Popular wedding trends of 2018
Weddings in 2018 are starkly different from weddings even two years ago—compared to 2016, more couples are now opting for mixed-gender wedding parties, dressing bridesmaids in different styles, creating a wedding hashtag, and forgoing tuxedos altogether.
Instead of creating a traditional wedding experience, soon-to-be-weds have begun to incorporate their own personalities into their special days, which means that whimsical trends that embrace individuality have popped up at wedding after wedding this year.
While rustic and country-style weddings may have been all the rage last year, 2018 weddings have embraced a bohemian style. Mason jars have been retired in favor of macrame decor, burlap has been swapped for wood, and brides have donned dresses with bell sleeves reminiscent of the 1970s in lieu of lace.
American actress Meghan Markle’s royal marriage to Prince Harry in London also inspired dozens of trends that brides and grooms all over the world have included in their own weddings. People reacted warmly to Markle’s simple, sleek choice of dress as well as her understated hair and makeup, and instead chose to focus on how Markle and Prince Harry made their ceremony stand out. The royal couple notably included a gospel choir in their nuptials.
After evaluating expert analysis and industry insight into the world of weddings, Stacker has compiled a list of some of the most popular wedding trends that have defined 2018, and will likely continue to inspire ceremonies and receptions in 2019.
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Walls of floral arrangements have become incredibly popular in pop culture, thanks in part to Kim Kardashian making the trend bloom in 2014 when she married beau Kanye West in front of a cream-colored flower wall in France. Flower walls are in fact regular appearances at Kardashian events—the idea blossomed even more at Kylie Jenner’s baby shower this year, which had a notable pink floral wall that the star posed in front of with friends. According to the Kardashian’s florist, the next trend to look out for is flowers draping from the ceiling. Look out for these novel arrangements at summer weddings.
Wedding dresses with capes
Brides began donning capes with their wedding dresses early in 2018, shortly after tennis champion Serena Williams wore an Alexander McQueen dress with a bedazzled cape to marry Alexis Ohanian. Williams appeared on the February/March cover of Brides magazine with her dress and cape, which inspired the trend to take over bridal shops across the country.
Industrial spaces as venues
More and more millennial couples are opting to say “I do” in industrial spaces, like old factories or sparse lofts, in order to personalize their wedding. The blank spaces and high ceilings that these venues offer allow couples to get creative and carry out any vision they desire, whether that includes string lights or floral structures.
After this year’s Royal Wedding, people took note of several of the former actress’ design choices. One that stuck: Meghan Markle’s small, modest bouquet. Prince Harry hand-picked several of the flowers in the bouquet from the couple’s garden at Kensington Palace, making the bouquet—though minimal—even more meaningful.
Blush and gold
The blush and gold color palette is one of the season’s most popular wedding color choices, no matter the season. Because the tones are muted, couples can incorporate the colors even more into their wedding party and venue while still appearing tasteful.
Ordained friend as officiant
Getting ordained online is easier than ever, which means more people are opting to have a friend or loved one perform the ceremony rather than a religious figure or professional officiant. Friends and family members can add personal stories and anecdotes that add an original touch to a ceremony that the bride and groom are sure to remember for years to come.
DIY food stations
Formal sit-down dinners are slowly becoming a thing of the past, with many people choosing instead to save money and create food stations to allow guests to serve themselves and customize their own food. From a make-your-own taco stand to a s’mores station, the elimination of a complete dinner allows more time for other activities, and helps to reduce uneaten food on guests’ plates.
Doughnuts are another wedding trend that sharply rose in popularity thanks to Pinterest. Couples report that serving doughnuts instead of cake saves money, and is just more fun. Brides and grooms have gotten creative, assembling doughnuts in the shape of a tower or requesting an extra-long doughnut that can be cut like a wedding cake.
Open-air photo booth
Photo booths have long been a wedding staple, but the idea of an open-air photo booth has become more commonplace in 2018. In lieu of a traditional booth, this trend consists of a camera on a tripod set up against a backdrop. Couples are also embracing the digital age: Now people can choose to enter their email addresses to receive their pictures digitally.
The wedding shoe game
More and more newlyweds are taking part in a popular reception game that involves the bride and groom sitting back-to-back on the dance floor, each holding one of their own shoes in one hand and one of the shoes of their betrothed in the other. The leader of the game asks questions, like, “Who said I love you first?” and the bride and groom raise the shoe of the person who matches the answer. Other questions include, “Who is the better cook?” and “Who takes the longest to get ready?”2018 All rights reserved.