“From the finest luxury touches to glamorous overhead ceiling installations, we are delighted to share our top 2020 wedding trends. ”

“From the finest luxury touches to glamorous overhead ceiling installations, we are delighted to share our top 2020 wedding trends. ”

As a wedding destination South Africa is trending and is fast becoming a location of choice for discerning couples wanting luxurious international celebrations. With fabulous scenery, world-class service and boundless, stunning 5-star locations – it is matched with exceptional creativity and constantly voted amongst the world’s top destinations to explore. From our base in Cape Town we are delighted to share our top 2020 wedding trends.

Multi-day South African celebrations

No more one-day affairs! Spending a lot more time interacting with one’s wedding guests means multi-day celebrations are on the rise. Enjoying a long weekend together with guests from near & far allows for the inclusion of many different venues and a buildup from relaxed get-togethers to more formal dinners. Think personalized excursions, informal lunches, special cocktail nights and post-wedding hangover BBQ’s.

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Ultra-trendy floral overheads

Ceiling architecture and large creative suspensions mixed with over-sized chandeliers and lighting is certainly a trend here to stay. Hanging dramatic floral features above the table and or creating a dancefloor underneath clusters of flowers – is a showstopping wedding trend that will carry on in 2020 and beyond.

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Luxury is personal

We are finding that the focus when wedding planning is less about flamboyant designs and much more about individual interpretations of the idea of luxury. It’s all about being highly personal! This can be found in the smallest creative touches like customized stationery designs or extend as far as a fully tailored multi-day wedding celebration.

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Customization is key

Creating a bespoke and truly personalized celebration for the couple is at the heart of staying on-trend. Whether it is through a unique table layout, a signature cocktail, unique design concepts, stylish lounging in a special colour or flying in one’s favourite band – the sky is the limit and a custom-approach is key.

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Colour trends: Vibrant & bold or moody & monochrome

On the design front, black & blue have made a strong comeback – as well as bold, vibrant colours. Contrasting darker & moody shades have replaced the more traditional soft and neutral palettes. Bold is beautiful!

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Luxurious lounges – relaxing in style

Whether it’s for the cocktail hour or as part of the after-party – luxurious lounges are a “style must” at any modern wedding. The ongoing trend is to mix comfort with contemporary elegance – and styling relaxed & super-chic lounge pockets in or outdoors.

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Bringing nature inside – luxurious greenery

Simultaneously greenery and massed natural foliage continue to be a strong favourite – keeping spaces luxurious yet simple and blending the indoor and outdoor. Gorgeous greens are often contrasted by impactful lighting and become ultra-luxurious when mixed with stylish custom lighting.

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Intimate is in!

Smaller, more intimate destination-based celebrations are on the increase without letting go of extravagance, exclusive details and gorgeous, luxurious venues. Increasingly we are sourcing chic and highly exclusive private villas, exclusive wine estates or safari lodges for our clients – that are all front runner locations for smaller celebrations – with a true focus on the stylish intimacy they allow for a whole wedding weekend.

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Sustainability & “giving back”

We are also seeing a rise in commitment to sustainability and a desire to “give back” – brands with meaningful backstories are received well. Gestures such as sourcing unique, local gifts for guests or commissioning artisanal art is a meaningful move towards to supporting local businesses or charities.

Dancing to the African beat of the drum

Incorporating African entertainment acts and soulful performances is an experience which connects every wedding guest to the beauty of Africa and a definite trend here to stay. African children’s choirs, fire throwers, drumming performances and Marimba bands are a guaranteed destination wedding highlight.

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To connect with us for your own stylish South African celebration – our team is right here:
info@weddingconcepts.co.za | +27 21 4265783

Photography: Vivid Blue, Hewitt Wright, Zara Zoo, Wesley Vorster, Mathias Fast, Yolande Marx, Tyme, Dear Heart