2024 Wedding Trends: What’s In and What’s Out

As we step into the wedding season of 2024, couples are redefining traditional wedding norms and embracing new trends that reflect their unique personalities and preferences. We briefly covered our “In’s” and “Out’s” on our Instagram and TikTok, so make sure to follow us for helpful tips and information on events. In this blog post, we’ll expand on the hottest “In’s” and the outdated “Outs” to help you plan a memorable and stylish wedding celebration. If you are still looking for a spot to host your wedding, please contact us here! We still have 2024 weekend dates available, and having a unique wedding on a boat is very IN this year!


  1. Wedding Brunches:

Morning ceremonies followed by brunch are increasingly becoming the preferred choice, providing a laid-back and delightful option to prolong the celebration. Consider the charm of exchanging vows in the morning and indulging in a delightful brunch, then having the rest of the day to day and celebrating—a trend that’s redefining the traditional wedding timeline.

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  1. Signature Cocktails and Mocktails:

Personalized drinks are making a splash at weddings. Couples are opting for signature cocktails and mocktails that reflect their taste and add a touch of exclusivity to the celebration.

  1. Weatherproof Venues:

Unpredictable weather? No problem! Couples are choosing weatherproof venues that ensure a seamless celebration, regardless of the weather. This is one of the greatest perks of our boats; we cruise rain or shine!

  1. Food as Favors:

Move over traditional wedding favors. Edible treats, whether it’s chocolate chip cookies to go or the couple’s favorite local treat, are gaining popularity as delightful and practical gifts for guests.

  1. Late Night Bites:

Keep the energy high by offering late-night bites. From mini sliders to tater-tot cups, couples are ensuring their guests are fueled for the dance floor. We work with Johnny Burke Catering and Events to provide a fun list of late-night bites for our couples onboard!

  1. Intimate Dinner Parties:

Smaller, intimate dinner parties are replacing grand receptions. Couples are opting for quality over quantity, creating meaningful connections with their nearest and dearest.

  1. Comfortable Shoes:

Brides and grooms are ditching uncomfortable footwear in favor of comfortable shoes that allow them to dance the night away without any hindrance.

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  1. Small Bridal Parties:

The trend of large bridal parties is on the decline. Couples are opting for smaller, more intimate groups, focusing on the closest friends and family who truly matter.

  1. Film and Flash Photography:

Vintage-inspired film and flash photography are coming back, adding a timeless and romantic feel to wedding albums.

  1. Lots of Florals:

Blooms are taking center stage in 2024 weddings. From extravagant floral garlands to cascading bouquets, couples are embracing the beauty of abundant floral arrangements. 


  1. Feeling pressured to pick a Saturday date:

Weekday weddings are becoming more acceptable as couples seek flexibility in choosing their celebration date.

  1. Not Eating at Your Wedding:

Couples are recognizing the importance of savoring the moment on their big day. It’s no longer about rushing through meals or skipping passed hors d’oeuvres to ensure they talk to every single one of their guests; instead, couples are taking a moment to enjoy the carefully curated spread they’ve prepared and allowing themselves a breath to relish in the joy of the occasion.

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  1. Overly-Posed Photos:

Natural and candid shots are in. Say goodbye to overly-posed photos that feel forced and staged.

  1. Excessive Decor and Signage:

Less is more. Couples opt for minimalist decor and avoid excessive signage that can clutter the venue. With Charles Riverboat Company, our boats and the views of Boston speak for themselves! 

  1. Wedding Hashtags:

The hashtag trend is fading away. Couples are focusing on enjoying the moment rather than encouraging guests to share on social media.

  1. Speeches Over Five Minutes:

Keep it short and sweet. Lengthy speeches are out, and couples are encouraging heartfelt, concise expressions of love and well-wishes.

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  1. Sweetheart Tables:

The traditional sweetheart table for the newlyweds is being replaced by inclusive head tables, allowing the bridal party to celebrate together.

  1. Matching bridesmaid dresses:

Bridesmaids express their individuality through mismatched dresses, creating a more dynamic and visually interesting bridal party.

Join Charles Riverboat on Your Special Day!

As we embark on the exciting journey of the 2024 wedding season, let’s celebrate love in all its unique glory! Couples are rewriting the rules, crafting celebrations that mirror their personalities and aspirations. Whether you’re drawn to the intimacy of a close-knit gathering, the allure of exceptional culinary experiences, or the timeless charm of classic photography styles, this is your canvas to paint. Your wedding day is a reflection of your love story—make it uniquely yours. To start crafting your unforgettable celebration, contact us at 617-621-3001. Cheers to breaking free from norms and creating memories that last a lifetime!