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Whether you’re willing to admit it to your friends and family or not, you’ve probably thought about your dream wedding. There’s no shame—Even my friends who will probably end up eloping find some joy in pouring over photos of elaborate weddings. Maybe it’s just a symptom of being a human who feels love, but odds are, if you’re reading this, you’re at least a tiny bit curious about the 2020 wedding trends.
If you’ve got your own wedding coming up, congratulations. (You did it!) If you’re like me and just like to plan your future wedding even though it will be happening no time soon, I get you. Whatever your reason for wanting to check out the chic 2020 wedding trends—even if it’s just hate-reading because you refuse to care about weddings—welcome.
The new decade is approaching faster than I’d like, but change can bring unimaginable beauty. While some great wedding trends from 2019 are changing, that doesn’t mean the 2020 wedding trends are any less gorgeous. To prove it, StyleCaster rounded up 11 of the 2020 wedding trends you can expect to see everywhere in the new year. From sustainability to some high-tech moments, there are so many things to love about the new trends. See you at the chapel.
Neutral & Nude Tones—
“In terms of coloration, 2020 is all about neutral and nude tones—beautiful blushes, creams, off whites and browns blended perfectly. Add a mix of some handsome materials like woods, mohair, black or white lacquer and you’re in full 2020 mode,” Josh Spiegel, President & Creative Director of Birch Event Design, tells StyleCaster.
According to Pinterest, tuxedo dresses are set to trend in 2020. There are ample ways to wear this look, so go ahead and find the perfect one for your personal style.
If you’re a fan of matching with your partner, you’ll love Etsy’s couples’ jackets trend prediction for 2020. You can basically get whatever you want printed or sewn onto the back of a jacket, so go wild, y’all.
Sustainability is on-trend for 2020, and this includes weddings. Low-waste weddings are set to be huge for the new decade, according to Pinterest.
Headbands Are the New Veils—
“Brides are becoming more and more obsessed with wearing beautiful and elegant headbands over the traditional bridal veils as either a subtle accent or statement piece,” says Thumbtack Pro and Wedding Director, Ione Martinez of Haus 353.
Custom Engagement Rings—
Not only are couples opting to create their own unique rings, but they’re doing it together. “While the proposal is still very much a surprise, over the past few years, we’ve seen more couples come in to design a custom engagement ring together,” explains Toni Zehrer, Chief Merchandising Officer and Senior Vice President at Kay, Jared and Zales. “This collaborative process allows the couple to design something truly unique and reflective of their relationship.” Some couples are even opting to do away with a center diamond, replacing the traditional stone with something more colorful, like a ruby or sapphire.
Velvet, Suede & Satin—
Josh Spiegell of Birch Event Design, tells StyleCaster: “In 2020, we’ll play with more textures and experiment with texture combinations that wouldn’t typically be put together. Think velvets, suedes, satins!”
Androgynous Wedding Looks—
According to Pinterest, the binary is out for 2020. Androgyny is in—and that includes androgynous wedding dresses. “More and more couples will lean into gender-fluid fashion, not feeling stuck in typical gender outfits of dresses and suits,” confirms Jove Meyer, contributor for The Knot and of Jove Meyer Events. Goodbye, gender norms!
“We’re going to be looking at a lot of futuristic elements as well. More LED tubes, and other LED moments brought into centerpieces. So a gorgeous pampas arrangement will no longer be in a glass or wood vase, but rather, sitting on light tubes that will give it a whole different effect,” Josh Spiegel of Birch Event Design tells StyleCaster.
Etsy has predicted chartreuse as the color of the year for 2020, so go ahead and get used to seeing green around. If you don’t want such a bold color in your actual wedding, choosing an invitation that’s the trendy color is another option. Either way, there’s no wrong choice when it comes to adding a pop of color to your palette. “For some couples [there] will be all color everywhere, for others that will be a pop of color in a more neutral palette,” says Jove Meyer, owner and creative director of Jove Meyer Events. “Either way couples will get creative with color in 2020!”
Thrifted Wedding Dresses—
Low-waste weddings are trending for 2020, which means thrifted wedding dresses are also set to be huge. Brides all over will be finding their perfect gown on the thrifted racks.
Metallics & Wood—
“Architecture will of course play a role in 2020. Metallics mixed with nude tones and wood will be the recipe for sculptures and other pieces that get mixed into flowers. This will create more of an artistic or fixed look,” says Josh Spiegel of Birch Event Design. Showcasing beautiful furniture and letting it play a part in the decor, rather than hiding it under linens, will be huge in 2020. Couples “will look to beautiful chairs that do not need to be covered and or hidden, but that can shine on their own,” confirms Jove Meyer of Jove Meyer Events. “Chairs are a big part of the design as they pull a lot of focus for the ceremony and reception, fabulous and fresh chairs will be big in 2020.”
Dinners at the reception are now all about feeling warm and cozy and sharing with your neighbors, family-style. “Couples are having more fun with food and thinking beyond the sit down plated dinner,” says Jove Meyer. “Couples are moving to family-style, shared meals at shared tables.” Jennifer Spector, Director of Brand at Zola agrees: “More and more couples are doing away with the traditional sit-down dinners of steak and chicken and opting for a meal that speaks to their personality and what they love to eat.”
While hopefully this trend lives on past 2020 and becomes the norm in diamond purchasing, now more than ever, “consumers have an increased awareness and care for where the items they are getting are coming from,” says Toni Zehrer, Chief Merchandising Officer and Senior Vice President at Kay, Jared and Zales. Diamonds that support rather than harm the communities from which they are sourced are definitely on the rise.
Another trend on the rise is doing away with the traditional one-and-done ceremony and reception. “Weddings have expanded to be more than just a one-day celebration,” says Jennifer Spector, Director of Brand at Zola. “A recent survey we conducted showed that ¾ of couples are having at least one additional event on the weekend of their wedding like a brunch or welcome party.”
Register for Good—
“Couples today want their registry to reflect who they are, the life they share, and often the issues they’re passionate about,” says Spector. So it only makes sense that more and more couples are opting for charity donations within their registry. “The number of Zola couples who’ve registered for charity donations since 2016 has increased by 5x.”
Dance the Night Away—
“Gone are the days of walking down the aisle to the ‘classics,'” says Jove Meyer of Jove Meyer Events. “And here are the days where couples select songs that are meaningful to them and their love story and infuse them into all aspects of their wedding.”