As we wave goodbye to 2017 we turn our excitement towards the 2018 wedding trends. As much as I enjoy looking forward to what’s hot for the coming year, please use the following 10 trends as a source of style inspiration for your big day in 2018. Ultimately your wedding should reflect you and your personal interests and style.

Formal and Fun

Couples are moving away from rustic, bohemian styling and are instead planning formal affairs for their 2018 weddings. Brides and grooms are embracing wedding traditions whilst injecting elegance, a bit of sparkle and a lot of fun entertainment to prevent it being too stiff.

Bride and Groom at Formal Wedding

Ultra Violet

Pantone pave the way when it comes to predicting the popular colour palette for the year ahead. Pantone’s announcement of Ultra Violet as the trending hue for 2018 will undoubtedly influence couples to incorporate the provocative purple shade into their wedding décor. Everything from floral arrangements, wedding stationery and table settings such as napkins and glassware are likely to include Ultra Violet.

Silver and Chrome

Metallics have been increasingly popular the past few years, especially gold, copper and rose gold. However, silver and chrome are making a comeback and will be big 2018 wedding trends.

Clear Details

2018 will see brides and grooms opting for bright and airy wedding venue spaces for a modern and clean look. Following on from Pippa Middleton’s wedding, the glass conservatory or clear marquee is in high demand for 2018 weddings.

Equally we’ll see lots of glass and mirrored décor. Clear vases, mirror table seating plans and hand-written menus on clear Perspex are just some examples of the translucent details which will feature.

Wedding Table Plan Written on Mirror

Statement Ceilings

Suspended floral arrangements will be a very popular trend for 2018 weddings. A raised centrepiece adds drama whilst allowing more room on the table for sharing platters. They also make your guests feel closer to one another.

Food Experience

Wedding food is changing in 2018! Couples are moving away from the traditional three-course menu and instead want to offer a unique food experience that represents their tastes and style.

Food and drink stations will be huge 2018 wedding trends! Couples are opting for sushi and seafood bars, or even gin bars. The theatre and interactivity of a food station makes this fun and sociable for guests. There is also an increasing demand for ‘farm-to-table’ dinners focusing on fresh, local and seasonal produce.

Wedding Ice Cream Station

Dessert Tables

“Let them eat cake!” (…and macarons, and cake pops, and doughnuts!). While the traditional wedding cake will still hold a prominent place at weddings in 2018, more couples will forgo a dessert course and present their guests with an abundance of sweet treats. Not only is a dessert table a feast for the eyes, it’s a sugary delight and a creative food station for your guests to immerse themselves in.

Get experimental by offering personalised iced biscuits/cookies alongside a vanilla-infused milk, popsicles in a variety of fruity alcoholic cocktail flavours, or toast gourmet marshmallows for peppermint, strawberry or blueberry s’mores.

Let Me Entertain You

2018 wedding trends are all about creating unforgettable experiences for your wedding guests, and live performances add the perfect atmosphere for evening entertainment. This year will see a surge in hiring a high energy band, or a live sax player who performs alongside your DJ, to ensure your dance floor is the place to be!

Capes and Capelets

Capes are a huge bridal trend for 2018. Elegant, flowing capes and capelets add a sophisticated but demure touch to your ceremony. You can then take these stylish bridal cover ups off to give you a separate evening look to your daytime ensemble.

Written in the Stars

If you are looking for a stellar bridal look, celestial details will feature heavily in 2018. Star and moon motifs are adding a dreamy and magical touch to bridal gowns and accessories.

Guest post by Liesl Lamare of Lamare London

Images from…

Bride and Groom: Michelle Du Toit Photography

Mirror Table Plan: Tom Leishman of Picture My Love

Ice Cream Station: Marianne Taylor Photography

Wedding Dress with Cape: Lucy Munoz Photography