What’s New in 2018: Wedding Trends

Katie MahoneyEvent Planning, Wedding0 Comments

Each year wedding and event planners do their best to put the trendiest and most creative ideas in front of their brides and grooms as they plan their big day, and each year it seems planners continue to push the boundaries of tradition and unique character in order to create the most memorable events. 2017 saw nature take center-stage as a main source of inspiration for wedding planning, with bohemian and tropical themes sweeping through the industry in countless creative templates. But we also saw a trend toward minimalism, as many couples opted for the contemporary feel of white space and simple decor.

This year’s most popular wedding trends are heavily inspired from some of last year’s favorites, with a nod toward nature and an embrace of vivid shapes and colors. As you begin planning your big day, you’ll want to take advantage of the some of the simple, yet beautiful, details wedding planners are using this year to make your wedding one for the ages.

  1. Geometric shapes. For many of us (raising my hand here), geometry brings back a feeling of confusion and apathy. Would I really ever do a mathematical proof again in my life? No. I did not. But one cannot help but appreciate that those who have always had an affinity for the three-dimensional shapes we learned about in high school were creative enough to make them into some of the most beautiful table decor around. Simple, sleek, versatile and eye-catching, geometric shapes are showing up as candle holders, favors, even thematic elements for invitations and stationary. And with the many affordable options available, any couple can easily work these beauties in to their decor.

  2. Ultra Violet. This 2018 Pantone color of the year is already making its way onto the wedding scene. As a deep, blue-based purple, it lends itself beautifully to another trend we are seeing this year… 

  3. Dark florals. Whimsical and romantic pastels are moving aside for what florists describe as “dark and moody.” Playing off of the ultra violet color, event planners are seeing a range of purple taking center stage this year; from wine to lavender hues, we’ll be noticing a whole lot more than the typical soft wedding colors in the coming months.

  4. Living bars. Yes, you read that right. Brides and grooms are opting for a bar experience guests wouldn’t find anywhere else, making the space itself both a gathering and talking point at the reception. With custom lattice work serving as the base, fresh cut foliage and floral designs are weaved throughout, offering bar-goers the feel of a garden party as they are ordering their drinks. It’s another trendy option that couples can incorporate at a variety of price points, but if are hoping to create something guest will not soon forget, the living bar is worth talking to your planner about.

  5. Small bridal parties. For many years, brides and grooms have been tending toward the larger bridal parties: sisters, best friends, cousins, new in-laws, you name it. But event planners are seeing that trend changing in 2018, with wedding parties being made up of only 3-4 maids and grooms, or perhaps just a maid of honor or best man. Whatever you choose for your bridal party, be sure that those standing up next to you are up for and excited for the task.

Are you ready to get started putting together your dream day in 2018? Mangia is the Inland Northwest’s only full-service planning and catering company, and we would love to simplify your job with one phone call. Contact us today – let’s make your wedding everything you dreamed it would be.

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