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The Most Popular Wedding Trends of Summer 2019

Romantic bistro lights and balloon arrangements? Yes please.

Photo by Rachel Rowland Photography

When the weather is getting warmer and the sun is staying out longer, couples tend to move their weddings into the fresh air. But outdoor weddings aren’t the only summer trend. Here’s a look at what else is hot this year.

According to planners from Pittsburgh-based The Event Group, mixing different textures in the ceremony and the reception continues to grow in popularity. The material of the bride’s wedding dress, the fabric strung over the back of chairs, and even tablecloths undergo a dramatic transformation when spring turns to summer.

“We will see velvets and brocades turn to gauzes and textural overlays, and heavy greenery turn to more airy, light floral combinations,” according to Sheila Weiner, president of The Event Group.

The most popular fabric at the moment are natural linens, but anything that conveys a light, breezy effect is perfect for a summer afternoon ceremony and reception, says Caitlyn Wimer, event planner and designer of New Castle-based JPC Event Group.

“The cheesecloth table runner is super popular right now,” she says. “And satin is really making a comeback, too.”

Photo by Oakwood Photo and Video

As for replacing heavy greenery with lighter floral arrangements, Wimer says that the silver dollar eucalyptus is a favorite among many couples, but it’s always a good idea to keep an open mind. 

An interesting photo backdrop where guests and the couple can document the event is another enduring trend. Planners from The Event Group note that some of the most popular backdrops of the moment are floral walls, paper creations or balloon arrangements.

A floral wall may have other props nearby, such as a sign with calligraphy showcasing the bride and groom’s personal wedding hashtag. 

The paper creations may also find their way in between the petals for an added bit of flair. 

While the balloon arch is fairly new to the wedding scene, it can be a fresh and fun way to welcome guests.

Photos by Dawn Derbyshire Photography

If you don’t have a color choice in mind just yet for your chosen photo-op, neutrals may be your best bet — beige, ivory and cream are all great summer swatches, according to Wimer.

“It just seems like everyone is going so light and neutral and airy with everything right now,” says Wimer. “No one is really using color.”

During the summer months, an outdoor wedding may be followed by an outdoor reception. For some, this means dancing and mingling under a huge, white tent. 

As for lighting, considering the atmosphere of your wedding and the suggestions of the photographers should help point you in the right direction. Lighting can help tie the scene together.

“Unique lighting decor will draw your eye away from the table for a moment and make you look up,” Weiner says in an email. “Huge light fixtures, some with floral weaved in, and a variety of hanging lights and lanterns over tables and the dance floor will be popular.”

Photo by Veronica Varos Photography

According to Wimer, JPC Event Group’s classic bistro lighting, which can be strung throughout the tent or venue, can provide a dim, yet romantic, atmosphere. She says that even those who aren’t getting married ask about the twinkling bistro lights for their event.

“The bistro lighting is always a favorite,” she says.

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