Top Destination Wedding Trends for 2019

International Wedding Trend Report 2019

Each year the team  at the Academy of Wedding and Event Planning  brings out the  latest trends   that will be seen the coming year.  The academy does this with the help of some of the top wedding experts from around the world.

As a Global training Academy, the Academy of Wedding and Event Planning offers training to wedding planners, stylists and designers, hence able to give  a unique view on  trends  from the regions including Australia,New Zealand, North America, the UK and Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia.

The report covers the  business trends on  everything from venues, theme, décor, catering and flowers.

Bride & Groom Posting some  of the  interesting trends for our readers from this report.

Photo Credits: Planning – Bouquet & Buttonhole


From: Emily Sullivan, Emily Sullivan Events

Technology is making it easier than ever for destination wedding couples to communicate with guests and give them all of the important information. Most of my clients have a custom website and some also use apps and group text messaging to relay their wedding details!

As for color predictions in 2019, I think we will start to see some brighter colors making their way back into neutral palettes for that ‘pop’ of a stand-out hue. Destination wedding couples like to pull inspiration from the natural backdrop of their wedding locale, using accent colors for their bridesmaid attire, décor elements, and more.

From: Brittny Drye, Love Inc.

Canada is hot, hot, hot! They did a big LGBTQ tourism marketing push in the beginning of 2018 and we’re starting to see the results from that. Couples are flocking to the Big White North for their destinations and honeymoons. Canada was also listed as the most gay-friendly country in the world by the Gay Travel Index, which also took trans rights into consideration in their stats. Couples of all orientations and identities are drawn to that welcoming atmosphere.

Photo Credits: | Planning, Décor & Design – The Experialist


From: Paulette Alkire, Chalet View Lodge

Destination weddings are all about the experience: creating memories from quality time with family and friends on a magical weekend away. LGBTQ couples realize that they are blessed to have the ability to do this with their guests, so instead of asking for more for the couple themselves in way of gifts, they humbly request that their guests pay it forward in the name of love by donating bone marrow, a monetary gift to a do-good organization, or time to a charitable cause has caught on.

From: Laura Perez, Crystal Events

Couples are starting to think a lot more about the environment and planning eco-conscious weddings. They are willing to pay more for those providers that will guarantee a zero-waste or waste-reduced wedding, an ecological wedding meal and even an eco-florist who works with local growers and avoid using petroleum-based foams, for example.

Couples are also opting to have smaller, more intimate weddings rather than inviting a large crowd; they want to have quality over quantity in all aspects of their wedding.

Photo Credits: Coordination – Ellwed Magazine Styling, Concept & Planning – Sand + Lace Events


From: Renee Strauss, Wedaways

 We’re seeing a lot of couples embarking on trips with their engaged friends to location-scout. Everything is happening outdoors! For example, Portugal is a hot spot for couples wanting their money to go further without sacrificing food and wine while still wanting the European experience. Mexico City also continues to be a strong destination for large wedding parties on the west coast. The Italian Dolomites has more Michelin star restaurants than all of Italy, and scenic mountains, lakes, and year-round glorious activities is second after Tuscany.

Themes are more about taking on the culture of the region and incorporating and integrating the culture in food, drink, décor, and entertainment.

From: Sandra Santoro, Getting Married in Italy

Colors are no longer seasonal, which will bring unexpected combinations throughout the year. Spring no longer has to mean light green and blue, and fall doesn’t require deep jewel tones. Rich hues like vibrant blues are on the rise for all seasons. Think turquoise or aqua in the fall, sky blue in the winter and royal blue in the spring.

Photo booths have been the norm in recent years, but organic backdrops are a new way to experiment with guest photography. Set up a greenery wall with garland, a floral wall with peonies and ranunculus, or a nautical-style array of antique oars for a unique photo area. Anything with a texture that captures the wedding theme can make for an amazing photo op!

Photo Credits: Concept, Organization, Decoration – Susanne Zehntner, Deine Hochzeitsplanerei,


From: Sanya Percic, Ellwed Magazine

The days of candy bars are finally passing by and being replaced by more tailored bars or stations like cigar bars, cider tastings, cheese-cutting stations, whiskey lounges, and anything that truly expresses their personality. This way the guests get to enjoy and be entertained with different things and activities. Established food trucks and cocktail vans will still remain popular in 2019 as well.

Travel has become more accessible to couples who want a destination wedding, and Greece is one of the favourite destinations for many tourists each year because of its offerings. From ultimate “Instagrammable” sights to hidden spots to gorgeous sea views, Greece has no shortage of astonishing beaches and mystic waterfalls to choose from on its many islands. Italy, Croatia, Maldives, France, and Spain are close contenders.


***All quotes are taken from the 2019 International Trend Report, so we do ask that the report is credited either with this link – – or a link to the main page if you’d prefer-

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