Hot Wedding Trends to Watch
Weddings offer couples the opportunity to take part in time-honored traditions, from reciting their vows to slicing the cake. But these celebrations also reflect what’s trendy right now in the wedding industry.
So, what’s hot in weddings in 2018? Whether you’re planning a wedding or simply curious about what to expect as a guest, here are five trends likely to be seen this year and beyond.
Trend #1: Formal Is InThe casual, rustic wedding trend of recent years appears to be on its way out. Instead of the mason jars and burlap table runners common over the last few years, formal weddings are returning in a major way this year, according to WeddingWire.com. That includes everything from traditional tuxedos to elegant decor. But just because many weddings are taking a formal turn, that doesn’t mean they’re lacking color. Some couples are turning to navy shades instead of black for everything from invitations to bridesmaid dresses, WeddingWire.com reports. Expect to see classic tuxedos taking a navy turn at celebrations this year.
Trend #2: Lush GreeneryWhether it’s potted plants lining the aisle or greenery adorning an outdoor tent, plants are stealing the show this year, Brides.com says. Couples are swapping in ivy or other garlands for their outdoor celebrations in lieu of cloth drapery. And decorating your aisle with plants can give the wedding an English garden vibe, Martha Stewart Weddings says. Some brides are ditching flowers entirely for a bouquet full of greenery, Country Living reports. Or they might stick with a floral bouquet and go green with boutonnieres or even tuck a small spray of plants into their hairstyle.
Trend #3: Thinking Outside the CakeThe dessert table may be stocked with more than just cake in 2018. Millennial brides and grooms are putting food at the center of their celebrations, Brides.com says, and their passion for all things edible extends to dessert. That includes treats such as popsicles, ice cream sandwiches and even donuts. Some couples are opting for health-conscious food, Vogue says, so lighter fare such as shaved ice is also in demand.
Trend #4: Hanging FlowersWhy arrange your flowers in vases when you can hang them from the ceiling? That’s the question plenty of wedding planners are asking this year, as the hanging floral arrangement craze takes hold. In its most elaborate version, some couples are creating upside-down gardens, The Knot reports. Plants and flowers cover the ceiling of the venue, creating an ultra-glam aesthetic. Or you could create a flower chandelier out of long blooms such as hyacinths, The Knot suggests. Some brides are combining two trends into one with hanging greenery, Brides.com reports. These can take the form of green garlands, wreaths laced with ferns or simply cut branches laced through the rafters of the venue.
Trend #5: Velvet Not-So-UndergroundFrom table runners to bridesmaid dresses, velvet will be everywhere in weddings this year. Soft to the touch with a pop of personality, this fabric looks luxurious (making it perfect for of-the-moment formal affairs), it’s also cozy and comfortable, WeddingWire says. Couples are also tying the fabric into bouquets and incorporating special touches into their invitations and attire, Martha Stewart Weddings says. After all, velvet shoes never go out of style.