A new decade offers a chance to start fresh. This is especially exciting when it comes to something as personal as a wedding, and there are so many facets to consider: venue, fashion, food, decor, entertainment and the list goes on. Classics like a show-stopping dress paired with a pearl necklace and pearl earrings never go out of style, but you can always take it to the next level with a supersize veil like Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra. Read on to learn about the hottest trends for 2020.

The Dress

Brides are invited to channel their inner princess and go all out on the frills this year. Think volume: lots of layers, frothy tulle and intricate beading. In 2020, more is more. Another trend is multiple wardrobe changes: ceremony dress, reception outfit, and after-party ensemble.

As for grooms, blue is the new black. Any shade from cobalt to teal is trending. Above all, brides and grooms are personalizing with accessories to create a truly unique look.



The Accessories

To veil or not to veil is up to you, but what's new are combs and barrettes instead of tiaras. Bedecked with pearls, rhinestones and flowers, combs are the new crowns.

As for jewelry, bling is in. Diamond and pearl-studded necklaces, a beaded clutch and rhinestone shoes are all hot. Pearl earrings match with any wedding dress, but you can step them up a notch with an ear climber or cuff. Other trends spilling over from the runway include hats and bold color statements.

The Colors

Pastels and neutral tones are a thing of the past (unless, of course, your heart is set on peach). This year ushers in bright, never-before-seen tones like clementine and mustard. And they're not just accents. Expect to see color everywhere: jewelry, glassware, dishes, even seating. Pick your fave and don't be afraid to splash it around.


It's no secret that throwing a party requires extra resources, and eco-conscious couples are reducing the carbon footprint of their bash in a variety of ways. Some are choosing to reuse or reset an heirloom ring. Others are using recycled paper and soy inks for the invitations. Fair fashion means the people who made your clothes received a living wage for their work. Hiring services that take a sustainable approach, from ditching the floral foam (aka 'oasis') to caterers who create menus out of local produce to not serving water in plastic bottles is another possibility. Still others are shrinking the guest list and throwing a 'micro' wedding. With so many ways to conserve precious energy on your special day, you'll find one (or more) that works with your vision without compromising your enjoyment.


Earthy spirituality is big in 2020. Envision sage cleansing, aura photo booths and passing the wedding rings to imbue them with well wishes from guests. Energizing crystals like rose quartz, the traditional symbol of love, will show up everywhere from dresses to decor to the dessert tray.


Whether you decide to throw your wedding in the backyard or Tahiti, today's couples want the ceremony and reception reflect their individuality. Feel beholden to the rule of 'something borrowed, something blue' no more.

Inclusive menus are also part of the personalization trend. Food allergies and special diets are the standard these days, and reception fare reflects this. Self-serve bar options work along the same lines, and they save on having to hire a bartender.

Perhaps the most important trend in 2020 is to choose only what truly speaks to you.