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Our Top Wedding Trend Predictions For 2019 Betches

Another year, another parade of invitations, registries, and all the bullsh*t that goes with weddings. Weddings are super fun, don’t get me wrong. But when you’re super #popular and get invited to more than one per month, they quickly become exhausting. The good news, though, is that we’ve gotten super amazing at spotting trends. We’re like J.Lo in The Wedding Planner, minus the crippling loneliness and love-match with Matthew McConaughey.

Here’s to hoping 2019 is the year that mason jars and burlap finally eat sh*t and die as acceptable wedding decor. Fingers crossed that boots with wedding dresses becomes a fashion offense so serious it stays on your permanent record. These are the wedding trends that you’ll probably see this year, like them or not.

Darkness

Less blush and pastel, more maroon, emerald, and black. 2019 weddings will be more edgy in terms of color than previous years, when we saw light and feminine color overkill. This is 100% grool with us, considering black is all we own and working it into a wedding just feels right. There are tasteful ways to incorporate dark, mature colors without turning it into a goth wedding, and we’ll be seeing a lot of this.

“Cheese” Cakes

This one goes out to all the brides, grooms, and wedding guests that couldn’t give two sh*ts about wedding cakes. No one eats them, they’re crazy expensive, and they very often don’t live up to expectations. Those reasons and others could be why we’re expecting to see an uptick in “cheese” cakes at weddings this year. We don’t mean a multi-tiered NY Style Cheesecake from cousin Vinny’s mom. We’re talking about a literal tower of cheeses like brie, gouda, and/or gruyere arranged to give off cake vibes. Europeans have been offering cheese courses as dessert for like, ever, and we all know they’re better at everything anyway.

Smoke Bombs

Yikes. We’ve been waiting for, like, a while for something to dethrone sparkler exits at weddings. Word on the street and Internet is that colored smoke bombs will become the go-to for flashy goodbyes at 2019’s weddings. Think gender reveal, but more elaborate. I’m literally dying to see the “wedding smoke bomb fails” compilation on YouTube in approximately five months.

Banquet Tables

Banquet tables make guest feel like they’re more involved in the reception and wedding action, and they’re making a comeback this year. Instead of individual dinner tables that require you to VERY carefully choose who’s sitting next to who, banquet tables allow for everyone to be a part of the cool kids’ table even if they are, in fact, v lame.

Velvet

Yassss. Velvet has been creeping it’s way back from the 80’s slowly and surely over the last two years, and 2019 may finally be the time it makes its mark on the wedding industry. Look for velvet smoking jackets on grooms (really), velvet two piece dresses for bridesmaids, velvet ribbons on flowers, and even velvet table runners. If you’re the bride, though, be sure to work with specialty linen companies to nail this trend as it can look v tacky when it’s done wrong.

Grasses

Eucalyptus, ferns, and roses will never stop being a go-to for flower arches or decor. But in 2019, we’ll start to see soft, wild grasses like wheat and pampas utilized more frequently. It goes with the whole trend of bringing neutral, natural beauty to nuptials without a) adding in several thousand for flowers and b) having to get matchy-matchy with your wedding party attire. If it’s done right, I’m totally into this.

Natural Beauty

Well, Meghan Markle did something right. Turns out the actress’ penchant for very natural makeup on her wedding day has translated pretty well to us common folk. In 2019, there’ll be less dark lipstick, crazy stage makeup, and overly intense highlighter adorning brides. Think more soft, pink, and natural-hued lips paired with light smoky eyes for this year.

Obviously, weddings are super personal, and everyone has their own taste, but we all have access to the same sh*t on Pinterest. How are we feeling about these trends? Honestly, I might be excited to start going to weddings again.

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The Perfect Cake: Your Ultimate Guide to Classic, Modern, and Whimsical Cakes

7 healthy desserts you’ll want to Instagram immediately

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No matter how many times I look through my Instagram feed and salivate over beautifully curated pictures of rainbow sprinkled banana splits, dense chocolate cakes, glistening glazed donuts, and stacks of ooey-gooey brownies, I fail to go the extra step in actually copying the recipe and making them. Not because I dont think I can, but because these desserts contain hundreds of calories and artificial ingredients that Id rather not consume and later regret.

Luckily, there are always healthy alternatives to these favorite treats made with nutritious ingredient swapsand they can be just as picturesque while still remaining gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, low-cal, and/or sugar-free.

Here is just one gallery of mouthwatering, healthy dessertsand you might not even be able to see or taste the difference! Thats because all of these dishes are made with rich, wholesome ingredients that you can actually pronounce rather than containing artificial sugars and flavorings. If youre going to enjoy dessert, why not make it good for your body and leave you feeling guilt-free, too?

