Complicated wishing well poems and pets as ring bearers: The wedding trends you love and hate.

The results of a survey of the most loved and hated wedding trends of 2019 have been released and suggest we are perhaps becoming a little… cynical.

The survey, conducted by jewellery brand Goldsmiths UK, asked 1000 people what they did and didn’t like about weddings last year and it’s safe to say there were a few surprises on the list.

I mean, who hates dogs as ring bearers?

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The most hated wedding trends of 2019.

Over the top wedding hashtags

Think your oh-so-clever and complicated wedding hashtag is the bomb? Doesn’t matter, chances are your guests think it’s cringy as anything. 43.5% of respondents thought complicated wedding hashtags were the worst trend of 2019.

Doughnut walls

This next one we can barely believe: 37.2% said doughnut walls were their most hated wedding trend was the doughnut wall, and surely this survey isn’t accurate because… doughnuts.

Elaborate wishing well poems

Many couples think straight-up asking for money is a little curt, to say the least, so they’ll put this in rhyme to make it sound just that bit classier. Turns out, everyone sees through this romantic cash grab and wishes you’d be less… Shakespeare about your intentions. Confusing wishing well poems got a 37.2% disapproval rate.

Pets as ring bearers

We must all be heartless monsters because who does not want to see Barney the labrador handing over the rings for his parents? 36% of people said they were not keen on pet ring bearers. Good gracious, people.

Cake in the face photos

…also, doesn’t this ruin the bride’s makeup which she probably paid $120 for plus a trial? If my future husband pulls this stunt I’ll be ropable.

Venues in the middle of nowhere

Well, this is an obvious one. Who wants to drive/fly/sail to the middle of nowhere, splash out on the only (and therefore expensive) accommodation in town and have nothing to do before and after the wedding?

Bucks nights

Surprisingly, a fifth of men reported strongly disliking stag dos and not wanting to attend at all, which is weird because isn’t there approximately 238 movies made about these nights/weekends? Perhaps it has something to do with the cost/extravagance/week-long affairs of bucks/hens dos in 2019.


Notable mentions:

Flower walls, coloured smoke, neon signs and trashing the dress were also hated wedding trends, just not as much as DOGS IN LITTLE TUXEDOS.


The Mamamia team discuss their wedding pet peeves:

“I’m struggling to think of anything I don’t like at weddings… I’ll say when you have to pay for your own alcohol.”

“A pet hate? Not enough food.”

“A massive wait between the ceremony and the meal. Too easy to accidentally drink too much on an empty stomach. I had one once where it was four hours between ceremony and food, nowhere to sit and a paid bar. Not against a paid bar but there wasn’t even a couple of glasses of bubbles on offer before you started buying your own. I was wasted and exhausted by dinner time.”

“I always hate the best man. I swear I don’t know where grooms get these dropkicks from? Why is the best man always a douche? Why does he think he’s so funny? Why is he wasting my time? The best man is literally the worst man. Like, I don’t care about the time Robbo got so drunk he did blah.”

“I second a long wait between ceremony and reception – particularly if there’s nothing to do.”

“The other annoying thing is… what do you do between the ceremony and reception? That’s usually when the couple and wedding party are taking photos. So you’re all dressed up and like… what now?”

“Yeah, when the photos take ages and you feel like a spare part.”

“It’s like… here I am, I got all glammed up for you and your wedding and I’m now a houseplant.”

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The most loved wedding trends of 2019.

Good Food

Ahhh delicious food, one thing we can unanimously agree is a must-have at any wedding.

Dessert stations

This is perhaps a bit more of a recent addition to weddings, but it’s proving to be quite popular: Dessert stations were one of the top-rated wedding trends of 2019.

Food trucks

Erm, we’re sensing a theme here… A whopping 31.8% said food trucks were very much appreciated, thank you.

Performances from family and friends

If you know someone getting married, it’s time for your inner Beyonce to come out: performances by family and friends got a thumbs up from respondents.

The Mamamia team share their favourite parts of a wedding:

“I love the party part of it, where everyone is there to celebrate one thing, everyone always has a good dance even if they wouldn’t normally and it’s just a good vibe.”

“I love weddings! It’s a celebration of love at its core, and that’s bloody great. Seeing two people get all gooey and share their relationship with their nearest and dearest (and usually fork out and make it look pretty spesh for you) is a great way to spend a night.”


“I get gushy seeing my friends/family all happy in love and making a huge commitment. Also seeing their families beaming with pride always gets me.”

“I love the moment you first see the bride at the top of the aisle and looking to see the groom’s reaction.”

“I also enjoy weddings that have some kind of ‘day after’ event. I’ve been to two where everyone has had lunch and ‘recovery drinks’ the next day and the hangover camaraderie, drinking and socialising, without all the pressure and set schedule, is just the best.”

“I love when a bride has both their mum and their dad walk them down the aisle… it feels much more modern and a little less ‘male owns woman then passes off to another male to own’.”

Wedding trends for 2020:

Two-piece gowns

Influencer Steph Claire Smith (now Stephanie Miller), married in a two-piece ensemble and we’re going to see a lot more of them throughout the year.


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Pearl accents

When it comes to jewellery, it’s all about imperfect pearls. Think headbands, earrings, pearls on dresses – pearls are having a major moment right now.

To read more about wedding trends in 2020, read our earlier article here.

What wedding trends are you a fan of? What trends do you think we can leave behind in 2019? Tell us in a comment below.