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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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