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Chocolate avocado mousse

Spoiler alert: This beautiful mousse didnt come from Martha Stewarts cookbook. In fact, it was developed right in Thrive Markets own kitchen. While most chocolate whips are filled with empty calories and sugar, this unconventional dish spins that notion on its head. Believe it or not, this rich, chocolatey treat is made with only four ingredients: avocado, raw cacao, pure maple syrup, and mixed berries.

For the full Insta effect, serve in small ramekins with blackberries on top (this extra step also makes it prime for a decadent dinner party). Whatever the occasion may be, though, this sweet treat always does the trick without any added sugar. Even better, this chocolate avocado mousse can be made in five minutes, which is great if youre in a time crunch or looking for a quick fix.

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Double Chocolate Brownie Bites

Brownies are a dessert staple with unlimited variations from double chocolate to cream cheese, even pumpkin-spiced, theres no shortage of creative ideas for this chocolatey mini-cake.

Whats different about this recipe, though, is that its totally Paleo and grain-free; instead, these bites are made with ground flaxseeds, raw cacao powder, Medjool dates, vanilla extract, and of course dark chocolate. While they taste good on their own, you can also create a brownie sundae a la mode (with dairy-free ice cream) for the picture perfect finishing touch.

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Gluten-free vegan chocolate strawberry truffles

Next time you need an unforgettable gift, whip up a batch of these healthy homemade truffles that will leave your friends and family speechless (especially since they will be trying to get in every last bite). These rich little treats look picturesque when wrapped up together (see some of our tips for eco-friendly packing) but the real joy comes in devouring the full-bodied fruity flavors: each truffle is made with ripe Medjool dates, juicy strawberries, and unsweetened coconut flakes and then covered in crushed walnuts, cacao powder, and ground cinnamon, which helps to hold them together and provide a slightly firm texture. Since these tasty bites are made with all-natural ingredients (including no added sugar), and require no baking, they also qualify as a scrumptious raw dessert, too.

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Coconut creme brulee

Creme brulee has been around since the late 1600s, allowing ample time for it to be perfected and recreated over the yearsincluding Thrive Markets own exotic coconut variety. Though its made from only five ingredients (vanilla beans, coconut cream, egg yolks, coconut sugar, and a pinch of salt), this dish tastes like it came from a five-star kitchen.

The custard itself is Paleo-friendly and gluten-free and still includes the classic hardened top, made from a pinch of the coconut sugar and a handheld pastry torch. Serve at your next gathering, but be prepared for a round of pictures before you can actually dig in.

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Rosemary orange polenta cake

Moist and hearty texture meets bright citrus flavor in these European-inspired cakes that are ready for their photo shoot right out of the oven. Because each is miniature in size, theyre great for anyone watching portion control and can also be easily taken on-the-go for a quick pick-me-up. In Italy, where the recipe hails from, these desserts are known as tea cakes and are served in the afternoon with a side of fresh berries and a hot cup of Earl Grey.

Because these desserts are made with polenta rather than wheat flour, they also qualify as a great dessert option for anyone with a gluten intolerance or Celiac disease. But that doesnt mean people without food allergies cant still enjoy them, too!

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Almond Butter Cups

Skip the candy aisle and make a handful of these dark chocolate almond butter cups at home. If you dont have a chocolate factory waiting for you there, its okay, since this creative recipe uses only a mini cupcake tin and simple ingredients such as almond butter, maple syrup, raw honey, coconut oil, vanilla, and sea saltand thats it!

The creaminess from the almond butter goes perfectly with the hard chocolate shell, while the pinch of sea salt sprinkled on top becomes a great contrast to the sweet, nutty flavor. Make them ahead of time (each batch creates two dozen treats) and wrap up for sweet bites on-the-go or an incredibly generous gift. Just dont forget to capture a picture for Instagram so everyone can like your hard work.

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Triple ginger cookies with pomegranate molasses

If youre looking for basic cookies, youve come to the wrong place. This batch has double the pleasure bite into this scrumptious dessert and first youll experience a kick of hot ginger that tingles the tongue before the dense pomegranate molasses cools things off. The result is a a great contrast of flavors in one small treat that looks just as good as it tastes.

For even more photo-ready presentation, stack a few of them high on a plate and serve alongside a helping of candied ginger or blackberries. Another option is warming them up and serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, which adds an additional perfect combination of hot meets cold. See for yourself how this unique fusion delights a crowd, especially as it racks up all those Instagram likes.

This article originally published at Thrive Market here

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