Whee!!! We are in the middle of engagement season, and I’m seeing lots of lovely, shiny rings out there. It’s so exciting! In light of all of the fun, I wanted to go ahead and share my top 8 2018 wedding trends that I really love right now.
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Before I start, I want to preface by saying – you do you. No matter the year, the trends or what anyone else says, be sure you and your sweetie are happy and in love with the elements of your day.
Ok, now on to our 2018 wedding trends!
ONE – Color
When Pantone named Ultra Violet as the 2018 Color of the Year, my heart sang. I semi predicted the color because I was slowly falling in love with all things purple. You’ll be seeing a lot of this hue this year, whether it’s in bridesmaid dresses, florals, invitations or even an engagement ring. Lovely!
Also, Navy Blue is the new neutral. Think of it for suits, dresses and even tablecloths. It’s timeless and a bit softer than black.
TWO – Statement Florals
When considering your flowers, they highly impact your day. Darker color palettes are coming into play, so think in rich hues that blend well together or are monochromatic in nature.
Hanging floral installations are high impact (no pun intended!) and add so much to a space. They offer color, interest, scent and can also make a large space feel more intimate.
Locally grown flowers are a big hit, especially because you can choose in-season flowers, which tend to be more economical. Think beyond the stem to blooms that grow on trees and bushes (even dogwood, Virginia’s state flower comes into play this year!).
THREE – Double Duty Elements
When it comes to picking decor and accessories, one of the 2018 wedding trends I’m seeing is the use of double duty elements. If you are purchasing something specific for your wedding, think about its use past the big day. A guest book alternative is always nice as mine has been put away for 23 years! This wooden initial below serves both as a monogram for your new home and as a memento from your day. Lovely! You can find this monogram via Etsy seller Coach House Woodworks here.
Instead of using a “welcome to our wedding day” sign, why not just change it up a bit with this reusable wedding day signage? It doesn’t limit itself to use only on the wedding day, and it would look beautiful in your new home! This sign is available here on Etsy from seller Chicago Factory Gifts.
I adore it when a place card doubles as a wedding favor! Each of your guests would be delighted to see their name engraved in wood in a take-home keepsake. So pretty! These are available via Etsy seller, Pirouette Paper Shop here.
FOUR – Crafting Smaller Events
Is your guest list overwhelming? Does the thought of having all 12 of your best friends in your wedding make you shy away? Well, enter the trend of “it’s ok to do it small” – what a relief! From truly curated guest lists to having just a few bridesmaids, more intimate weddings are taking center stage. Also, a really new trend is the wedding after party. This may seem a bit daunting, but imagine heading off to an evening of fun with a select few after you exit your wedding? Sounds fun!
photo by Chelsea Anderson Photography
FIVE – Destination Weddings
We are halfway through our 2018 wedding trends and are going to bounce off of the idea of a smaller event.
Would you believe that I know someone who plans weddings for a living that decided to whisk everyone away for a small, intimate coastal event? And guess what – it’s perfectly ok to do that! Planning a getaway with a few family and close friends in a memorable location is a trend that is taking off like a storm. Finances can be invested in travel and experiences. What a fun idea!
SIX – Create an Experience
Yes, a destination wedding will definitely be an experience all attendees will remember, but for those who are getting married close to home, you can still craft an experiential event. The central focus of this wedding trend is to keep in mind how your guests will feel. Play lawn games, rent kayaks by the water, have a pizza buffet. Make it fun and an event to remember.
SEVEN – Balloon Installations
Ok, we ALL love balloons, and they just add an element of fun. Whether you are 3 or 93, they just add joy to an event. There are ways to add fun balloon installations without making it look like a birthday party. They add color and a happy vibe… and weddings are happy!
photos via Lieschen Heiratet
EIGHT – Be Extra (but not too extra)
If you love something, take it in a new direction or go the extra mile. But curate what you are putting additional effort into so that your event isn’t overdone. A quirky dessert table is a fun way to have a different take on a cake.
Ditch the white candles and use color to add in a bit of flair to your space. What a subtle, impactful way to make a positive, fun change in something oh so simple.
Also, textured table linens are a way to add in a special touch. Notice the light lace below, but really there are endless color and pattern options!
Also, be sure to take a peek at my WDBJ7 segment chatting all about trends. So fun!
Whew! There are certainly a lot of 2018 wedding trends for you to consider, but don’t feel that you have to do them all. Or do them all. Or do none! After all, remember, this is truly YOUR wedding. Happy planning!!