The biggest and best wedding trends for 2018

Abigale Subdhan / The Social
A new year means new trends in food, fashion and everything else. Your 2018 wedding is the perfect place to bring all those elements together (and prove you know what you’re doing). You don’t have to do it alone though. To provide a little help in the trend department, event planner, Rebecca Wise, shared some of the biggest wedding trends we’re going to see in 2018. 

You just can’t talk about weddings this year without mentioning the two royal ones that are happening. Who wouldn’t want to model their special day after those traditional-with-a-twist royal couples, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank? 

If you’re looking for a traditional royal touch, royal bouquets always feature myrtle—a flower symbolizing love and marriage. Meghan will likely include peonies in her arrangement too, since they’re her favourite flower. 

Pantone’s colour of the year is always a predictable indicator of where wedding colour trends will head so 2018 is going to see a lot of ultra-bold ultraviolet. The richness of this colour can make it tricky to use, but it’s being showcased in florals, décor, dinnerware and even desserts. 


Sweets from The Purple Cupcake

Theme trends often follow the colour of the year. Ultraviolet is dictating a celestial theme with lots of crystal, celestial bodies, new age elements and geometric shapes. Place settings are a particularly ingenious place to incorporate all those elements, especially with crystal accents. 

The celestial look is giving this year’s weddings a more elegant vibe as opposed to the rustic one we’ve been seeing as of late. 


Stationary from Paper & Poste

Stationary this year is getting the royal treatment with wax seals making a comeback. Ultraviolet and other bold colours and patterns are keeping it trendy and celestial themes are popping up too. Experimentation with texture is also big right now and invites could incorporate different materials such as fabric, Perspex (Plexiglas) and natural elements like stone and wood. 

Don’t worry: blush, cream and gold are still popular as neutral compliments to the bold ultraviolet. 




Sweets from The Purple Cupcake

Like we’ve seen in previous years, people are straying away from the traditional white tier wedding cake and getting more adventurous with dessert. The ultraviolet colour and theme are present here too with people opting for more geometric and angular cakes (if they’re even going that route at all). Other desserts that we’re seeing more are galaxy donuts (to follow your celestial theme) and whimsical and playful Pavlovas. 



Jewellery from Tara Fava Jewellery

Gold jewellery
Always a classic because it’s rich, warm, luxurious and flattering on most skin types. We’re seeing cuffs, drop earrings and gold vine headpieces this year. 

Delicate choker necklaces
The choker trend has made it to weddings. They’re easy to wear with nearly every neckline and add a little “edge” to any gown. 

Statement earrings
You only really need one good piece to make your dress stand out and the right pair of earrings can do just the trick. It’s the perfect accessory to enhance your features and keep the jewels close to your face. 

Crawl earrings
Another jewellery trend that’s made its way from everyday fashion to the wedding. Crawl earrings frame your face and they’re so trendy right now, they’ll be the first thing anyone notices once they see you up close. 

Stud earrings
If you’re not into the big statement earrings, a good pair of studs are the perfect alternative (plus there’s no risk of them getting pulled out by a flailing arm on the dancefloor). 

The return of bridal crowns is another nod to the royal weddings this year. They’re glamourous and regal for the bride who wants to be queen of the day. 

Star halos 
Maybe you’re not quite a crown girl, but you don’t want to miss out on the blingy hairpiece. Take a cue from the celestial theme and go for a starry halo.

Pearls can seem traditional and stuffy sometimes, but mixing them in with crystal is a modern and trendy way to wear the classic material. 


Hanging floral hoops
Florals from A Petal or Two

As part of the geometric trend, hanging floral hoop arrangements are being used on altars for a lovely backdrop and then can be repurposed during the reception to highlight the head table. 

Balloon cascades

Balloons from Balloon Bar

Balloons aren’t just for birthdays and baby showers anymore, they’re a huge trend for weddings in 2018. Clearly, they can be elegantly done and they add an element of fun. 

Neon signage
In line with the ultraviolet theme, neon signs with messages both generic and personal are featured pieces of décor. Go with something simple like “love” or customize a “Mr. & Mrs.” sign.

Linens featured in the segment are from Susan Murray.
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