40 Must-See Real Wedding Trends For 2018

From what to wear to how to decorate, we unveil 2018’s best wedding trends. Even better, they’re not just inspiring – they’re achievable too!

Often, we hear of brides being worried about choosing something too trend-led because, inevitably, times change. But don’t be so afraid that you miss out on ideas that are actually totally you.

New doesn’t always mean it won’t last, nor that you won’t love it forever even if it doesn’t. If a trend really resonates with you, it’s probably because you really do love it. And if it’s something you love, something that suits you down to the ground, then why should that change, even if what’s trendy does?

Here, we embrace exactly that spirit and compile some of our favourite finds from weddings to inspire your own in 2018. From fantastic florals to gorgeous gowns, covetable colour schemes and DIY details your guests will remember, we’re sure there will be more than a few trends here to tempt you. You never know, you might even find an idea that could become your own take on ‘something new’. Enjoy!

 

2018 Bridal Fashion Trends

From wedding dresses to flowers, cakes, themes and decor, try these wedding trends for 2018 to find big day inspiration that is amazing AND achievable!
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Veils

You don’t have to wear a veil pulled forwards over your face if you don’t want to, or even wear one at all, but your wedding is your one chance to try the tradition for yourself. Choose a length you’re comfortable with, then match the fabric, colour and embellishment to your dress and you’ll be ready for the aisle.

RELATED: 25 new-season veils you’ll love.

Statement Backs

From daringly low dips to sophisticated scoops and glitzy detailing, backs now have bags of appeal for bridal. And why not? Making the back a focal point of your gown is a stylish and simple way to wow your guests when you turn to exchange your vows.

Statement Shoes

Next year is set to see some of the most stylish, statement and show-stopping heels of all time walk down the aisle, so shoe lovers, we salute you! Just keep a comfy pair close by for dancing in later on.

From wedding dresses to flowers, cakes, themes and decor, try these wedding trends for 2018 to find big day inspiration that is amazing AND achievable!
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Trains

Sometimes, the simple addition of a train is all it takes to make a dress feel truly bridal. Whether a sweeping tulle affair, delicate scalloped lace or a pretty puddle design, trains are topping more and more bride’s wishlists. Will they feature on yours, too?

From wedding dresses to flowers, cakes, themes and decor, try these 23 wedding trends for 2018 to find big day inspiration that is amazing AND achievable!
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Tweed Waistcoats

One of this year’s grooms asked each male guest to wear an item of Tweed to complement his own suit, while many others have opted for a subtler addition of a waistcoast. However you style it, Tweed introduces a twist to make any suit special.

From wedding dresses to flowers, cakes, themes and decor, try these 23 wedding trends for 2018 to find big day inspiration that is amazing AND achievable!
eleanorjaneweddings.co.uk

Mix and Match Maids

Quite possibly one of the most popular trends with our real brides ever, mix and match bridesmaids combine style with staying power! You could choose multiway dresses, a range of colours for the gowns or even several different styles to make the trend your own.

 

2018 Wedding Decor & Styling Trends

From wedding dresses to flowers, cakes, themes and decor, try these 23 wedding trends for 2018 to find big day inspiration that is amazing AND achievable!
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Trestle Tables

If you love the laid-back attitude that continues to breathe life into weddings, then long trestle tables make perfect sense for your reception seating. Relaxed and rustic yet still refined, you can dress them up or down as much as you like.

Amy Nichols, Amy Nichols Special Events | Photography Julie Mikos

Metallic Suggestions 

Metallics continue to shine bright in 2018, like this understated menu and table number. Amy Nichols, Amy Nichols Special Events 

Pre-Ceremony Rituals

Who says you have to wait until cocktail hour? Pre-ceremony cocktails and Champagne are increasingly popular with couples who want their guests to fully enjoy themselves.

Christine Garrison, CMG Weddings & Events | Photography This Modern Romance

Floral Chandeliers

Wedding décor is now a 360-degree affair, and what better way to capitalise on the trend than with flowers, quite literally, everywhere? Hang flowers from the ceiling, create a flower wall, and position blooming vases on every surface you can find.

RELATED: 12 ways with suspended flowers.

