From Unboxing Invitations to Interactive Eats, Couples Are Celebrating Their Love Story by Creating Memorable Experiences for Guests
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, The Knot shares its annual list of the freshest wedding statements for 2019. Expect couples to incorporate details that show off their personalities and unique love stories, making bold statements throughout their entire wedding celebration. From custom-crafted invitations and full olfactory experiences that delight the senses and keep the memory of the day alive, to colorful smoke bomb exits and unexpected live entertainment, wedding guests will be immersed in thoughtful details and memorable moments to talk about and share.
“Today’s weddings are all about creating an event to remember—for both the couple and their guests. From the wedding cake to the late-night eats, the invitations and the escort cards, there are dozens of opportunities to personalize the details and create unforgettable experiences,” said Kristen Maxwell Cooper, editor in chief of The Knot. “Our team is dedicated to helping couples plan their wedding every step of the way. We can’t wait for 2019 weddings and all the thoughtful ingredients each couple will infuse into their celebration.”
9 Wedding Details The Knot Is Loving for 2019
Invitations unboxed. The wedding invitation gives guests a first impression of the fete ahead. Couples are using the invitations to make a bold statement about their upcoming celebration, sending everything from uniquely crafted boxed correspondence to custom video messages. Memorable and delightful invitations set the stage for an epic party. Typography is leading the charge as the chicest design detail in invitations, along with handcrafted illustrations, both of which are often incorporated into the wedding day décor as well. The cost of over-the-top invitations can quickly add up, but couples are playing it smart by inviting fewer guests and using tools like digital RSVPs on their personal wedding websites on The Knot to save on postage.
Olfactory experience. The new way to brand your wedding can’t be seen—it must be smelled. Custom blends of perfumes and essential oils are crafted especially for the occasion: They’re spritzed on invites, pumped through the venue, and even gifted in candle form as a party favor. This complete olfactory experience is exceptionally memorable since smell is the sense most closely linked to memory.
Moody hues and iridescent décor. The steady return to color continues, this year with uber-saturated hues in a moody palette—think: squid ink, midnight blue, emerald and rich burgundy, regardless of the season. Dark hues offer a rich look, add depth, and pair perfectly with natural textures often found in foliage and florals. Beloved metallics aren’t going anywhere, but they are being upstaged by iridescent detailing; from glassware and geometric cutouts to bridesmaid accessories, it’s all in the details.
Eats with a twist. Think of this edible detail as the ultimate high-low mix: root beer floats in champagne flutes, or mac and cheese spoons topped with fresh lobster. The pairing (and presentation) possibilities are endless and totally Instagrammable. Surprising or interactive food presentations are just one of the ways couples are delighting their guests—think a walkabout oyster shucker, soup shooters, or tiny tacos served up in a lime wedge display. And watch out donuts, there’s a new sweet in town—cinnamon rolls are taking center stage as a favorite dessert option.
Bespoke attire for him, regal gowns and details for her. Pageantry in fashion reigns. Tiaras and headbands (you heard it here first) are big, along with minimalistic dresses a la Meghan Markle’s second look. Regal capes and capelets, billowy sleeves and blinged out dresses are also making their way down runways and aisles. For the groom? Two words: custom suit. If not now, when? These bespoke creations are not your average formal ensemble—they’re next level (think: photo-lined suit jackets with photos of the couple, embroidery and more). Guys are looking at their wedding suit as the ultimate keepsake, and the perfect moment to make a statement through fashion.
Jewelry with a life of its own. All hail the new flower crown: real blooming jewelry. Blooming bib necklaces, succulent cuffs and elegant orchid drop earrings are trending for 2019. Real florals as jewelry are supplementing customary bouquets and making an exceptional style statement.
Registry without restriction. It’s not just the wedding celebration that’s reflective of a couple’s personality and lifestyle. Look to their registry to get a glimpse of who they are, what they value, and what their future plans may hold. There’s no limit to what can be added to The Knot Registry: From cooking and bakeware for the foodies, obscure vinyl records for the music lovers and charity registries for couples who want to give back, to cash funds for future purchases like a new home or puppy and samurai sword lessons for their honeymoon to Japan, today’s registries have no restrictions. Wedding registries are all about the couple and their real life together. The Knot Registry is the exact solution for couples who don’t want to be limited in what they can put on their wedding registry or where they want to register.
The cake is a work of art. Wedding cakes are here to stay—couples still love the tradition of cutting their cakes and sharing a sweet bite with one another—but the look is evolving. Sculptural is the name of the game, with couples hiring pro cake bakers to create unexpected shapes and varying sized tiers—so much so, it’s hard to tell if they’re wedding cakes or art installations. Many cakes are finished with stunning designs rich in color and texture for added effect.
Making an exit (or an entrance!). Sparklers, make way for the new kid in town: smoke bombs. These fun props leave a cloud of dreamy pigment in their wake, eliciting otherworldly photos and oohs and ahhs from guests. Match the smoke to your wedding hues or opt for a standout rainbow backdrop as you leave your ceremony or enter your reception. Why so early? There are no rules surrounding grand exits and entrances any longer, plus this wow-moment is best captured on camera during daylight hours. Couples are also booking surprising entertainment elements for their ceremony exits to give guests a memorable experience before the reception begins, like bagpipes or mariachi bands. There are no rules for traditions like entrances and exits, it’s all about what feels right for the newlyweds!
For decades, The Knot has helped empower couples by sharing inspirational ideas and images, with tips on how to make them their own, plus captivating details from weddings around the globe. The Knot also continues to innovate technology and develop practical tools like the wedding budget calculator to stay on track with spending and a marketplace to find the best local pros to pull off their vision. It’s also the most popular place to host a wedding website so guests don’t miss any details, and it offers a world-class registry so couples can curate gifts without limit.
About The Knot
The Knot is the nation’s leading multiplatform wedding resource offering a seamless, all-in-one planning experience—from finding inspiration and local vendors to creating and managing all guest experiences, wedding registries and more. The trusted brand reaches a majority of engaged couples in the US through the #1 wedding planning website TheKnot.com and #1 iOS and Android mobile app The Knot Wedding Planner, The Knot national and local wedding magazines, and The Knot book series. Since its inception, The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely them. The Knot is the flagship brand of XO Group Inc. (NYSE:XOXO), which helps couples navigate and enjoy life’s biggest moments—from getting married to moving in together and having a baby. Visit The Knot online at TheKnot.com and follow on social media: Facebook.com/TheKnotand @TheKnot on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
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