From environmental-friendly menus and décor to hotel takeovers, the wedding game is about to change in 2020. That is why Erika Emmerling, Chubb Hotel & Conference Center’s expert wedding planner, shared some insider knowledge on wedding trends of 2020 and what to expect (not to expect) in the new decade.
Emmerling knows that a wedding is much more than looking for a venue and creating a guest list. As Catering Sales Manager at Chubb Hotel & Conference Center, she has planned weddings of all types and sizes. Here, she shares her experience to help brides and grooms to be in planning a one-in-a-lifetime experience that will be one for the books – and trending in 2020.
It’s all about sustainability
Keeping the environment in mind should not be considered a trend but Emmerling realized that more and more couples are trying to have less impact on the planet. Weddings, including set up, construction and break down, leave footprints behind. “That is why 2020 is all about sustainability – from menu and food choices to décor and flower arrangements,” she says. “Choose a caterer or floral designer that is cutting back on plastic, and environmentally damaging products and working processes. Here at Chubb, we love to work with floral designers who eliminate the use of flower foam and use recycling florals as well eco-friendly composting.”
Individuality is key: Go bold
Weddings should leave everyone involved with vivid memories and that is why 2020 screams show-stopping colors, color blocking, and prints. “Gone are the days of wedding décor rife with obligatory shades of white, green, or pastel tones,” says Emmerling. Couples are recommended to go the “thematic route and to choose one vivid shade, like smashing red, sizzling pink, a dark statement color, or even an animal print to embellish décor.”
Smaller weddings are trending. Even if it means editing the guest list just a hair. 2020 is about intimate all-inclusive experiences and quality rather than quantity and hosting large crowds. In fact, Emmerling shared that brides and grooms are willing to look for more unconventional venues that include everything from diverse venues for ceremony and reception, to indoor and outdoor spaces, hotel rooms, fun activities, and more. “Couples are willing to reduce the guestlist and to spend a higher budget per guest if the venue can not only entertain the guests but also accommodate them in one place.
Here at Chubb we offer a full hotel takeover experience with multiple indoor and outdoor venues, including a helicopter landing pad boasting views overlooking Lafayette Hill and a beautiful golf course, entertainment elements such as axe throwing as well as a hotel wing with 120 guest rooms to simplify logistics and to bring everyone together.” So, whether planning an intimate nuptial experience, or a total blow out bash, we have you covered and can accommodate everyone under one roof with a tasty ending!