From wedding dresses to flowers, cakes, themes and decor, try these 23 wedding trends for 2018 to find big day inspiration that is amazing AND achievable!
jessicaraphaelphotography.com

Blush and Gold

Glamorous, glittery and feminine, this colour scheme is fast becoming a classic on the wedding scene. Perfect for country houses and barns alike, these hues are romantic and opulent – everything a wedding should be!

RELATED: Source the style: blush and gold decor

eclectic crockery
Amy Nichols, Amy Nichols Special Events | Photography Sylvie Gil

Mismatched Crockery

Vintage plates and the eclectic look are very popular for sit down dinners, afternoon tea style offerings and even cocktail hour. Amy Nichols

 

From wedding dresses to flowers, cakes, themes and decor, try these 23 wedding trends for 2018 to find big day inspiration that is amazing AND achievable!
da-photo.co.uk

Typewriter Guest Books

Want your guest book to be practical and pretty? You could hire a vintage typewriter for your guests to leave good wishes and marital advice for you, old-school style.

From wedding dresses to flowers, cakes, themes and decor, try these 23 wedding trends for 2018 to find big day inspiration that is amazing AND achievable!
da-photo.co.uk

Tipi Weddings

We’ve seen tipis on the beach, tipis in fields, tipis in forests… couples arriving by helicopter, by campervan, by bus… However you style your tipi wedding, choose this chilled out, bohemian venue and you’re pretty much guaranteed fun, flair and a feel-good vibe.

From wedding dresses to flowers, cakes, themes and decor, try these 23 wedding trends for 2018 to find big day inspiration that is amazing AND achievable!
lindseyocker.com

Burgundy

Romantic, rich and reminiscent of red wine, burgundy is one of the best colour choices for autumn and winter weddings. Pair it with brushes of gold, navy or teal for a stylish scheme.

From wedding dresses to flowers, cakes, themes and decor, try these 23 wedding trends for 2018 to find big day inspiration that is amazing AND achievable!
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Pure White

White weddings are far from bland. In fact, the more you layer white upon white, the more spectacular it gets!

name cards
Shelby Reynolds, Shine Event Design | Photography Luminous Photography


Highlight Heritage

Injecting elements of personality shows guests more about the couple’s cultural background. This couple, who have roots in Ukraine, purchased small Matryoshka dolls popular in the region and used these as name cards. Shelby Reynolds, Shine Event Design

From wedding dresses to flowers, cakes, themes and decor, try these 23 wedding trends for 2018 to find big day inspiration that is amazing AND achievable!
junejoubert.co.za

Perspex Perfection

Remove all ideas of tacky plastic from your mind now; we’re talking perspex, and it’s on a whole other level of prettiness. From feature transparent seating to delicate, suspended baubles and even fishbowl centrepieces, perspex creates a glass-like finish that is ultra contemporary and glam.

From wedding dresses to flowers, cakes, themes and decor, try these 23 wedding trends for 2018 to find big day inspiration that is amazing AND achievable!
lifelinephotography.co.uk

Greenery

Since being chosen for Pantone Colour of the Year, the trend for greenery has gone wild… literally! Forget structured fronds and think rustic garlands, trailing suspended chandeliers and a freshly picked aesthetic and you’re there.

Ultra Violet

Pantone’s 2018 Colour of the Year is certainly an out-of-this-world choice, with Ultra Violet being welcomed by many as a means of adding galactic sparkle to your special day. Mix it with glitter and metallics to add glitz and romance to the punchy purple look.

 

2018 Wedding Cake Trends

From wedding dresses to flowers, cakes, themes and decor, try these 23 wedding trends for 2018 to find big day inspiration that is amazing AND achievable!
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Ruffled Cakes

Want to rock a rustic look for your wedding cake but not quite ready to relinquish tradition? Ruffled cakes offer the best blend of both, embracing classic flowers and ivory icing with a relaxed, ruffle effect.

From wedding dresses to flowers, cakes, themes and decor, try these 23 wedding trends for 2018 to find big day inspiration that is amazing AND achievable!
jessicareeve-photography.com

Cheese Cakes

Give your evening buffet a mouth-watering makeover by dishing up a tower of cheeses. Serve draped in plump grapes and ripe figs, alongside every cracker and chutney you can get your hands on, for a feast that’s a favourite with every guest!

