My own wedding was just over five years ago, but I still love to keep up on all of the gorgeous trends that come and go throughout the years. At this point I’ve probably told my husband over 100 times that I want to get married again. But until he gives in, I’ll just have to keep admiring from a distance. Luckily, I still get my wedding fix from being a part-time wedding and portrait photographer, and boy can I speak to the beautiful, creative, and unconventional wedding trends that have made their mark on 2018 so far. If you’re planning your own nuptials and are looking for a little bit of inspo, or if you’re like me and genuinely just enjoy some good wedding content, keep scrolling to see what the biggest wedding trends are this year. Who knows, they might come in handy one day…
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One of the most evergreen (pun intended) wedding trends over the past few years is greenery. No matter the color palette, greenery serves as a neutral to build upon or can stand on its own. Eucalyptus, fern, lamb’s ear, and palm leaves are just a few of the most popular varieties that you can’t go wrong with. Plus, adding greenery is a more affordable alternative to flowers if you’re a bride on a budget!
There’s something about handwritten details that really tie everything together. Hiring a calligrapher throughout your wedding process ensures a seamless transition starting with stationery and ending with venue details such as signs, menus, and escort cards.
Deciding on a wedding color palette sets the tone for the celebration and neutrals are taking center stage this year. From dusty blush to light tan and champagne tones, choosing neutrals lets you play with pops of color and keeps things clean and classic.
4. Creative Arbors
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Standing under an arbor of flowers is still very much in. However, getting creative with your ceremony backdrop is proving to be a standout trend this year. Giant wreaths, vintage doors, and light and airy fabrics are just a few of the many beautiful options that I’ve seen this wedding season.
5. Waterfall Bouquets
When it comes to bouquets, wild and whimsical florals are in. Think flowers and greenery spilling over like a waterfall and tied with a silk ribbon.
6. Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses
This trend may not be specific to 2018, but mismatched bridesmaid dresses are a fun way to break from tradition. Have your maid of honor stand out from the rest of the gals or have everyone in their own unique dresses. Either way you can’t go wrong! Try playing with soft prints like florals or embellishments like sequins or beading.
7. Fun Escort Cards
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Move over traditional place cards! Escort cards are another chic way to decorate your wedding reception and are often the first place your guests stop before heading to their table. I’ve seen names hand lettered on gemstones, fruit, and even sweet little vases filled with flowers directing guests to their assigned seating. Pick your theme and run with it!
8. Lawn Games
Cocktail hour just got a whole lot more fun thanks to lawn games like bocce ball and corn hole. If you’re having a more casual wedding with plenty of venue space, why not consider a giant game of Jenga to keep guests entertained until the bride and groom walk in?
9. Watercolor Wedding Cakes
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The wedding cake is another showstopper when it comes to your wedding day. Watercolor-inspired wedding cakes have been the dessert of choice this wedding season and rightfully so. They’re edible works of art that will have your guests considering whether or not it’s too pretty to eat.
10. Nontraditional Venues
Whether you’re opting for a traditional wedding, considering an elopement, or planning a destination wedding, location is everything. There are plenty of beautiful ballroom and hotel venues out there, but how cool would it be to get married at another location that holds special meaning for you and your significant other? Think museums, farms, theaters, zoos, historical homes, and more.