Wedding planning is a whole world, with its unique rules, trends and even challenges. But this incredible journey is one you will surely never forget. If you've recently said "yes" to the love of your life and are looking for some awesome inspiration for your 2024 wedding, make sure to stick with us. Here, we've rounded up 10 wedding ideas that we absolutely love and hope you will too!
Weddings often go by in a flash, don't they? A wonderful alternative to a traditional one-day celebration is throwing a multi-day wedding. This rising trend is expected to become even bigger in 2024! Unlike the fleeting nature of a single-day event, a weekend-long wedding slows down the celebration and allows you to extend the magical feeling of the best day ever. Instead of just a few hours, you will have days of interactions with your close friends and family. And with more time on your hands, you will be able to plan way more unique and memorable experiences for your guests, without stressing over constraints of a tight wedding schedule. Besides, multi-day weddings open up more creative possibilities for brides to showcase their individuality through multiple bridal looks.
Playful Set Designs
Be more adventurous and playful with set designs and tablescapes! Don’t limit yourself to just flowers in vases — explore more imaginative options and think outside the box. Reimagine the traditional wedding dinner experience and take it to a whole new level by incorporating unique and unexpected elements, such as candle-holders made of bread, whimsical food installations, origami-shaped plating and so much more. And if you are looking for some inspo, make sure to check out our list of talented food and set design creatives.
Unusual Cakes and Cake Alternatives
No doubt, wedding cake is one of the most beloved wedding traditions. While classic designs are definitely a safe choice, we encourage you to consider the quirky and perfectly imperfect options too. Playful, at times childish, cake designs with lots of decorative detailing (think bows, flowers, creative lettering) are very much on trend currently. Vintage heart-shaped cakes, Korean aesthetics, flower garden-like cakes and so called “ugly” cakes are sure to steal the show at many weddings in 2024. Looking for something beyond cakes? Not a problem. In fact, more and more couples go for alternative desserts. So, say "yes" to tiramisu, tarts, éclairs, croquembouche, merengue and parfaits.
The bold, eye-catching colors perfectly match the 2024 vibe. You can use them as both the main colors of your wedding theme and for the invitations. Bring a vibrant feel with hues like pink, orange, yellow, green and red. Or get inspired by Panton's favorite peach fuzz. A splash of color will for sure make your invitations stand out and set a lively, playful tone for your whole wedding celebration! And for some extra inspiration, don't forget to peek into our 2024 wedding invitations trends guide.
Bows, Bows and Even More Bows
Bows are everywhere! Inspired by balletcore aesthetic, bows and ribbons got such a big traction last year. And the trend is confidently stepping into 2024 as well! From bow-shaped invitations and incorporating bows into your bridal look to using them as adorable elements in tablescapes or as decorative details on wedding cakes — we are totally loving it all!
Not Only White
Who says the bride can only wear white for her big day? The bridal fashion scene is evolving, so more brides are up for experiments and pushing the boundaries of a traditional wedding look. Yes, classic silhouettes and timeless designs remain a popular choice, however, don't be surprised if not every bride is wearing white next year. Open your heart to dreamy pastels, hot reds, purples or gothic blacks. Take inspiration from fashion-forward brands and designers like Honor NYC, La Pointe and Millia London.
Speaking of bridal fashion, we can't help but mention unique, non-traditional wedding veils. Whether it’s a bold-shaped piece, one with intricate embroidery or standout appliques, you will sure grab the attention of all your guests and add drama to your look. All-over tulle designs by Halfpenny London were one the highlights of their latest bridal collection showcased in October at NYBFW. Meanwhile, Honor NYC styled their brides with cute bow-detailed veils. If you are unsure about veils, there are plenty of alternatives, such as statement hair-clips, headbands, and even bonnets, as also suggested by Honor NYC.
One of the most anticipated parts of a wedding day is when the bride and groom exchange their vows. Tears of happiness and promises of a together forever make these moments incredibly emotional and touch the hearts of everyone attending the ceremony. However, more brides and grooms choose to declare their love away from the public eye, in a quieter and more intimate setting. It might be due to the shy, introverted nature of the couple or simply a wish to share those moments without microphones and attention. After making these personal promises, you can still share traditional short marriage vows but now with your guests present.
There’s something so real about candid shots, don’t you agree? They are full of energy, and most importantly, they are full of life. We see more couples leaning towards those realistic, authentic and genuine shots than posed and staged ones. Of course, no one can do it better than a professional wedding photographer! However, you can add a twist to an experience by also arming your guests with Polaroid and disposable cameras. Let them capture the event from their perspective! The result - great entertainment and lots of nostalgic photographs to add to your album.
Focus on Sustainability
Sustainability remains to be a big topic! With increasing awareness about environmental issues, engaged couples, now more than ever, focus on their environmental footprint and look for ways to make their wedding celebration more eco-friendly. Hopefully, in 2024, we will see an even bigger number of brides and grooms choosing organic catering options, locally-sourced seasonal blooms and eco-conscious wedding favors.