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On the Eight Day of Christmas: Wedding Aisle and Altar Styles in 2019/2020

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‘Tis the season to recollect on a year’s worth of wedding trends and what’s to come after the calendar year ends. To a “12 Days of Christmas” tune, we’re revisiting what big day details we saw in 2019 and what’s sure to appear in 2020. (Spoiler alert: No partridges in pear trees… but a pheasant or peacock, maybe.)

By Becca Jones

They could be considered the blankest canvases on your wedding day. An aisle and altar beg to be beautified in ways that play up the couple’s vibe. Bohemian, vintage, or modern, Jewel Butler of Found Rentals has seen and crafted it all. Here, she reminisces on the aisle styles from 2019—and we also share a little intel from The Knot for predictions on what we’ll see in 2020.

In 2019, altar size matched the significance of bride and groom’s “I dos.” Think large, one-of-a-kind architectural structures like wooden arches, marble arbors, and pergolas adorned with extravagant florals.

Meanwhile the lead-up to the altar, meaning the aisle, was a lot of soft floral embellishments accompanied the layered rug look in 2019. Brightly patterned textiles satisfied the boho bride and beyond. “This has been one of our favorite ceremony designs for some time,” Butler says. “We were happy to see this trend came from more than the ‘boho bride.’”

Butler anticipates large altar focal points will continue into 2020 but with hanging installations hopping on the wedding bandwagon. There is nothing as dreamy as a couple backdropped by lighting and lanterns, Butler says. And bold lighting is what sets the overall wedding vibe, according to official predictions by The Knot. Looking past standard chandeliers, basket lights are perfect for 2020 couples who want to create a warm, homey feeling in an outdoor venue, according to The Knot.

As for what to wave goodbye to in the upcoming year? Butler says simple round circle altars have had their time to shine. For 2020, there are plenty of other architectural structures (in a variety of shapes) for brides and grooms to play with.

And without further ado, we have even more inspiration for you:

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