Wedding Trends for 2019 & 2020 – From the Experts

“Weddings trends are a tricky thing, it’s almost as if the new trend is to not follow a trend at the moment.” We’ve chatted to some of South Africa’s top wedding planners and they’ve provided us with the inside scoop. It seems like couples are moving away from cookie cutter weddings and focusing more on having unique weddings that suit their personalities. These wedding industry experts discuss what to expect from the wedding scene in 2019/2020. From hair and make-up to furniture and lighting. Here’s what you’ll be seeing a lot more of for upcoming weddings:

Top Wedding Trends for 2019 & 2020:

1. Less is More in Terms of Hair & Makeup

Nicolette from Nicolette Weddings says that she has noticed that more and more brides have moved towards a more natural approach for their hair & makeup since the royal wedding. Megan Markle looked absolutely breathtaking and kept her hair and make-up to a minimum. Let’s be honest, most of us love a little highlighter once in a while, but it’s important to keep in mind that make-up should not completely transform your look – it should simply assist you with bringing out your best features.

So no more layers of dramatic makeup; keep it light and simple. If you usually wear your hair down, there’s no reason to attempt an intricate updo for your big day, just be yourself and be comfortable. Focus on bringing out your own natural beauty.

wedding-trendslight wedding makeup  natural wedding hair and makeupPhotography by: Koringkriek | ZaraZoo | Zandri du Preez

2. Lush, Green Florals and Foliage

Our country’s top wedding planners have noticed that wedding trends in South Africa are moving towards naturalism. Kate from Wedding Concepts explains that brides are wanting greenery, they’re wanting plenty of foliage at the wedding. They want to feel like they are being surrounded by nature and forestry in an indoors setting. There’s a bigger emphasis on creating an overall natural look and feel and greenery hanging from the roof is a popular new trend. They say foliage is the new flower.natural-weddingsgreenery-weddingImage Source: Zara Zoo PhotographyLilli Kad Photography

3. Mix-and-Match Your Furniture

Brides are no longer concerned with having a restrictive wedding theme. This means is that they’re mixing and matching furniture pieces in order to create a unique space that is tailor fit to their personal style. How to adopt this approach without having things look like a mess? Ensure that the furniture items share a similar style or various tone out of a matching colour scheme. This will create a sense of uniformity amongst items which vary. This even applies to individual table settings. Why does every guest’s setting need to be the same? Change it up a bit.


Photography: Kraak Weddings | Wedding Concepts

4. Keep it Simple with Decor

In terms of decor and flowers, couples are moving more towards simplicity. Clean tables with singular vases and minimalistic flowers. No more of those over-the-top Pinterest weddings. Keep only the most needed and utilize open spaces. Less clutter and things on the table and more focus on things happening around you. Who needs to have huge centrepieces that your guests can’t see past anyway?

Photos Captured by Kim Tracey Photography

5. Lights, Lights and more Lights

By shifting the focus away from the tiny details, there is a bigger focus being placed on the overall atmosphere of the wedding. As a result, lighting is very important. We sometimes forget how essential lighting is and what an impact it can make. Naked bulbs and Edison bulbs have become a unique decor element.

And depending on the type of lights used, you have the ability to completely transform the mood and atmosphere of a given space. Imagine a ceiling draped with fairy lights and naked bulbs. It’s striking and a lot more cost effective that draping the ceiling with flowers. So for sure, it’s an investment to splurge on lighting for your wedding trends lightsImage Sources: Kraak Weddings | Natasja Taljard

6. An Experience to Remember

Plenty of brides are moving away from trends that relate to decor and moving towards wedding trends that relate to experiences. While guests are not likely to remember all the details in your wedding decor, they are more than likely to remember what they experienced during the evening. Perhaps having a surprise performance, fire dancers, a marimba band or light shows during the course of the evening. Also, experiences that get the guests involved, like selfie booths or caricaturists.marimba-cape townfire dancer at weddingsImages: Marimbas | Zarazoo Photography

7. Feasts of Food

Getting creative with food is such a clever way of creating an experience for guests. Having a feast is a much more engaging experience for guests than having a standard set menu. Gone are the days of a three-course set menu being brought to the tables. More and more people turn to buffet style dining. Banquets and harvest tables where guests can choose from an array of dishes. Things like food trucks, coffee stations and ice cream trucks are also a great hit! Guests want to have options to choose Source: Listen and Learn

8. Gin Bars are Here to Stay

We feel like gin bars aren’t really a trend, they are here to stay. Gin has never been more popular. It seems it’s everyone’s favourite tipple right now and it’s definitely the drink of the moment. What could be better than a brilliant gin bar for your guests? Create a gin station that your guests will love. Let them choose their own personal favourite combination of gin, mixers, and garnishes – the ultimate signature cocktails!gin-and-tonicImage Source: Tap That SA 

Overall, the latest wedding trends are moving more towards what the couple and guests EXPERIENCE on the day. Thanks to the following wedding coordinators for your advice and tips on this great blog:

We have got lots more tips and advice from the experts COMING SOON, so keep an eye out on our blog or on Youtube to see the latest wedding advice videos from Pink Book!

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