2020 Wedding Trends As Predicted By UAE Wedding Professionals
2020 Brides, listen up! With only a few weeks left until the end of the year, we’ve rounded up some of the top 2020 wedding trend predictions, courtesy of some of the UAE’s most loved wedding professionals.
Bride Club ME Founder, Rhiannon Downie-Hurst, has added her trend predictions for the new decade, and we’ve also included a bonus prediction round-up from Emaar Hospitality.
We’d love to know your trend predictions in the comments section below.
Mark Khawaja, La Table Events
After countless experiences with brides and grooms from all nationalities, backgrounds & statuses, I’ve come to understand that trends today are dependent on many different elements. It usually starts with an excited bride who’s expectations slowly deteriorate on the basis of budget, family interferences and fear. In our experience, the more the couple trusts their planner, the more likely a planner can actually execute something more unique.
In my experience, I’ve found that conservative families prefer their weddings in indoor spaces for privacy reasons. Asian cultures love colors that express joy, happiness and positivity. Some couples go for the garden minimalistic vibe, the ‘just out of the woods’ look, and some love to showcase that they’ve got a big budget.
There is always two pallets though that we integrate into all of our weddings which go beautifully with any theme or style….Touches of champagne gold and black, yes black! The integration of black in weddings is an extraordinary way to create beautiful silhouettes and add a touch of sheer elegance.
I believe if not next year, we will soon be seeing lots of blacks in weddings once couples trust their planners enough. Whilst we have not done it ourselves yet, we would love to have roses dyed completely in matte black on a reflective surface with metallic sheen accessories and lots of twinkly candles.
Entertainment and statement entrances seem to be another factor that will slowly start evolving, particularly in Arabic culture. Traditional entrances are seemingly always pushed for by the parents of the couples, whilst the bride and groom prefer to have something a little more personal. Weddings tend to leave a greater impact when something unique has been integrated into the day.
Eva-Maria Asaad, Tesoro Events & Travel
2020 will see a lot of fresh and more bright colors compared to before (more muted and subtle shades). Think rich tones of pink and mint, orange, neon, etc. Oh and the 80’s/90’s are coming back! Not only in terms of color, but also wedding fashion wise, we will definitely see a lot of big sleeves and jumpsuits in the coming year. More and more brides also love the idea of having two dresses/outfits for their big day; one for the more formal part and one for the evening celebrations.
Another big trend is sustainability. Couples are going down a more eco-friendly path by using flower confetti and no Styrofoam in centerpieces, but they also re-use their existing florals by either pressing them after the wedding or having the florist re-arrange the centerpieces as small giveaways for the guests.
Food-wise, brides and grooms are choosing a more family-style (sharing) approach by offering beautiful grazing tables and dessert stations; guaranteeing beautiful presentations as well as something for every taste. Inclusion is the foodie key-word of 2020 weddings – vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc.
Last but not least, Honeymoons are changing too. We start to see a lot of ‘Buddymoons’, which basically means couples go on their honeymoon but bring along their friends or part of their family for an extended wedding party.
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Rahul Kumar & Arun Bablani, Vivaah Weddings
Weddings are an ever-changing dynamic platform where each bride is differently influenced and inspired from the other. Having said that, each wedding season, we see a particular concept or preferred style that starts trending, which is the preferred choice for many couples celebrating their big day.
Our prediction for 2020 is ‘Rewind to Retros’. We have already begun seeing influences of this in the weddings we are currently conceptualizing for this year end, and for the next year. This is not just limited to choice of colours and décor elements, but also in culinary preferences that the couples have been talking to us about.
On the creative front, we are incorporating a lot of neon lights and signage as part of the wedding décor, along with the use of movie posters or music album adverts from the 80’s. Quite recently we have conceptualized an event which will see the use of Audio Tapes and old Vinyl Records as part of the décor.
On the culinary side of things, we see our couples returning back to basics with their desserts such as Black Forest Cake, Doughnuts, Churros, Ice Cream Floats and everything else on the menu that takes them back to the 70’s or 80’s era. The choice of bands lately have been based on their selection of tracks that will be performed at the celebrations with the preference being retro pop.
Gear up for a ride back to the past this coming season!
Rasha Badran, The Purple Chair
♡ Décor Elements: All white, fresh and chic designs are trending and should continue to do so in 2020. We see couples drifting away from wooden elements, excessive greenery and simplicity and shifting towards more sophisticated setups. Couples are opting for outdoor weddings while still maintaining the formalities of an indoor ballroom.
♡ Personalization: Couples are paying attention to all the details of their wedding, be it their attire, the décor, special stations, etc. Examples of this are statements in detailing on the brides dress or veil where some celebrity brides have designed custom dresses with symbols representing special moments. Others are making show-stopping moments out of basics like the bar by adding neon signs or creative artwork to it. This can be seen throughout the wedding from large installations, to artwork on each plate for guests to read.
