2019 has been a busy year here at Parties & Events and we’ve enjoyed every bit of it. A few trends vanished – and some we wished would (already) persisted even in this error of Instagram and Pinterest.
Now that we are in 2020 (“tweny tweny” in Sheila Nduhukire’s accent), I’ll do my best to leave the past where it belongs- in the past.
That said, planning a wedding can be a very tedious and time-consuming task. So many details to consider in a very limited time frame. To make matters worse, like most couples, this will be the first time you will be planning a wedding. If you are in the process of planning a wedding in 2020, there are also various trends that you will want to be aware of;
Coral living is a hue that splits the difference between pink and orange, allowing couples to utilize other colors in the same spectrum.
This is a color that is commonly chosen by couples who are in search of the best ways to stand out from the crowd but still be easy on your guests’ eyes. Coral offers a sunny brightness that other colors simply cannot match.
Coral colors let the guests know that the day is going to be fun, light and cheerful. Whether you are looking to purchase coral colored flowers, wear coral themed makeup or even commission a coral cake or have your bridesmaids wear coral themed dresses, this color can be used to brighten up any aspect of the wedding and add help your guests feel at ease as it is also known as “living coral”. You can do anything with coral colors.
When it comes to the color schemes that are going to dominate in 2019, coral is at the top of the list. This color is also known as “living coral” and can definitely liven up your festivities. This is a color that is commonly chosen by couples who are in search of the best ways to stand out from the crowd. Coral offers a sunny brightness that other colors simply cannot match.
Although Peach -which has been very commonly used in 2019 and needs to be used less in 2020 – looks very familiar to coral and apricot, the three colors are actually different. A few details below highlight the difference between the three colors;
Peach = Red + pale orange ; reddish-orange
Apricot = yellow + pale orange ; yellowish-orange
Coral = Pink + pale orange ; pinkish orange
Additionally, coral color themes work perfectly for our Ugandan tropical climate. Most especially if your reception is outdoor.
Opulent Wedding Cakes
The wedding industry is growing at a steady pace in Uganda and so are the creatives in the industry. In the last 3 years, there has been incredible growth in the cake designs space with designers slowly but surely adapting to the demand of clients who pick inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram.
Goin into 2020, we expect to see more couples going bold with Opulent wedding cakes of all sorts and nature. Opulent wedding cakes allow couples to be unique and to showcase certain aspects of their personalities. They provide a couple with the chance to be as creative as possible.
Personalized monograms and metallic touches are being added to wedding and ceremonial cakes at a greater rate than ever before. Rippled icing, regal piping, and sugar flowers can all be added to create the cake of your dreams. And as has been the trend, couples will still be opting for introduction (kwanjula cakes) with an African touch.
Silver Sage, Mustard And Dusty Rose color themes
There’s a small number of people who have been bold enough to move away from the ancient white themed weddings and attempt to implement silver sage and other newer color themes. However, going into 2020, you can expect to see more stylish couples beating the ordinary and going for these new color trends.
The beauty with these colors is that they perfectly match with white but bring in a unique and original element to your decor. So if you want to be different but are not ready to give up your dream of a traditional white wedding, Add some color elements of Silver Sage, Mustard, And Dusty Rose color to your decor and bridal attire. Every piece of wedding decor and each detail of a bridal look looks more stylish with some extra coloring!
Grooms wearing multiple attires at their introduction (Kwanjula)
2019 was a year many Ugandans will not forget. It was the year in which men kicked stereotypes right in the **** thanks to Hamza and whoever came up with that idea. For many years, men’s creativity and showmanship was locked behind the disguise of culture and ego. Many men were made to believe that it was a disgrace for them to change into different clothes during the introduction (kwanjula/kuhingira) ceremony while their partner changed into tens of gomesis and all the attires their budget could afford to rent.
However, this changed during Dr. Hamza Ssebunya and Rema Namakula’s kwanjula when for the first time, the groom ignored “useless” beliefs and changed into a different suit and later a different attire. Thanks to God this was a widely covered event and almost every Ugandan got to experience revolution. Dr. Hamza was the talk of the town for almost an entire month as many debated not just his relationship but also the decision to change clothing at the “buko.”
Ssebunya wore four attires for the day. He arrived in a white traditional “kanzu” with a greenish neckline that matched perfectly with a silky green designer coat.
For the second look, Ssebunya turned up in a white kanzu that had a brown neckline pairing it with a glittery coat with black highlights.
For the third attire, he changed into a blue Nigerian attire that he coupled with white bead accessories, a matching headpiece, and a stylish African cane.
At the end of the ceremony, the doctor turned up in a light purple and black African wear with a matching purple African cap.
Following Dr. Hamza’s bold decision, a number of stylish men have also been taking a similar decision since then. One outstanding example is that of Haan and Aaliya Ssemuddu Introduction where the groom changed attires at the in-laws’ home.
That said, 2020 is a year of resistance. A year where we’ll see many men enjoy themselves and shine in different attires. After all, the introduction ceremony is meant to show off a groom and it is very justified that he shows off. Besides, this is one of the best days of your life. There’s no reason you should let someone’s ideology put you down.
Dear 2020 grooms, this is the year to pull out all the stops and let your in-laws know what you are all about!
Glass and Clear Acrylic Wedding Decor
Planning the ultra-trendy event? Clear acrylic elements will simply blow your guests away. These pieces of design look ultra sleek. You would be surprised to find out that they are also more durable than traditional glass. These decorations and elements are light and may look fragile, but they are virtually impossible to break. However, these elements are mostly more expensive than traditional glasses and many decorators end up using a mixture of both. That said, you will need to handle them carefully to avoid extra costs in case they break at your event.
Planning on creating an expensive and elegant look, clear acrylic elements give the impression of an expensive wedding party. Also, they will add style and minimalist to any type of wedding theme or color while creating an illusion of a spacious space even if you are using a small reception area.
Most decorators like iCandy have mastered the use of glass, mirrors, and acrylic elements within their decor composition to create an expensive and elegant look.
Remah went big during her kwanjula. First, it was the extravagant kukyala which could easily be mistaken for an introduction ceremony. As we all waited for the kwanjula, she went on to shock us with an “Introduction shower”- a new vocabulary that was definitely invented by our beloved songstress Rema Namakula.
Since Uganda is a very jubilant country whose citizens will find any slight reason to throw a party, we can safely bet that in 2020, we will be seeing many introduction showers. Especially from couples who are wealthy enough to add such expenses to their budgets.
Similarly, NTV property show hosts Edwin Musiime and his wife Christabel had a prewedding party in between the introduction and wedding ceremonies. Although this is not a new trend, we definitely expect to see a number of couples following suit with this trend this year.