// by Virginia Chamlee
A white dress, bouquet of flowers, a classic tux—weddings are often more classic than they are trendy, though there are a slew of ways for brides to inject their personalities into the ceremony or reception. WeddingWire has made several predictions regarding the hottest trends for 2018, from black-tie dress codes to natural bouquet designs.
As in years past, natural elements will still prove popular in 2018. Modern brides are opting for succulents and greenery rather than traditional floral arrangements. “I’m seeing a lot of botanical elements,” says Tanya Hendricks, owner of Southern Charm Wedding and Events. “I had one bride recently who had no flowers at all—just draping greenery.”
While natural touches are still in, rustic venues seem to be on the way out. “I’m seeing fewer barn weddings,” says Hendricks. “Instead, brides are choosing indoor, industrial venues or museums. With outdoor weddings, they’re using clear tents to provide that outdoor ambiance.”
When Pantone named Ultra Violet its color of the year, Hendricks wasn’t surprised. “I’ve been noticing bolder, darker, jewel tones taking the place of blush or neutral colors,” she says, noting that purple is making its way onto flowers, decor, and bridesmaid dresses.
A Nod to Formality
On the other end of the spectrum, formal weddings are back in a big way. Hendricks says seated dinners are taking the place of family-style or buffet meals. “In the past few years, we’ve seen more casual menus—barbecue, for instance, was really popular. But lately, we’re moving toward more adult, formal menus. Brides don’t want their weddings to feel like a backyard picnic, and they want the meal to match the ambiance of the event itself.”
Of course, formality and a rustic ambiance aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. “I’m organizing a wedding right now that has a black-tie dress code, but it’s being held outside, with big, loose, organic flowers,” says Hendricks.
With another royal wedding on the horizon, it only makes sense that brides continue to take fashion cues from Buckingham Palace. “No one knows what the next Princess will be wearing but, in the meantime, a lot of brides are going back to the Kate Middleton look—more lace, more covered-up,” Hendricks says. “They know it’s going to continue to be a relevant look.”
Copper is taking the place of the most recent metal du jour, rose gold, cropping up on silverware, jewelry and vessels to hold flowers. “We’re also seeing a lot of marble,” Hendricks adds. “Marble in the centerpieces, tables with marble tops, marble vessels on the table—that concrete and marble look really goes back to the earthy feel that brides are seeking.”