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From colourful gowns to drones, these wedding trends are set to take over 2024

Experts have predicted the biggest trends storming the wedding world next year.

Outdoor weddings will be trending in 2024 (Alamy/PA)

Some surprising trends are set to dominate weddings next year.

Everything from colourful gowns to extreme videography are all highlighted in Rock My Wedding’s 2024 Wedding Trend Report.

Next year will be “the year of unconventional weddings and personalisation”, Jennifer Read-Dominguez, editor of Rock My Wedding, said in the report.

“From non-traditional wedding venues and catering options with a less formal feel, to alternative wedding dresses and shoes that reflect your personal style. And let’s not forget the rise of wedding planning with a little help from AI.”

So what can we expect to see walking down the aisle in 2024?

Natural venues

Couples are favouring the great outdoors (Alamy/PA)

Outdoor wedding venues and spaces surrounded by greenery will likely be a big theme next year.

From winery nuptials to beach weddings, outdoor ceremonies continue to carry over from the days of Covid restrictions.

Green decoration

Flowers are traditionally a big element of weddings – but they might become less important in 2024.

More couples are now going for lush greenery, with plants like eucalyptus and ferns, creating a vibrant, contemporary feel around them.

Colourful dresses

There has been a noticeable increase in brides donning coloured dresses, and this non-traditional choice is only becoming more popular.

Be it a quiet blush or champagne shade, or something bolder like a fuschia or royal blue, many people are stepping away from stereotypical white gowns.

Extreme videography

Many wedding videographers are going the extra mile and capturing aerial shots and drone footage, providing a different view of your big day.

“This year, weddings have been driven by attention to detail and personalisation, and that trend will continue in 2024 and beyond,” Read-Dominguez told the PA news agency

“Now more than ever, couples want to ensure that their wedding feels like their own and reflects their personal style, as opposed to generic weddings seen all over Instagram countless times before.”

Bridal separates

Outfit changes for the reception have become common, and separates are set to be the trendy choice in 2024.

“Modern brides are opting for multiple wedding day looks instead of a singular wedding dress. Additional bridal looks offer the chance to show off another side of their personality, while for others, it’s more about functionality,” Read-Dominguez explained.

Big bows

“After two years of mandated micro weddings, we’ve witnessed a revival of maxi weddings in 2023 with couples going all out for their big day – and this trend is continuing into 2024,” Read-Dominguez said.

Big bows are in (Alamy/PA)

“The ‘go big or go home’ trend has extended into bridal accessories, and oversized bows will make a real impact next year.”

Bows have proved a big trend on the catwalk in recent months – particularly seen during Simone Rocha’s spring/summer 2024 London Fashion Week collection – and this will likely make its way into bridalwear.

Short veils

Cascading, long and dramatic veils are out.

“Brides are now playing with tradition by wearing short bridal veils, which are fun accessories that still look elegant, while expressing their individual style,” Read-Dominguez said.

Edible favours

More people are settling on edible favours instead of knick-knacks that may go to waste.

They can give your wedding a unique touch – with options including personalised biscuits or locally produced items like honey or olive oil.


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