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7 Wedding Trends to Fall for in 2020

Feb 5, 2020

by Jackie Buddie

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Pop the prosecco and let the confetti fly! It’s a new decade, and couples are finally taking everyone’s favorite wedding-planning advice to heart: It’s your day. That’s right. If last year’s weddings were full of memorable, personalized touches, this year brides and grooms are dialing up the customization even further with parties that reflect their shared vision and values. “2020 is the year of purpose, so it’s all about staying true to your partnership,” says Etsy Trend Expert Dayna Isom Johnson. “Couples are casting aside traditions that don’t fit with their vibe, and making their big day a celebration of what’s most important to them, from inclusivity to sustainability.” So go ahead and make a vintage sapphire engagement ring your something blue, ask Grandma to be a groomswoman, and opt for the bridal pantsuit. Here are seven fresh trends to help you say “I do” in a way that’s meaningful to you.

Groovy gatherings

A collage of '70s wedding styles and decor from Etsy.
SHOP (top to bottom, left to right): Asymmetrical floral crown from Collected Edition, $145; floral bow tie with contrast tip from W.B. THAMM, $53; wedding jumpsuit from Jordan de Ruiter, $398; vellum menu overlay from Brown Fox Creative, $3 each; “Love Made Us Do It” disco ball sticker from All Her Glory, from $12; fringed kimono from Rebecca Schoneveld, $478; record-shaped seating chart from No Ordinary Emporium, from $226; multicolored floral comb from Emma Katzka Bridal, $258; “For Like Ever” print from Super Rural, $60

Call it disco fever. ‘70s style is boogying its way back onto the wedding scene, springing up everywhere from funkadelic save-the-date fonts to far-out floral color palettes (see also: Etsy’s color of the year, chartreuse). “The ‘70s were all about bold statements of self-expression,” Dayna explains. “Ceremonies were vibrant and optimistic—a lot like the couples of 2020.” There are plenty of ways to get down with this trend—whether you choose a free-spirited, folksy look full of billowing dresses and nature-inspired headpieces or a glam reception a-la Studio 54—shimmering disco ball and all.

Non-traditional wedding parties

A collage of non-traditional wedding party proposals and gifts from Etsy.
SHOP (clockwise from top left): “Best woman” proposal card from Two for Joy Paper, $3.50; personalized “best dog” outfit from Giddings Gifts, from $23; “Bridesman” T-shirt from Alie Designs Co, $32; “Groomswoman” proposal candle from The Shabby Wick, from $25; “Bridesman” proposal card from Blush and Blossom Paper, from $3; “Man of Honor” proposal card from Coco Press Designs, $5; “Junior Bridesmaid” proposal card from Side Street Designs, $4; “Bridesman” hoodie from Stag and Peach Co, $35

Because a wedding party just isn’t a party without your whole crew (furry friends included) modern couples are giving all their closest companions a part to play in the big day, and handing out corsages and bouts on both sides of the aisle. “Groomswoman, man of honor, or even best dog—we’re seeing it all,” Dayna says. These inclusivity-inclined couples are extending the invite in creative ways, too, presenting their loved ones with personalized candles and custom cards to “pop the question,” as well as festivity-ready bow ties and T-shirts showing off their special titles. 

Power suits

A collage of bridal pantsuits available on Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Vintage formal blazer from MAW SUPPLY, $40; bridal two-piece cape and pants from Be Twins, $550; white linen pantsuit from Citydzen, from $250; silk bridal suit set from Adelais London, from $1,235; white linen suit set from Lovely Linen Studio, from $235

Whether you’re looking for an unexpected, fashion-forward take on bridal attire or just prefer the cool comfort of a great pair of slacks, an ultra-sleek suit set is bound to make a dramatic impact at the altar. Structured jackets that mean business give this trend an empowering edge, and paired with flowy pants (with plenty of pockets) you’ll be breezing down the aisle with your head held high. Crushing on the style but still have your heart set on a dress for your ceremony? “Try wearing a pantsuit to the bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or even as a dance floor-friendly outfit change for the reception,” Dayna suggests.

