Can you believe it’s almost 2020? Well, we still have a few more months until we officially sing ‘so long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night’ to 2019 but if you’re planning a wedding for 2020, it probably feels like it’s just around the corner.
Good news! We have been keeping an eye on all the hottest trends emerging all over the globe and have shortlisted some beauties for you to think about for your big day.
There’s a global phenomenon to move away from single use plastics including glitter and confetti - which is why naturally dried petals teamed with biodegradable and compostable stickers and packets will likely be making more of an appearance in 2020. And so it should! It’s gorgeous and much better for the environment - we love this idea!
The Eco Bride
More and more we are seeing couples keen to engage with suppliers who are reducing their carbon footprint. For example, Russell Stafford Photography has a ‘plant a tree’ initiative, meaning each client who books a wedding, engagement, pre-wedding shoot will have a tree planted in their honour. Plus, if you choose to receive your photographs digitally instead of printed, you’ll get an extra TWO trees planed in your name. That’s right - three trees purely by shooting your wedding with an eco-friendly warrior. Not only will we see newlyweds align with suppliers who represent their environmental beliefs, we’ll also see suppliers come to the party and begin to employ new environmentally friendly practices.
Sorry folks, it looks as though destination weddings will be taking a hiatus in 2020. That’s right, we’ll be seeing many more lovebirds getting hitched locally instead of abroad which means less impact on the environment (and our pockets!). With thousands of wedding venues available on this country we call home, it really is a no brainer.
(Have we mentioned we’ve been to a million* weddings? If you’re looking for a wedding location local to you, shoot us an email and we’ll gladly point you in the right direction. *feels more like a trillion.)
There’s no denying we’ve all seen the devastation plastic has caused to our oceans in recent years, and unfortunately balloons are a big contributor to this pollution. When we let a helium balloon into the sky we get to witness a beautiful, freeing, majestical moment in time - there’s no doubt about it. However statistics show that a majority of these balloons will end up in the ocean. And for this reason, we’ve seen a lot of couples break-up with balloons. This is seeing many couples invest in recycled, reused or handmade alternative decorations.
Table wear, decorations, invitations - these are some of the main ways couples are reducing their plastic footprint on their big day. Reducing disposable cups, inflatable props, straws(!), flower wrapping and decorative ribbon are some of the each ways to easily reduce the plastic on your big day (or for any of your pre-wedding celebrations!).
The Zen Party
For generations, Hen’s have been gracing our nightclubs with penis straws, penis balloons, and well, any penis memorabilia their sassy bridesmaids can get their paws on. However we’re seeing a new trend emerging: The Zen Party, and there won’t be a penis-anything in sight. In fact, many brides are switching the penis-straws (how many times can we say penis in a single paragraph?) for pilates. (FYI - six).
The beauty of The Zen Party is it’s about spending quality time with your bridesmaids and other wonderful women in your life. It’ll come as no surprise that many brides are opting to host their pre-nuptial celebration at a weekend away at a farm in Berry, or beachside in Port Stephens. With a tonne of affordable AirBnB options within a hop-skip-and-a-jump from Sydney (or IN Sydney) it’s a great option for many brides who don’t like the nightclub scene.
If you’ve ever been a bride or bridesmaid, you’ll know that most of us feel a little nervy on the morning of the wedding. It’s a mixture of anticipation, excitement and nerves - it’s only natural. Which is why sunrise Yoga is becoming part of the morning routine for the gals prior to having their hair and makeup done.
If there’s one thing that brides want to be on their wedding day (aside from in love, LOL), it’s glowing. Treating themselves and their bridal party to an in-spa or at-home infusion of moisture and relaxation before the big day is a winning concept and really ramps up the experience of a Zen Party.
(Love this idea? So do we, in fact click here for a little secret coming soon to HAB).
The White Dress
Come on, when you clicked on this blog you were hoping there would be some sneaky insight into what’s trending regarding wedding dresses for 2020! Never fear young lass, we’ve got some seriously good insights from some seriously good people.
Harper's Bizarre - Halter Necklines
“An alternative (yet classic) neckline to the staple strapless, V-neck, one-shoulder, and off-shoulder options out there, halter necklines made more appearances this season than they have in the past. We blame the Duchess of Sussex's reception dress for this trend, along with its ability to show off toned arms and enviable backs. Wear this neckline to suit any style—options abound in fashion-forward, minimal, traditional, and bohemian versions.”
Vogue - The Layered Wedding Dress
“If you live in tailoring, your wedding day needn’t be the moment to force yourself out of your comfort zone. A starched tunic or sculptural midi-dress work particularly well with smart slacks, as proven by the all-white looks on the autumn/winter ‘19/‘20 runways at Jacquemus, Helmut Lang and Jil Sander, which read as a masterclass in modern minimalism. The trend also snuck into the bridal spring 2020 shows, seen on the runway at Berta. Tip: Pick a tailored trouser that pools over luxurious leather slippers or concealed high heels (to cheat a little extra height)."
brides.com - The Bridal Blazer
“Call it the businesswoman special meets bridal. We saw power blazers at Danielle Frankel, Viktor & Rolf, Cushnie, Reem Acra, and Ines Di Santo to name a few.”
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