Trends Guide 2019
Modern Pink Colour Schemes
Anything but blush should be the mantra for pink parties in 2019. Soft hues have given way to rich shades of raspberry, fuchsia and watermelon for an updated (and much more dramatic) take on the wedding industry's hero colour palette. This sweet table offers the perfect example of how to pull off a modern pink party. Silk and velvet in rich shades of pink create a stunning textural backdrop for an array of tonal treats. A sculptural floral arrangement from Carmel Floral and minimalist cake from The Wedding Cake Shoppe complete the look.
Brights are back in a big way for 2019 and the wedding world is ready for this radical shift. Pops of fluorescent colour provide the perfect punch for a whimsical celebration, whether incorporated in a tablescape, dessert spread or ceremony setup. Laser cut acrylic table toppers and place cards are sure to make a splash, while dayglo diamond, llama and cactus cookies like these beauties from Downtown Dough are the ultimate Instagram-worthy favour.
Elevated Canadian Themes
One of our favourite wedding themes involves paying homage to the country we're from. Instead of a typical rustic vibe you might look to when thinking of Canada, elevate the idea with plaid napkins, a super-cool antler candelabra centrepiece and a luxe faux-fur tablecloth. Best yet, this theme goes with any venue, so whether you're from Banff or Thunder Bay, you can incorporate our home and native land into your big day.
First spotted on the Fall 2018 runways, holographic and iridescent materials have made their way into the décor world to spice up spaces with a touch of retro futurism. A nod to the 80s and 90s, luminous paper goods in cascades of rainbow colours can be a particularly chic addition to a wedding celebration. We love how this invitation suite from Simply Sealed pairs iridescent card stock with modern lettering for a contemporary spin on wedding metallics that is at once fun and sophisticated.
Nothing quite compares to a white wedding. For 2019, the ultimate elegant party concept is elevated with tone on tone details. Lush floral arrangements, like this stunning piece from Henna Florist, should be the hero of all-white reception. Bursting with white roses, ranunculus, tulips, hydrangeas and orchids, the look is completely devoid of leafy greenery. A few hints of gold in the cutlery and stationery are all that's needed to complete the look.
If you're aiming for a totally outside-the-box celebration, consider a different cake shape entirely. Instead of going with a classic towering cylindrical design with multiple tiers, opt for one with tiers that are uniquely stacked off-centre. Keep the tiers lined up on one side, as shown here. The result is a sculptural, architectural confection that will definitely impress your guests.
The humble churro is the deep-fried dessert of the moment and these dippable donut fingers are ideal for a laid-back, non-traditional celebration (paired with tacos and tequila, of course). We gave these Spanish sweets a wedding-appropriate update with chocolate- and caramel-dipped ends adorned with sprinkles. Serve these treats in lieu of a wedding cake or have them delivered to the dance floor as a late night snack.
Piped Floral Cakes
Piping is one classic cake design technique that's definitely having a moment. Turning any minimalist cake into a unique piece of art, a piped cake is perfect if you want something gorgeous and intricate without being too over-the-top. Pair a cake in a bright hue (we love coral, one of the hottest colours for 2019) with white piping, and you have a pretty, cheerful focal point for your reception venue.
Mismatched Pattern Cakes
Tiered creations combining mismatched (yet complementary) patterns prove that a cake doesn't need to be super tall to incorporate tons of detail. To pull this idea off, stick to one colour scheme and ask your cake designer to incorporate both texture and your favourite patterns on each tier. Graffiti, unique shapes and a braids are just some of our favourite design ideas.
Tableaus Of Cakes
Few people will dispute the fact that three wedding cakes are better than one. Inspired by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding dessert table spread, we're swooning over this rich tableau of buttercream confections. Topped with fresh flowers and displayed on opulent gold cake stands, this grouping of sweets is ultra romantic and as perfectly polished as a renaissance painting.
