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Green plants brighten up any wedding reception table. Weddings in 2019 will continue to feature "earthy" and "nature-inspired elements" like leafy green plants, crystals, and stones, according to Forrest.

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The Crop Top Returns

Get ready to bear those midriffs again, brides! Separates made a big splash a few seasons ago, and for 2019 designers are betting on brides wanting to go big with sleek versions of a tiny crop top and matching skirt, even giving the look a Meghan Markle–inspired off-the-shoulder treatment.

Greenery with Blooms

Greenery has always and probably will always be a popular choice when decoration a space. In the recent past, there has been a heavy focus solely on greenery alone. As neutral weddings take a backseat to more colorful weddings, we will start to see more floral blooms mixed in with the greenery.Something Perfect Weddings

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Smoke & Mirrors

In reflective and uniquely embellished designs, these mirrored pops and all-over accents in chrome and silver are sure to replace the onslaught of sequins and crystal beading that have flooded bridal collections in years past. Be it for the aisle, the rehearsal dinner, or the after-party this new take on sparkle and shine is elegant, elevated, yet edgy.

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Dark and Edgy Color Palettes

Event designer Jessica Sloane explains that weddings "are getting edgier," something we'll see come to fruition in many ways next year. This is particularly interesting, since moodier accents are in direct contrast with the romantic blush décor, soft textures, and bright photography that's dominated the wedding scene in recent years. Wendy Kay of Birds of a Feather Events noticed this, as well—she notes that more and more couples will become more "adventurous with palettes" by "mixing colors that traditionally would not go together" in the new year.

Return to Classic

While modern, edgy wedding décor is certainly on the rise, there are plenty of couples who want to bring back traditional design elements, notes Laurie Arons. This means that the classic ballroom wedding is having a moment once again: "The traditional, elegant dinner party wedding is back in fashion," she says. "For inspiration, think of the special elements in your grandmother's dining room—silver candlesticks, monogramed linen napkins, Battenburg lace overlays, and crystal stemware all have a place in this beautiful and timeless wedding trend."

Statement Wedding Cakes

Amber Karson of Karson Butler Events says that she and her team are "so excited to see the statement cake trend continuing to rise in 2019." Dessert displays with an assortment of treats dominated the wedding scene in 2018, but more and more couples are "trending back towards splurging on one big focal statement cake instead," she says. "There's something so iconic about a wedding cake, so why not go big and bold?" Arons agrees—but says these brazen, eye-catching confections are even better in full color: "Warm bronze, soft gray, pale blue, and gold are some of my favorite fondant tones," she adds.

Royal Wedding-Inspired Flower Décor

It'll be interesting to see how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding inspires the nuptials of the future, but Steve Moore of Sinclair & Moore predicts that the couple's larger-than-life floral installations will be a main source of influence. "No one can forget that dramatic entrance into Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding," he says. "Large flower installations over the door are going to be popular in 2019."

Vellum Paper Goods

These almost-sheer paper accents are ones to watch for in 2019, says Kay. "We have used vellum in an assortment of ways—calligraphed for escort cards, as an overlay for invitations, and as envelopes with beautiful hand-drawn artwork on the inside," she explains. But according to Alia Wilson and Teissia Treynet of Firefly Events, vellum is just one of the many ways paper goods are evolving. Expect to see other unique mediums, like leather, suede, acrylic, and even gold leafing, they add.

Ceremonies in the Round

Gone are the days of the traditional wedding ceremony, says Gretchen Culver of Rocket Science Events. "The ceremony set-up has stayed mostly unchanged, until now. I am seeing a lot more couples embrace nontraditional ceremony arrangements," she adds. "Couples are way more open to ideas like doing the ceremony in the round or a long, winding aisle. Switching up the set-up is just another way they can create a personalized experience."

Balloon Walls

According to Mindy Weiss, balloon walls are the new flower walls. "Balloons are no longer just for kid's parties and New Year’s Eve—they make for wonderful, celebratory décor for any event, including weddings," she explains. These types of decorations "aren't your old balloon arch from the homecoming dance," adds Culver, who also claims that other types of immersive displays, like selfie stations, next-level seating charts, and creative food set-ups, will be just as big.


The best part about velvet? Depending on the color you choose, it can be an all-seasons fabric, says Lynn Easton of Easton Events. You'll want to work with a specialty linen company, she notes, if you want to incorporate this up-and-coming trend into your 2019 wedding's décor scheme.

Nontraditional Floral Components

According to Lyndsey Hamilton of LH Events, expect to see plenty of unexpected flower add-ins, like pampas grass and wheat, replacing fresh blooms in the floral installations of 2019. "We love using wheat and pampas grass as an alternative to flowers—grasses are chic, unfussy, and add another layer depth to the design," she says. "From highlighting the aisle in your ceremony, to creating a moody vibe at your after-party, pampas grass can elevate any element of your wedding." In addition to nontraditional floral elements, new types of installations will be just as noteworthy, add Wilson and Treynet: "Florals can be displayed in countless ways throughout the wedding. We've been seeing florals displayed from the ceiling, covering archways, and most recently as a part of the furniture!"

Personalized Place Settings

If you're throwing a smaller wedding, you'll be able to take advantage of one the most personalized trends on this list. Couples are replacing generic place cards with hand-written notes, says A Day in May Event's Alicia Fritz. "Writing a note at each place setting is a special touch to incorporate into your big day," she notes.

Custom Illustrations

Here's another trend that'll help you personalize your 2019 nuptials: custom illustrations. This often entails hiring a local artist to render some part of your big day, says Allison Jackson of Pineapple Productions, who advises using the artwork in multiple ways to get the most bang for your buck. "Commissioning an artist can be expensive, but we encourage our clients to use the artwork in multiple ways to optimize the value of the investment," she notes. "Artwork that might first appear on a save-the-date telling the story of the couple's relationship may reappear on the invitation, on linen napkins, or even on a band backdrop."

Build Your Own Welcome Bag

"Mindful gifting is a big trend for 2019," says Virginia Edelson of Bluebird Productions. "We see clients sending out welcome information digitally and then having a 'goodie bag' assembly station at a welcome party—as opposed to having the bag waiting for a guest behind a hotel check-in desk."

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