What wedding trends are set to take the world by storm for 2019?
From wedding decor trends for 2019 to need-to-know bridal beauty inspired by the royal wedding, we ask the experts what’s hot for the year ahead.
WEDDING HAIR TRENDS 2019 | COME UNDONE
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This is the year of the relaxed wedding hairstyle. “A lot of clients are now going for much softer textured looks,” says Caroline from Caroline Stewart Makeup Artistry and Hair Styling.
“Pleats are still loved and always good to put in bridal hair too.”
Certain members of the royal family are proving influential thanks to their w-day hair choices, too.
“Natural and loose ‘undone’ styles will be very popular this year. Instead of curls, it’s soft sections of trailing hair around the face – think Meghan Markle!” says Lesley from Pamper and Polish, who styled the bride pictured above.
“Half up, half down styles will still be in, but with much less volume and height at the crown area.
The sides are smoothly swept into the middle and crossed over – very simple.”
WEDDING BEAUTY TRENDS 2019 | BE-YOU-TIFUL
IMAGE | Stewart Bryden
Meghan Markle is influencing wedding day make-up too. “Meghan’s authentic ‘real me’ look was effortless and timeless.
Just enough coverage, glowing skin, soft eyes and a dabbed natural nude on the lips is definitely the craze,” says make-up artist Leigh Blaney, who created the look above.
“The ‘no make-up make-up’ trend filters through to 2019 with emphasis on the skin having a gorgeous glow; more radiant than beaming,” adds make-up artist Leslie Sneddon.
“Colours are peachy and dusky roses for the lips, with more of a sheen to them than the matte lipsticks we saw in 2018.”
A pared-back beauty look demands a flawless complexion. “The perfect make-up application starts with a really good skincare routine followed by pro treatments,” says Sharon Cuthbert, a bridal make-up artist and skin clinic ambassador.
“Many of my brides have followed my advice – it’s great to see a visible difference in their skin texture and complexion.”
WEDDING DRESS TRENDS 2019 | SIMPLY CHIC
After Meghan and Eugenie wore dresses that were all about clean lines with no embellishment, bridalwear experts predict a surge in demand for minimalist dresses this year.
“For 2019, our brides have been looking for a completely elegant, simple look, like our ‘Albane’ dress from the San Patrick by Pronovias collection, pictured above,” says Karyn from Ivory Whites.
“Brides are designing their look from top to toe, with relaxed hair styles and single-tiered veils.”
“We are still seeing the after effects of the fabulous royal weddings in 2018, with satin styles and simple glamour being really sought after,” confirms Tina from Frox of Falkirk.
But simple needn’t mean boring, and there are plenty of ways to add extra interest to your look.
“We predict caped styles and detailed trains to be trends for this coming year’s brides,” adds Tina.
BRIDESMAID DRESS TRENDS 2019 | BERRY NICE
Pastel bridesmaid dresses have reigned supreme for several years now, but 2019 is the year of the bolder bridesmaid.
“Brides are choosing stronger colours for their bridesmaids more than ever before, like hunter green, deep purple, navy blue and – our most popular – rich burgundy (pictured above),” says Fiona from Olivia Cameron Bridal.
The boutique has seen rising sales for 2019 bridesmaids of its Sorella Vita collection, which incorporates deeper tones.
“Burgundy and one-shouldered styles are definitely coming through as a trend, like our new ‘Seraphina’ sequin sash dress,” agrees Rosanna from Motee Maids.
BRIDAL ACCESSORY TRENDS 2019 | CROWNING GLORY
Accessories for the months ahead are truly fit for a princess, whether you go all-out glam or for something a little more contemporary.
“We have had many more requests for tiaras since the two royal weddings last year,” says Jenny from Jenny Blossom Jewellery.
“Our ‘Angelina’ is one of two new designs we have added, designed with icy and dramatic spikes.”
Lesley from Pamper and Polish has also seen an uptick in eye-catching headwear.
“With a simpler and sleeker hairdo, the crown will certainly be the statement piece this year,” she says. “Tilly Thomas Lux has some amazing ones!”
WEDDING FLOWER TRENDS 2019 | BEAUTIFUL BUNCH
IMAGE | Stunning Flowers
“This year, we will see lots of green and white flower arrangements with gold, platinum and rose gold, along with beautiful gem-like tones being incorporated into the overall theme,” says Ros from Stunning Flowers, who adds that it’s not just the look of the bouquets that’ll matter in 2019.
“As we aspire to live and work more sustainably, we’re putting a much greater emphasis on traditional wiring and other methods to keep the flowers and foliage hydrated.”
We may also see a rise in the popularity of compact, rather than statement, bouquets.
“Smaller, more understated and delicate arrangements are going to be really big in 2019 and into 2020,” says Lauren from Days of Dahlia.
WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT TRENDS 2019 | THE FUTURE’S BRIGHT
IMAGE | 21CC Group
“Candles and lighting effects are bigger than ever for 2019, such as our superbright LED uplighters, which can be set to any colour on the spectrum and even rotate through a range of colours,” says Chrissie from event management and firework company 21CC Group.
Following former Miss Scotland, Ellie McKeating’s wedding to rugby star Richie Gray last year, where the couple had a customised logo of their initials lighting up their venue’s wall, we can expect to see more couples follow suit with bold lighting design.
IMAGE | Craig and Eva Sanders
“Customised logo initials can be projected onto the dancefloor or wall and there are options for it to be static or moving – the choice is yours,” explains Chrissie.
“We’re also finding that the demand for wedding fireworks is still going strong, with requests for short, high impact displays.”
WEDDING DECOR TRENDS 2019 | TIME FOR REFLECTION
Progressing from the copper décor trend of previous years, metallic has had a new year makeover.
“Coming through into 2019 is a very bold mixing of silver and gold, particularly eye catching in the cooler, darker winter months,” says wedding planner, stylist and florist Katie from Get Knotted.
Capturing this trend is easy with a few careful tips and tricks.
IMAGE | Get Knotted
“Don’t restrict the use of metallics to just candle holders; flowers can be arranged in all sorts of metallic vessels,” tips Katie.
“Accents of metallic mixed with other mediums, such as glass, silver or brass work well. Add metallic coloured candles to candle holders and mix it up by adding in elements of your metallic colour palette, like using copper-coloured cutlery.”
WEDDING FOOD + DRINK TRENDS 2019 | EAT, DRINK + BE MARRIED!
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Not sure if a traditional sit-down meal is for you? The coming 12 months are all about embracing a laid-back approach to wedding day dining.
“More and more couples are looking to go down the casual approach and are loving the idea of a modern take on a buffet,” says Jenn from The Pantry.
Pippa from Appetite Events says couples are getting more inventive too.
“Food installations appear to be on the rise and are a great way to showcase a particular type of food, whether that be a delicious charcuterie or a seafood stall,” she says.
IMAGE | Photos by Zoe
“You could opt for a ‘his and hers favourites’ installation, or food inspired by the country where the proposal took place.”
We also expect to see more couples extending their dining options outside of their venue to make use of the grounds.
“Fire pits to toast marshmallows is a request that’s coming up more, with couples planning outdoor stations with hay bale seating round the fire to make s’mores together,” says Chrissie from 21CC Group.