Metallic Cakes

With copper and rose gold rocketing to the top of wedding colour charts, metallics are also making waves in cake design. Choose from metallic leaf, airbrush effects or even edible sequins to steal the style.

 

2018 Wedding Flower Trends

Peony Posies

One of the most exclusive wedding flowers thanks to their short season and sensational style, peonies create a bouquet unlike any other. A compact cluster of barely open, ruffled buds is the epitome of romantic.

From wedding dresses to flowers, cakes, themes and decor, try these 23 wedding trends for 2018 to find big day inspiration that is amazing AND achievable!
samieleephotography.com

Statement Bouquets

We’ve been seriously swooning over South Africa’s iconic bloom, the protea. Sculptural, stand-out and available in so many shades, this floral centrepiece will be remembered, and can easily be paired with other flowers to complement your theme.

Bold Colours and Varied Textures

Bold Colours: “Brides are open more than ever to bold colours in their bouquets, linen and even the groom’s suit design. Now we have brides requesting bouquets with beautiful wine-coloured dahlias mixed with spiked blue thistle.” Leneille Moon, Special Event Factory

Incorporating Varied Textures: Adding unexpected but complimentary additions to floral arrangements, like fruit.

fruit in a bouquet
Fruits and additional textures are added to bouquets | Photography Carrie Patterson

2018 Entertainment Wedding Trends

From wedding dresses to flowers, cakes, themes and decor, try these 23 wedding trends for 2018 to find big day inspiration that is amazing AND achievable!
lydiataylorjones.com

Sparklers

For something a bit special that’s still low key, try a sparkler send-off. We recommend you send your bridesmaids to gather your guests towards the end of the evening, before lighting your sparklers and enjoying a magical moment (and photos) to end the party on a high.

From wedding dresses to flowers, cakes, themes and decor, try these 23 wedding trends for 2018 to find big day inspiration that is amazing AND achievable!
da-photo.co.uk

Pets at Ceremonies

Ring bearers, bridesmaids, best men… we’ve seen your four-legged friends adopt all of these roles on the big day this year! This couple chose their Labrador for their ring-bearer, who trotted down the aisle wearing a Go-Pro to capture the moment.

RELATED: Pros and cons of having your dog at your wedding.

From wedding dresses to flowers, cakes, themes and decor, try these 23 wedding trends for 2018 to find big day inspiration that is amazing AND achievable!
jessicareeve-photography.com

DIY Photo Booth

Whether you want Polaroids to stick into your guest book or simply to give your guests some great, interactive entertainment, a photo booth is a popular choice. Make yours unique by creating your own – we’ve seen everything from suspended frames to full-on backdrops becoming photo spots for the night, and if these couples can pull it off, you can too!

RELATED: How to DIY your photobooth.

2018 Wedding Food Trends

Food Trucks

This festival-feel theme for weddings is still thriving. If your venue allow external caterers, then hiring a food cart could seriously save on your budget. Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of posh nosh festival grub?

food strucks


DIY Stations

Shake your own cocktail, build the ultimate burger and stack your waffles with the perfect combo of toppings… this won’t fail to impress adults and children alike.

DIY stations


Locally Sourced

From farm to fork, guests and couples love to know where their meal comes from.

Locally grownInternational Menus

In a society that is becoming more geographically educated and well-travelled, couples will opt for international menus for their special occasion. African, Persian and Middle Eastern are a few on the list…

international


Gourmet Comfort Food

We’re seeing a real rise in the number of brides asking for comfort food favourites refined for their big day. And why shouldn’t you have the best of both worlds? After all, you’re more than likely going to be feeding a large number of guests. Gourmet crowd pleasers are making weddings even more wonderful this year.

Gourmet

Pair and Share

Serve a selection of mini classic pairings, such as oysters in the shell and mini Bloody Mary tasters – the perfect modern take on creative canapés that everyone will love.

pair and share

Wedding Food Trends from tapenade.co.uk

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