Each wedding season ushers in a new era of inspiration for brides tying the knot that year, and 2018 is generating plenty of new ideas and gorgeous details to feature on your big day. There is some absolutely beautiful, fantastically romantic wedding inspo currently trending on social media for the upcoming wedding season, and we’ve got the predictions to guide you in every wedding-related decision you may have to make this year.
Colors & Themes
The grass is greener. Gorgeous shades of green are the color of choice for brides tying the knot in 2018, and it’s not hard to see why so many couples are drawn to this particular neutral. “Green is the color of life, renewal, nature, and energy, and is associated with meanings of growth, harmony, freshness, safety, fertility, and environment,” says Bourne Creative. “The color green has healing power and is understood to be the most restful and relaxing color for the human eye.” Trending shades of green can seamlessly be incorporated into just about any reception theme, but will be particularly stunning in the rustic and woodland themes we’ll be seeing this year.
Woodsy and rustic. Barnyard weddings and rustic details are still on the rise, but more brides are focusing less on country elements and more on woodland whimsy. It’s a subtle distinction, but it helps to think of it as “less burlap, more wooden details.” While the rustic trend is heavy on shabby chic, country-inspired details, the woodland trend highlights more forest creatures (squirrels, deer and antlers, owls), pinecones, mushrooms, acorns, leaves, and other forest-friendly features. Brides should focus on hearty floral arrangements rounded out with lots of greens to complete the look.
Late-night experiences. More and more couples are choosing to surprise guests with a late-night treat at the reception to keep guests feeling full and focused on dancing the night away, according to Brides. While the bride and groom certainly fantasize about reciting their vows during the ceremony, the vast majority of wedding planning efforts are invested in reception details, and engaged couples care about making their reception a memorable event for their guests. Finding new ways to delight those guests who really came to party down with you on your big day will be a huge trend in 2018.
Hanging flowers. Chandelier-style centerpieces are going to be all the rage this wedding season, according to Wedding Wire. These breathtaking arrangements are suspended above the individual tables or as a focal point in the middle of the room, and they are a stunning alternative to the traditional centerpieces we’ve seen at every wedding we’ve ever been to so far. The best part about hanging centerpieces is that they can’t obstruct dinner conversation between your guests, but they still make a big statement in your reception hall.
Marble and metallics. Savvy brides know that a picture-perfect wedding day isn’t just about colors and themes; it’s also about textures and finishes. Sequins, rhinestones, glitter, and sparkle of all kinds has been popular in the wedding industry for years, but metallics are growing in popularity, too. Marbled wedding cakes are on trend for wedding desserts, and the unique design is sure to be something your guests have never seen at a wedding before! Brides are even spending top-dollar on marble place settings and dance floors, bringing the cool, clean texture of marble and metallic into even more elements of their decor.
Princess capes. When keeping with the woodsy wedding trend, brides are channeling their inner Snow White with dramatic princess-style capes to drape over their custom bridal gown on the big day. If you’re not necessarily interested in having a winter wedding, you’ll be happy to know that these capes come in a variety of textures, ranging from winter warm to super sheer. Some capes mimic the effect of a cathedral-length veil or train, and many are embellished with lovely details to amp up the drama for your “I do’s.”
Personalization. “From things such as their invites to the band that plays at the reception, couples are paying more to personalize all of the details,” explains Kellie Gould, editor-in-chief of The Knot. According to XO Group, custom wedding experiences have more than tripled in recent years, rising from just 11 percent in 2009 to 41 percent in 2016. The trend will continue into 2018, with everything from personalized wedding glassware to custom fireworks shows showcasing the newlyweds’ tastes. As you’re considering favors for your guests, gifts for your bridesmaids, or even developing your registry, try to think of ways to personalize what you’re doing for that little something “extra.”
Smart home technology. Speaking of wedding registries, don’t forget that your guests will be looking to make a contribution to yours! One of the trending gifts to put on your bridal registry is a smart home technology, which ranges from voice-activated assistants like Amazon’s Alexa to artificial-intelligence powered, autonomous home security systems. Make your newlywed nest a smart home by registering for some new tech in 2018.
What wedding trends are you looking forward to the most in the upcoming season? Share your predictions in the comments.