Every year, brides and grooms strive to add more personal flair to make their dream day more memorable. After 29 years of uniting KZN’s wedding supplier fraternity, we like to think we’ve seen it all! We take a look at wedding trends from 2009 and compare them to 2019 to show you that the options to making to your dream day are endless!
• Destination weddings were all too common with couples choosing predominantly outdoor venues such as resorts, gardens and beaches.
• Budgeting was a big factor and DIY money-saving elements were incorporated everywhere.
• Gem stone hues, metallic browns and earthy colours were popular colour-schemes.
• Brides opted for the ball gown look in airy tulle, cotton, silk satin and suede fabrics.
• Retro hairstyles came into play with the half down, half up look coming to the fore, adorned with crystal additions.
• Less was definitely more with a two-tier main wedding cake, along with a number of small cakes, desserts and pies.
• Daisies and dahlias, in their many colours, were the flowers of choice.
• Digital infrared photography enabled couples to get a highly detailed or snow-like image by blocking out most of the visible light spectrum.
• Wedding stationary was small, simple and monochrome.
• The more bizarre the venue, the better with barns, lofts, distilleries, airport hangers, greenhouses and wineries all trending options.
• Environmental consciousness will seep into weddings as well with eco-friendly invitations and registry, edible favours and donate flowers and leftovers to a good cause.
• This year will be the rise of bridesmen and groomsgirls and flowergrandmas. Gone are gender associated roles and traditional stereotypes.
• While the pantone of the year (living coral) adds a soft touch, it is expected that other colour palettes like classical, dark colours, and metallic colours like rose gold, copper paired with pastel colours will be incorporated.
• Dresses take a step back in design but a giant leap forward in terms of colour. Classic wedding dress designs many are accustomed to return, but in daring colours.
• While the décor might be clean and the dress simple, hair on the other hand is far from it. Embracing what you were born with takes shape with messy buns, braids and plaits.
• The nature of the cake is a somewhat divided concept as some favour the naked cake with rustic looking icing or none at all; while others prefer showpiece cakes that look like architectural masterpieces. Cheese-lovers are also opting for a cake creation made entirely out of a cheeses and pairings.
• Lush flowers and foliage, such as palm leaves and unusual varieties, are incorporated into just about everything. The use of fresh florals as accessories will also be seen on grooms and the bridal entourage.
• Straight forward still photography is bowing out as movement and realism make a big splash with animated still photos and HD videos capturing important moments.
• Wedding stationary will also become more daring in unique mediums such as vellum, leather suede and acrylic, as well as custom illustrations and handwritten personalisation. Videos, boxed voice messages and other unique ideas are also trending.
While trends do have an influence, many couples choose to mix and match elements reminiscent of previous styles to emphasise their personalities. Regardless of your tastes, dreams or ideas, we have lined-up over 100 top suppliers – providing you with plenty of options to suit our budget. Don’t spend hours phoning suppliers for quotes – browse through brochures, chat to representatives and select only those that can accommodate your individual needs at our show.