Wedding trends are something thousands of couples are following up on to make sure their special day delivers their very own Happy Ever After.
But with so much to choose from to make your Wedding Day special – from the all-important dress and venue through to the food and flowers – where do you start?
Here we take a look at what are going to be some of the biggest wedding trends for 2018
Fairy lights and industrial are going to continue to be big wedding trends for 2017, so it makes sense to combine them into one! Edison bulbs are hanging exposed bulbs with glowing filaments that bathe you in a warm light, and look fantastic hung under beams or clustered together for an urban take on a chandelier.
Warehouse wedding venues are also set to be huge – glammed-up with candles, fairy lights and beautiful floral arrangements.
It was a wedding trend in 2017, but it’s still going to be going strong in 2018 – get creative and go for unusual wedding catering.
Think either a fun food truck or a themed food station such as a Champagne & Oyster Bar or a Doughnut Deli, to add a good dose of fun to the day.
Paper flowers are a cheap and pretty way to add to your wedding décor. A wall of paper flowers makes for an amazing backdrop to your top table, or in an unusual wedding photo booth and is another of the wedding trends for 2018.
You can also easily make your own paper flowers for your wedding and use them in centrepieces and bouquets.
Star Themed Weddings
You really can reach for the stars when it comes to wedding planning. Jenny Packham recently revealed a beautiful star-print wedding dress and celestial stationery, starry décor and planet-themed table names are all seriously on trend.
The rustic wedding trend is getting more and more popular and it is so cute while offering that personal touch to proceedings.
It can be a stylish way to present your wedding signs – from a favourite romantic quote or your table plan. Guests can also get involved in creating the unique additions to your wedding day.
Fairy lights are great and all, don’t get us wrong, but hoops are the new kid on the block when it comes to making your venue look gorgeously modern. Wooden hoops are adorned with leaves and branches and suspended from the ceiling, like a botanical chandelier.
Copper, which found popularity last year, shows no signs of going out of fashion – and it helps that copper looks amazing with green. Even prettier than copper? Rose gold. Rose gold wedding and engagement rings are picking up serious popularity and why wouldn’t you want your reception details to match your jewellery?
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this will be one of your favourite wedding trends of 2018. Instead of sticking to one large wedding cake, couples are instead going for a range of smaller cakes in different flavours – sometimes even brought by guests!
Sweet treats like doughnuts and meringues are also becoming popular accompaniments for smaller wedding cakes.
Branch out with your wedding trends and say it with trees! From olive to citrus, birch to bay – decorative trees (rented or bought) can add a wonderful dash of drama to the décor.
From vintage camper vans to refurbished horse boxes, they’re plenty of quirky options for mobile bars in 2018. Combine that with the recently popularity of prosecco, craft beers and gin bars at weddings, and you have yourself one hell of a party!
Light-up letters are still in vogue and the new kid on the block is neon signs – making it one of the most illuminating wedding trends!
They add a kitsch touch to wedding décor, and you can even get your own custom signs made, which will make for a great keepsake after the big day.
When it comes to catering, more and more couples are opting for classic comfort food over fancy five-course meals. Thank to street food vans and alternative catering companies, you can now serve your guests delicious options like mac and cheese, gourmet burgers, and bangers and mash.
Another trend from across the pond, wedding hashtags are a great way to collate your wedding guests’ photos on social media. Simply come up with a hashtag (which could be a combo of your last names, your wedding date or your nicknames, e.g. #BarkerWedding2018) and make sure that it’s shared on the invitations and on signage around your venue. That way you’ll easy be able to skim through the photos after the big day.
Pick your Petals
As wildflower bouquets and natural arrangements continue to be popular for weddings, more brides are taking their wedding flowers into their own hands – literally!
Two days before the wedding, visit a local flower farm that provides pick-your-own, then leave in cold water, and have willing friends and family arrange them the morning of the wedding.