18 Top Wedding Trends for 2018

Top planners and tastemakers share all that's new in weddings, from cocktails to flowers, décor, cakes, and more. Here the delicious details.

The Décor

Fantasy florals, bold color combinations, showstopping backdrops—here are the in-demand trends for table settings, backdrops, invitations and more.

Color is Back: Color is an easy way to bring in your personality. Keep an eye out for warm corals; brighter pinks, purples and blues; and moody jewel tones. Or do something completely unexpected and pair high contrast colors, like cherry red and aqua, pink flamingo and kelly green, or lemon yellow and tangy orange. Don’t limit your color use to the flowers or table linens — colored glassware is an unexpected touch that elevates any tablescape.

bold damask wedding tablescape
Photo Credit: Milou and Olin Photography

And So is Black: This trend is pulled straight from the fashion pages, where black accents are giving wedding gowns a glamorous edge. Look for black ribbons to grace bouquets, invitations and table runners. Or go all in and request black chairs and black chargers, which look stunning paired with gold cutlery and glassware. Or consider black tablecloths and napkins. For a final touch, opt for chic black ink on mirrored glass for your display signage.

Dramatic Backdrops: Ceremony backdrops for outdoor weddings, escort card displays, backdrops for photo booths and food stations are getting more and more creative. “These are all key parts of the wow factor,” says Sarah Chancey, founder of Chancey Charm Weddings, with planners in 13 cities. “They’re showstoppers.” A few ideas: macramé hangings with floral accents, commissioned murals, geometric wooden structures, boxwood walls, strings of dangling lights and fresh blooms in an ombré pattern.

tropical wedding backdrop
Photo Credit: Meggie Taylor Photography

Whimsical Embellishments & Towering Floral Arrangements: Who says florals need to be fresh picked, or even real? Crafters are doing amazing things with paper, like jaw-dropping “flower” garlands with blooms so realistic even master gardeners will need to look twice. Ribbon streamers, tassels and balloons are other unconventional materials that lend themselves well to both ethereal and modern celebrations. As for flowers, things are looking up — literally. Hanging installations are still going strong, but florists are also noting an uptick in requests for super-tall centerpieces, as well as taller pillars to stage and display flowers at the ceremony and cocktail hour.

A Nod to Mod: Glitter and sequins aren’t the only ways to add shine to your party. Light-reflecting lucite is striking and modern. The transparent material commands attention without distracting from the view. Display flowers and candles in (or under) containers of different shapes and sizes for a glitzy tablescape. Or give the reception space a luxe vibe with lucite chairs, cocktail tables and signage.

lucite wedding reception chairs
Photo Credit: Bryce Covey

Invitations That Push the Envelope: You know what they say about first impressions. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that couples are interested in invitation suites with personality. Custom-painted invites are still going strong, as are pieces with foil stamping, watercolor or calligraphy. On the rise are invites made from something other than paper, like etched plexiglass or printed felt.

wedding invitation
Photo courtesy of Minted.com

Creative Signage: Signs aren’t just necessary (This way to the ceremony), they’re fun. “They can get guests talking, and are one of my favorite ways to add a personal touch, ” says Sara Fried, owner of Fête Nashville. In addition to clever directional signage, consider putting a portion of your vows, a signature saying or the lyrics to your favorite song on display near the bar, the photo booth or the cake table. Faux marble, slate, acrylic, mirrors and record albums are some alternatives to standard wood and chalkboards.

wedding table signs
Photo courtesy of Extraordinary Desserts

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