Every year, new ideas and details are created by talented wedding planners, floral designers and wedding vendors of every type. For
, pros from across the country shared with WeddingWire the colors that will be adorning various details, how to create a rustic 2.0 look, which foods and
guests will be enjoying and some of the interactive experiences and details that guests are sure to notice.
“Couples today,” Beth Bernstein of
in Chicago, explains, “want their guests to really notice the effort gone into planning the wedding. It’s not just about personalizing the wedding to the couple. It’s about who their guests are and what they mean to them.”
Here’s a look at the new 2018 wedding trends, and the details to bring them to life, for your upcoming wedding.
Navy is the new black.
As an alternative to formal black, brides and grooms are opting for dark blue as the neutral shade in their wedding’s color palette. Beth says that midnight blue is now the color of choice for formal weddings. “Instead of a classic black and white engraved invitation, couple’s are opting for a deep midnight blue letterpressed invitation,” she explains. “And we’re seeing a lot of navy
Silver and chrome = the metallics of the moment
And metallics are here to stay, but instead of gold, brass and
, which have been popular for the past few years, couples are bringing silver and chrome into the mix for 2018 wedding trends. “Now that we’re seeing so much of the 1970’s influencing home décor lately, silver and chrome are making a comeback,” shared Melissa McNeely of
in New York City.
A return to formality
Couples are going back to formal weddings according to several wedding planners. “We are anticipating a stronger presence of uber-elegant weddings in 2018,” says Nora Sheils of
in the Pacific Northwest. “We are seeing cleaner florals, classic tuxedos, and a hint of sparkle.” Beth agrees, adding, “We’re seeing formal with a bit of whimsical, so it’s formal but not stuffy.”
Hanging flowers are the floral decor of the moment.
When deciding on your floral décor, Chezelle Rodriguez of
in Puerto Rico explains that
for 2018. “Couples are keeping their guest tables simple and focusing more on ceiling treatments.” For an understated centerpiece, one idea she says will be popular for 2018 wedding reception tables is a small cluster of vases with just one or two types of flowers.
Couples are finding new ways to entertain guests.
“For 2018 wedding trends, it's very much about creating an incredible experience for guests,” says Emily Sullivan of
in New Orleans. Couples are incorporating interactive elements into their wedding to entertain their guests with creative food ideas, music, and photo booths (not to mention booking epic
so out-of-towners feel welcome the whole weekend). “The
is not going away,” Beth explains, “but today’s couples are having an open booth with a backdrop. A no booth-booth.” As for props, Melissa adds that people are tired of the same old props, so either they won’t have any props in their photo booth or they’ll seek out new, never-before-seen props.
Bring on the texture!
Enhancing the guests’ experience includes the details that they interact with. “People want a lot of details, and are spending a lot on their guests’ experience,” explains Beth. “Different textures and something different on various elements, such as wax seals on menus, assorted linens on each table, and even three different tabletops for the reception tables are some of the new ideas that guests will notice.”