What are the key 2024 wedding trends?

When it comes to planning a wedding it can often be difficult to know where to start. The most important thing for your big day is to stay true to your own vision, as that is what makes a wedding personal and unique. However, it doesn’t hurt to get a few ideas from the latest wedding themes that are trending. So, if you’re looking for some wedding idea inspiration, let’s explore the top 2024 wedding trends. Here’s what’s in store for 2024…

10 key 2024 wedding trends


1. Vibrant colours

While pretty pastels and neutrals will always be popular colours for weddings, next year we’re seeing couples making bolder colour choices in which to paint their love story. Vibrant colours, retro hues and even disco themes are all set to be big wedding colour trends for 2024 – all guaranteed to look sensational in those wedding photo booth pictures!

2. Weekender weddings Guests enjoying drinks and canapes in the courtyard

Why spend so much time and money on one special day when you could make a long weekend of it? From the rehearsal dinner the night before the main event to the debrief brunch the day after, the wedding weekender is a growing trend. At Lapstone Barn, couples have exclusive use of the whole Cotswold Barn wedding venue which includes on-site accommodation for guests. So when there is availability, couples can book extended wedding events at Lapstone Barn so their wedding party can really let their hair down! 

3. Sustainable wedding ideas

True sustainability is a key wedding trend for 2024 according to Agi Duhig, General Manager at Lapstone Barn: “Sustainability and identifying how weddings can be more sustainable and eco-friendly is big on the agenda for lots of couples. At Lapstone Barn, we understand this desire to host a more sustainable wedding. That’s why we only allow real petal confetti and we don’t use plastic straws. Plus, we have electric car charging points for guests with electric vehicles.” She has also found that couples are increasingly opting for locally sourced food and wedding flowers and researching how to create sustainable wedding centrepieces for their tables. 

4. Exclusive hire wedding venuesGuests enjoying drinks and canapes at the wedding reception in the courtyard. Photography: Rachel Jones Photography

A wedding is about creating a personal experience for you and your guests. That’s why lots of couples are seeking out venues where they can have exclusive use of the venue for their wedding party, as it allows them to put their own stamp on the day. When you book a wedding at Lapstone Barn you have exclusive use of the whole wedding venue and on-site accommodation.

5. Use of wedding celebrantsBride and groom standing during their wedding ceremony

Couples are increasingly using wedding celebrants to host services that celebrate their marriage. A celebrant cannot perform a legal marriage ceremony, but are used for celebratory services. At Lapstone Barn, there’s been a big increase in the number of couples choosing to have a celebrant-led ceremony with their family and friends, often as a way of celebrating marriages that took place during the Covid lockdowns. A celebrant will work with a couple to create a personal ceremony that is completely unique and meaningful. 

6. Audio guestbooksBride and groom dancing surrounded by all of their wedding guests. Photography by David Hughes Photography.

An audio guestbook is a fun way to capture a few heartfelt words from your guests. There’s nothing like a bit of spontaneity when it comes to speaking from the heart to leave a lasting impression!

7. Sustainable wedding dresses

In keeping with the sustainable wedding theme, there’s been a growing trend for sustainable wedding dresses. Brides are increasingly looking to hire their wedding dress or are choosing to customise second-hand or vintage wedding dresses as a way of making their big days more eco-friendly.

8. The return of wedding veilsBride and groom walking in the grounds

The wedding veil is making something of a comeback for 2024. As cost-conscious couples are opting more for wedding dress hire, then a wedding veil becomes an affordable way to lend some personal style to your wedding attire.

9. Set the scene with a saxophonist

Music is such an important part of the wedding day, and live music is one of the best ways to create a unique and memorable experience for you and your guests. What better than a live saxophonist to add a little twist to some well-known tunes as a backdrop to your love story?

10. Venues with onsite accommodationBedroom with brass bedstead and exposed Cotswold stone fireplace 

A venue that has guest accommodation onsite for the wedding party means there’s one less thing to worry about when planning your wedding. And it means you can have all your closest friends and family celebrating with you long into the early hours. Couples are realising that it makes financial sense too; onsite accommodation often works out more cost-effective than local hotels and you don’t have to worry about arranging taxis or minibuses to shuttle guests home after the evening reception. Weddings at Lapstone Barn include stunning accommodation options for up to 14 guests, with more accommodation coming in 2024.

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