2018 Wedding Trends
The 2018 wedding season is here and we are seeing some emerging trends. 2017 was all about the rustic-themed wedding—think barn-to-table, mason jars and wood logs. Taking it’s place for 2018 is New Age Boho. This is less about following a specific theme or color scheme and more about creating a free-spirited vibe. It’s natural, romantic and full of flowers and greenery.
As rustic turns to rust, we are seeing wedding venues moving out of the barn for 2018 and into even more raw spaces. With the low-key vibe of a boho wedding, natural outdoor spaces are becoming top venues. The woods, a field outside a barn, vineyards. Since we all can’t rely on perfect weather, for indoor weddings industrial spaces are trending. Think a rehabbed, bare-bones warehouse, complete with brick walls, cement floor and exposed ductwork. The blank, open space allows for creating a personalized feel. We’ll get into decorating this blank slate shortly.
If you are planning a destination wedding, keep with the boho vibe by stepping out of your shoes and embracing the local culture. This might be through decor, traditions, food, etc.
Natural decor is trending for 2018. This of course means plants and flowers, but more live plants rather than cut flowers. Potted plants are perfect for aisle arrangements during the ceremony. Hanging baskets are ideal for reception decor. (Don’t ditch the plants after your wedding day. Save them to enjoy in your own home, or plant them in your yard.) Flower and moss walls and cascading greenery garland are popular, too. For indoor and outdoor locations, light up the space with patio rope lights. These can be strung from treetops outdoors and through the rafters in those industrial spaces.
Table settings are all about mixing and matching for 2018. Metal, wood, glass. Even using different glasses and plates among wedding guests is in, too. Rather than a full table cloth, simple lace or macrame table runners are trending. Center pieces are starting to get lower and smaller, too. This allows for everyone at the table to interact with no obstructions.
Paper place cards are out for 2018. Instead, couples are opting to write names on natural materials like sea glass, rocks or stones or slices of agate.
In keeping with this year's trend of new age boho, wedding dresses are following in suit. Look for bell sleeves and light, sheer hooded capes. Rather than heavy princess ballgowns, simple lace dresses are a top trend. Brides are also opting for more natural looks with hair and makeup.
As for the groom and groomsmen, couples are deciding to skip the formal black tux. Navy blue is now the most popular color for groomsmen suits, followed by charcoal and gray. Rather than the traditional black bow tie, the guys are wearing slim and narrow neckties for a bit more casual feel. If they are axing the jacket completely, the guys are wearing bow ties and suspenders with dress pants and a collared shirt. Are far as colors for those ties, matching the wedding colors is still in, but floral and other bold patterns are tops trends as well.
Even bridal bouquets are taking on trends this year. Thanks to the greenery trend, cascading bouquets have made a come back. Look for rich, bold flowers in bouquets this year, in colors like deep wine and burgundy accented with blush, coral and even fuchsia. For flowers, the peony and ranunculus are huge this year, while eucalyptus, lambs ear and ferns are perfect for that cascading greenery.
So there you have it, all the trends for 2018 from location, flowers, decor and more. Happy wedding planning!