♡ Wedding Cakes: Couples are using cakes as a medium to represent their personalities. Towering cakes are still in style and will always be, however more and more people are incorporating art into the design of the cake by choosing unique designs that go with the wedding theme, or incorporating vibrant colors to the cake styling. We expect to see more hand painted cakes and geometric shapes. Couples are also opting for non traditional flavors for cakes, moving away from chocolate and vanilla to flavours such as lemon and pistachio.
Rhiannon Downie-Hurst, Bride Club ME Founder
Ultimately, couples should follow their hearts when it comes to their wedding and not ‘trends’, that said, some couples who are open to all possibilities, do find that trends help them set the tone and theme for their special day. At Bride Club ME, we have rounded up a few our our top trend predictions for 2020.
♡ A rise in the Vegan/Vegetarian & Sustainable Wedding – Couples are more conscious than ever when it comes to the environment and taking this in to account when planning their wedding. This trend is most certainly on the rise. Considering wedding guests and their eating preferences are key too, and with veganism and vegetarianism stats increasing tenfold, we will see more venues catering to this.
♡ Rough around the edges florals – Bespoke, imperfect bouquets are in demand and will continue to be so in 2020. Foliage and greens, as well as unusual florals will be a popular choice.
♡ Interiors meets Wedding Decor – Brides and wedding planners, sourcing unique decorative pieces and furniture, are turning to interior/furniture brands more than ever. So much so, that we would not be surprised if retailers start their own ‘for hire’ divisions.
♡ A request for more unusual venues and an increase in destination weddings – Here at Bride Club ME, we are seeing lots more incoming requests for unusual venues and spaces to host wedding events, as well as a marked increase in couples opting for more intimate destination weddings.
♡ Informal Food Setups – Think grazing tables, buffet tables, and dedicated live cooking stations.
♡ Personalisation – There are no more ‘rules’ when it comes to weddings, couples are really making things ‘personal’ to them, their beliefs and likes.
♡ Bold & Colourful – We predict that bold, fun colours will be big in 2020, a swift move away from the muted and softer palettes of the past few years.
The year is almost over, and couples planning their nuptials in 2020 are excitedly thinking ahead to their big day. For wedding inspiration, there are endless options to personalise every aspect of the occasion with unique and memorable touches that reflect the couple’s personal taste and style.
From the venue and food, to décor and the latest technology, the Emaar Hospitality team are already seeing a crop of new trends emerging as they start to look towards the coming year. Here are our top 10 picks to consider for an unforgettable wedding in 2020:
♡ Creative food stations – The growth in popularity of artisan food markets and street-food-style cuisine will continue to influence the food and beverage decisions of future brides and grooms. Couples are seeking quirky live cooking stations and creative food displays, keen to share a selection of their favourite home-country dishes with their friends and family, with the interaction of this style of dining guaranteed to provide thrilling moments to catch on camera.
♡ Environmentally-friendly weddings – Couples are becoming increasingly ecologically minded and looking to go green wherever they can, using locally sourced foods and recyclable materials, as well as looking at ways to extend the life of décor, such as incorporating photos in frames and wooden artefacts that are then re-used as wedding favours or in the couple’s home.
♡ Statement Wedding Cakes – A fabulous wedding cake continues to form the centerpiece of many wedding receptions. 2020 will see the trend for cakes inspired by couture wedding gowns, while those tired of traditional white will be emboldened to go for something more personal, with hand-painted, ink-stained or mosaic-style showstoppers on the increase, as are the unique geode cakes which are also rising in popularity.
♡ The Great Outdoors – There’s something so effortlessly romantic about an alfresco wedding that it will never go out of style. Fortunately, whatever style of outdoor wedding couples are looking for – whether it be urban settings, lush green lawns or exclusive fountain views – Dubai has it all, and the wonderful winter weather to make it a reality.
♡ Perfect Projections – Video mapping is the latest digital technology trend weaving its way into the world of weddings. From projections of flowers and forests to sunshine and stars, couples can pick the backdrop of their choice.
♡ Auspicious dates – It is expected that there will be huge demand for weddings on 02.02.2020, as well as 20.02.20, 01.01.20, 01.10.20 and 20.10.20 – with the latter being even more memorable as it is also the start of Expo 2020 Dubai.
♡ All that glitters – Shades of blush, nude and rose combined with white, ivory and cream are classic and remain popular going into 2020. Metallic hues will have a resurgence, with variations on the traditional gold and silver reflected in the venue and décor.
♡ The Instagram Moment – Weddings have always been occasions to catch on camera, with wedding photos and videos a deeply treasured possession for married couples across the world. Today, with the Instagram effect, wedding photography has become a trend all in itself and couples are increasingly choosing venues based on their Instagram vision.
♡ Destination Weddings – Whilst destination weddings continue to be a popular choice, couples living in the UAE do no need to fly to a far-flung location for good weather or beachside locations. 2020 will see more people choose a wedding staycation, gathering their guests together in one special location for a weekend-long celebration.
♡ Unique Experiences – While the above trends will influence people as they plan their big day, ultimately, there is a shift towards couples seeking a celebration that is unique to them – a wedding that showcases their love story and enables them to create memories they will treasure forever.