Our top 30 wedding trends of the last decade
2020 is quickly approaching, and what an exciting decade the 2010s has been! The world of weddings has changed a great deal in the last ten years, so we’re looking back on some of our favourite wedding trends of the decade…
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This wedding trend is still going strong today, as it’s a great way to add impact to your wedding decor without blowing the budget.
From tea-length wedding dresses to birdcage veils, vintage wedding themes inspired by the 1950s were big in 2010.
Photobooths are a must-have at any wedding these days, but 2010 marked the start of this fun wedding reception trend.
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A wedding trend from across the pond in the US, dessert and sweet tables took off in the UK early this decade and are still popular today.
Tiaras and long-sleeved dresses
Brides in 2011 were feeling inspired by the royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William, with plenty of women emulating the Duchess of Cambridge’s elegant wedding day look.
While silver and gold have always been popular wedding themes, this year marked the start of the fun mixed metallic theme with the addition of rose gold and copper.
Move over peonies! Dahlias started to rise in popularity as an alternative to this blousy bloom, with the bonus that they’re a lot easier to get hold of and just as pretty.
Blush wedding dresses
Coloured wedding dresses have been all over the bridal catwalks this decade, with delicate blush pink being the most loved shade.
Another trend we borrowed from America, first looks were a fun alternative to the more English tradition of not seeing the bride or groom before you meet them at the end of the altar.
The 2010s have seen the return of the flower crown, with brides opting for loose waves or romantic buns with fresh flower crowns as an alternative to formal updos.
Thanks to the release of The Great Gatsby, plenty of couples were feeling 1920s vintage vibes for their wedding theme. We’re expecting a return of this wedding trend for 2020!
In the world of wedding dresses, brides were getting daring with nude illusion backs and necklines to give the impression of showing more skin.
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One of our favourite wedding trends from the decade, mismatched bridesmaids meant that both brides bridal parties had more options when choosing the bridesmaid dresses. Plus, it looks fabulous!
Patterns were big in 2013, and chevrons emerged the winner of the trend, appearing on everything from wedding stationery to cakes.
It’s definitely been a decade of greenery, and foliage made a big return to wedding bouquets and floral arrangements in 2014.
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Dainty posies made a brief resurgence after Kate Middleton’s lily of the valley bouquet, but 2015 was definitely the year for bigger and wilder wedding bouquets.
Olivia Palermo helped set this wedding dress trend thanks to her chic bridal skirt and jumper combo.
Pops of colours
Neutral wedding themes made way for brightly coloured wedding accents and neon touches.
Alternative wedding cakes
From doughnut cakes to cake pops and even savoury cheese cakes, we loved all the alternatives to traditional wedding cakes this decade.
While technology has improved weddings in many ways, couples were increasingly asking guests to stay ‘unplugged’ towards the end of the decade.
Pineapples, palm trees and flamingos were all popular motifs in wedding themes in 2016, especially when combined with neon colours.
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For couples who weren’t having unplugged ceremonies, wedding hashtags became a great way for guests to share their photos.
The balloon trend has been going strong since 2017, with large installations replacing fresh flowers.
Our love affair with the succulent began in 2017! We love them in wedding bouquets, table centres and as wedding favours that guests can take home.
The new updated take on blush pink was huge this year, and was often paired with neutral tones and copper accents.
Whether it was initials, a hashtag or simply a love heart, neon signs made a big impact in wedding decor in 2018.
Another of our favourite wedding trends, we’ve loved seeing stars on wedding dresses and accessories, and a celestial theme on stationery and cakes.
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Personalised speeches, ceremonies and vows
This was the year that couples wanted a truly personalised wedding. From more brides giving speeches to celebrant-led ceremonies, we’re expecting this trend to continue well into next decade.
Another trend that’s been steadily rising and is in no danger of going anywhere is eco-friendly weddings. More couples are aware of the environmental impact of their wedding day, and are taking steps for a more sustainable celebration.
Simplicity was a key wedding trend for 2019. Wedding dresses were chic and unadorned and wedding decor taking a more minimal route.
We can’t wait to see what the next ten years will bring for weddings! Keep an eye on our Instagram and blog for the latest wedding trends.
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