Every year couples seek out ways to put their personal touch on the biggest day of their lives. SEEN consulted local experts to get their wedding predictions for 2019.
By Cassie Kunze
Featured photo courtesy of Compose Events
Although timeless wedding traditions will always be in style, this year we will see more personalized and natural touches, according to local wedding experts. Expect to see lush, organic features brought indoors and more nontraditional elements. Nicole Marsh, wedding planner and owner of Metro Detroit-based Compose Events, says she’s seeing more multicultural weddings with dual ceremonies and mixed gender bridal parties. “I did a Hindu and Christian ceremony last year,” Marsh says. “And I’m seeing an uptick on combining traditions rather than just opting out of both.”
Here are some wedding trends in colors, flowers, gowns and more:
Pantone announced the official color of 2019 is “living coral.” Marsh says she’s looking forward to seeing more color after years of the popularized blush pink and greenery. “We were designing with color even before living coral was named color of the year, so expect 2019 to be a bit brighter,” she says.
David DiVincenzo, event director of Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield, says brides may be incorporating the pop of color into their wedding parties and floral arrangements. He adds that although coral is a stronger hue, there are many ways to “bring in the spectrum of colors that surround it,” like a splash of bright peach. DiVincenzo anticipates that couples may add pops of color in decor and festive cocktails.
Farah Saleh and Oula Siblini, owners of Maison Farola in Detroit, predict 2019 florals will include deeper hues and less of softer, romantic colors. They say a popular trend involves “bringing nature into the ceremony,” where flowers are no longer just reception centerpieces, but incorporated throughout the day. Saleh and Siblini also anticipate mixing and matching flowers, particularly ranunculus and dahlias since they provide a range of color.
Marsh of Compose Events says wedding gowns will be influenced by the “Meghan Markle effect” — simple, yet elegant. “Three of my 2019 brides have shown me their dresses with similar styles,” she says. Marsh adds another trend is using bows as embellishments. These types of details are “popping up on the back, sleeves, as belts — just a beautiful feminine touch,” she says.
Manal Hussein, owner of For the Love of Sugar Detroit, says more people are requesting simple designs with a statement. “I’ve noticed it is more about a clean, simple cake with statement pieces,” she says. Hussein adds statement pieces can be anything from metallic accents like gold-brushed macarons to fresh flowers. “I like going the floral route because I think it’s sort of symbolic for the couple — symbolizing the love and growth between the two.” As for flavors, Hussein says couples are slowly starting to veer away from the traditional chocolate and vanilla. At her shop, she’s had couples order fruity cereal and birthday cake. They’re also steering away from fondant cakes and opting for more buttercream-based cakes.
Julie Herman, co-owner of Annabel’s & Co. Catering, is noticing a growing trend of grazing tables and light bites, particularly charcuterie displays with olives, peppers, pickled vegetables, jams and breads. “People are looking for lighter fare in their parties,” she says. Herman adds that couples are also more inclined to choose healthier food options for their guests.
Marsh of Compose Events says customization is everything when it comes to invitations this year. She is seeing lots of couples choosing watercolor portraits of venues, maps of their cities and custom-painted portraits of couples for their save the dates. Marsh says her clients usually work with designers to create invitations that are more personal than a simple monogram.