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6 wedding trends that will be huge in 2018

23 Jan 2018

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Claire Bloomfield has a decade of experience writing for industry leading bridal titles on both sides of the Atlantic. 

From sharing her expertise on destination ceremonies and lavish honeymoon getaways, to tips and advice on planning your big day, she can give you all of the inspirational ideas you’ll need to help you find that perfect dress, venue or décor. If you are planning to get married in 2018, Bloomfield has 6 essential trends that you must know…

1. RELAXED AND ALTERNATIVE CUISINE

The days of the long-drawn-out three, five or seven course meals are on their way out. You will see wedding day cuisine often exploring dishes from around the world.  From vintage ice cream vans to food trucks offering unusual culinary experiences will also be making an appearance in 2018.

2. CUTTING BACK THE GUEST LIST

Brides often reveal that inviting fewer guests to their wedding ensures they both feel relaxed and have the chance to spend more time with their family and friends who have been selected to share their celebrations. Some couples favour a small guest list not necessarily because of budget constraints, but they want a more intimate occasion that allows them to pull out all of the stops for that, ‘wedding of the year’ type feel. Carefully selected guest lists will continue to take preference, so there’s no need to worry about inviting that cousin you haven’t seen since you were at high school.

3. APPS AND INNOVATION

From wedding planning apps, to apps that can teach you and your partner how to master moves for the perfect first dance – there’s an overwhelming choice available in just a few clicks. However, it’s photo and video sharing apps that will really take off in 2018. Whilst your wedding photographer will capture all of those classic moments, apps like WedPics allows you to store all of those candid shots your guests catch on camera throughout your day. Why not display them on a screen or project onto a wall during your evening cocktail-hour?

4. HIGH DRAMA DÉCOR

Over-the-top hanging centre-pieces will flood your mood boards when it comes to styling your venue. From floral arrangements, lights and lanterns, dramatic suspended focal displays will get all of your guests oohing and aahing when they arrive. They can easily be tailored to any theme and co-ordinated with your colour palette. Take a look at Tantawan Bloom for design inspiration. Although they’re based in New York, they offer their services worldwide.

5. SHOW STOPPING CAPES

Lavish capes are one of the biggest bridal trends to come and they will reign supreme in the coming months. Bold accessories are definitely in and a cape is now thought perfect even for those weddings that take place outside of the winter season. Elie Saab and Monique Lhuillier all debuted spectacular cape collections on the 2018 bridal catwalks earlier this year.

6. UNIQUE VENUES

Tropical beaches, chic outdoor spaces and rustic barns will always prove a popular choice, but now many couples are looking to make a statement with the venue they choose for their big day. Unique locations such as museums, gardens and galleries will all be on trend in 2018. Remember, your ultimate aim should be to host a timeless and stylish wedding that you'll still love just as much 50 years from now.


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