8 Trends Always On-trend

Move over flower crowns, driftwood signs, and succulents.  A new decade is upon us—and along with it a whole new crop of engaged couples and wedding trends and we’ve been taking note.

Here are 8 trends we’re forecasting for 2020 that will keep your wedding fresh, timeless, and most importantly, true to you.

1. Sustainable Weddings

Living more sustainably is a growing priority for many. It’s only natural sustainable weddings are gaining popularity. Whether adding a few eco-conscious touches, hiring vendors that share your commitment to sustainability, or committing to a zero-waste, zero carbon footprint celebration, you have no shortage of ways to reduce your environmental impact.

2. Wedding days are out, wedding weekends are in

Not new for 2020, but a trend that’s evolving and shows no sign of letting up. It’s not every day that your family and friends are all in one place. From welcome BBQs to spa days couples are making the most of these precious moments and creating multi-day itineraries to keep the fun times flowing all weekend long.

3. Location sets the tone

We’re seeing a shift from churches and traditional reception halls to venues with more personality. After all, the location is more than a location. It sets the tone for the entire wedding—it’s the backdrop for photos, reflects the couple’s personality, and hugely impacts the guest experience. Especially popular are venues with unexpected extras, like Saybrook Point Resort & Marina’s Lighthouse Suite, a romantic suite situated inside a lighthouse with unobstructed views of Long Island Sound.

4. All wedding activities, all in one place

A single venue for the ceremony, reception, and guest accommodations keeps everyone together and is more convenient for couples and guests alike. Many couples are even shunning the usual room block for accommodations large enough for the bridal party or families to stay together.

5. Bespoke touches for an insta-worthy aesthetic

Good or bad, there’s no denying social media’s enormous impact on weddings. With the barrage of inspiration courtesy of Pinterest and Instagram, couples look to immerse guests in a hyper-personalized, one-of-a-kind, insta-worthy wedding aesthetic and experience. Weddings are no longer confined to dusty albums, they’re preserved on the internet for eternity and one’s day need be perfect. “Big Day” takes on a whole new meaning.

6. “Wow” moments

Focus on getting guests’ attention with one big sharable moment. Elaborate floral and balloon backdrops have been going strong for a while, but ones that pull from the setting—like the marina and lighthouse at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina—never go out of style.

 7. Making an entrance

Your arrival will turn heads no matter what, might as well make it extra memorable. At seaside Saybrook Point Resort & Marina more and more brides are making a splash by pulling up to the ceremony in a boat.

8. Incorporating local fare

Gone are the days of “chicken or fish.” Phew! Couples are finding new ways to put their own stamp on their wedding menus. Locally-sourced farm-to-table menus featuring some local delicacies—think oysters bar in Connecticut and black and white cookies in New York City—give the regional culture a nod, are environmentally-friendly, and add story to a wedding menu.

Planning a wedding that feels modern and memorable today and won’t make you cringe 20 years from now doesn’t need to be complicated. Whether your style is classic and refined, modern, boho or somewhere in between, there are timeless trends with staying power.

But, above all, weddings are about you and your partner and celebrating the start of this next chapter. And happy couples will always be in style.

Ready to start planning your own big day?

Email Krystal Kapustinski, our onsite wedding planner at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina or if you prefer we’ll reach out to you.