What's trending for 2020

Get an inspired jumpstart on all your wedding planning with these exciting ideas in fashion, décor, flowers, food, desserts and more! Consider incorporating one (or more) of these trends into your own celebration – but remember, it’s your day so take what you like and make it your own!

Photo by Donna Marie Photography

Dramatic Veils

The Meghan Markle effect continues. Her 16-foot stunner at her royal wedding has inspired many designers to showcase cathedral and chapel-length veils this season. If you love dramatic floor-sweeping silhouettes, you’ll love how a dramatic veil can work beautifully with so many gown styles – from voluminous ballgowns to minimalist sheaths. Amp up the look with added pearls, crystals or lace embellishments.

Wtoo by Watters

Stunning Sleeves

No longer resigned to bygone eras, elegant gowns with sleeves are making a comeback – and they’re stunning. This season, gown designers stepped up their sleeve game with romantic floral appliques, strategically placed lace, sheer-illusion styles and the ‘80s inspired puff sleeves and flutter sleeves. Adding a stylish touch, long-sleeved wedding gowns are often paired with backless features to balance out the look. Want to change it up? Be on the lookout for detached versions (for two different wedding day looks!) along with cold or off-the-shoulder silhouettes.

Sottero and Midgley gown ("Armante"); Sottero and Midgley gown ("Burton")

Go Big, Go Bold

This year will see a departure from demure wedding decor with bigger and bolder details. Many couples are embracing wow-worthy visual and tactile experiences like never before. Looking for your own giant statement? Imagine heralding guests in to the reception with smoke flares or taking their breath away with giant balloon walls, floral arches, big neon signage, and hanging centerpieces. Bold statement colors are all the rage as well. Speak to your florist about how they can layer up displays with an explosion of color. Big, colorful statement cakes that draw every eye in the room are another great way to get the party started at the reception.

Mood Lighting

Great lighting can make or break a wedding venue’s mood, so it’s no surprise that one of the top wedding trends of the year is mood lighting. Want to transform your venue into a magical, romantic wonderland? Think sparkling chandeliers, hanging basket lanterns, modern tube lighting, enchanting indoor trees and dazzling fairy lights. Your guests will swoon!

Creative Food

This isn’t your parents’ sit-down wedding menu: 2020 will be serving up more unique, relaxed and immersive culinary experiences for guests. Some of the food trends include creative canapés, street food vans, grazing tables and self-serve stations. Guests will enjoy serving themselves from the communal dishes as they interact with one another. Not sweet on the traditional wedding cake idea? Consider a non-cake wedding cake with tiers of cheese or pancakes!

Jamie Taylor Photography

Shimmer Chic

Go bold with shiny metallics, one of the hottest wedding design elements in 2020. Couples are embracing all things sparkly and infusing touches of metallic into many details of the day, from gilded centerpieces to shimmery fabrics, place settings and dessert adornments. These pops of iridescence will add dazzle to your day.

Sparkle snowflake in silver, weddingstar.com

Outland Creative by Corinne Graves

Hot Hues

Need a color scheme for your big day? To help inspire you, here are some of the hottest hues for 2020, according to the trend forecasting company WGSN. At bottom, from left: Cassis (a fusion of pink and purple); cantaloupe (a milkier shade of orange); purist blue (soft and sunny); mellow yellow (a deep, earthy hue); and neo mint (a refreshing pastel). Consider also Pantone's color of the year: Classic Blue, a timeless and elegant blue hue, shown here in this Dessy bridesmaid dress (style 3021).

Self-Service Bars

Self-serve refreshments are another trend you can expect to see at wedding receptions everywhere in 2020. Tap walls, prosecco trucks, champagne dispensers, and the ever-popular margarita bars are just a few ways for guests to try their hand at achieving the perfect pour.

Erica Rose Photography

Longer Trains

Want to feel like royalty? Go long with that wedding train. For an even more dramatic back view, consider a cage train in which the train has an unlined portion with a see-through illusion.

Martina Liana gown (style 905)

Looking Back

The plunging V-neckline has met its match in the form of barely-there backs. Many designers are betting on backless to be a hit for 2020 brides. From keyholes to elegantly draped cowls, the choices are plentiful for making a chic behind-your-back style statement.

Maggie Sottero gown ("Bertina")

Old Hollywood Glam

Feel like a movie star on your big day! A recurring theme this season is retro glam with bridal silhouettes that scream old Hollywood. The options abound for sultry, timeless gowns that radiate plenty of glam and grace – all with a modern and chic take on yesteryear.

Jasmine Bridal gown (style F221001)

Mix & Match Bridesmaids

The mix-and-match bridesmaid dress trend is in! The easiest way to mix and match dresses is to choose one color in one fabric from one designer. Then, have each bridesmaid pick a style and silhouette in that same color that’s comfortable for her (with your approval, of course!). Opting for a mix-and-match look not only makes it easier for your bridesmaids to choose their dresses, but it also adds dimension and depth to wedding photos. It also helps the girls feel their best on your big day.

Emelia K Photography

Crowning Glories

The hottest hair accessories this season include sophisticated crystal barrettes, oversized floral clips, and "fancy" bobby pins. In addition to more traditional veils and tiaras, brides will be keeping their strands in place with stylish headbands – from sparkly to padded velvet bands. With so many styles, they’re versatile enough to add to any wedding hairstyle – from classic updo to loose curls.

At left: Jamie Taylor Photography; At right: Tessa Kim headband

All that glitters

From delicate gilded embroidery to stunning swirls of sequins and glittering effects, every bride wants to shine on her big day! An opulent gown that sparkles with depth and drama is perfect for the 2020 season and has become one of the most popular bridal trends.

Wtoo by Watters gown

Statement blooms

Bouquets too are going bigger, bolder and brighter. Not budgeted for a giant bouquet of traditional blooms? Big flowers can make your bouquet look much fuller for less money. Also consider using one big statement flower (such as bird of paradise, sunflower or even artichoke) and building your arrangements around it. Dried flowers and even large paper flowers in lieu of real ones are also popping up – perhaps making way for the next wedding flower trend.

Jamie Taylor Photography

Get personal

Cookie cutter weddings? Forget about it! Today’s couples are opting to infuse their own tastes into their big day, incorporating personalized details and meaningful touches that reflect their own personalities, interests and style.

At left: Emelia K Photography; At right: Conlee Arpin