An obvious starting point for planning any wedding is the venue, and more often than not, the look and type of venue will play a pivotal role in setting the tone for your entire theme. Recent years has seen a surge in industrial-looking venues and spaces. Think warehouses and seemingly derelict buildings. These provide a fantastic blank canvas and allow you to really personalise the area and bring in your own decor and detailing to really make it your own.
Open spaces and industrial architecture will be a continuing trend this year, allowing couples to host a modern wedding with real character, as more and more are looking for unique venues to show off their individuality. They still enable you to dress up the space as you wish, or leave it fairly minimalist to give it a cool and edgy feel.
Wedding Themes and Decor
Key themes for 2018 will be an emphasis on natural light and stripping things back to basics. Minimalism and polished details are really big this year and this all ties in perfectly with the move to use open industrial-style venues. These are all complemented by metallic detailing such as copper, along with marble aspects. When it comes to matching these with floral designs, greens and whites are the order of the day.
With greenery a key theme for last year, you would think it was time for something new in 2018. However the trend is set to continue and you can easily adapt and spruce this up a bit to give it a fresh finish for your wedding. Floral decor has taken a turn to be comprised purely of foliage, with table decorations comprised of fabulous woodland scenes with some creative styling. You can even enclose some detailing in containers or glass, like these bell jars which make great table centrepieces.
Building on the floral table decorations, many people are now looking to 'lower' their centrepieces and move away from towering options to minimise the whole 'I can't see the people opposite me' issue. Table wreaths with their long and low design are great alternatives especially in soft and dusky shades. In fact many couples often comment on them as being one of the best parts of the wedding flowers on the day.
Another mention of the metallic elements and a modern look and feel is the use of geometric shapes, sometimes even incorporated into decor pieces in the ceremony and reception rooms. These can be tall and impressive or smaller, like candle holders on the tables. It's a great way to add a sleek and modern twist, especially if you're looking for that industrial feel.
Traditionally you would try and dress the bridesmaids and groomsmen in matching designs and colours. While there has been some flexibility in this for the men to date, this trend of breaking with the 'everyone the same' has now fully passed over to the ladies in the wedding party. This year the emphasis is on separates, which gives brides much greater flexibility and freedom when it comes to dressing the bridesmaids. You can adapt the neckline, skirt length and lots of other things for each bridesmaid while still being true to your overall theme and colour choices - either sticking with a single garment or even two that seamlessly blend together.
Hair and Makeup Trends
We covered hair in more detail in a previous post, so this will focus more on the makeup trends for this year! Continuing the theme of natural looks and minimalism, there is a definite emphasis on lighter makeup and a cleaner almost 'dewy' look. This can be complemented with a more vibrant choice of lipstick to really bring the look to life. Healthy and glowing skin is the way to go in 2018!
With the move from floral-heavy flowers to a greater emphasis on foliage and greenery, things like Gypsophilia (or baby's breath) have become really popular for bouquets and flowers on tables and as decor at weddings. They add a lightness and elegance to the flowers without being too heavy.
Another trend that has sprung up in a more free-form look and feel to bouquets. We've now moved far away from rigid and wired options that our parents had at their weddings and a natural almost straight from the garden look is now incredibly popular, with many brides asking for this for the wedding. British-grown also keeps the costs down while helping you achieve that whimsical look.
Floral invites and stationary have always been popular, this 2018 takes this a step further by introducing real or dried pressed flowers rather than illustrations of them. Many designers and shops are now taking part in this trend with blooms from the woodland floor featuring on their stationary for sale. Think bluebells and buttercups. These are perfect for spring and summer weddings when the appropriate flowers are naturally in bloom.
for 2018, marble designs and unusual textures will play a key role in cakes, as well as organic sugar flower arrangements. This further reinforces the greenery look that we have seen in other areas of the wedding day. This whimsical and modern look can also be complemented with the use of metallic elements too, creating a stunning design that is sure to wow your guests.
Dessert tables are also increasing in popularity, with selections of smaller items either as a standalone table or with the wedding cake as a centrepiece.
The last thing we'll touch on is the catering. This year the trend is not towards a particular country or cuisine when it comes to the food, but more a move towards alternative food and drink ideas. Quirky food vans and prosecco carts have seen a huge rise in popularity, especially for those warm summer afternoons where they help to create a more casual atmosphere amongst your guests. Beyond this you're likely to see a big change in the type of food too.
Where a sit down 3 course wedding breakfast was once the norm and for some the only real option, you'll now see things like an upmarket pie and mash menu or perhaps even a paella company serving you and your guests. Really the choices are endless and, like so many other parts of the day, enable you to put your own individual twist on things and make your wedding really stand out as a unique affair!
Whatever your choices for wedding this year, and indeed in future years, be sure you get all of your ideas and hard work captured perfectly with some top-notch photography.
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