Out with the burlap and mason jars. In with elegant florals, bold colours, and contemporary chic. Here are the latest bridal trends for 2019.
The holidays may be over, but for many freshly engaged couples, the celebrations are only beginning. Yet with so much pressure to make that special day as special as possible, even post-engagement bliss can turn into full-fledged panic. As we enter the new year, certain weddings trends will stay behind in 2018 while others will pave the way into 2019. We asked event planners Aly Armstrong and Jessica Minnie to give us their expert insight on what the latest bridal trends are in 2019.
While 2019 weddings will continue to see lots of greenery, Armstrong sees a lot more floral incorporations taking over. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s fairytale floral arches, no doubt, have made a lasting impression with couples. Basically, the higher the chances some curious woodland creatures will make a guest appearance at the wedding, the better. Using florals as suspended centerpieces instead of traditional table centerpieces is a great way to deliver a high-impact with only subtle changes, adds Minnie. In terms of flower arrangements, looser and more natural bouquets will replace 2018’s more traditionally tight and round bouquets, says Armstrong. Brighter and bolder colours will make their way into 2019 as well, with colour of the year Living Coral expected to step in as a main headliner. Armstrong also expects more jewel-tones, like deep emeralds and bright fuchsias. For flower inspo, local floral experts Flowerz have got you covered. (Photo: Aly Armstrong)
“2019 is the year of glamour,” states Armstrong. If Meghan Markle’s storybook wedding or Priyanka Chopra’s elaborate nuptial celebrations are any indication, 2019 weddings are sure to be embracing classic glamour. This year will see a return to old-fashioned, Hollywood-inspired elegant dresses. Off-the-shoulder looks like Markle’s or sweetheart necklines with high-neck illusions like Chopra’s point to a return to the classic wedding gown style with elements of modern glamour. Vancouver boutiques like Bisou Bridal are jumping on the nostalgia train with their Chic Nostalgia collection which carries a selection of designer dresses that balance old- and new-school looks. Brides in 2019 are going even further to stand out on their special day and are not afraid to be bold with their attire choices. Choosing to invest more in "one-of-a-kind custom dresses really emphasize their personal style" says Minnie. And for that extra dollop of, well, ‘extra’: sparkles and tiaras will also be making a comeback, claims Armstrong. Hey, who wouldn’t want to feel like a literal princess on their wedding day? (Photo: Thomas William)
To burlap or not to burlap? Armstrong gives us the answer we’ve been waiting for.“While rustic, mason jars and burlap are a trend we’re leaving in 2018, can still achieve a lower cost affair by focusing on minimalism and going for the contemporary and simplistic feel,” says Armstrong. With natural settings still reigning supreme in 2019, couples are more inclined towards minimalistic designs with subtle but powerful elements, such as silver and gold accents to add touches of elegance and style. Providing comfort is still an essential element to the perfect wedding. Formal seating arrangements are being abandoned by couples in favour of more relaxed mixed lounge seating, says Minnie. Armstrong suggests incorporating interior design trends such as warm throws or a sophisticated sofa to add the perfect hint of coziness to keep your guests feeling at home. To make things even more personal, providing custom little cakes for each guest is an upcoming trend for smaller weddings in 2019. (Photo: Styles by Sarai)
Look to the Groom
With so much emphasis on the bride, 2019 will see a refreshing spotlight towards the grooms as well. While the bride will most certainly not be forgotten, grooms will be able to celebrate their big day by incorporating personal touches to their suits. Custom suits are an increasingly popular choice for grooms in 2019, giving them the chance to stand out. Grooms are suiting up with the help of style consults, like Styles by Sarai, who design personalized suits that grooms can feel themselves in. Get caught up with all the wedding trends just in time to plan your wedding this weekend at FLEUR, Vancouver’s luxury wedding show and forum produced by Armstrong herself. When: Sunday January 13th, 2019 Where: JW Marriot Parq Vancouver Cost: $40 More info: fleurvancouver.com