What's Trending for 2019

Every year, new trends replace some of the more traditional ideas for brides to consider. Here are five of the hottest things you may see at this year’s weddings.

Branding & Design

Consistent branding of the wedding is becoming more of the norm. Starting with the Save the Date cards all the way to the program and signage at the wedding itself, more brides are turning to custom stationary companies to handle the design and printing of every element from start to finish. Brides are also looking at Pinterest and Instagram to find creative ways to express their personalities. We’ll see more monograms printed on napkins, koozies, and more as they try to create a wedding that unique to them. Also, couples are giving personalized gift baskets and boxes instead of favors, especially for destination weddings or venues where most guests are coming from out of town. These are ways that the bride and groom can show their thoughtfulness to those coming for their special day.

Bridal Fashion

Thanks to Meghan Markle, you can expect to see traces of her ceremony and reception dresses when you’re shopping — as well as a resurgence of the bridal tiara. Other elements that are rising in popularity are statement bows, puffed sleeves, sparkles, and 3-D floral elements. You may also see geometric patterns and shapes in dresses, as opposed to sweetheart necklines and lace. There will be more straight lines used in dress designs. Another trend is the bridal jumpsuit! They are a popular choice for more casual, smaller weddings which is an overall trend for 2019, but also a fun option for rehearsal dinners and other wedding celebrations.


This year, you can expect to see an abundance of bright, deeply colored flowers for bouquets and centerpieces. Industry experts are also anticipating 2019 to be the year of dahlias, as well as peonies, because of the rich, jewel tones and unique shapes, making them perfect for bouquets and arrangements that feel more natural.


Expect to see themed food stations instead of a buffet, such as raw seafood bars, custom pizza stations, taco stands, and more. The same goes for unique drink options and custom cocktails named in honor of the bride and groom. Food and drink choices become even more personal if they have a special significance to the wedding couple or their families.


This year, we may see moodier and more intense colors used, than the traditional muted decor. Copper and rose gold are phasing out and couples are again opting for traditional silver and gold. The rustic barn wedding is also losing steam in popularity and brides are seeking out industrial spaces like old mills and factories. You’ll still see wood and metal accents but used in a more modern way to create unique settings.

With our many different options for outdoor settings at Dogwood Downs, we can accommodate just about any design choice that the bride and groom may prefer, even if they decide to buck all trends and come up with their own unique wedding and reception!