The 2019 trends celebrity wedding experts are most excited about
Whether you’re looking at a big fat celebration or an intimate affair, a bohemian theme or a royal one, a traditional or a spiritual ceremony, in the captivating world of Indian weddings, nothing is off limits. Cases in point: Sonam K Ahuja’s star-studded grand nuptials, or our January 2019 cover girl Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ Hollywood-Bollywood version of a royal wedding. 2018 has been touted as the year of celebrity weddings, and each high profile celebration spearheaded the wedding trends of 2019 for future brides to mimic. To help you plan the beginning of your happily-ever-after most efficiently, Vogue taps the top wedding makers, from couturiers to caterers, in the country and found out more about the next big things in the industry—divided by location, gifting options, outfits, and anything else you can think of. Here’s what we got.
Bridal wear trends in 2019
If every wedding tells a story, the bridal outfit is the protagonist. And when it comes to choosing the wedding outfit, tradition trumps trends (remember Isha Ambani’s wedding lehenga, which featured a piece from her mother’s wedding sari?). “I see many brides opting for more traditional lehengas over modern ones. In fact, even bringing out their heritage outfits, borrowed from their mothers or grandmothers, and reinventing them,” says Mumbai-based designer Arpita Mehta.
And other couturiers seems to agree. Shyamal Shodhan of Shyamal & Bhumika notes, “You’ll see a revival of traditional craft techniques with an element of storytelling.” But are millennial brides only sticking to the age-old traditions when it comes to their wedding day ensembles? “In our couture garments, we use indigenous techniques like boning and sculpting and play around with fabrics. However, originality and innovation never go out of trend and that is relevant in the New Age environment,” Gaurav Gupta points out.
So what’s in store for wedding season in 2019? “Intricate hand embroidery with floral and bird motifs, along with 3D embellishments and thread work that features zardozi, juxtaposed with pastel silk threads and sequins, will be a big trend this year,” says Shodhan.
For Mehta, the colour palette that’ll helm the year includes a bottle green. “It is an interesting shade for a bride to wear at her wedding or sangeet,” she says. Shodhan advocates fabrics in warm Indian colours and jewel tones and handwoven eco-friendly silks, while Gupta predicts more muted tones. “Sophisticated pastels or neutral pastels like pale pink, ivory, ecru and silver will rule 2019. Greys and champagnes would make a case for trendy colours because they just have this sense of simplicity. Also, apart from colour, emphasis will be given to silhouette and design for show-stealing ensembles,” he explains.
Bridal jewellery to look out for
No outfit is complete without the right baubles. “For 2019, I see bold, maximalist styles returning,” foretells Vikram Khanna of Khanna Jewellers, the brand that designed Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ neckpiece for her Delhi reception. On the other hand, Jaipur-based designer Sunita Shekhawat, who is famed for her meenakari pieces, advises brides-to-be to “embrace your roots and go back to the period classics on your wedding day.”
Khanna also presses on the power of layering, and mixing and matching. “Wedding jewellery in the coming year will be all about piles of layering and stacking for a vintage, regal allure. Look to mix-and-match gemstones and diamonds for a larger-than-life look.” This is also a great way to upcycle and re-use the pieces post the nuptials.
Shekhawat, who is known for her meenakari pieces, touts a Rajputi ‘Aadh’ choker necklace as the perfect choice for a traditional bride. “Cooler hues are going to [be popular], as more and more brides are opting for meenakari in shades of turquoise, and gemstones such as deep aquamarine tanzanite paired with perfectly graded pearls—a bridal trousseau must have.”
The wedding location everyone will be looking for
The only non-negotiable aspect that’ll have the biggest impact on your overall planning is the wedding destination. The destination sets the tone for the celebrations ahead. Owing to Bollywood celebrities like Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, who got hitched in idyllic Lake Como, or A-listers like Isha Ambani, whose pre-wedding festivities in Udaipur set new heights for what a big, fat Indian wedding looks like, couples are now looking for newer, off-the-chart locales to tie the knot themselves.
“Location wise, interesting avenues have started opening up in places like Bahrain, Doha, Baku and Vietnam. Closer to home, we feel the South region, predominantly Kerala, will get a lot of wedding footfall,” elaborates Tina Tharwani and Saurabh Malhotra of Shaadi Squad, the team behind #Virushka’s Tuscany nuptials.
