4 Fun Wedding Trends for 2018

With each new year comes new wedding trends, and 2018 is no different. Here are 4 popular wedding trends for 2018 we’re sure to be seeing:

1) A New Take On Photo Booths

Photo booths are a lot of fun, and really gets your wedding guests involved, so we’ll definitely still be seeing photo booths at wedding receptions.

However there will be less of the traditional, enclosed style photo booth and more alternative styles, such as the Magic Mirror, a full-length selfie mirror that captures photos on the reflective touch screen,

2018 Wedding Trends - Magic Mirror Photo Booth by Off the Record DJ Video Service - Dayton, Ohio

Green Screens (that let guests choose from different backgrounds), and Slo-Motion Video Booths (these videos are recorded at 240 frames per second at a high-def 1080p for a truly unique video experience).

2) Wedding Dresses With Sheer Panels

If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Remember the sheer see-through dress Beyonce wore to the at the 2014 Grammys? Well, it took a few years, but in 2018 skin is in for wedding dresses.

2018 Wedding Trends - wedding dress with sheer illusion neckline
2018 Wedding Trends - wedding dress with sheer panels
2018 Wedding Trends - mermaid style sheer see-through wedding dress gown

The wedding dress trend we’ll be seeing this year is more sheer “illusion” panels on wedding dresses, from modest illusion necklines and little pops of sheer paneling on the sides, to more daring “see through” gowns.

3) Purple

Purple has always been a color favorite of brides and grooms. It can be soft, dramatic, or mysterious. A combination of the calmness of blue and the energy of red. Purple represents royalty, nobility, and luxury; and is a color of magic.

2018 Wedding Trends - pantone-color-of-the-year-2018-ultra-violet

Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year is ‘Ultra-Violet,’ a rich, luxurious blue-based purple. This amazing color will be used in bridesmaids attire, table linens, bouquets and other floral arrangements, and as an accent to neutral color schemes.

Top Wedding Trends (Then and Now)

4) Luscious Dessert Options

Wedding cakes will never go away. But with many couples’ taste in desserts leaning towards treats other than cake, wedding guests will be given different dessert choices. Dessert buffets with a variety of mini pies and tarts, brownies, parfaits, lemon bars, cookies, cake pops, mini parfaits, buckeyes, and other goodies will be a popular sight at wedding receptions.

2018 wedding trends - mini parfait wedding dessert buffet 2018 Wedding Trends - Wedding Cake Pops

Another fun option is the do-it-yourself ice cream buffet, where guests can choose from any flavor ice cream and add all kinds of yummy toppings. And a cherry on top? Yes please!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Expressing the 2017 Color Trends in Your Spring Wedding Style

2017 wedding color trends blue

Spring is finally here and it’s time to celebrate the upcoming wedding season, and the fabulous color palettes that express the freshness of the season.

Of the top color schemes of 2017, several incorporate shades of blue. Blue is such a versatile color, evoking feelings of such as sophistication, playfulness, and sweetness.

2017 Color Trends - blue color palette

From deep midnight blue and sapphire to pale shades such as aqua or French blue, there is the perfect blue hue for every taste and wedding style – whether it’s rustic and more causal to an event that is elegant, which is further expressed in the choice of accent colors.

2017 Color Trends - dusty blue blush gold

2017 Color Trends - navy gold coral

2017 Color Trends - fushia grape snowcone

What’s one of the first things couples think of?

What they’re going to wear, of course!

Attire

For Her

How about a white wedding gown with blue accents?

Or for something more daring, walk down the aisle in a wedding gown that is entirely blue.

2017 Color Trends - blue wedding gown

Accessories

2017 Color Trends - blue swarovski crystal earrings
2017 Color Trends - blue nail polish

2017 Color Trends - blue wedding shoes

For Him

Grooms and men in the wedding party will need a tuxedo or suit fitting with the formality of your wedding.

The Black Tux offers several stylish attire for the men, as well as ties, vests and shoes.

Here are some fashionably elegant and sophisticated choices that will coordinate with your blue color scheme.

navy suit

midnight pin dot tuxedo

midnight blue tuxedo

royal navy blue suit

Flowers

Let’s start with the bridal bouquet. This gorgeous blue bouquet is a show-stopper with orchids accented with a few white roses.

 blue bridal bouquet
Photo Credit ktay21 / 123RF Stock Photo

If your taste leans more toward a traditional bouquet, accent a white bouquet with a few blue blooms.

Bridal Bouquet Rose Blue Wedding Bouquet White

If your wedding party will be in blue, bouquets with lighter colored blooms will look fabulous and really pop against the blue fabric.

2017 Color Trends - blue bridesmaids dresses

For your centerpieces and decor, you have many options –

Floral arrangements that are pink . . .

pink roses Photo Credit: yeko / 123RF Stock Photo

shades of blue . . .

white and blue floral centerpiece
Photo credit: darkkong / 123RF Stock Photo

or a mix of colors.

pink roses, ranunculus, grape hyacinths
Photo credit: funlovingvolvo / 123RF Stock Photo

Color Tip: When talking with your wedding pros, don’t rely on color name only. One person’s idea of Indigo for example will be way different than the next person’s. Bring color swatches, photos, paint chips, whatever it takes to show them the color you are actually thinking of.

