We are just now getting into busy wedding season! 2018 is full of fun trends that may actually come by surprise, since couples are straying away from the "traditional" and are going for the "unconventional". Below are 5 top trends for 2018!
1. Metallics, marbles and geometrics
Photo by Jennifer Weems Photography
Even though this was a trend for 2017, it isn't a surprise that it is back again for 2018. Metallics, specifically gold-toned metallics, are still in! Smaller metallic decor pieces, such as votives and charger plates, are as popular as ever because they are small enough to be understated, yet still manage to pack a huge punch overall. Not only do metallics add an extra layer of “umph” to any look, but metallics are a great way to help make everything look and feel more luxe. Choosing metallic pieces with geometric shapes will create a modern feel. They also provide a cool break between the ultra-softness and romance of floral elements. Stone elements, such as marble pieces, are also being utilized for the same reason. We don’t care if this is a repeat trend, we love it and are happy to see these favorites stick around!
2. Keeping it casual
Photo by Tracy Shoopman Photography
Having a more casual affair is in! Younger couples have been choosing to go for a more laid-back route during their wedding festivities. In what might be the biggest departure from “traditional” style weddings, casual affairs have been trending because they are “no fuss”. Guests are able to feel more at ease and couples have less to worry about on their big day. Ultimately, comfort and simplicity are the main goal of casual weddings, and we think they look great!
The trend for Grooms and their Groomsmen is to be casual. Expect to see less suit coats, more unconventional shoes, and even silly socks on grooms. Females have also begun to adopt more casual styles, too. Brides in particular have opted for more natural, effortless hairstyles for their big day as opposed to the previously popular ultra-sophisticated updo.
Formal styles aren’t the only thing to disappear in 2018. Formal traditions are also becoming less popular with millennial couples. Sorry Mom and Dad, but it looks like the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances are quickly fading! Revered traditions like these dances, and even couple send offs (particularly involving sparklers) are now starting to be seen as “outdated” and “cliche” by millennial couples. While it may be sad to see some old traditions go, know that couples are opting to nix certain elements in order to replace them with their own creative and new traditions.
Photo by Blueflash Photography
While floral elements have always been a huge aspect of weddings, never before has such an emphasis been placed on natural greenery. From moss decor walls to leafy table runners, greenery isn’t just for bouquet filler anymore. Dare we say it, but greens might even surpass flowers this year! Greenery provides freshness and brightness to any arrangement, and can also can provide a lot of diversity, too. Beyond looking great, greens are also a more cost-friendly compared to flowers. A trend also with greenery is seeing the greens on large wall or hanging displays, low table centerpieces, and in cascading bouquets.
4. Outdoor space
Photo by Patrick Nied Photography
Who doesn't love the outdoors?! Outdoor venues have always been popular with our couples, but their popularity is only expected to grow. Garden venues, followed by barn venues, are the most popular places amongst couples for their wedding celebrations. Nature's background is ideal for photos, take a look at the photo above! WOW!!
5. Food displays
Photo by Dana Lynn Photography
Food is huge, at wedding! A trend for weddings, is the food having +50% couples eliminating plated service in favor of food displays. Food displays, different from a buffet, are highly stylized tables and offer unique, themed food options where guests can help themselves. Food displays allow for customization to fit their personalities, From pizza to a bacon-lovers station, there are endless of personalized setups that are easy, fun and most importantly, delicious. Displays are also cost effective, as they can be significantly cheaper than a plated service.
Thank you, WeddingWire for providing helpful insight to 2018 trends! Especially, Jeffra Trumpower, WeddingWire Associate Director of Content and Creative Services and Emilie Smith.