In 2018 and beyond, we are beginning to see the reemergence of more formal weddings. For the last few years, we have seen the barn weddings, the shabby chic, the vintage…but now wedding décor is starting to trend to the formal side once again. Not only will you see this trend on the rise when it comes to wedding décor, but you will also see it in the dress code, flowers, and even the popularity of wedding venues that have a more formal look!
Everything is becoming more creative and more “over the top” in weddings and we are seeing this trend in floral displays too. Flowers and formal weddings have always gone hand in hand…so it is natural that we are seeing huge, elegant flower arrangements. The twist to the new trend in flowers is that they are hanging or suspended from the ceilings. They are appearing over the wedding tables, sweetheart tables, dance floor or ceremony spaces.
For a few years now, the “Guest Experience” has taken a huge presence at weddings. A guest experience is something that enhances the guest experience and is not expected. Guest experiences can include; photo booths, cigar rolling stations, whisky bars, food trucks, special dance performances or any unique food display! While guest experiences have been around we are seeing them become bigger and more over the top. Each bride and groom desire to have something “special” at their wedding that makes it memorable for all who attended…so anything goes!
Wedding dresses are facing two huge trends in 2018…flower embellishments and capes. As we watch the runways we are seeing designers use flower embellishments to adorn their latest collections. These flowers can be on the train, skirt, necklines or veils. Many are using flowers to enhance the illusion necklines and create beautiful flower “tattoos” on long sleeves and necklines. We are also seeing designers using capes to give their designs a dramatic twist. These capes are typically embellished with lace, beads, flowers or other embellishments. Many brides use the capes for the formal wedding ceremony and then take them off for the reception.
An overall, nationwide trend, is having a smaller guest list. Brides and grooms are focusing on opulent décor, unique guest experiences and great food. To pull off these elements and stay within the wedding budget, they are shrinking their guest list.