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50 Fresh Wedding Ideas for 2018

New year, new wedding inspiration! Here, check out 50 ideas we're excited to see more of in this year's weddings.

By: Kristen Klein

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  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    A suspended geometric background gives your wedding a modern touch.

    Photo Credit: Treebird Photography

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Greenery has never been more popular in weddings; add a laser-cut quote to your backdrop for visual interest.

    Photo Credit: Debbie Lourens

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Less is more; dress up your ceremony space with greenery, tulle, and dozens of classic white candles.

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Balloons have emerged as a major trend for wedding — and they're used in whimsical, creative ways that transform this childhood favorite into something mature enough for your big day.

    Photo Credit: Girl Friday Creative

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Bring the indoors out. Tulle and a chandelier create a romantic ceremony atmosphere.

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    In a world where everyone is connected 24/7, there's something so refreshing about going unplugged for your ceremony. 

    Photo Credit: Rachel EH Photography

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    With such a beautiful natural backdrop, less is more becomes your décor motto. Cascading paper cranes perfectly fit the vision.

    Photo Credit: Eder Photo

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Make your first kiss as husband and wife something to really remember — with a color bomb set off at the special moment. 

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Combine tradition with modernity — make an entrance by yourself, then meet your parents halfway down the aisle to walk the rest of the path together.

    Photo Credit: Rockhill Studio

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    Oversized, free-flowing bouquets that look like they were just plucked from the garden are perfect for relaxed affairs.

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    Go bold with color. Make an even more dramatic statement with ribbons cascading from your bouquet.

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    Wear a floral crown that coordinates with your bouquet.

  • Attire

    Attire

    When it comes to your gown, texture is in — and something as simple as some stripes can really elevate your look.

  • Attire

    Attire

    Keep it simple for your hair; we love this sweet updo

  • Attire

    Attire

    With a sequined top and mini bouquet, this flower girl looks super chic and wedding-ready.

  • Attire

    Attire

    Let your groom shine! A white coat sets him apart from the groomsmen.

    Photo Credit: AL Weddings

  • Attire

    Attire

    The mix-and-match bridesmaid dress trend is still going strong — and we love how this crew looks cohesive without being matchy-matchy.

  • Stationery

    Stationery

    Invitations take a return to formality with a modern edge; combine classic calligraphy with bold colors for a unique twist. 

    Photo Credit: Hope Helmuth

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    In stark contrast to the unplugged ceremony, encourage your guests to document your reception — you'll love seeing your big day from their perspectives.

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Decorating the fifth wall takes your wedding to the next level. 

    Photo Credit: Conforti Photography 

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    A sweetheart table gives you and your new spouse some alone time at the reception, but it also puts up a divide between you and your guests that you may not necessarily want. Add some chairs to your table to encourage guests to stop by and chat.

    Photo Credit: Enchanted Celebrations

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    Maximize your budget by having your ceremony pieces work double duty, like these hoop wreaths for the bridesmaids that can be reused as a sweetheart table backdrop.

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    The little details can elevate your reception to the next level; dress up each place setting with a simple leaf and rose blossom.

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Eliminate paper waste by printing your menu on something more sustainable, like a leaf. 

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    A simple knot in a cloth napkin adds a romantic touch to your table.

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    If you're having a themed wedding, the escort card display is an important piece; it's the first thing your guests will be forced to pay attention to at the reception. For a literary theme, display the cards inside book pages. 

    Photo Credit: IJ Photo

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Watercolor stationery expertly ties together this table setting.

    Photo Credit: Conforti Photography 

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Keep it simple with your centerpiece; some greenery and candles are all you need.

    Photo Credit: Eileen K Photography

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Your venue tends to set the tone for your wedding — but if doesn't have to define it. A glittery table runner is a fun contrast to this rustic setting.

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Add visual interest to a fabric-draped reception space with a few bold printed panels. 

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    The right glassware can tie together your wedding vision; choose a vibrant color to enhance your palette.

    Photo Credit: The Story Photography

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Comfort is key; swap out a few of the traditional wedding chairs for comfortable couches and benches.

    Photo Credit: Skysight Photography

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Make a single bloom stand out by placing it on a tall pillar. 

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Encourage your guests to mix and mingle! In addition to assigned seats, place a large, long table in the center of the room, where guests can come and go as they please. 

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Use a patterned table runner as your main décor element on your tables; it's more affordable than towering flowers, and you can reuse it after the wedding. Accent it with fresh fruits and vegetables, like artichokes and lemons.

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    A mossy table runner is the perfect natural accent. 

  • Food & Drinks

    Food & Drinks

    When it comes to food, it's all about the presentation. 

  • Food & Drinks

    Food & Drinks

    Add to the guest experience with a mobile bar, where guests can skip the long lines and get a fresh drink made for them as they continue to mix and mingle. 

  • Food & Drinks

    Food & Drinks

    Donuts will continue to take center stage at weddings in 2018. We love this rustic display.

    Photo Credit: IJ Photo

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Confetti isn't just for your exit — make a dramatic entrance to your reception with a confetti blast.

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Bring on the props! Guests will love playing with light-up wands — you'll get some pretty cool pictures as well. 

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Strands of lights aren't just for outdoor weddings. Use globe lights to create a romantic atmosphere.

  • Cakes

    Cakes

    Give your cake extra height and a modern twist with a glass cube in place of a tier.

  • Cakes

    Cakes

    Combine hand-painted flowers, sugar flowers, and unique shapes for a rustic cake that feels modern.

    Photo Credit: Julie Anne Photography

  • Cakes

    Cakes

    Tradition, modernity, and fun come together for this dessert display.

    Photo Credit: Conforti Photography 

  • Cakes

    Cakes

    A geode cake will certainly be a conversation starter at your wedding.

  • Cakes

    Cakes

    Go for the gold with a metallic wedding cake.

  • Desserts

    Desserts

    Take your wedding cupcakes to the next level with these gourmet varieties.

  • Desserts

    Desserts

    Pie is a fun wedding dessert alternative; make it more user-friendly by displaying individual slices rather than full pies.

    Photo Credit: Eileen K Photography

  • Desserts

    Desserts

    in a world where you can get literally any food you want from a truck, there's something delightfully charming about a good old fashioned ice cream truck.

50 Fresh Wedding Ideas for 2018

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Real Wedding Video Inspiration

Courtney + Matthew exchange vows at Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas, surrounded by family and friends. Why We Love It: A destination WeddingMoon® done to perfection, from the mesmerizing oceanview ceremony spot to the sunset, lantern-lit reception right on the sand. Must-Sees: Pre-wedding festivities including the bonfire welcome party, and massages and mimosas just for the girls. Don't miss

the long formal dining tables adorned with tropical flowers, candles, and pineapple figurines. And, let's not forget the stunningly-dressed bridal party! Video by: Reynaldo Martin.

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