Other Decor

Seating Chart
blue wedding seating chart
Seating chart by Yellow Belly Project

Lighting
2017 Color Trends - blue lighting

2017 Color Trends - blue lighting
Linens
blue table linens

Napkins
blue napkins

Cake

Just a touch color . . .

white cake with blue orchids

white fondant cake with blue gumpaste flowers
or in full color.

tiffany blue wedding cake

Of course there are a gazillion more ways to incorporate your color scheme into your wedding. How have you chosen to express your color palette for your wedding day?

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Why I Have a Love-Hate Relationship with Wedding “Trends”

small wreath on wooden rustic table
Ugh. My Love-Hate relationship with wedding trends continues.

However, this time it’s not because of any specific practice or trend that is currently showing popularity among engaged couples . . .

. . . but with the seemingly loose usage of the word “Trend.”

Over 60 million couples got married in the U.S. last year alone. With that many people, it only make sense that many will be making similar choices.

However, just because a lot of couples followed a similar practice for their wedding, it’s not always enough to call it a trend.

Sometimes it’s merely choices.

Peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, and dahlias are popular flower selections; Greenery is Pantone’s 2017 color of the year; Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” is the top requested song – these choices are trends as there are many options (literally hundreds) that couples could have chosen.

However, other choices are merely the same “are you or aren’t you” choices that have been made for decades. Choices, not trends.

Fun Wedding Trends

Most recently, two non-trend choices have somehow been deemed as the latest trends. They are:

1. Not inviting children to the wedding

AND

2. Not doing a seating chart for the reception

People – THESE ARE NOT TRENDS.

These practices are not something new. They are not suddenly the “in” thing.

For years, many couples have chosen to not invite children to their wedding.

For years, many couples have chosen not to do a seating chart, opting for open seating instead.

But guess what? Just as many DID invite children, and just as many HAD assigned seating at their reception.

Which makes them choices, not trends. Choices that brides and grooms have been making for years. And they’re just a couple of the gazillion other choices that every couple makes when planning their wedding.

Ok, Thanks for letting me rant. I’ll climb down from my soapbox now.

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Jean

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2017 Wedding Trend Predictions

zodiac wheel with red heart for love

It’s time to take a look and see what trends we’re going to be seeing at weddings this year.

Rustic/Barn Weddings
Yes, the desire for Rustic/Barn weddings is still going strong. But it’s more than mason jars and wooden slabs.

Couples are going for more sweet and whimsical, and vintage inspired. Sunflowers are a fun choice. We’ll see touches of burlap, lace, and distressed accent tables (for your guest book or wedding cake), and romantic lighting.

rustic wedding reception in a barnPhoto by: Zac Fisher
Venue: Canopy Creek Farm

Softer/Muted Color Schemes
We’re seeing more pastels and neutrals – the wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses, the table linens, and the flowers – in weddings that range from rustic to elegant.

pastel flowers & linens for wedding reception
Photo by: Weddings From The Heart
Flowers by: Jan Baker
Linens by: Prime Time Party Rental

Non-Traditional Food and Beverage Choices
Food trucks (think gourmet croquettes, homemade pretzel bites, slow roasted pork belly, pizza), and artisanal beers from a local brewery will be big hits.

Food Truck SliderFood (pork belly slider) by: Harvest Mobile Cuisine

Yellow
From sunny sunflower to romantic pastels yellow is the “in” color, and will be used in flowers, attire, accents (ex. ribbons, napkins), and other decor.

Yellow wedding ceremony decor Photo by: Childers Photography
Flowers by: Jan Baker

Metallics
Mettallics are showing up all over, including wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, the wedding cake, shoes, and vases. It’s no longer a choice between “gold or silver” but a mix of metallic colors (think warm golds, copper, polished silver, pewter, bronze).

silver bridal wedding shoes Photo by: Faye Sommer Photography

Dark Gray
We’ll see this elegant color in mens formalwear, bridesmaids dresses, table linens and accents.

groom's wedding attire gray suit

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Jean

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Photo credit for Love Divination Wheel: studio3321 / 123RF Stock

2016 Wedding Trend Predictions

 

 

 

 

It’s time to gaze into the crystal ball, read the tea leaves, pull out the tarot cards . . .

Here’s what we’ll be seeing at weddings this year.

  • Metallics
    This year we will be seeing more shine in table linens, vases, and invitations.
  • Sparkle
    Bling is still “in.” Accenting centerpieces, invitations, wedding gowns.
  • Non-floral centerpieces
    Candelabras, manzanita trees/branches, tall vases filled with fresh fruit, paper flowers.
  • Specialty/His-Hers Cocktails
    Couples will add some personality (and help keep the bar cost down) by offering special drinks.
  • Barn weddings
    The rustic look and feel is still very popular.
  • Evolution of the photo booth
    We’ll still see the traditional photo booths, but more couples will be opting for those that offer open air style, green screens, and flip books.
  • Creative seating arrangements
    Couples will mix things up with a combination of square and round tables.

Photo credit: Anyone see anything here? via photopin (license)

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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