WHAT’S POPULAR AND WHAT’S NOT
Today’s weddings have become less about tradition and more about choosing your own individual adventure
The biggest wedding trend for 2020 is individuality. Brides aren’t going to follow any particular style like ‘boho’ or ‘traditional’ and the service and reception will no longer take on an identikit format. Weddings are evolving at a swift pace in 2020 so let’s take a look at the expected trends that are about to unfold.
The venue: This is one of the most important choices you will make as that’s where you and your guests will spend most of your day and evening. Some are predicting lower budget weddings as millennials switch priorities from splashing out to saving for the future and a significant number of couples appear to be reducing their budgets due to Brexit.
However, those flush with cash have been inspired by celebrities and are opting for split destination weddings and even week-long celebrations!
Rural venues remain the most popular so guests can expect to attend more country house and grand venue weddings as couples love the fabulously, decadent backdrops.
Sustainability: There will be a huge shift towards sustainability in 2020. With Princess Eugenie’s eco-friendly wedding last year, so many environmentally-conscious options have come to the fore. Reducing your carbon footprint and the amount of plastic used is central to this. For flowers brides are choosing locally grown or even foraged blooms to boost their eco-credentials. Rather than cut flowers guests will also see more living plants in containers which they can take home as a gift. Single-use products will be kept to a minimum or cut out altogether – paper or bamboo straws will be used in reception drinks, petal confetti will be thrown while British or European wines will be served instead of those flown from across the world. Recycling and upcycling will become much more commonplace in 2020.
The food: This will reflect the UK’s changing eating and drinking habits. In 2020 it is predicted that there will be even more vegan and free-from menus. For those who look forward to a tipple, aperitifs are more commonly being served before the ceremony and many couples are creating their own signature cocktails and personalising canapés and desserts too. Gin is still predicted to be the drink of choice at 2020 weddings so expect plenty of make-your-own G&T stations!