The Wedding Academy‘s much-anticipated annual trend report has been released, and flipping through it makes me so excited for what we’ll be seeing for 2019 weddings. The report is the only publication that looks at wedding trends globally for event professionals to use as their guide for the forthcoming year, and goes incredibly in-depth on everything from flowers to fashion to guest experiences. Yours truly had the opportunity to share my insights once again, along with a few other amazingly talented folks, on LGBTQ wedding trends for 2019. A lot was shared but here are some highlights and be sure to check out the trend report in full here.
Matching Suits: When we first starting seeing more same-sex couples getting married, a lot of couples were wearing matching suits albeit very basic ones like black, navy and gray, simply because they thought that’s what they were supposed to do. In more recent years, couples started embracing their individuality, with each one opting to wear a suit of their own style, giving us non-matching colors, patterns and styles. Well now, the pendulum is swinging back, but not without bringing that sense of style with it! Couples are opting for matching attire once again, but done in a really fashion-forward way: think luxe white tuxedos or chic bright blue tailored suits. It looks incredible in photographs and makes such a statement. — Brittny Drye, Love Inc.
Portugal and Kauai Hawaii seem to be the most popular 2019 destinations that are newer to the wedding radar. We also see Paris making a comeback –Paris is always a good idea, after all! Finally, adventurous couples are planning on tying the knot in Iceland and in the newly legalized Australia. — Sarah Pete Rizzi, Sincerely Pete Events and Wanderlust Wed Co.
Getting Ready Together Sessions: As much as I love them, first looks are on their way out in 2019, and couples are opting to forgo first looks and get ready together. The “getting ready” photo sessions are really sweet and shows the couple enjoying each other in an intimate atmosphere they say “I do.” — Chanda Daniels, A Monique Affair
Double Proposals: A double proposal is when one partner proposes and, after having their emotional moment and saying “yes!” the other partner surprisingly proposes. It’s not something that can be planned, but it’s becoming more common and it’s so fun to watch when these are captured on video! — Brittny Drye, Love Inc.
Curating wedding teams that share the same values as the couple: In a similar way to couples who choose to buy local for their weddings, LGBTQ couples are choosing to select vendors from within the LGBTQ community to provide their wedding day services. Couples want to support small business owners who support their right to marry,” says Rizzi. Daniels adds, “We are having more couples who want to feel a connection to their wedding day creatives more than ever! Not just providing a service, but wanting to support other LGBTQ-owned wedding businesses, people of color and other marginalized communities.”