Top Wedding Trends for 2019 | WEDDING PLANNING TIPS

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Today we will be talking about something a little clickbait-ey. But I promise this is really useful. Especially if you are trying to get married in Minnesota and are tired of all the barn weddings. And as always this is a Minnesota thing, specifically Rochester MN. So, if you are reading this from somewhere else, just think about how to make it work with what you have but for all my Minnesota people.

Lets talk about the top wedding trends in 2019.

The first one deals with the dress

Due to the royal wedding coming up this week the biggest trend here is capes.  Instead of having beautiful long veils people are trying to do capes which I think is sweet. Imagine a 20-foot cape following you down the aisle. Especially if you’re getting married in colder months, forget the fur coat you have a cape.

The next trend has to do with the food service

Come on what’s a wedding without some good food? So, the first trend when it comes to food is actual wedding cakes. So, in case you didn’t know for a while people were doing tasting cakes. Which means that it looks like a full cake, but the only part that’s actually cake is the top tier. So you cut that for your cake cutting and then the rest of it is offset and you either have another cake in the background you know for the caterers to cut up or you do a dessert bar instead which is what most people have been doing. They’ve been doing custom dessert bars, really delicious. They do cookies, ice cream sundae bars, candy bars – all that kind of stuff.

Still fun but what I’ve noticed the past three weddings that I have done, the cake has been demolished and I think the reason why is that you’re no longer getting cakes from just that old bakery around the corner from where your parents live. You’re now getting cakes from these dedicated cakeries and creameries that are not only beautiful, but they’re also delicious.

I had a Cassata cake at this wedding and that thing was so delicious. It was insane and people literally were coming back for seconds and thirds of the cake and I’m in the kitchen going like what the heck is going on? I know this cake is delicious but like people don’t normally eat the cake at weddings. So that’s the main huge thing for 2019. Especially since people are no longer using disgusting fondant. And they’re using fresh florals to decorate the cake so it’s just a nice simple delicious cake and the decoration is simple as well they just put some floral on it it’s beautiful.

The next trend when it comes to food is about your dinner course.

Say goodbye to plated meals. The in thing for 2019 is food stations. We’re talking interactive food stations. You have a chef that is there tossing salad, you have a chef that is there tossing your pasta, and everyone can watch and see the fresh pasta being tossed in the sauce. And you add the meat, you add the delicious Minnesota cheese and then it’s put on your plate and then you’re at next station!

It’s amazing and I personally like these because one, it’s entertainment as well as food two, people get to choose what they want to eat and how much of it they want to eat. Because when you do a plated meal you’re assuming that everyone is going to eat everything on the plate. To be honest there’s a ton of wasted food that happens. This way someone who doesn’t like broccoli isn’t going to eat their broccoli and someone who doesn’t eat carbs they’re going to waste their rice or mashed potatoes and then you have like basically a whole meal left over that no one is touched. It’s just a bunch of food waste and I think in this day and age we should be conscious of food waste.

So, the dinner stations allow people to take home any extra food they may have. It also allows the bride-and-groom and take home and the extra food they may have. Plus, who doesn’t want a mac and cheese bar, or a sweet potato bar, or a raw bar, or a stir-fry bar the list can go on and on and on!

Our next trends come more from your aesthetic point of view.

The first is hanging arrangements or hanging features. This is a huge trend. My company just did a Cinco De Mayo wedding.  We made a whole streamer chandelier. It’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen and so simple. It just added amazing dimension to the room, especially since it was a giant warehouse.

That’s the other trend, you know people are getting married in industrial spaces out here in Rochester. I mean there are plenty of wedding venues near Rochester, but they aren’t unique or different. Also, it’s really cold out here, so you have to really make them feel warm and comforting. Things hanging from the ceiling helped us do that. It also kind of gives that juxtaposition of like romantic sweet and hard industrial. So, you can do hanging florals, you can do hanging candles – like I said you could do hanging streamers.

You can talk to either your planner or your florist. Or maybe you know look on places like wedding wire and find people who are known for doing these hanging features because it does take an expert to do this. You have to make sure everything is secure, you have to have the right tools to get it up there. I would say probably not a DIY project. But definitely if you have the budget for it, it adds so much especially on the head table.

Bright colorful weddings are coming back in

I know for like the past three years every wedding I’ve been to has been gold and blush. If I see one more gold and blush winning, I’m going to slit my throat. They are beautiful – blush looks good on most people and gold is the trend that’s going to be in until we die, but just think outside the box.

Tropical places are inspiring people for wedding styles. They’re doing weddings inspired by Palm Springs which I think are pretty cool. Especially out here in Minnesota. Rochester isn’t the most tropical place. It can get hard to travel far for a wedding, but these make for the best wedding styles in Rochester Mn. And think about it, you’re getting married this summer. Some of the most amazing florals bloom in the summer so you have so you have plenty of options. You can have birds of paradise in the centerpieces, you can have snapdragons and calla lilies, you know all that’s in season at this time versus in the winter when really your only options are roses. I’m sure there’s more than roses but that’s all I can think up right now.

So, take advantage of the amazing florals. You can have wedding wildflowers go a long way and they’re inexpensive. Also, your entire wedding doesn’t have to be bright and colorful. You can do bright and colorful florals, or linens, or chairs, or even food and centerpieces and then you can keep like your bridesmaids simple. Just be more adventurous, everyone tends to go to these like trendy colors. For a while it was the mint color, now it’s the blush color and that burgundy color for like the fall and winter weddings. I just challenge you to make your wedding a little different.

And then lastly, the industrial style venue is in.

Like I’ve been saying, you know we’re no longer you know seeing as many classic Rochester barn weddings. For a while for everything’s in mason jars and there’s plaid those are kind of on their way out as well. What’s in is going to a blank space venue in Minnesota. Large industrial and kind of bringing in everything you want. Like I said it’s that contrast between the hard-industrial space and the beautiful romantic feminine aspects that you bring into it.

So, guys those are my predictions for 2019 wedding trends. You might see other stuff out there – this is what a working professional has seen in the industry. I hope that you challenge yourself to create something truly memorable. Happy wedding planning!



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