Every year, as we help couples plan their big day, we’re thrilled with how creative and distinctive each wedding becomes. Sometimes, couples stick to tradition and add a couple special touches. Others go all out for something totally unique. Either way, we’ve started to see a couple trends emerge for weddings in 2018.Here are a few of our favorites to inspire you in your own wedding planning:
Greenery, greenery and more greenery!
During the past decade, we’ve seen a major trend of moving weddings from churches and places of worship to the outdoors . Because of this, you’re going to start seeing natural flora and fauna in place of décor. This might include lining the aisle with potted plants, allowing ivy to wrap around the bar or greenery decorating the tabletops.
Smaller wedding parties
In 2016 and 2017, we saw brides who had large bridal parties, sometimes up to a dozen women! While it’s great to have that much love surrounding you on your special day, brides are starting to opt for more intimate bridal parties or even a single maid of honor
Statement flowers & colors
For your grandmother’s wedding, there were probably only a handful of flowers and colors to choose from to decorate. Now, couples are experimenting with colorful palettes and finding unique flowers to match. In 2018, expect to see big, detailed florals with a dark, moody palette.
All about the vibe
Back in the day, brides and grooms decorated based on color palette. However, now couples are going for vibes over palettes. Instead of “red, gold and gray,” couples may instead stick to a loose color theme and instead opt for vibes like “woodland romantic” or “lakeside chic.” This is perfect for destination weddings looking for local touches, or couples who have big, beautiful venues to play off, such as the Hagadone Event Center and Wedding Garden.
Money, money, money
Many couples still register for gifts, but are also opting to include the option to give cash as a wedding gift. This could be because more couples are living together before marriage or waiting until later in life to get married, so they’ve already accumulated items for their home (traditional registry items). Instead, they prefer to use money for a longer honeymoon or a down payment on a first home.
Many couples are moving away from giving favors and instead adding special touches to their wedding. We’ve seen s’mores stations, cigar and whiskey bars, welcome bags for out of town guests or spa treatments for those closest to the couple.
Stepping away from tradition
Many grooms and brides are going with their heart, instead of following tradition, and looking for new ways to include those they’re close to. Recently, at my wedding, my grandmothers acted as “flower matrons,” instead of the traditional child flower girl!
What trends have you seen this year? What traditions are you honoring — or passing on — while you plan your wedding? Let us know!