Wedding Venue Trends to Keep an Eye On This Year


As we usher in a new year (and a new decade!), we are excited to explore some of the venue trends that will make 2020 a year to remember in the way of wedding design. 

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Here’s a quick look at some of the venue trends on the horizon.

Wanting to be one-of-a-kind 

With personalization as a top priority, couples are seeking venue spaces that will turn their celebration into a one-of-a-kind experience that doesn’t compare with those of their friends and families.  “Inspired by the dream of creating a personal wedding design, clients are looking for spaces to add style, theatre, and a never-before-seen approach to their special day. Some of our favorites include romantic woodlands, coastal retreats right on the beach, charming Italian courtyards, and luxury, stylish, and contemporary private homes,” says Pamella Dunn of Pamella Dunn Events.

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Photographer: Gyan Gurung 
Planner: For the Love of Weddings 

Sustainability is key

Regardless of your views, sustainability is in — and it’s here to stay. Today’s clients are opting for waste-free alternatives, cruelty-free dietary choices, and venues that prioritize conservation. “Sustainable venues will lend themselves to be a perfect setting for couples that are environmentally conscious,” assures Lily Lubowitz of Ch&Co and The Concerto Group. “Catering is always a huge part of any wedding day; venues that can provide sharing/grazing platters, vegan options, and interactive food stations will stand out.”

Make way for grazing tables

This innovative way of displaying food is equal parts delicious and beautiful, as it serves as both food and décor. “Clients are so in love with how bountiful (and colorful!) these farm-to-table, overflowing cheese/charcuterie/crudité displays are and they continue to let us know that this look is exactly what they’re going for,” shares Erin Corriveau of Longitude Catering and Events. 

Brandon Snooks of Farm to Fire by Hudson Valley BBQ Co. agrees: “Couples have relayed so many times that where the food comes from is just as important to them as to how it is prepared. Composed appetizer stations with mini drink shooters are still taking a front seat on menus. The appetizers are then a stationary piece alongside a grazing table.”

Going digital

If you’re not on board the tech train already, it’s time to hop on board. Allseated’s Sandy Hammer says, “With the initial round of Generation Z couples entering the wedding market, we’re going to see a customer that is entirely tech-dependent. Wedding couples and their vendor teams will be switching from paper and pencil to the all-digital approach, which streamlines their processes and makes the collaborative aspect of planning that much quicker and easier for all involved.”

She adds, “Virtual reality will continue to push into the industry allowing venues to provide walkthroughs virtually from anywhere in the world, even without the use of VR goggles as clients will be able to utilize their iPads and laptops to feel as though they are standing in a venue space.”

For more venue inspiration, be sure to check out the full 2020 International Wedding Trend Report for insight from wedding pros from all across the world.

Kylie Carlson is the owner of The Wedding Academy. With seven locations globally, the Academy boasts an internationally recognized accreditation program that brings professional training to wedding planners, designers, and stylists.

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