Top 10 2020 Wedding Trends
09 January 2020
New year, new decade, and a brand-new year of weddings to work on! It’s one of the reasons I adore my job. And the world of wedding planning never stands still, each year there are new trends and influences that inspire brides, wedding planners and wedding industry suppliers to create something different and unique.
I’ve rounded up some of the trends I think will be dominating the world of weddings in 2020.
1. Floral Clouds and Structures
Big, unwieldly centrepieces are out as elaborate floral displays are moved off tables and put up onto ceilings or walls with statement installations that can transform venues. These installations provide a focal point that will make guests ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’, as well as photographing amazingly well. Arrangements such as these are best suited to big and bold flowers such as hydrangea, as well as grasses and foliage that drape beautifully to create an abundant display.
2. City Weddings
Due to a financially tricky 2019 (Brexit anyone?) many couples are choosing to cut costs by getting married closer to home. In order to stand out from their friends they are choosing less traditional and often more industrial venues - these blank canvases can be transformed by flowers; softening harsh lines and materials, giving a much-needed pop of colour, and providing an amazing contrast between the industrial and romantic that photographs like a dream!
3. Long Banquet Tables
Round tables are so 2019! 2020 is all about a banquet table and our posy designs in mismatched glass vases are perfect for this kind of table. They add a beautiful, natural, and organic look, and when interspersed with tea lights, create an ethereal glow that elevates any wedding table. Our Modern Romance shoot uses individual, large headed, velvety roses, combined with feathery foliage to create statement without height.
4. Swap Simple for Lavish
2020 will see a move away from simple, minimalist floral designs to lavish, full and textured designs. Think voluminous grasses, soft ferns, wild foliage and full petaled flowers. More is definitely more when it comes to texture, colour and variety! I adore this bouquet we created for a recent photoshoot, it is packed with my favourite flowers including roses, ranunculus, chrysanthemums, dried grasses and fresh foliage.
5. Hair Accessories
Hello statement headbands, hats and floral hair pieces. These are a modern, striking and cool alternative to traditional veils. They can become an extension of your bouquet, allowing you to wear even more of your favourite flowers.
6. Colour Palette
Blush pink with a dusky vintage twist, pale grasses and lush dark green foliage make for a moody, modern and neutral colour palette that is going to take the next year by storm. Blush is soft, on-trend and spent much of 2019 being used in the chicest of interiors, when it is paired with dusky neutrals and dark colours it is given a fresh, 2020 edge.
7. Zen Do
With a concerted move to more mindful and relaxing activities to compensate for our busy, modern lives, many brides are swapping raucous hen parties for more sedate, mindful, healthy activities. These are designed to bring a sense of calm and peacefulness before the big day. 2019 saw more hen parties than ever book on to my Flower Lounge Workshops and I’m expecting to see even more in 2020. We’re even running a DIY Wedding Flower Workshop this year to give brides the tools to create their own bouquets, buttonholes and table centres. We can also run Flower Crown Workshops for you and your bride tribe; what a blissful, stress-free activity to immerse yourself in, in the midst of planning the biggest party of your life!
This has been a huge topic for 2019 and will be even bigger in 2020. Thanks to events in 2019, people are beginning to feel empowered that small changes from us will make a big difference to the world. The Flower Lounge has always been committed to being environmentally friendly – we don’t use plastic in any of our packaging or behind the scenes in any floral arrangements and installations, we provide re-usable glass vases for many of our gift bouquets, and we buy British, even local to the North West, wherever possible when it comes to sourcing our beautiful flowers and plants, as well as our gorgeous range of candles, cards and gifts.
Brides can make a big difference on their big day by choosing seasonal, British grown, blooms and foliage. I’m also expecting to see more living trees used to dress ceremony’s and receptions, as well as plants in ceramic pots. What is wonderful about these is that they can be used again as eco-friendly favours, inviting guests to take them home to plant in their gardens.
9. Edible Florals
I adore this trend, as it brings me joy to see flowers at every opportunity. The trend for edible flowers captured the imagination of the culinary world in 2019, and now the wedding industry has caught up. Expect to see flowers in ice cubes, tossed in salads, on cakes, in cocktails, pressed in invites, even dried as confetti!
10. Grasses and Dried Flowers
Although greenery will remain a strong trend, there has been a definite shift to the earthier, more neutral tones and textures of dried flowers and grasses such as pampas grass, dried hops and wheat sheaves. This is such a sustainable choice for couples, perfect for a summer to winter to everything in between wedding, especially when interspersed with fresh flowers and foliage that are in the season at that time of the year. I especially love the longevity of dried flowers and grasses, looking picture perfect, whatever the weather! In fact, this trend is booming so much this year, I have introduced a Dried Flower Wreath Workshop in September, perfect for those brides who want to get a feel for this beautiful trend ahead of their wedding.
If you were lucky enough to receive an engagement ring under the tree this Christmas and my list of 2020 wedding trends has inspired you to think about your wedding, I’d love to hear from you.