Inside Windy Hill Wedding & Event Barns set up for wedding dinnerFrom simple gowns to small wedding parties, 2020 rocks!

If you’ve always dreamed of a large wedding with several hundred guests, don’t worry. Weddings that include your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors are still very much a thing!

But if a smaller, simpler wedding is music to your ears, Lauren Burns, manager of Windy Hill Wedding & Event Barn, says you’re not alone.

“Smaller weddings are a hot trend for 2020,” Burns said. “A lot of people don’t want the stress of a large wedding. Plus, small gatherings are far more intimate.”

Burns said this past weekend, Windy Hill hosted a wedding with fewer than 75 guests. She said the guest-list included mostly family and a handful of close friends.

“The bride couldn’t stop talking about how stress-free her wedding day was. Her friends kept telling her how stressful weddings are, but that wasn’t the case at all, thanks to the shorter invite-list,” Burns said.

Another advantage to keeping the wedding party to 75 people or less is that it allows couples to spend more money on other things, like food!

“Feeding 200 people isn’t cheap. With a small gathering, you can afford to treat your guests to a really nice meal,” Burns said.

Another hot trend for 2020 are wedding dresses with pockets. Vogue magazine says pockets started showing up last year and will continue their rise in popularity for the foreseeable future.

Brides are also leaning toward simpler, one-piece wedding gowns. (Thank you, Meghan Markle!) And wedding dresses with long sleeves, a popular staple in the 1950s, has returned for another curtain call.

“We have definitely seen a recent emergence of wedding gowns with long sleeves. Of course, here in the south where it gets really hot, they’re more popular during fall and winter,” Burns said.

One huge trend for 2020 weddings represents a change in floral arrangements. More brides are opting for beautiful greenery, such as magnolia leaves, for bouquets, garlands, table runners and sprays.

“Magnolia garlands are absolutely stunning, especially in a rustic setting like Windy Hill. It’s also far less expensive than traditional, fresh-cut flowers,” Burns said.

Burns said it’s okay for couples to think out-of-the-box when planning their weddings. She says that is the most popular trend for 2020 and beyond!

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