Tying the knot next year? Here are the hottest wedding trends that we predict will be huge for 2018…
Thanks to Pantone picking Greenery as their Colour of the Year, we’re expecting the trend for foliage to carry on way into 2018. Bouquets and decorations with plenty of beautiful leaves not only give your wedding a natural woodland look, but they’re also a lot easier on the budget!
Fairy lights and industrial were both big wedding trends for 2017, so it makes sense to combine them into one! Edison bulbs are hanging exposed bulbs with glowing filaments that bathe you in a warm light, and look fantastic hung under beams or clustered together for an urban take on a chandelier.
Gone are the days when your options were a church ceremony or a register office – these days more and more brides are opting for humanist ceremonies. We’ve seen a particular rise in handfasting ceremonies, an ancient Celtic tradition that sees the bride and groom have their hands bound together as part of their vows.
This 1970s craft is officially back, and it’s the perfect trend for boho weddings! Macramé is the art of knotting cord or string in pretty patterns, and can be used to create everything from ceremony backdrops to table runners and bunting.
We can’t resist a good slogan, and it looks like the wedding world is getting in on the trend too! From ‘Mrs’ clutch bags to ‘Bride’ leather jackets and ‘Bridesmaid’ tote bags, let your wedding accessories do the talking!
Nearly naked cakes
Goodbye naked cakes, hello translucent cakes! The new trend in naked cakes is to have a thin scraping of buttercream on the outside, which keeps the cake from going dry while still letting the sponge poke through. It looks just as pretty, too!
One of the hottest wedding dress trends at the moment is bridal separates, which lets brides mix and match tops, bottoms and jackets to create her own bridal look. Not only will you have a unique gown, but you’ll also be able to switch it up from ceremony to reception.
Forget ivory courts – we’re expecting brides and bridesmaids alike to be rocking statement shoes in 2018. Whether it’s colour, glitter, studs or slogans, statement shoes add personality to your look and can easily be worn again after the big day.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this will be your favourite wedding trend of 2018. Instead of sticking to one large wedding cake, couples are instead going for a range of smaller cakes in different flavours – sometimes even brought by guests! We’re also predicting that sweet treats like doughnuts and meringues become popular accompaniments for smaller wedding cakes.
Back yard weddings
A trend that’s big in the USA, back garden weddings are becoming more popular with couples who want a more budget-friendly and personal reception space. Just make sure you have enough room for a marquee or tent in case the heavens open!
Geodes and crystals
These sparkling natural beauties are already taking the internet by storm, and we reckon they’ll be huge for 2018. Think geode wedding cakes, agate slice place names and quartz bridal accessories.
Step aside, light-up letters – the new trend is neon signs! They add a kitsch touch to wedding décor, and you can even get your own custom signs made, which will make for a great keepsake after the big day.
Stop-motion wedding videos
If traditional wedding videography isn’t your thing, then this fun alternative could be right up your street. Made by using hundreds of still images, stop-motion videos give you a more ‘live’ feeling than the photographs, but without any of the awkwardness of real-time video. Definitely one for unique couples!
From vintage camper vans to refurbished horse boxes, we’re seeing plenty of quirky options for mobile bars in 2018. Combine that with the recently popularity of prosecco, craft beers and gin bars at weddings, and you have yourself one hell of a party!
For 2018, picnics are the new afternoon tea. Whether you hire caterers or do it yourself, simply add picnic classics like pies and quiches, scotch eggs, crisps and salads into a hamper, and give one to each table to share amongst themselves. Don’t forget the strawberries and plenty of fizz!
Light boxes are big in home décor at the moment, and we think they make the perfect finishing touch to wedding decorations too! Use them to spell your new married names, your wedding dates, or handy instructions like ‘Bar this way’ or ‘Please sign the guest book here’. Thanks to the fact that they light up, light boxes work especially well at evening receptions.
When it comes to catering, more and more couples are opting for classic comfort food over fancy five-course meals. Thank to street food vans and alternative catering companies, you can now serve your guests delicious options like mac and cheese, gourmet burgers, and bangers and mash.
Thanks to Pippa Middleton, we’re expecting to see a lot more high-necked wedding dresses on the runway in 2018. This elegant bridal trend is a counterpart to the plunge necklines that have been popular in recent years, and works for weddings in every season.
Another trend from across the pond, wedding hashtags are a great way to collate your wedding guests’ photos on social media. Simply come up with a hashtag (which could be a combo of your last names, your wedding date or your nicknames, e.g. #SmithWedding2018 or #JackandJillAreTyingTheKnot) and make sure that it’s shared on the invitations and on signage around your venue. That way you’ll easy be able to skim through the photos after the big day.
As wildflower bouquets and natural arrangements continue to be popular for weddings, more brides are taking their wedding flowers into their own hands – literally! Two days before the wedding, simply visit a local flower farm that provides pick-your-own, and go to town! Collect anything that you feel fits your wedding theme, but remember that you can be less picky with DIY flowers – it’s all about what’s in bloom. Then, simply leave in fresh cold water overnight, and have willing friends and family members arrange them the morning of the wedding. It’s a beautifully personal take on wedding flowers, and will help keep costs (and air miles) down for the big day.
An eye-catching ribbon backdrop is a fun way to give your ceremony, top table or photo booth a pop of your colour theme! They’re easy to DIY using fabric, lace or crepe paper, and are guaranteed to look fab in photos.
Move over, peonies! The new hottest wedding flower in town is the delightful dahlia, which comes in a huge range of colours and is available from May to November, making it one of the most versatile wedding blooms around.
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