Top Wedding Design Trends for 2018

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Saying “I do” is one of life’s biggest moments. That’s why it’s important for couples to incorporate personal style into their wedding theme and design. When it comes to this year’s wedding trends, 2018 has prenuptial pairs saying goodbye to some design ideas and welcoming exciting new ones.

Plants and Flowers Appear in Unexpected Ways

Plants and flowers always make a big impact on wedding design, but in 2018, they appear in unexpected ways. Instead of colorful florals lining wedding aisles, look for glossy bay leaf garlands or potted topiaries, fig trees, or fishtail palms.

According to Charleston wedding planner Calder Clark, cocktail bars made from live foliage offer a fresh new look, and flowers are moving from the center of the wedding table to the rafters. From hanging wisteria vines to a full upside-down garden, florals suspended from the ceiling deliver a dramatic and colorful display. More unexpected ways to use plants on the big day include:

  • Creating dried flower boutonnieres
  • Displaying feathers, berries, branches, or imitation birds in the bridal bouquet
  • Floating large flower blossoms in ponds, pools, or fountains
  • Adorning the wedding cake with live air plants

Twosomes Trade Rustic for Woodsy

Although a rustic wedding theme remains the top choice for some couples, many are moving toward a woodsier vibe. This year, they’re ditching the big red barn for a shaded forest canopy and replacing vintage pickup trucks and burlap with bentwood chairs and birch bark candleholders. At weddings with a woodland theme, guests might see pretty string lights hanging from live branches, bridal bouquets stuffed with juniper boughs and arborvitae, and tabletops decked with dark moss, fiddlehead ferns, bird’s nests, berries, and wild flowers.

Weddings Move from the Outdoors In

While exchanging nuptials in the open air still comes with certain charms, more and more couples are turning to creative indoor wedding venues like museums, public libraries, hotel atriums, old theaters, and train stations. As “urban vintage” is one of the more popular wedding themes in 2018, industrial-style loft spaces with vintage chandeliers and velvet couches get booked quickly. In addition to offering a beautiful setting, an indoor venue takes the worry out of trying to predict the weather.

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