Many hospitality, travel and food organizations and consultants recently released their 2019 trends. We at BTC have scoured these predictions and have compiled our own “Top Trends in Travel, Hospitality, Food and Weddings in 2019.”


Wedding Trends


General trends

Weddings will be eco-conscious; no foam in the flowers, locally sourced ingredients, flowers that can be replanted and minimal plastic decorations. Sunday weddings will be more common as will be co-ed bridal parties, with bridesmen and groomswomen, best women, etc. There will be fewer “barn-themed” weddings (mason jars/burlap, wildflowers); instead, more old mills and factories will be used as reception spaces with industrial decorative touches. Custom archways and altars are in. More weddings will emulate recent British royal weddings (e.g., Harry and Megan; Princess Eugenie). Event brand consistency is on the rise – from save-the-date cards to invitations to signage with custom designs. And, the use of drone photography will explode as couples seek to get perfect aerial shots of outdoor weddings.


Decorative themes

Greenery is increasingly being brought indoors: potted trees, foliage, moss and grasses – as hangings, as walls, on tables, as chargers – everywhere. Simplified and refined elegance are gaining – as are monographs – and velvet!



Fewer flowers; quality over quantity – including a few stunners. Deep-colored flowers such as purple or red Dahlias.


The tables

Textured linens and layers tablescapes are on the rise. Flowers or their substitutes are all over the place: sculptured floral installations as centerpieces; plants and herbs are replacing flowers at many tables; patterned flower vases are in; and long banquet table are being adorned with rows of flowers in the middle. Candles of varying heights are being used, as well as customized, laser-cut placards and menus. Lastly – black flatware.



Color your wedding purple or with pastels. Or, how about celadon green (a term for pottery denoting wares glazed in the jade green celadon color, also known as greenware.



Location-themed favors are popular – based on couples’ history or the location of the wedding.



Cakes are becoming opulent with sugar work, metallic accents and bespoke designs. They are beautiful on the inside, too – like ombre tiers.


Reception food/drink

The trend toward different food stations instead of one buffet continues: custom pizza, taco stands, sushi bars. And instead of serving canapes, elegant grazing tables are abundant. Instagram worthy! Interactive specialty bars, such as for scotch tastings, are on the rise, too.


The Knot
The Independent Brides Magazine UK Wedding Wire
The Every Girl