Wedding Trends for 2024: What’s In and What’s Out

Weddings in 2024 are all about personalisation, sustainability, and embracing new technologies much to the dismay of those traditionalists. Couples are looking for ways to make their big day unique and reflective of their personalities, while also being mindful of the environment. Here’s a look at the top wedding trends for this year.

1. Sustainable Weddings

  • Eco-Friendly Wedding Venues: More couples are choosing venues that prioritize sustainability, such as botanical gardens, eco-resorts, and refurbished barns. Pemberly Fox's favourtie London venue would be the Tree House Hotel perched vertically up 15 floors opposite the BBC centre on Londons Regent Street, north of Oxford Circus. To quote directly from the Tree House's website: "We have filtered water stations on all the guest room floors, we discourage single-use items, and all of our menus are printed on recycled paper. We have real-time energy and water management systems and a recycling and composting infrastructure including an aerobic waste disposal machine in the kitchen to break down food waste into liquid form. We like to give a second life to pre-loved items, and all the furniture is the nest is found vintage items. We also have a verdant living wall on the Nest terrace which provides a feeding banquet for the bees and creates a pollinator pathway across the city."

  • Green Catering: The trends of sustainably sourced local ingredient is not just a fad, reducing carbon footprint within the hospitality world is now a prime concern of many F&B outlets as well as within some of the big catering companies which service the wedding and events businesses. Seasonal local ingredients help to keep things fresh and innovative, and not just when it comes to food but also drinks, for example a Gooseberry daiquiri is a great example of locally sourced fruits which offer greater ranges of flavours than your classic strawberry or passion fruit options. When it comes to meat dishes, more and more caterers are turning to methods of using as much of an animal in their recipes as possible and even dairy cow meat is creeping onto may menus across the capital, and rightly so but we are also witnessing an ever growing of plant based dishes on a Caterer's menu.

  • Zero-Waste Decorations: Biodegradable confetti, reusable floral arrangements, and digital invitations are making waves but when we it comes to printing of wedding invitations and stationery, we are seeing an increase in enquiries for re-cylced and up-cylced papers and cards. These can indeed be sourced and we often make use of a range of up-cycled coffee cup card stock from GF Smith, which is called Extract.

Tech-Enhanced Celebrations

  • Live Streaming: With guests from around the world, live streaming the ceremony and reception ensures everyone can join in, no matter the distance and can sometimes help reduce your guest's carbon footprint as it removes the need to travel in order to partake in the festivities.
  • Drones and GoPros: For capturing unique aerial shots and dynamic footage, drones and action cameras are being used by many photographers and videographers.
  • Virtual Reality: Some couples are incorporating VR experiences to relive their wedding day or to include guests who couldn’t attend in person.

Unique Venue Choices

  • Destination Weddings: Exotic locations like Iceland, Morocco, and New Zealand are in vogue.
  • Micro-Weddings: Small, intimate gatherings at unique venues like private estates, rooftops, or even boats.
  • Home Weddings: Hosting the wedding at home for a more personal and cozy feel.

Bold Color Palettes

  • Vibrant Hues: Rich colors like emerald green, royal blue, and deep burgundy are popular.
  • Unexpected Combinations: Mixing and matching bold colors with pastels and neutrals.
  • Monochrome Themes: One-color weddings with varying shades and textures for a cohesive look.

Fashion Forward

  • Statement Dresses: Dresses with dramatic sleeves, high slits, and unique textures.
  • Sustainable Fashion: Gowns made from eco-friendly materials or rented dresses.
  • Personalized Attire: Custom-made suits and dresses that reflect the couple’s style.

Interactive Food and Drink Stations

  • DIY Cocktail Bars: Guests can create their own drinks with a variety of ingredients.
  • Grazing Tables: Lavish spreads of meats, cheeses, fruits, and breads for a casual yet elegant dining experience.
  • Food Trucks: Offering diverse cuisines and late-night snacks.

Entertainment and Activities

  • Live Bands and DJs: Personalized playlists and live performances are trending.
  • Interactive Games: Lawn games, photo booths, and even escape rooms for guest entertainment.
  • Fireworks and Sparklers: Ending the night with a bang, literally!

Personal Touches

  • Custom Vows: Couples are writing their own vows for a more personal touch.
  • Personalized Favors: Gifts that reflect the couple’s interests, such as homemade jams, custom candles, or mini plants.
  • Memory Tables: Displaying photos and memorabilia from the couple’s relationship.

The key to 2024 weddings is individuality and consciousness. Couples are making choices that reflect their personalities and values, from the venue to the menu. With these trends, weddings are becoming more unique, memorable, and impactful than ever before.

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