Vintage rings

SHOP (clockwise from top left): Vintage halo diamond cluster ring from Brockton Gems, $1,571; vintage engraved wedding band from Vierks Fine Jewelry, $275; vintage sapphire diamond engagement ring from KK Vintage Collection, $2,003; vintage 14K yellow gold diamond wedding band from Gold Adore, $295; vintage Art Deco diamond and sapphire ring from The Idol’s Eye, $3,100; vintage Art Deco pearl ring from Old Cut Jewellery, $1,098

It’s no wonder the popularity of vintage engagement rings and wedding bands is on the rise: These exquisite heirlooms give brides and grooms a one-of-a-kind way to symbolize their unique commitment to each other that’s sure to stand the test of time. “When it comes to deeply personal jewelry, there’s something extra-romantic about purposefully choosing a previously-loved piece with its own story to tell,” Dayna says. “Plus you’re giving new life to something old, which is an easy way to shop sustainably.” Our favorite picks of the moment? Art Deco designs with eye-catching geometric settings and a whole lot of retro sparkle.

Wellness favors

A collage of self-care themed favors available on Etsy
SHOP (top to bottom, left to right): Natural soap favors from Atelier Moon by Ezgi, from $401 for 100 pcs; pink heart soap favors from Tailored Soap, from $20 for 10 pcs; Himalayan bath salt favors from Bélier Handmade, $13 each; rose bath bombs from Pink Parchment Soaps, $5 each; lavender and rosemary candles from Bélier Handmade, from $324 for 24; organic soaps from Palermo Body, from $13.50 each; rose face glow mask from Wild Yonder Botanicals, $8 each; Himalayan salt shot glass placecards from Proper Letter, from $64 for 8; amethyst air plant crystals from Mermaid Cove Gift Shop, $15 each

After a night of pure joy and revelry, couples are treating guests to a little at-home TLC with spa-inspired favors to help them relax and rejuvenate. “Wellness is going to be big on everyone’s mind in 2020, so sending guests home with a self-care package is a really thoughtful and practical way to say ‘thanks for coming,’” Dayna says. And with soothing natural soaps, crystals, and scented candles this prettily presented, you can rest assured they’ll look gorgeous on display at your reception.

Sustainable styles

A collage of sustainable wedding styles from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Vintage lace wedding dress from Reverie Lace, $576; upcycled vintage veil from Miranda’s Bridal, $135; recycled gold engagement ring from Foe & Dear, $2,260; upcycled bridesmaid robes from Camas Lilly Co., $178 each; reclaimed wine barrel cufflinks from Wine Country Craftsman, $57; recycled gold wedding band from Karen Johnson Design, $651; vintage bubble veil from Lovely Mirage, $35; conflict-free diamond and recycled metal bands from Ash Hilton, from $390

For all you eco-conscious couples, we know nothing could be more key to throwing a great party than celebrating in a sustainable fashion—right down to your Earth-friendly ensemble. From vintage veils to recycled metal cufflinks, in 2020 brides- and grooms-to-be are decking themselves out in mindfully selected pieces. “Incorporating upcycled details into your wedding day wardrobe will make a smaller impact on the planet, and thanks to the care and skill of Etsy sellers, still pack that wow-factor,” Dayna says. “I’m talking reclaimed wood bow ties, recycled gold wedding bands—just really fabulous items that look as good as you’ll feel wearing them.”

Coordinated couples’ coats

A collage of matching wedding jackets available on Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): “Just Married” iron-on patches from The Daily Disco, $35 each; embroidered wedding patches from Ellis and Eliza, from $7 each; “Just Married” jean jacket from SS Design Co, from $79 each; personalized denim jackets from Love G Design, $115 each; neon light-up jean jacket from The Neon Muse, $395 each

In December, Dayna called matching jackets the wedding trend to watch in 2020, and it’s safe to say the coordinated craze is here to stay. “What I love is how creative you can get with this one,” Dayna says. “Etsy sellers are offering loads of custom options, so you and your partner can rock something completely unique to your relationship.” Nod to your shared nostalgia for the ‘90s with DIY iron-on patches, or ride off into the sunset in biker-chic embroidered leather—either way, this of-the-moment outerwear is a playful way to tell the world, “We’re in this together.”

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