As we slowly ease into 2019, many amongst us are still talking about the weddings that dominated both our calendars and our social media feeds last year. Here at Savoir Flair, however, we’re already looking to the future. With that in mind, we sat down with Rhiannon Downie-Hurst, founder of Bride Club ME and consultant to The Engage Academy, for a chat to envision what weddings will look like in the coming months. Here, she reveals all.
Bold and Bright
“Most brides love a pretty, pastel-pink themed event, and there is no doubt that light and romantic pastels will always have their moment in weddings. Having said that, 2019 looks set to see a rise in bolder, brighter color schemes. From rich and royal emerald to mustard, burgundy, and blue, weddings will be more daring than ever when it comes to color.”
“I expect to see the rise of the eco-conscious wedding this year. With more restaurants launching vegan-only menus in Dubai due to demand, this lifestyle choice will impact weddings. More couples are becoming conscious of their ecological footprint and the food they consume, and this will impact their requests for dining options. It’s important that hotels, F&B managers, and wedding planners cater to this movement. Couples are also seeking flowers that can be replanted, organic/locally sourced menus, and minimal use of plastic.”
“In terms of aesthetics, expect to see velvet linens everywhere – this luxurious fabric will be making its mark in 2019 and has already been used by modern, on-trend brides in 2018.”
“The days of the photo booth are not quite past yet, but they are taking a backseat to more unique entertainment experiences – think: live illustrations, tarot card reading, roaming performers. Couples are looking to wow their guests, so the more unique, the better. I predict that entertainment agencies are going to be receiving more unusual requests from couples and wedding planners in 2019.”
“Here at Bride Club ME, we’ve seen an increasing trend in brides asking for recommendations on unique and/or standalone venues. Again, ballrooms will always be popular within certain cultures, but more and more couples are seeking alternative options such as beachfront villas, purpose-built venues, and rooftop terraces with stunning views. Some exciting venues launched in Dubai last year – the QE2 and Emerald Palace Kempinski included – and there are more coming up in 2019. These types of venues are in demand with our readers.”