Over the past few seasons, we’ve seen our share of weddings with pastel color palettes and romantic, ethereal vibes. For 2018 wedding trends, expect a shift away from this light and airy feel.
In fact, we’re predicting weddings will take on a more dramatic and almost edgy vibe in the form of deeper colors and richer textures.
Bohemian and “New Age” wedding styles will replace rustic, and couples will be more relaxed in their approach to planning—it’s less about honing in on a specific wedding theme or color combination and more about creating a vibe or mood for your big day.
Check out our picks for 2018 wedding trends—some of them may surprise you.
New Age Bohemian – For the past several seasons, the rustic look has been all the rage—a wedding held in a barn with DIY-style floral arrangements, casual food, and more.
For 2018 and 2019 wedding trends, bohemian will be the new rustic—a look that’s still somewhat relaxed, but a bit more elevated than the down-home rustic feel. Think Stevie Nicks as your style muse (and not just for hair and makeup)—an undone look that’s edgy but still romantic.
Deep, Rich Hues and Black Accents
Light and airy colors, including blush, mint, and peach, have been popular for a while (and not just for a spring wedding!).
When it comes to 2018/2019 wedding trends, we’re going to see color palettes start to deepen. Richer, more dramatic hues like burgundy will appear in floral arrangements, and edgy black accents will make an appearance as well.
In terms of metallics, gold and copper have been in-demand for a while now, and while that likely won’t change, we’ll start to see more silver and chrome.
Keep in mind that couples won’t be sticking to strict color schemes in 2018 & 2019. It’s less about providing vendors with exact paint chips and more about giving general guidelines on colors—a mood rather than a picture-perfect palette.
Going off the whole bohemian, new age trend, it’s not surprising that macramé and crystals are a big part of 2018 wedding reception trends.
Expect to see macramé table runners, bouquet wraps, chair décor, and more. We’ll also see crystals scattered on tablescapes the way that typewriters and other knickknacks were present at vintage weddings in years past. Stone elements like marble that were popular in 2017 will remain big in 2018, as well.
The Industrial Space
While couples will always love outdoor weddings, indoor venues, industrial spaces in particular, are the new “it” spaces.
They have that same relaxed feel and “blank slate” vibe as barn venues (which aren’t going anywhere!), but with an edgier, hip feel that’s oh-so 2018. And the fact that they’re indoors make coming up with an alternate plan for bad weather a moot point.
Velvet – Say “Bye, Felicia” to sequins!
These days, couples want their weddings to not only feel personal, but also very comfortable, even cozy, for their guests. It’s not just about providing a visual experience, but also a tactile one. In addition to being oh-so soft to the touch, velvet evokes warmth and luxury—perfect for a winter wedding (and beyond).
Cakes and Desserts
This is a bit of a sweet holdover from 2017, but we imagine that drip cakes will still be big in 2018 and into 2019.
They pair quite well with the relaxed, bohemian look. We probably won’t see as many naked cakes in 2018, but cakes with a thin layer of buttercream (the nearly naked look) will still make many an appearance at wedding receptions.
And don’t worry, the doughnut trend won’t be going anywhere, though couples make take more creative twists on desserts with ice cream, dessert cocktails, and more.
Flowers: The Cascading Bouquet – A decade ago, bouquets were petite and sweet. For 2018 and 2019 wedding trends, the bigger the bouquet, the better!
While cascading bouquets may evoke images of Princess Diana’s massive arrangement, we’re talking a more modern look here—and an opportunity for your florist to mix lots of favorite blooms in an array of hues, as well as all that greenery that will still be on-trend.
Menswear: Burgundy is the New Blue
While we don’t think the blue suit is going anywhere just yet, expect to see more burgundy suits at weddings in 2018 and 2019.
As wedding colors are moving in a deeper direction, this hue will certainly fit right in. And burgundy does look great on many a guy (and not just for fall weddings), so it’s a total win-win.
Here comes the bride!
Whether you just got engaged or are already deep in the throes of wedding planning, you’re no doubt smack-dab in the middle of one of the most exciting times of your life. And if you’re already dress shopping, you’ll of course want to be up on the latest wedding dress trends.
That’s right, we’re looking into our crystal balls and giving 2019 brides a sneak peek at the styles that haven’t even seen the runway yet.
Since we still have a little time until Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week (and the actual dresses 2019 brides will be wearing), we’ve scoped out the wedding dress predictions held by some of the top bridal stylists.
Gone are the days where white or ivory were the only two options a bride had to choose from.
With the growing desire to be unique and expressive, brides are embracing colored gowns more than ever before.
For more conservative brides, we love to suggest tones of champagne or blush. But for more fashion-forward brides looking to make a splash, tones of blue, lavender, silver and gold promise to ensure you stand out.
When it comes to bridal accessories, traditional materials such as rhinestones and pearls will be accented with more natural components.
Crystals, elliptic keshi pearls, and raw opals are just some of the materials that will help create avant-garde headpieces and jewelry for brides.
Fluidity of bridal accessories will offer brides the utmost personalization that brides want. Think workable, hand-wired vines that can be worn as headbands or halos, woven in a braid, wrapped around a bun, or even worn as a necklace or bracelet. The possibilities are endless!
Whether it be a chic and short business suit that’s courthouse-approved (à la Carrie Bradshaw) or a menswear-influenced pant suit, brides will begin to look beyond the traditional floor-length wedding gown in 2019.
While some brides are opting for these alternative looks for their main style choice, many are also opting to switch up their style at their reception, so they can kick up their heels with comfort!
While the traditional veil still holds importance for some brides, it’s no longer the be-all and end-all accessory.
Now brides are looking for more stylish attributes to cover their head and shoulders on their wedding day.
Whether it is for a church ceremony or just for personal comfort or style, many brides are turning to capelets. Many brides will also choose higher necklines rather than the super plunging necklines of the past.
Brides have been loving looser bohemian styles, but as the 2018 bustier trend indicates, we’re going to see structured designs take over in 2019.
Brides want to feel confident going down the aisle, and gowns with boning can help create a dramatic hourglass silhouette that looks beautiful on film and in real life. We’re anticipating designers will use structure to give gowns a sexy edge, regardless of how little skin is showing.
We’re all very excited here at Invitations by R Squared. The up and coming wedding trends are so much fun!
To help keep you inspired, our team has put together some collections of wedding images over here. Great stuff!
Wedding trends can easily be carried over into your wedding stationery suite, with Save the Date cards, your wedding invitations, and more.
We know your day is going to be amazingly magical and altogether memorable. Truly, the Happily Ever After you’ve always dreamed of.