6 Top Wedding Trends of 2018 (and 3 That Are Over)

The start of a New Year doesn’t just mean champagne and New Year’s resolutions; it also means a whole new set of wedding trends! While many wedding traditions are timeless, there are a few that don’t quite stand the test of time. We dug through all of our bridal resources and pulled what’s in and what’s out in bridal this year. From new floral displays to eco-friendly weddings, we’ve pulled together all of 2018’s hottest trends and a few things that you should leave behind in 2017. Whether you’re planning a wedding this year, or just want to add a few new items to your Pinterest board (don’t worry we all have them), take a peek at what to expect this year:

Top Wedding Trends of 2018:

Nostalgia Rose Gowns

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Bridesmaids everywhere, rejoice! Cosmopolitan and Wedding Wire are reporting that the “it” color for bridesmaid gowns this year is “nostalgia rose.” This dusty, dark pink shade was seen in almost every 2018 bridesmaid dress collection! It has a subtle romantic vibe that’ll be a nice change from the soft and super girly blush tones that seemed to have taken over every wedding in the past few years. Plus, this color looks amazing in photos, so you can’t go wrong!

A Second Wedding Look

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Brides Executive Director Lisa Gooder is reporting that “this is the year that a second wedding look becomes the norm.” Bridal week was full of chic pants, mini-dresses, jumpsuits and even rompers that are the perfect second look to dance the night away in! This wedding season, expect to see brides slip away after speeches and cake and come back with an entirely new look!

Eco-Friendly Weddings

Restaurants, office spaces, clothing stores and more have all switched to more sustainable practices, and in 2018 this environmentally conscious movement is extending to weddings. 
Did you know that the majority of flowers found at stores have been flown in from countries like Amsterdam, Ecuador and Colombia? By opting for locally grown flowers found at your local florist or farmer’s market and arranging them with your bridesmaids, you can be doing a world of good for the environment. If you’re considering going this route, there are tons of resources out there to help you choose eco-friendly options at your wedding. Plus, some of the tips are super simple, like embracing farm-to-table caterers or sending out e-vites instead of invitations!

Indoor Venues

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If you attended a wedding in 2017, it was probably in an outdoor space. 2017 was without a doubt the year of the outdoor wedding, but this year it looks like things are moving back inside. Martha Stewart Weddings and JZ Events founder Jennifer Zabinski are reporting that couples will make the move back inside with upscale venues like industrial loft spaces, rooftops and museums. Think high ceilings and airy, open spaces!

Formal Weddings are Making a Comeback

The Wedding Wire is reporting that the trend among wedding planners this year is a return to formality. Expect to see a stronger presence of elegant, classic weddings this year. We’re talking classic tuxedos, formal venues, and lots of sparkle. Think a modern Great Gatsby-esque party, minus the flapper gowns! If you’re envisioning the upcoming royal wedding, don’t fret; no one’s expecting a Meghan Markle-esque wedding. This year’s formal weddings have a note of whimsical in them to make the theme classic and fun, not stuffy!

Hanging Floral Installations

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2018 is bringing the floral display game to a whole new level! This year expect to see a more creative approach to floral displays with hanging flowers and greenery above tables instead of having large centerpieces on the tables. This eye-catching trend is not only visually dynamic, but it’s also practical as it gives you a lot more room to play with different table accents.

What’s out for 2018:

Flower Walls

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Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel may have made flower walls a thing (with Kim Kardashian famously hopping on this trend for multiple Instagram posts), but this wedding trend is officially out! In its place are the previously mentioned hanging floral installations. The sky (or the ceiling) is the limit this year!

Rose Gold Everything

In 2017 we went a little rose gold crazy. From rose gold wedding bands, to bridesmaid dresses to rose gold decor at every turn, there was no shortage of this color in weddings last year. While this color is still very wedding-appropriate, Vogue and Mindy Weiss of Mindy Weiss Party Consultants suggest opting for tasteful touches of rose gold with other metallic pops. This will help keep your wedding from feeling too dated in the years to come.

Photobooths and Twinkle Lights

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Both are wedding favorite decor choices, but this year we’re leaving these beloved items behind. Instead of photo booths, Vogue and Bronson van Wyck of Van Wyck are reporting that brides are infusing fun, photo-ready moments throughout the evening. This comes in the form of a hand-painted mural or a beautiful archway. Just like we’re doing away with photobooths, we’re also doing away with twinkle lights. Leave these beloved Etsy items for your home and instead opt for string lights with market bulbs and beautiful hanging lanterns or chandeliers.

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