Colin Cowie, the party and wedding planner of choice for celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Seacrest and Kim Kardashian comments:
"I’ve never been one to do trends— I’m much better at creating them. When you work around your client’s unique DNA and cater everything guests smell, touch, taste, see and hear to that DNA, you end up with something unique that truly tells a story."
Modern and Minimal:
"Of course, being in the industry for as long as I have, I can quickly pick up on a few things we can expect to see in 2019: keep an eye out for the return of modern, contemporary, minimalist looks; this year, less is more. Out with the over-the-top floral walls and in with non-traditional florals composed of wheat or grass."
"Round ceremonies are something I’ve always enjoyed designing because they ensure friends and loved ones are no more than a few feet away from the couple, creating a more intimate atmosphere."
Eco-Friendly and Vegan Weddings:
"Eco-friendly weddings will definitely be trending this year, and with that will continue the rise of vegan meal options."
Limited Phone Use:
"I’ve also begun to see many couples request limited phone use throughout their celebrations, keeping everyone present and unhidden by a phone screen. Without the constant iPad and phone use, a creative way to stay away from the usual photo wall is to create an interactive vignette that doubles as a photo opp."
Invitations & Wedding Stationery
Giant Invitations is one of the leading luxurywedding invitation companies (commonly chosen for celebrity weddings including Vanessa Williams) comments:
Metallics and Water Color:
"Metallic hot stamp foiling has always been popular and it continues to grow. This year we will expect to see a higher demand for copper foiling, followed by the popular rose gold foiling. You will also see more nature inspired invitations and softer touches including the use of watercolors and deckled edges."
"A popular trend for 2019 includes adding your own custom illustration of the venue to the invitation!"
"Taking a page from the traditional and classic designs, interlocking monograms and monogram wreaths are back! Using the couple’s initials, monograms are an amazing way to add a personal touch."
Custom Designed Envelopes:
"Lastly, there will be a greater demand for custom designed envelopes. Expect to see more bold coloured envelopes and linings."
The famousand multi award-winningcake designer Faye Cahill predicts the trend of artistic and fun styles for 2019. Faye comments:
"Think painted watercolour finishes, palette knife textures, fondant ruffles, drippy icing and abstract sculptures of chocolate and isomalt (a technical clear sugar). You will also find fun and optimistic cakes. Following the announcement of living Coral as the colour of the year, I think we will see a move away from dull neutrals to more vibrant hues. For wedding cakes, that will be more restrained than for celebration cakes, however some couples will choose to go all out and express the joy of their union."
Floret is a multi-award-winning flower farm specialising in growing unique, uncommon and heirloom flowers. Considered one of the leading ‘farmer-florists’, it is no wonder they have over half a million followers on Instagram and been raved about by countless publications.
When it comes to the biggest trend in 2019, Floret comments:
Local and Seasonal:
"Locally-grown, seasonal flowers. For brides, there is nothing quite like clutching a bouquet filled with fresh, fragrant flowers grown with love and harvested by hand by a local flower farmer or from a floral designer's own cut flower garden. Thankfully, this trend is becoming more and more common, as awareness and interest in local flowers continues to grow and the number of new flower growers specializing in seasonal blooms expands around the world."
"As for bridal bouquet, you will see sustainably grown flowers including Floret’s fragrant sweet peas, peonies, digitalis and other seasonal blooms."
The Flower Appreciation Society (voted the best florist in London by Vogue) also comments:
Small and Delicate Bouquets:
"In 2019 we are seeing the move away from larger bridal bouquets to smaller, more delicate ones. Seasonality and locally sourced flowers are becoming extremely important with issues of sustainability and the environment in mind. This means that we are designing bridal bouquets using delicate garden flowers, in considered seasonal color palettes and in light, delicate and airy compositions so that each individual flower has lots of space to shine and be appreciated!"
Floral Foam Free Installations:
"Another trend for 2019 is floral foam free installations. We are trying to design all of our large-scale installations using chicken wire, water vials and vessels instead of the more traditional floristry foam. This is again working with the environment in mind, as floral foam has lots of nasty chemicals in, doesn’t properly biodegrade and releases tiny micro plastics into the water when you soak it. This means that installations are becoming more considered and looser in feel as florists have to think cleverly about how to design larger pieces using construction materials that can be reused again and again."