A new year is almost upon us, and if you’re getting married in 2018, welcoming in the turn of the digits will be even more exciting that usual. Already, there are a few hot trends to know about for the year ahead. Adding a few of these to your traditional day can help welcome in the new. Take a look…
From being out in style Siberia for the last few years, purple is making a huge comeback as a wedding colour scheme for 2018. While last year saw green and earth tones lead a trend for lots of foliage and eau de nil bridesmaids dresses, this year gives lilac, mauve and violet a chance to shine. From beautiful purple blooms to natural agate table decorations, there are lots of ways to add a subtle purple twist to your day.
Sweet Like Chocolate
Instead of one large cake, multiple desserts and wedding treats are now gaining in popularity, from the spectacular French Croquembouche tower to layered wedding meringues and personalised cookies, options for a sweet treat to celebrate your day are more numerous than ever.
Dresses Go 3D
Texture is making a major comeback on dresses, whether it’s delicate 3D florals as seen on the catwalk at Oscar De La Renta or overlayers of fines pleaded chiffon, ruffles of tulle or textured lace. Touchable details bring new interest to traditional gowns and give a whimsical look that injects just the right note of fun.
See Right Through It
Transparent decor is going to be big news next year, from clear crystal glasses, tablewear and candlesticks to Perspex ghost chairs. The elegant and clean theme lends an amazing, ethereal look, especially by candlelight. The trend will even extend into stationary, with order of service cards for your wedding printed on semi-sheer paper for a clean, ultra-modern but timeless look.
Mixing Up The Food
The traditional three course meal is falling out of favour as more brides opt for quirkier catering choices for 2018. Culture fusion is a huge theme – especially if it reflects the heritage of bride or groom – with elaborate Persian or Chinese feasts adding a sense of occasion. More informal options like wood fired pizza and sushi are also becoming more normal, with many opting away from silver service formality in favour of relaxed sharing plates for guests to make the experience more social.
Not a fan of flashy diamanté? The subtler charms of pearl are set to make a bigger statement in 2018. From pearl embellishments on wedding dresses, to giant faux pearl table decorations and appearances woven into the hair, the soft beauty of the pearlescent stone will shine through in next year’s weddings. A classy way to add a special touch to your big day.
Not just for Christmas, the traditional wreath will gain popularity as a wedding decoration. Simple sensory versions using aromatic greenery such as eucalyptus and safe will add a fresh dimension to venues. Small paper tags can be attached featuring guests’ well wishes for the happy couple, in the style of the wedding trees that have been popular for the last few years. Bohemian tales on the look featuring trailing grasses and wildflowers will complement ceremonies with a more natural theme.
Not just for superheroes, capes are set to be the accessory du hour, taking over from veils and boleros as the cover-up of choice. From coat fur-trimmed numbers for a winter wedding to delicate, lace-embellished numbers in summer, the most fashionable dresses will feature a trail from the shoulders. Shorter styles will work up to full-length numbers for those who really want to make an impact walking down the aisle. This trend has been spotted on the couture bridal catwalks at Temperley London.
Cuts to the Guest List
Big bashes have been slowly declining in popularity over the last few years, and 2018 will see the trend towards intimate, smaller weddings continue. Whether it’s realising that a petite guest list means you get to spend more time with those you really love, or as a cost-saving measure, many brides will be waving goodbye to huge crowds served buffet style, especially for second weddings. With only the people who matter most to you making the cut, extra cash can be put towards travels on an amazing honeymoon.
Whatever you choose to do, whether it’s just a nod to the latest trends or whether these themes truly speak to your heart, having a special day that is unique to you and your loved ones is all about adding that extra special personal touch to proceedings.