2018 has arrived and the New Year has brought plenty of new wedding trends! While you’ll always have the option of choosing from classic decor and styles, there’s no reason why you can’t add some trendy ideas to your big day. We’ve got the year’s hottest trends you need to know when it comes to planning a 2018 wedding.
1. Fun wedding dessert tables
Who says you have to serve just the wedding cake? Don’t be afraid to let your sweet tooth shine in 2018. In addition to a traditional cake, couples are serving their favorite wedding desserts - think doughnuts, pies, macaroons, macarons, pavlova, ice cream, candy, and more.
2. Surprise your guests with Ultra Violet
Pantone has announced Ultra Violet as it’s 2018 Color of the Year. Use this dark, royal purple in your color palette! It’s a trendy way to add a pop of color to your wedding.
3. Potted plants as wedding decor
Potted plants will be huge in the wedding world in 2018. You can use these lively plants as aisle runners or as wedding decor at your altar. You could also use the greenery in your wedding reception hall.
4. Shades of copper in wedding themes
It’s time to shift your wedding color scheme from rose gold to copper. The metallic shade offers a more industrial feel and matches nearly any shade you can think of. It’s also an affordable material for your wedding!
5. Muted wedding florals
Bright colors will become a faux pas in 2018. Wedding florists are embracing muted florals such as lavenders, dark greens and pale peach.
6. 3D florals on wedding dresses
If you’ve picked up a bridal magazine recently, you’ve seen that 2018 will bring 3D floral designs to wedding gowns. The look offers a modern and romantic feel to any bride! Designers such as Oscar de la Renta and Viktor and Rolf have already started offering these dreamy dresses.
7. Small wedding parties
Do you really have 12 best friends? Wedding planners across the world are anticipating that brides will chose to chop the size of their bridal parties to better reflect friendships.
8. Translucent wedding decor
Translucent decor will have a huge moment in 2018. This can include semi-transparent tents, wedding signs, and furniture. It offers an incredibly modern and sleek look to any wedding theme.
9. Comfort foods
More couples are steering clear of the traditional three course meal and serving comfort foods such as pasta, pizza and burgers. You could also serve local food if you are having a destination wedding.
10. Unique wedding stationery
Paper is staying behind in 2017. This year brides are turning to alternative materials for wedding invitations, such as stone and wood. These types of materials can also double as a wedding favor.
11. Embracing local culture
Are you planning a destination wedding? Add touches of the local culture to your big day. This can include the menu, attire or music.
12. Colored candles as wedding decor
Candles can always offer your wedding and reception a nice, soft romantic glow. But don’t be afraid to use colorful candles to match your color palette and theme. You can also use beautiful and vintage candlesticks to match the mood.
13. Creative placeholders
2018 brides will use unique alternatives for placeholders. This can include leaves, agate or even candles. These seemingly small details can really wow your guests.
14. Pearl details
The delicate and gentle gemstones are coming back in popularity. Brides are using pearls for jewelry, headpieces and even in the details of their wedding gown.
15. Slashing the guest list
Do you really want to take the time to wade through hundreds of guests? This year, brides will be slashing the guest list in order to have a small, intimate wedding between close friends and family members.
Who says the celebrations stop after the reception? Creative after-parties will be huge in 2018. You can plan a fun bar crawl or take the party to a hotel suite.
17. Marble dance floors
How luxurious is this idea? Removable marble dance floors adds a touch of class to any venue. And the classic textures match with nearly any color palette or wedding theme. Make sure to grab some aerial pictures of guests on the dance floor for really amazing wedding photos!
18. Wedding wreaths
These circular garlands aren’t limited to just Christmas. Brides are opting for luxe and lush greenery wreaths to use for decor and even up at the altar.
19. Capes on wedding gowns
Adding a cape to any gown will make you feel like a Queen. Brides can choose a subtle cape or even one that reaches a cathedral length.