Which dress, décor and entertaining trends will brides and grooms be saying, “We do” to? Nancy Miller asks the wedding experts to give us a preview of what nuptials will look like in the next year with their picks of the top trends for 2019.
Weddings are ushering in a return to elegance and glamour with a touch of whimsy. Couples strive to personalize their day and their ceremonies, demonstrated by the fact that more furry family members are taking their place among the wedding party. Sit-down dinners— whether formal or family-style— are on the rise, with an emphasis on seasonality and local ingredients. The best local weddings are becoming a magical, complex interplay of dazzling venue, regionally-influenced décor and memorable food. Here’s what five wedding experts shared about the latest trends.
1. Two Become One… Brand
Wedding branding is trending, with the monogram and the theme established on the invitation. The visuals are carried throughout with tablescape touches such as napkins, menu cards and place cards and even light fixtures, says Erica Outlaw, director at Ice House.
2. Something for Everyone Venues
Venues with both indoor and outdoor spaces are trending because of their design flexibility for holding a cocktail reception, ceremony and dinner in different locations. Ellen Fox, of ShaFox, says the accommodations at The Brown Hotel, Ashbourne Farms, The Galt House and the Speed Art Museum offer particularly lovely options and also won’t let Mother Nature wreak havoc on the occasion. Krista Embry, of KIS “Pop-Up Weddings,” the master of simple, quick weddings with a flair, has created weddings on the downtown trolleys, on an airstrip at Bowman Field and on the Big Four walking bridge.
3. Fantastical Staging
Floral walls, boxwood hedges, wooden arches and large canopies of florals are turning ballrooms into garden wonderlands.
4. Banquet Seating
Long dining tables, rather than round tables, allow for more dramatic centerpieces. Ellen Fox likes to mix heights of floral displays as well as ones that drape over the table. They can be punctuated by specialty lighting hanging above and candles lining the table.
5. Fewer Blushing brides.
Blush has been the color preference for years, according to Phillip Koenig of Silver Spoon Catering. While it won’t be disappearing anytime soon, he’s seeing this year’s brides falling in love with richer tones like burgundies and navies. White table linens aren’t passé, but purple, blue or gold linens, often with a textured finish, are dressing the tables at some Omni Louisville Hotel weddings, according to Richard Ayson, director of catering sales.
6. Mixing more Fauna with Flora
Floral arrangements with mint, sage, eucalyptus and lamb’s ear for soft, subtle surprises.
7. Experiential Meals
“Food is a major part of the wedding experience. Menus reflect a lot of international influences but still use local purveyors and vendors to execute those fishes,” says Outlaw. Food and drinks are often closely coordinated. Custom, signature drinks (bourbon is big!) and interactive bars with tasting stations are trending at Omni Louisville Hotel, says Ayson. Most brides and groom still want a traditional wedding cake, although it doesn’t have to be towering. The cake may be part of an expansive Viennese dessert table or the show-stopper that’s complemented by smaller cakes, pies or donuts.
8. Getting Social
ShaFox brides love using Snapchat geofilters to share and retain images of their wedding. KIS “Pop-Up” Weddings creates You Tube channels for their clients. Says Embry, “We can stream live, allowing the couple to have an intimate wedding and still invite any number of guests to participate virtually.”