Catersource is part of the Informa Connect Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Top Trends to Look For in 2019

Another year of weddings is upon us, which can only mean one thing: new trends. This year, we’ll usher in some fresh design trends, in addition to certain styles that are here to stay. As you plan for 2019, keep these trends in mind as couples will surely be checking out Pinterest for the latest and greatest styles. Stay ahead of the curve and be prepared to craft your own take on these popular trends.

The Experialist - Yurbban Jungle Styled Shoot: Planning & Design - The Experialist; Photo - En Route Photography 

Tablescape goals

Table décor has always been a popular outlet for unique design ideas, and 2019 will see a surge in focus on tablescapes. “Table design is becoming even more prominent,” assures Heather Rouffe of Atlas Event Rental.

Deine Hochzeitsplanerei - Urban Jungle: Concept/Organisation/Decoration - Susanne Zehntner, Deine Hochzeitsplanerei; Photography - Judith Stoop, München 

“Rather than sticking to the basics from the standard venue offerings, wedding couples are becoming more creative and seeking out additional tabletop options. They want unique tabletop design and look to incorporate chargers, flatware, goblets, and linens to reflect their vision.”

Ellwed - Greek Spring Secret Garden: Concept and Production - Ellwed Magazine; Photography - Sotiris Tsakanikas; Event Planning & Design - Only for You Events

Bold patterns

Linens, accents, drapery — you name it, patterns are in. Luxury wedding expert, Bruce Russell, shares that “in keeping with the recent fashion runway looks, animal prints will be big when it comes to accent theming, whether in décor fabrics with accent pillows and table linen, or full on taxidermy.”

The catering + events show of the year is back! James Beard Award winners, TED style keynotes, influencers galore, and food for days. See all that’s in store here!

Anna Fern Weddings - Bold & Colourful Frida Kahlo: Shoot Concept and Cakes - Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium; Design, Styling and Coordination - Anna Fern Weddings; Photographer - Roberta Facchini Photography

Vibrant blooms

Floral trends change from year to year, and this year will be one of bright colors and creative structures to make each flower pop. “I expect to see less monochromatic color combinations and more vibrant colors that will pop against a backdrop of greenery or pastels,” says expert floral stylist, Dee McMeeking.

Bouquet and Buttonhole - Indigo Blue Phu Quoc: Planning - Bouquet & Buttonhole; Photographer - Hipster Wedding

“2019 will be more colorful than previous years with more ambitious color palettes across the board. For more traditional and elegant style weddings, these will be more burgundy and earthy tones. For more relaxed style weddings, these will be happy, vivid shades of oranges, yellows, and pinks.”

By Chenai - London Rooftop Weddings: Styling and Concept - Chenai Bukutu of By Chenai Events; Photography - Rachel Smuin of Rachel Takes Pictures

Mocktail hour

Perhaps they’ve read enough horror stories of drunk wedding guests—couples are shifting away from stocking a full bar of alcohol. According to Hannah Martin of Goose & Berry, “2019 is set to see plenty of low and no-ABV cocktails. It isn’t necessarily about replacing or removing the alcohol completely, but about experimenting and creating intricate drinks for everyone to enjoy at any time.”

The Experialist - Amethyst Wedding: Planning, Décor & Design - The Experialist; Photography - Nuria Cienfuegos 

As a wedding professional, it’s up to you to stay up-to-date on what couples are looking for. For more insight on 2019 trends, check out the newest issue of the International Wedding Trend Report.

Kylie Carlson

Founder / CEO, The Wedding and Event Institute

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