Reception Trends We Loved in 2018

Another year of amazing weddings has come to a close. Here's a look back at some of our favorite reception trends that emerged (or held strong) in 2018, and that we're looking forward to seeing more of in years to come. 

By: Kristen Klein

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  • Modern Romance

    Modern Romance

    From the curved tables to the black and blush color palette, this reception screams modern romance.

    Photo Credit: Jessica Claire

  • Iridescent Tablecloth

    Iridescent Tablecloth

    An iridescent tablecloth is a true show stopper. Pair it with muted flowers, soft blues, and gold flatware that’ll play beautifully against the color-changing effect.

    Photo Credit: Casa de Perrin

  • Scalloped Plates

    Scalloped Plates

    Elevate your table by making your place setting a part of your décor. A unique shape will draw the eye, and gold cutlery is an elegant touch.

    Photo Credit: Acorn Photography

  • The Little Details

    The Little Details

    Who knew napkins could be such a nice part of your décor? Especially for an outdoor wedding, more and more couples are skipping traditional tablecloths. Drape your napkins over the edges of the table instead to still achieve that soft look from linens.

    Photo Credit: Diktat Photography

  • Macramé


    Macramé is one of the biggest home décor trends right now, so it’s no surprise it’s also turning up in weddings. A simple backdrop like this can later be reused in your home, serving as a daily reminder of your most special day.

  • Bring the Indoors Out

    Bring the Indoors Out

    Just like couples trying to bring the outdoors in for their weddings, you can also bring the indoors out – accent a greenery-covered wall with mirror windows and suspend chandeliers from branches.

  • Hoop Décor

    Hoop Décor

    A hoop wreath is an easy and eye-catching DIY décor element that's been popping up in weddings. It can be customized to fit any wedding theme, from rustic to boho to modern. 

  • Photo Backdrop

    Photo Backdrop

    Weddings are more "social" than ever thanks to social media. A photo backdrop will encourage your guests to take and share fun pictures you'll treasure. Create one that coordinates with your wedding theme, like this travel backdrop for a destination wedding.

  • Reusable Décor

    Reusable Décor

    Double-duty décor continues to be a big trend. Invest in a beautiful but transportable wood pallet wall that you can use as your ceremony backdrop as well as behind your sweetheart table.

    Photo Credit: Sposto Photography

  • Make it Personal

    Make it Personal

    Personalized details make your guests feel truly appreciated. Set each place with a laser-cut name and thank-you card.

  • Dual-Purpose Space

    Dual-Purpose Space

    An indoor/outdoor reception space gives you the best of both worlds; you can dine under the stars while still being protected from the elements.

  • Rose Gold

    Rose Gold

    Rose gold continues to be the metal of choice for many brides. Incorporate this pretty metallic into your reception décor with rose gold chargers and floral vessels. 

  • Greenery Runner

    Greenery Runner

    Long, banquet-style reception tables not only help facilitate conversations between guests, but they have endless décor options. Skip the traditional centerpieces in favor of a greenery garland accented by candles. And suspended globe candles will beautifully light up your reception after dark.

  • Balloons


    Balloons are a huge trend in weddings. But how do you use balloons without it looking like a child's birthday party? Contrast the whimsy of an overhead balloon display with simple and chic table décor.

  • Love Sign

    Love Sign

    Wedding signs continue to be prevalent, and these oversized love letters take it to the next level.

    Photo Credit: Acorn Photography

  • Contrasting Colors

    Contrasting Colors

    Go bold with your color palette. Unexpected color combinations – like red and purple – will make your wedding stand out.

    Photo Credit: 5ive15ifteen

  • White & Gold

    White & Gold

    An all-white color palette will never go out of style – but you can modernize it by opting for square tables and gold accents.

    Photo Credit: Milanes Weddings

  • Treat Yo Self

    Treat Yo Self

    Dessert should be fun! This ice cream-inspired display will wow your guests.

    Photo Credit: Sweetlee Made

  • Geode Cake

    Geode Cake

    Geode was one of the biggest wedding trends of the year, and one of our favorite ways to incorporate gemstone elements is with the cake.

    Photo Credit: Wilde Company

  • Moss Runner

    Moss Runner

    Greenery continues to be a big trend for reception décor; adding a moss table runner on a natural wood table truly brings the outdoors in.

  • Fern Backdrop

    Fern Backdrop

    Opulent floral walls have been popular since the days of Kim & Kanye, but we're loving the more natural approach that's emerging. A fern-covered wall with a sweet quote sets your wedding apart. 

    Photo Credit: Debbie Lourens

  • Mix and Match Tables

    Mix and Match Tables

    Not every table needs to have the same number of guests. Make your table chart less of a headache and your reception seating more visually appealing at the same time by mixing and matching table shapes.

  • Emoji Favors

    Emoji Favors

    Practical wedding favors reign supreme. We love this cute favor that pokes fun at the stress of planning a wedding.

    Photo Credit: K & K Photography

  • Ceiling Décor

    Ceiling Décor

    Don’t underestimate the power of ceiling décor; create a cohesive vision with chandeliers that coordinate with the chairs and suspended flowers that match the centerpieces.

  • Sweetheart Table

    Sweetheart Table

    Comfort and style come together for the ultimate sweetheart table. Make it a focal point with gorgeous décor, as well as the most comfortable spot in the room by swapping out the wedding chairs with a leather couch.

  • Choreographed Dance

    Choreographed Dance

    Expertly choreographed first dances will never get old.

    Photo Credit: Conforti Photography 

  • Minimalist Centerpiece

    Minimalist Centerpiece

    Minimalist chic floral stands put the emphasis on your fresh greenery and flowers.

    Photo Credit: Conforti Photography 

  • Cake Room

    Cake Room

    Because a cake this gorgeous deserves its own room! Turn your cake into a true focal point of your reception.

  • Love is Brewing

    Love is Brewing

    Craft breweries exploded in 2018, and it’s no surprise that carried over into weddings. From hosting weddings inside breweries to creating custom brews, beer is back and better than ever.

    Photo Credit: Wedding Duo

  • Bold & Gold Cake

    Bold & Gold Cake

    When it comes to cakes, metallic accents are all the rage. We love how this offset cake uses metallics between bold layers.

Reception Trends We Loved in 2018