Trends come in and out of style, and something that is popular now won’t necessarily be popular a couple years from now. Oftentimes, the complete opposite has come into style! There are a lot of wedding traditions that don’t necessarily suit modern couples, so for 2018 weddings you can expect to see more interesting twists on old classics. Take a look though our list of Top 5 Wedding Trends for the 2018 to see what new trends you can expect to see in the upcoming wedding seasons.
Trend #1: Smaller Weddings
Photographer: Tricia Victoria Photography
Gigantic weddings with a 700 person guest list, extravagant over-the-top décor, and budgets that put everyone into debt are a thing of the past. These days, elopements and smaller wedding celebrations are the way to go! Smaller weddings allow you to spend more money on the wedding venue and vacation spot, which is why destination weddings are so perfect… instead of spending money on feeding a small village, you can spend money on a beautiful vacation. When you have a group of 15 – 50 people, you’ll still have your nearest and dearest beside you on your big day, but you’ll also get to explore a wonderful new destination (or head back to a favourite resort)!
Trend #2: Wedding Parties
A new – and long over-due trend – in wedding parties is to throw tradition out the window, and have Groomsladies and Bridesmen! More and more couples are celebrating the diversity of their friendships and families by flipping the switch on the typical wedding party and having both men and women on on their side of the aisle for support. When you have Groomsladies and Bridesmen you also get to play with the latest fashion trends – will the women and men on both sides of the aisle wear the same dress but in different colours? Will the women on the groom’s side get to wear tuxedos? Will the men on the bride’s side wear coloured suits? The options are endless and for 2018 weddings we can’t wait to see how the wedding party evolves!
Trend #3: Fashion
Photographer: Revos Photos
White wedding dresses are typically seen as the traditional outfit for a bride, but it’s actually a fairly new trend as far as history goes. The white wedding dress only became popular when Queen Victoria got married in 1840! Back then, she was seen as bucking the trend by going with a simple white gown, as most brides in her day wore red to walk down the aisle. Moving forward into 2018, brides are looking to buck tradition by choosing a colourful wedding dress or a well-fitted suit to wear on their big day, which can be just as (if not more) elegant than the simple white gown. Coloured dresses and suits allow brides and grooms to show their individual personality and style or pay homage to their culture and background. The revamped wedding look is a 2018 trend we can’t wait to see more of!
Trend #4: Food
We’ve all been to traditional weddings where after nibbling on some passed hors d’oeuvres, you sit down for a plated meal of chicken or beef, feeling full but not necessarily excited about your meal. If you and your guests are foodies, why not go all out on the food for your big day? In 2018, we’re seeing people choose buffets and food stations in place of traditional seated plated meals! Buffets and food stations are great, especially in destination, as they let people have their pick of food and allows them to walk around and sample different dishes while they mix and mingle with other wedding guests. Getting creative with your menu and providing a delicious meal for you and your guests is a 2018 wedding trend we are just salivating for!
Trend #5: Décor
Photographer: Sweetfire Photography
When it comes to décor, the hottest colours are an ever-revolving door. In 2016 and 2017 we’ve seen a lot of 80s colours like mint green and pink, or the new neutral colours of dove grey and navy blue. These colours look wonderful (especially in destination locations) and we expect this trend to stick around for a few more seasons! For other decor, the current trend is to go with a combination of rustic pieces, including natural woods, floral patterns, and wild bouquets; combined with subtle glam accents including glass vases, tea candles, and metallic accessories to create a gorgeous boho-chic vibe. For 2018 weddings we expect to see a shift away from the garden pastel accents to more bold and vivacious colours. Deep reds, plum purples, and rich golds will definitely make a come-back in the next year or two!
No matter what you trends you follow, your wedding should be a reflection of you and your partner – what you love, and what makes you unique as a couple. Don’t be shy about coming up with your own trends and traditions, because you never know when something might come into style! What’s important is that you love every aspect of your big day.