to stand out on their special day and move away from the traditional bridesmaids’ lunches and garter tosses.”
Floral Trend: Wonderlands of Flowers
Eric and Jamie Gay, the husband-wife wedding photographers behind Eric & Jamie Photography, are the perfect people to see trends in action. What’s one trend they expect to see more of in 2020? Floral wonderlands. “We’re not sure there is such a thing as ‘over-the-top’ when it comes to wedding florals,” says Jamie. “Plus, soft color palettes are gorgeous but bold, bright colors are making a comeback.”
Cake Trends: Statement Displays
The duo behind the camera directs our attention to another trend: statement cake displays. “We are seeing a lot of brides and grooms using their cake as the main focal point of their reception design — and they are going all out! We love shooting beautiful cakes that include lighting, draping and florals,” shares Eric of Eric & Jamie Photography.
Guest Book Trend: Coffee Table Books
The staff at A’mano Gifts, including Director of Sales and Marketing Kirby Whitehead, has seen the growing trend of using coffee table books in place of traditional guest books. “The traditional guest book tends to end up tucked away in the basement, while a cool coffee table book can always be on display,” she says. “Brides tend to choose the table books based on the couple’s interests or wedding/honeymoon location.”
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Trend: Neutral Palettes
The team at Bella Bridesmaids believes we will see more brides asking their gals to wear the same dress, something that was popular, then unpopular, and is now popular again. Additionally, clean lines and neutral palettes result in a timeless look. “For colors, you can expect dove greys, earthy sages and creamy ivory. The array of neutral colors have extended well beyond the typical champagnes and blushes,” says Jeana Lee Thompson, co-owner of Bella Bridesmaids. “A neutral palette for the bridesmaid dresses creates a soft contrast next to the bride’s gown, making her the focal point.”
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Wedding Hair Trend: Classic & Whimsical
A typical bride doesn’t take chances when it comes to wedding day beauty. Even if brides opt for a more on-trend dress, they tend to play it safe with their hair and makeup. Thankfully, master stylist Melissa Bogardus is an expert in trendy and timeless looks. She believes that “classical and whimsical updos are always on-trend, as well as romantic, effortless curls.”
Bridesmaids’ Gifts Trend: Personalized
Coffee table books aren’t only being used as guest books. “In the South (especially here in Alabama), it has become a huge trend among brides to spoil their bridesmaids completely,” explains A’mano’s Kirby Whitehead. “We are talking about a gift to ask the bridesmaids, sometimes a gift during the bachelorette weekend, and then another gift during the actual wedding festivities.” Brides love to gift coffee table books because it will stay with the bridesmaid forever. “It will sit on a coffee table or bookshelf for years to come and always be a reminder of a special friendship between the bride and bridesmaid.”
Registry Trend: Casual Selections
As one of Birmingham’s go-to places for couples to register, Bromberg’s is a trusted source for registry trends. Julia Glass, of Bromberg’s, shares that brides (and grooms) are gravitating toward less formal selections, such as everyday dinnerware, flatware and stemware. “Italian pewter has replaced fine silver platters as well as Annieglass serving pieces to reflect a more casual lifestyle,” she says. “Many are still selecting formal patterns for dinnerware, but some will select patterns that can transition from casual to fine with the addition of a salad plate or some other place setting item.” For brides who register for both casual and formal, mixing-and-matching is a great way to use everything. “Throw out the rule book for a table that is more eclectic and use something with an emotional attachment (an heirloom piece) with something new and updated.”
Which trends will you try this year?
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