Wedding trends 2019

What do the British public love and love to dislike?

Do you love the idea of a photobooth at a wedding? Or perhaps you dread the thought of a stag or hen do? So what are nation's most and least favourite trends when it comes to weddings and engagements? Goldsmiths investigates.

Wedding trends over the years

From decade to decade, it's fair to say that weddings have changed a lot. After Queen Victoria made a statement with a white wedding dress in 1840, we have seen the rise and fall (and back again) of high necklines and full sleeves, the movement away from church ceremonies and the introduction of destination weddings.

We've watched disposable cameras be thrown away in favour of smartphones, partied with our closest ones until the early hours thanks to great DJs and tucked into cute cupcakes instead of big slices of fruitcake. We've listened to the happy couple making their own one-of-a-kind vows, accepted our wedding invitations via email and got our Instagram app ready to start sharing the correct hashtags.

With stag and hen dos now often being planned abroad, donut walls being preferred over a white wedding cake and fancy fireworks being used to finish the day with a bang, 2019 is seeing more and more couples looking for unique ways to personalise their special day. One thing's for sure though, Dirty Dancing's 'The Time of My Life' remains a first dance classic.

Even though the average spend on UK weddings has fallen for the first time in years, it's only a slight drop, meaning that couples are still spending an average of £17,674 on their big day. With all of the above in mind, we wanted to find out exactly what the British public love and hate about 2019 wedding trends - and weddings in general. To do this, we surveyed 1,000 UK participants to discover whether they are in favour of today's unique venues, food trucks and fake flower walls, or whether they prefer a more traditional approach.


Thinking of asking your guests to post their photos from the big day with an endearing tag? Well, it turns out that 43.5% of people would rid the planet of a complicated hashtag. Both genders agreed that these were the number one most pointless wedding trend in 2019, closely followed by confusing poems about gifts in the invite. Be warned soon-to-be newlyweds - you have an audience that are hard to please!

Almost a fifth of men dislike stag dos

While you may assume that all men look forward to checking out every bar during a night out on the town, getting dressed up as their favourite superheroes or going for an action-packed weekend away, it doesn't actually appear to be the case. A fifth of men said they'd rather not attend at all.

Doing it for the 'gram

With the likes of Pinterest and Instagram, men and women can look to social platforms for wedding inspiration. They can also use these sites to show off about certain aspects of their life, such as their wedding day. Our survey found that 18-24-year olds certainly seem to be doing their wedding for the 'gram (Instagram), with the majority voting for aesthetically pleasing donut walls (36.4%), flower clouds (36%) and food trucks (31.8%) to be their biggest priority.

20% of women vote photobooths to be their favourite trends

While men were more interested in the food aspect of the day - with 17% stating that dessert tables were by far the best part of a wedding - women tended to think more about the memories they could keep. So much so, that 20% of women voted photobooths to be their firm favourite 2019 trend. Men, if you' re about to join the queue for the photobooth, you could be there a while!

Other favourites among those surveyed include wedding favours (14.9%) and welcome bags (13.3%). However, given half the chance, 30% of Brits would get rid of cake-in-the-face photos and neon signs, while 27% would like coloured smoke to just disappear!

It's over to you, happy couples - what trends will you follow for your big day?

What our survey reveals

For the happy couple, sharing news of an engagement is almost second nature to many Brits today. And the same can be said for the wedding day too. One thing our survey has revealed is that couples believe these happy moments are theirs to share, however.

If you're going to a wedding, it's always worth checking if the bride and groom say anything about phones and social media. It could be a good idea to switch it off or leave it at home to remove any temptation - and the same can even be said for the happy couple as well!