With over 15 years of experience, Katherine Hudson, founder of the Arabian Tent Company (www.arabiantents.com) has seen it all! We caught up with her to find out her top wedding trend tips for 2020, which, she tells us, “are set to focus less on tradition and more on choosing your own adventure. Weddings today are more individual that ever before, with couples customising their day in endless ways.”
There is no planet B. If in line with the average, your wedding could potentially generate 14.5 tonnes of carbon. Fortunately, there are numerous easy ways to avoid this - as laid out by the Arabian Tent Company in this article. Fortunate also that eco-weddings are bang on trend. Shopping local and in-season, gathering wildflowers and forgoing gifts in favour of charitable donations have all been on the rise. Think vegetarian brides in pre-loved dresses, English-produced champagne and guests camping at the venue. You needn't sacrifice luxury - just ensure you party sustainably.
Crystal cleansing, hand-fastening ceremonies, Palo Santo and saging. 2020 will continue the spiritually-charged vibe with numerous incense-scented ceremonies occurring during new moons and solstices. Popular acts include passing round crystals for infusing with intentions during the ceremony, barefoot brides walking through willow arches in forests, acoustic musicians playing songs which the guests join in with and friends or loved ones as celebrants. This trend is about love and familiarity rather than fastidious tradition, with the ceremony reflecting the personality of the couple and how they will continue their lives together.
Twenty guests on a wind-swept hillside witnessing the exchange of vows. A modest, fifty-strong gang of friends and family at a secret manor house sharing champagne and impromptu song, or just you, your betrothed and some witnesses you picked up earlier on a paradise beach. Micro-weddings save money, cut down on planning and eliminate guest list agony as you simply invite only those who absolutely must be there. Did someone say Vegas?
Between 2014 and 2018 the number of vegans in the UK quadrupled to 600,000 with 42% making the change in 2018. This is set to increase every year - a change which in turn will have an impact on the menu couples choose for their weddings. The demand for meat-free grazing tables, plant-based buffets, meat alternatives and cashew cream wedding cakes has exploded and the options are numerous and sophisticated. Some guests may not even notice your wedding is animal-free.
Ball gowns and huge trains are making way for jumpsuits, short dresses and flat boots. Brides are opting for comfort and practicality rather than so much of the 'princess' factor. The royal wedding paved the way for a slew of chic yet plain dresses - a veer away from the figure hugging fishtails, lace and beading of years past. Brides often have two outfit changes - a beautiful ceremony look will transform into a sparkly disco number. The key is to wear whatever you like - you needn't try and dress like a classic bride if you're not feeling it. Your bridesmaids can all wear outfits they already own in different colours. Just make sure you feel a million dollars.
This is a continuing trend that we've been embracing for years that incorporates the human designs with natural elements creating a relaxed look which doesn't seem too manufactured. Recycled pallet sofas and bar furniture, real plants on the tables which create an organic aesthetic while still promoting a clean, environmentally friendly ethos. Florists are saying goodbye to Oasis for floral arrangements and hello to biodegradable alternatives.
Interior design firms are pushing feminine tones straight through 2019 and into 2020 with variations of pink. These tones are all about different shades of pink - but more subtle. Blush, millennial pink, bronze, taupe, and other light pink shades work really well together to create a serene, elegant atmosphere. Cherry blossom trees look fantastic and fit perfectly with this trend.
It's not everyone's cup of tea but it's going to be trendy in 2020. The blend of luxury and comfort - some people may refer to velvet as 'old' but this year, interior design firms are taking a deeper dive into the velvet design options and velvet-accented furniture too.
The UK's love affair with gin shows no sign of abating, with more bottles sold in the last 2 years than ever before. Gin will continue to be the tipple choice for wedding parties, with couples creating their own botanical mix for a personalised gin, G&T stations and broadly gin-based cocktails menus.
GROUP ACTIVITIES FOR GUESTS
Wedding reception lawn games like croquet or giant Jenga are civilised additions which have proved popular in recent years. Weddings tend to be longer - with weekend weddings resulting in lots of time for guests to play games. Activities for the reception - such as laser tag, a poker station, a dress-up booth and cocktail making - are all in demand for fun-loving couples.
The millennial mindset of 'the more the merrier' appears to be on the rise. In a poll of 2,000 people in relationships aged 18-35, 47% have been on, or would consider going on, a "buddymoon". More than half of those surveyed claimed to have more fun with a bigger group, compared with just their partner, meaning the traditional holiday for two may be falling out of fashion. A group is a cheaper way to access certain high-end activities like renting a boat or villa.