Wedding design and decor trends
Hanging garlands, draped stage backdrops and delicate veils cut the line no more. “The minimalistic subdued trend is out. Now, everything needs to have an impact,” explains specialist Gurleen M Puri, the name behind Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan’s wedding design. “Bold wedding design, where the decor makes a statement, is the newest trend. We will see many larger-than-life floral installations and lots of mirrors, all designed to a massive scale,” she adds.
Tharwani and Malhotra, on the other hand opine, “The mantra for 2019 will be highly sustainable or upcycled decor. Emphasis will be given to doing larger but more thoughtful set-ups for a smaller guest size, which is a great change. Having said this, we strongly feel that trends are created by game changers and players in the market who thrive by being experimental and pushing the envelope.”
What the wedding invitation will look like
Looking to inject an oh-so-romantic touch to your wedding? Turn to nature for inspiration for your wedding invitation cards. Let illustrations of budding blossoms, lush leaves and chirping birds be the heroes of the when-and-where of your big day. New Delhi-based wedding invitations specialist Ravish Kapoor agrees. “Florals are back,” he says. “Couples are now focusing on floral and tropical themed invites, be it a traditional or a destination wedding.” He also recommends couples to lean towards spring-inspired shades as the backdrop for the motifs, since “the colour palette of the year is pastels.”
The wedding gifts and favours du jour
“In 2019, I’d like to see the emergence of mindful gifting,” reveals Enda Noone, co-founder of New Delhi-based luxury lifestyle and gifting brand Ikka Dukka. And there’s a two-fold connotation attached to this trend that he reinforces. “First, look to thoughtful, personalised gifts that the couple or the wedding party won’t re-gift. Second, opt for gifts that give back—referring to sustainable options here,” he goes on to elaborate.
“An impactful yet undemanding way for couples to go eco-friendly is to send out digital wedding invitations, while amping up the goodie bag that goes with it (you’re guests will be might pleased with this idea). I suggest steering clear of the cookie cutter approach of giving confectionery or dried fruits, and instead considering carefully-curated wedding favours that embody who you are as a couple and as a family—ones that’ll be keepsakes for your wedding guests. If you’re a traditionalist who’d like to stick to edibles, opt for gourmet coffees or artisanal teas in elegant, handcrafted wooden or tin packaging, complemented with accessories like infusers, tea sets or mugs for an after-use value—practical yet not pedestrian. In fact, we have recently added on several ready-to-gift and customisable gifting solutions to our repertoire foreseeing this trend,” advises Noone.
The food to watch out for
Food maketh a wedding, they say, and we couldn’t agree more. However, old-school buffets take a backseat as dishes crafted using organic produce come to the fore. “With the advent of the new year, the biggest trend we see is sourcing produce from organic farms from across the country. Contrary to the belief, when bought in large quantities, it’s cheap and the quality is fantastic,” says Chintan Suchak of Trupti Caterers. He also advises how you can cook up a storm at your wedding using science. “Molecular gastronomy cuisine for weddings will be huge,” he concludes.
The wedding cake
When it comes to wedding cakes, that ubiquitous, all-white, three-tiered creation reigns supreme. But much like other wedding aspects, cakes will also see reinvention in terms of shapes, colours and most importantly, flavours. “We see a trend shift towards a combination of naked and semi-naked cakes, adorned with artificial flowers, subtle use of gold foil and edible gold paint,” says Suchit Mahajan, managing partner, Deliciae Patisserie. As far as sweetness goes, he says nothing beats vanilla sponge but with a difference, “we have introduced new iterations of vanilla sponge infused with unique flavours such as raspberry cheesecake, almond hazelnut and even salted caramel.”
The entertainment factor
Sure, artist- or celebrity-led dance and musical performances, or a DJ will keep the tempo high, but Puri advises that you take it up a notch. “Immersive events, which are inspired by theatrical shows like Sleep No More in New York, are an interesting trend for sangeet and pre-wedding functions. These are active entertainment events that remove the stage and directly involve the guests with the theatrical environment and characters. This form of entertainment allows guests to experience the drama, action and intensity at their own pace, and also ties it in with the theme of hosting a bold, impactful wedding,” she closes.
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