Top Wedding Trends for 2018!

article by: Dani McEwin
PUBLISHED: January 16, 2018

Couples tying the knot in 2018 will be doing so in a more intimate event, and all facets of the day will showcase their personalities. So, if you are wondering whether to include something in your day, our answer is: if it is important to you, then yes! Don’t be afraid to let your individuality shine. Your guests will adore you, and your wedding, all the more for it.

Here we take a look at some of the upcoming wedding trends for this year, to help you plan an unforgettable day!

Bridal Gowns

In the world of bridal gowns, we will be seeing a surge of super sexy dresses: off shoulder, plunging necklines and crop top two pieces, in blushes, metallics and bold statement colours. We will also see a lot of beautiful romantic 3D florals on bridal gowns, as in recent collections from designers such as Oscar De La Renta. We also can’t go past elaborate bridal capes and shawls, with lots of brides opting for these over the traditional veil. Check out this stunning cape from the 2018 Elie Saab bridal collection.

elie saab

Suits

Grooms and groomsmen are also choosing bolder colours, along the lines of burgundy and plum, in gorgeous textures of crushed velvet and tweed, and as with the ‘maids, groomsmen will be opting for floral accents. Slim fitted suits will be the choice for 2018, with bow ties and suspenders adding a whimsical touch.

Suit

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids are going to be in pastels, florals, sexy metallics and most likely mismatched. Again, two piece outfits are growing in popularity. Think hair in tousled waves and loose braids. Makeup trends include eyelash extensions, dewy makeup finish and bold brows.

mismatched bridesmaids dresses

Wedding Party

In 2018, the movement towards mixed gender wedding parties will pick up pace, which we love!

Guest List

Weddings are becoming more intimate events, with discerning couples aiming to create a more personal feel. Guest numbers in 2018 are likely to be between 75-125, as opposed to the previous average of 150-250 attendees.

Statement floral features

Statement florals pieces are an absolute must have at your wedding, such as a hanging chandelier or elaborate floral arbor. This trend will continue in 2018, with couples opting for large hanging installations to create a stunning feature for their ceremony or reception room. We will also see more incorporation of lighting into these features, such as this stunning one below from Flower Jar.

hanging floral with light

Food and Drinks

Formal plated dinners remain a firm favourite for catering in 2018. However, couples are using the wedding meal as another opportunity to show their personality, and tell their story through the inclusion of their favourite foods.

Whilst wedding cakes won’t be disappearing in the new year, they are certainly shrinking. Couples will be opting to cut smaller, though still elegant, cakes, and serving this alongside other desserts as the star sweets. Cakes to look out for in 2018 will be decorated with watercolours and metallic accents, with fresh flowers.

Gorgeous Watercolour cakes by the talented Cake Ink

Gorgeous watercolour cakes by the talented Cake Ink

Beverages on offer become an increasingly important decision for the 2018 bride and groom. Craft beers and local wines are firm favourites, and signature cocktails designed by the duo will be making their debut.

Dessert bars

We are moving away from traditional lolly only buffets and we will be seeing more elaborate mini dessert bars in the new year, or luxurious chocolates mixed in with gorgeous desserts. We will be seeing a lot more quirky additions such as donut towers or dessert walls. These sweets will be the stars of the show and guests will be talking about the indulgent (and Instagram-able) morsels on display, long after the day is over!

Couples tying the knot in 2018 will be doing so in a more intimate event, and all facets of the day will showcase their personalities. So, if you are wondering whether to include something in your day, our answer is: if it is important to you, then yes! Don’t be afraid to let your individuality shine. Your guests will adore you, and your wedding, all the more for it.

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Thank you to the wonderful Lee Du Plooy for her input into this article xo

 

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