1. Something Blue
The palettes and hues vary, but the color blue is having a moment. It’s a chic, classic choice that’s always in style. Florals by J. Morris Flowers.
2. Brunch weddings
3. Nature-filled elopements
Cliffs, hiking trails, and other breathtaking backdrops set the mood for picture-perfect pop-up nuptials and micro-weddings. (Pictured: Great Falls National Park.)
4. Dinners Alfresco
Yes, in the Mid-Atlantic you need a backup plan. But when the stars align—literally—there’s nothing else like dining on the cusp of sunset or under a midsummer-night sky. Planning by Magnolia Bluebird Design & Events at Stone Tower Winery.
5. Home Weddings
Not always easier to plan or less expensive, but there’s something so sweet about exchanging vows at home.
6. Shorter Guest Lists
7. Individual Desserts
8. Unusual Locales
See: Shorter guest lists. With fewer attendees, you can get really creative. This year we saw more restaurant weddings as well as celebrations in little-known spots within familiar venues. Planning by Lily & Grayson Events at Maketto.
It’s a Washington thing, and we’re here for it.
10. Unexpected Attire
Repeat after us: There. Are. No. Rules. It’s your day—wear what makes you feel fabulous, whether it’s a killer jumpsuit, a colorful midi dress, or an over-the-top ball gown.
11. Attention to Guests
Extra-considerate couples are budgeting more toward making loved ones feel taken care of, from personalized welcome notes (pictured as part of the escort display) to individualized charcuterie plates to organized transportation. Planning by A. Griffin Events; stationery by Emily Baird Design.
12. Smaller Wedding Parties
Trust us, your friends will be just as happy to celebrate you from their seats. And they don’t have to be official attendants to join the pre-wedding festivities. Planning by Enchanted Events.