What’s Trending in 2019


With another year in the books, it’s high time to leave yesterday’s trends behind and start looking ahead to what 2019 has in store for the events industry. After all, these trends will impact your business on a daily basis and it’s always best to be prepared. Use these trends as a foundation to build your creativity upon — finding your own way to implement a growing trend sets you apart from competition and shows that you’re an innovator in the industry.

Take a page from the wedding and event experts, as they share their insight into the hottest styles and trends of 2019.

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Back to simplicity

We’ve seen some boldly themed looks in the past few years, but 2019 trends will be all about simple, clean designs. “Table design is heading towards a more classic, simplistic, elegance with clean lines, varying textural interest, and layering,” says Michelle Anderson of Complete the Look. “We will see a transition to a low-profile centerpiece allowing guests space to easily interact and communicate. The introduction of mixed metals like copper, chrome, silver, and bronze with floral greenery and soft pastel tones will be increasing throughout the year.” 

Less focus on alcohol

This year’s couples are focusing more on toasts than getting toasted. “High-end mocktails are a great addition to the cocktail bar, and they’ll really make a statement if used as a décor piece,” explains Meryl Snow of Feastivities Events. “Fresh fruits and syrups will take charge and bring creativity to the beverage selection. This is the perfect option for guests that want to limit their alcohol intake but still be festive.”

Goodbye pastels, hello rich hues

It appears that lush, moody tones are in store for 2019 trends, as pastels take the backseat. “We are seeing deeper wedding color themes instead of traditional rustic and pastel themes,” shares Brit Bertino of Brit Bertino, Event Excellence. “Even the deeper tones are a bit brighter too. An example would be emerald and merlot tones with accents of champagne. Jewel tones have progressively been making their way into wedding design too, such as amethyst, rich magenta, emeralds, ruby, and sapphire blues.”

Unique entertainment options

These days, it’s not enough to set a playlist on shuffle and rely on an MC to keep guests entertained. “People will be hiring some sort of additional entertainment on top of the DJ, band, and/or photo booth,” predicts Kevin Dennis of Fantasy Sound Event Services. “Whether it’s a caricature artist, impressionists, roaming musicians, mariachi, or acrobats — anything to entertain their guests! Things like this have typically lived in the corporate zone, but will start transitioning to weddings as our couples are all striving to have something unique.”

A new take on tech

Technology isn’t just about hashtags anymore; instead, it’s pushing the boundaries of innovation and providing unique opportunities to today and tomorrow’s weddings that weren’t available in years past. “Technology, especially virtual reality technology, will continue to revolutionize the way weddings are planned, especially destination weddings,” explains Sandy Hammer of AllSeated. “Destination weddings are continuing to benefit greatly from virtual visualization tools and the ability to build the environment in real-time for the wedding couple to experience from a distance.”

These are just a small look into the trends that we’ll see in 2019. For more, sign up for the newest issue of the International Wedding Trend Report.

Kylie Carlson is the CEO of the International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning. With seven locations globally, the academy boasts an internationally recognized accreditation program that brings professional training to wedding planners, designers and stylists.


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