Destination Wedding Trends 2017/2018: Flowers and Cake

Destination Wedding Trends 2017/2018: Flowers and Cake

gorgeous destination wedding cakesTrends come, and trends go.  And nothing could be more true than trends in the destination wedding world!

It may seem as though, at Invitations by R Squared, we’re hyper-focused on the new, the unique, and the different, but when it comes to brides and grooms of all persuasions, they want to know what’s hot right now!

Since we’re always talking about weddings, and destination trends here at Invitations by R Squared, it only makes sense that when we come across something so cool that it’s HOT, that we share it with you.

And now, without any more chattering, here’s the hottest in up-and-coming trends for your 2017/2018 destination wedding planning:delicious destination wedding cake with figs


Metallics are big for stationery, and for wedding cakes as well. We’re not talking about a gold and silver vintage style, but more a stylized glam, art-deco, Old-Hollywood look, although Vintage is still white-hot.  If an entire tier is too much glitz for you, consider adding a little sparkle all over. Fine edible glitter, tossed about like pixie dust, can add a decorative sheen to your cake without taking over the whole design.

For a seriously elegant look, skip the bold patterns and add-ons in favor of subtle embellishments with allover sugar ruffles. The look is light and airy and berryful destination wedding cakeneeds very little added detail. Finish it off with fresh flowers in between each tier or a few sugar flowers on top.

Naked cake.  Yep, you read that right.  This trend has been going strong for a couple of seasons now, and seems to evolve with the other trends.  The Woodland wedding trend as well as the Boho Chic trend seem to be continually fueling the naked cake.  With the deconstructed cake, you get to show off the inside. For a summertime wedding, berries work well; in winter and fall, ask your baker to fill the layers with seasonal fruits, like apples, pears, persimmons or even blood oranges. The exposed cake and filling of the naked cake appeal to both the eyes and the taste buds.

Many invitation designers are going for artsy and unique with their destination wedding invitation offerings, as so many couples are focusing on bringing a strong sense of personal flair to their events.  Ask your cake baker lovely watercolor cake for your destination weddingto get a little artsy with your cake design, too. We’re talking marbleized cakes, stained-glass painted cakes and even Monet-inspired wedding cake designs. Pair those hand-painted tiers with solid-colored layers or even simple flower accents.

Earthy, whimsical wedding themes are going to be the hottest thing ever over the next wedding season, so it’s no wonder this same look carries over for wedding cakes too. Millennials are much more into having the taste of the cake be as good, if not better, as the look of the cake.  To get the look, choose an edible white or ivory color and accent it with fresh or lifelike sugar flowers and leaves.

avant garde destination wedding cake with sugar parrot tulipsWhile choosing a flavor for your wedding cake is important, it’s also essential to select a cake design is going to fit in effortlessly with your theme. Whether you’re having a rustic wedding, an opulent soirée, or a modern celebration, your cake will essentially become a part of your décor. Wedding cakes can be left bare of frosting, decorated with buttercream or fondant, covered with hundreds of sugar flowers, or adorned with fresh roses, peonies, greenery, or other blooms used throughout the wedding. No matter which type of style you choose, the latter is becoming more and more popular for couples who desire a garden-like atmosphere on their big day.


Again, with the Woodland wedding!  Whether your wedding venue is garden inspired herbal destination wedding feastoutside or in, this versatile trend will help you to create a unique and stylish day that totally reflects your personality and style. Couples planning a woodland themed wedding are utilizing natural elements within their special day opting for materials such as wood, cement, cork, hessian, twine and stone.  Some of these materials, or visual elements, can also be used to create woodland themed destination wedding stationery.

Flowers within this continuing trend are stepping away from the traditional bouquet arrangements with a less structured, wild look.  When choosing your lavender works for simple destination wedding decorflowers take inspiration from seasonal wildflowers such Daisies, Lavender and Foxglove in July or Heather and Thistle in September. Wild and dried flowers can also be more affordable than traditional cut flower arrangements and they will provide your wedding with a more bohemian, rustic feel.  Lavender not only provides rustic styling; it also gives your day a beautiful aroma.

Tie together your personal bouquet with some creative ideas in wedding centerpieces.

Think willow or manzanita branches, peacock and pheasant feathers, dahlias, orchids, seeded eucalyptus, and craspedia.  Add in some unusual elements from unexpected sources, such as crab apple, mini pears, kumquat, and persimmons.

Succulents incorporated into all of the destination wedding florals are still hot,subtle pastel hues for a destination wedding bouquet and are expected to continue to be so.  Gorgeous late summer and fall florals include heirloom pumpkins, poppy pods, scabiosa pods, lisianthus, succulents, dusty miller, broomcorn, reindeer moss, and amaranthus.

Along the lines of the Boho Chic theme, we’re seeing a lot of awesome ideas incorporating sheaves of wheat, hand-tied with ribbons, and lots of local and seasonal flowers, like dahlias and Juliette roses.

For the really non-traditional, slightly off-beat millennial couples, Avant garde floral designers are showing unique arrangements for bouquets and centerpieces featuring unusual elements such as asparagus, mushrooms, bold destination wedding flowerssedum, leopard orchids, mokara orchids, magnolia branches, kale, protea, dianthus, calla lilies, and craspedia.  As we said earlier, mini fruits are also finding their place in wedding floral arrangements.  The team brought out pictures of destination wedding florals with figs and a variety of small citrus prominently featured.  Pods of all kinds are becoming more popular as the au natural trend gains strength.  Think lotus, scabiosa, and nigella pods, pulled together with fragrant herbals like rosemary and lavender.

When it comes to selecting décor for both the ceremony and reception, it’s no secret that brides absolutely love flowers. Fresh blooms set the tone for the celebration, offering fragrant embellishments to as many areas of theromantic flower arch for your destination wedding wedding as possible. Adding these same florals to your wedding cake is an excellent way to tie elements of your wedding together with a common theme. Incorporate fresh flowers into your cake topper, arrange blooms to elegantly cascade down the confection, or add height to the design by incorporating floral tiers – the options are endless!

So there you go!  We know that many of our couples are just starting out with the planning process for their hometown or destination wedding planning.  We also know that there are LOTS of decisions to be made, and that things can get stressful.  Take a step back, grab a cup of tea, and check greenery in destination wedding bouquetsout these gorgeous inspirational mood boards!

Once you’ve chosen your destination wedding location, and a date, then the fun really begins.  And the very first place to start is with your wedding stationery suite.  We’ve got tons of ideas for you here, but don’t fret and get yourselves overwhelmed!  If you’re having challenges with making those choices, get in touch with us!  We’re here to help, and – after all – it’s what we do.  Let’s talk about the perfect Save the Date cards and destination wedding invitations to reflect who you are as a couple!  We can’t wait to hear from you!


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