Think all weddings are the same? Think again! With the arrival of a new year, comes a whole new host of wedding trends and what a year 2018 is set to be. If you’ve chosen this year to say your “I dos”, check out the trends topping the charts, which serve as perfect #weddinginspo for your big day.
This year, intimate gatherings and grand affairs are both having a bit of a moment. When it comes to numbers, there’s no in-between. Couples are either opting for low key and cosy or going all-out. Intimate weddings, with guests less than 100 focus on food, with the bride and groom treating guests to a fabulous feast. The vibe is relaxed with couples using the opportunity to inject oodles of their personality into their day. For those opting for a more extravagant affair, brides and grooms are embracing the idea of throwing the biggest party of their lives. OTT and drama are the order of the day, with attention to detail proving key.
When it comes to venues, expect the unexpected. Couples are swayed by locations which are far from ordinary for their wedding day. Open spaces and industrialised architecture are one of the key wedding trends to fall for in 2018. The space allows couples to host a modern day wedding with loads of their personality. Venues with an industrial edge give the day a cool feel, while still allowing couples to add a touch of romance, through flowers, candles and lighting.
For 2018, dresses are set to veer more on the relaxed side. Floaty, bohemian style dresses prove they’re far from boring, thanks to the perfect balance of elegance and intricate detailing to keep things romantic and chic. Or, if you’re a bride who prefers a little drama, last year hinted at coloured dresses, which are set to be huge for 2018. When it comes to this trend, subtlety is key. Dresses with just a hint of colour through floral detailing will still keep things distinctly bridal.
The bridesmaids’ dresses
This year, is all about separates! More and more brides are opting for dresses with a difference for their leading ladies and 2018 is set to be the year of the separates. This trend is perfect for brides who crave a little freedom in how they dress their bridesmaids, allowing them to switch up necklines or change the length of skirts, while still keeping the look uniform.
When it comes to bridal beauty, take cue from New York Bridal Fashion Week. The runways were awash with barefaced beauties, with the dewy look taking centre stage. Makeup was brought to life with the addition of a bright lip, which effortlessly popped. And for the crowning glory, side partings and flowing locks were the order of the day, which ties in with 2018’s bohemian wedding dress trend. For the fashion-forward bride, a top knot is key, particularly if you’ve chosen a backless dress with delicate detailing.
Fabulous florals for 2018 are set for a change! This year, gypsophila or ‘baby’s breath’ as it’s more commonly known, ties in perfectly with the move towards more foliage and less flowers. Free-form bouquets, with their freshly picked from the garden appeal, perfectly complement a wide variety of wedding themes. Their relaxed, whimsical look, can be carried through everything from bouquets to buttonholes and even table displays.
One of the hottest wedding trends for 2017 was the use of florals in stationery and this year their presence is set to continue, through the use of pressed, rather than illustrated flowers. This gives invites a fresh new look and is guaranteed to wow guests upon their arrival.
Fashion-led wedding cakes are one of the hottest wedding trends for 2018, with inspiration drawing from the latest runway trends. Wedding cakes have become a form of artwork, with the consensus being the more tiers the better. When it comes to decoration, marbled cakes, metallics, unusual textures and sugar flower pieces show that finishing touches are less than ordinary.
Whether you opt to introduce some key wedding trends for 2018, or go entirely with your own tastes, we’re sure that your wedding will be wonderful!