Every bride knows that her wedding needs to stand out, but how do you choose the perfect on-trend look and feel without falling into a “so basic” trap?

If you are having a hard time deciding between rose gold or blush, a donut wall or crepe station, and ferns or foliage, take a look at the hottest trends on the horizon in wedding food, décor, venue, and drinks, and be an Influencer in 2019.

Gone are the rustic naked tables and wood accents, replaced instead by luxe place settings, opulent crystal, and lashings of gold and glitter. Formal linens are also roaring back in 2019 with stacked place settings, decadent and vintage place cards, and unique glassware. To complement the glamour, put away the millennial pinks and neutrals, brights are back. Think jewel tones of purple, emerald, and sapphire.

Luxury Decor Rental: Monara Events
Photo credit: Monara Events

The mini food trend is still HAWT, with increasing creativity coming into play year after year. Consider passing small plates based on popular street food at the cocktail hour such as crunchy fish tacos, braised short rib with horseradish sour cream, Singapore slaw, and bite-size Bánh Mì. Bold brides may abandon a sit down dinner although, focusing exclusively on interactive but luxurious food stations such as oysters shucked to order, a blini bar, or handmade ceviche created in front of your eyes. For a complete surprise, treat your guests to brunch instead; who doesn’t love a pancake bar, omelette station, and never-ending mimosas?

Photo Credit: Hilton Lac Leamy

Rustic barns and fields are gorgeous, but 2019’s focus on luxury, glitter, and gold calls for soaring sights instead. Put gorgeous greenery of Lac Leamy as your backdrop and you’ll never need to pay for a flower wall. Consider taking your cocktail hour outside, using candles where possible to make the setting extra intimate and warm.

Photo Credit: Hilton Lac Leamy

Feeling brave? The hottest trend for 2019 is ice cold; ice cream! Buck the trend and serve amazing chilled desserts like fresh organic fruit pops, Insta-fabulous flavours like Horchata or Lavender, or crazy liquid nitrogen based ice cream desserts made to order. Grooms take note: turn your groom’s cake into a groom’s dessert bar and go back to your childhood with bespoke ice cream flavours made-to-order like Lucky Charms, PB&J, or Cereal Milk, with an over-the-top toppings bar featuring retro candy and sauces.

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream: Magic Molecule
Photo Credit: Magic Molecule

Rose all day, but bubbles are for celebrating! Lean in to your luxurious theme with a prosecco bar. Take it to the next level with enhancements like brandy and small batch bitters soaked sugar cubes for a perfect “champagne” cocktail on a budget. Don’t forget about the kiddies at your event: a beautiful juice and mocktail bar with non-alcoholic libations will make you favourite “auntie” for life.

Fancy Ottawa-made bitters: Split Tree Bitters

Green, green, green. It’s been big for years, and this trend shows no signs of slowing. However, consider replacing oversized palm leaves with green forward tropical plants in jewel tones, such as bright orchids and red ginger. And it matters how they are displayed; go with unique hanging centerpieces or suspended displays for maximum WOW.

Florist: Monara Events
Photo Credit: Monara Events

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