High impact blooms make for an unforgettable wedding bouquet. We love playing with exotics to create a unique floral statement. Pictured here, the white king protea is the perfect choice as a star player in your bouquet (surrounded by china berry and dusty miller) and if you want an arrangement focused on one flower only the phalenaopsis orchid is also definitely having a moment.
To really make a statement with your reception florals, look beyond the tabletop or, in this case, below it. Floral chandeliers of the past have given way to artful, modern floor arrangements showcased beneath glass or Lucite tables. Leaf & Bloom used hearty greenery like palm leaves and ferns to create these textural showpieces, which are absolutely ideal for a gallery wedding.
Pampas Grass Clouds
Light-as-air pampas grasses are one of the hottest trends for decorating your ceremony aisle (see Mandy Moore's OTT boho wedding) and reception space, but instead of just having the installations on the ground, we love the idea of taking it higher with billowy pampas grass clouds. These beauties were created by Wild North Flowers and feature a natural, environmentally-friendly mix of pampas grass, dried solidago and corn stalks. Clouds can be hung from the ceiling, affixed to walls or placed on the ground to create an airy, textural décor element.
The ancient Japanese art of floral design is experiencing a revival as of late, with sculptural arrangements taking centre stage. Colour, shape, form, lines and balance all come into play when creating these thoughtful arrangements. To create this particular piece, Timberlost mixed stargazer lilies with foraged wild clematis. The result is a minimalist piece that makes a big impact.
Fruit and Floral Spreads
Edible arrangements are where it's at for 2019, but we're not talking bouquets of daisy-shaped cantaloupes here. The vibe is chic and Mediterranean and a veritable feast for the senses, artfully displayed in cascades of colour. For this particular arrangement, Kenilworth Floral combined exotic fruit with red ranunculus, red orchids and red gloriosa lilies to create a lush centrepiece just as gorgeous as any floral garland.
The pantsuit is having a fashion moment in 2019 and its influence is also reaching the bridal fashion realm. Chic and sexy, it is the perfect choice if you want a look thatâ€™s modern and unfussy. Instead of going wedding white, we love the idea of mauve as the new millennial pink and our favourite way to wear it is tonally. Matching suede booties and an orchid boutonnière makes this sexy Smythe suit shine.
The New Minimalism
We can thank Meghan Markle for bridal's new minimalist movement. Her Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy dress was simplistically elegant in its design thanks to a classic silhouette, beautiful fabric and zero detailing. Designers are definitely embracing the trend this season with gowns galore seen on bridal fashion runways void of all the classic trimmings: no lace, no tulle, no embellishments. The unadorned gown is not only beautiful, it's incredibly fresh!
Priyanka Chopra proved that the veil is officially back in a big way. The dreamiest of bridal accessories takes an imaginative turn and we're loving it. Fashionable sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy brought the veil to the fashion forefront for their Spring 2019 Rodarte collection. We were inspired by their OTT creations featuring miles of tulle festooned with flowers, birds, ribbons and lace. We bridalized the look with bespoke creation by Posh Veils that gives us all the romantic, whimsical feels.
Sporty is now an option when it comes to bridal style with several designers riding the atheleisure wave. There's no question in 2019 you can be wildly stylish AND comfortable on your wedding day! This lace tracksuit by Gracy Accad is a particularly gorgeous choice we especially love it as a second outfit option. We added extra glam to the look with some excessive bling (a statement necklace and matching cuff bracelets) and a simple sexy stiletto pump.
Colour is still a major factor in bridal fashion for 2019 and if you want to amp up the fun factor, this is your trend! Why settle for one shade when you can wear a rainbow of soft pastels?! This illusion tulle gown in ice blue, baby pink and butter yellow is the perfect pick for brides ready to embrace this look. We added a kick of coral and turquoise to the mix with a jewelled belt buckle and tulle sash to create a look that's easy, breezy and 100% red-carpet-worthy.