Wedding Trends for 2018

Wedding Trends for 2018


nother year gone by means fresh, new ideas to get excited about! From unplugged weddings to bohemian decor and geometrics, weddings appear to be more modern and less conventional. Many couples are looking for a relaxed and fun atmosphere, and they are creating new wedding traditions that have us swooning.

Bohemian Style
The bohemian wedding trend is not new, and we think it’s here to stay. These uniquely beautiful events combine aspects of romance, nature, and the couple’s personality. Bohemian-inspired couples embrace the motif through fashion, including flower crowns and light airy dresses, and décor, with cascading bouquets and centerpieces using driftwood and succulents. Some take a more subtle approach, including elements here and there, with a touch of glam. Bohemian style, also referred to as boho-chic, has come to mean “free-spirited.”

It’s all about the greenery. We have seen an increase of botanical-inspired decor with plants, succulents, and greenery as the focal point. Custom wreaths dripping with foliage, spinning over the dance floor, and eucalyptus-draped chandeliers hanging from tree limbs during outdoor ceremonies are creating gasp worthy ambiance.

Bold Color and Geometrics
Geometric shapes are fashion forward, with many couples are using them as centerpieces, like terrariums with florals, greenery, or succulents. Uniquely shaped lanterns are also being used in the same way. Many couples have moved on from natural earthy tones to bolder shades, adding a pop of color with purples and reds.

Relaxed Seating and Lounge Areas
Creating a relaxed atmosphere is what’s hot. Specialty bars and lounge-style seating has become more desirable over the past few years. Couples are opting for a less formal reception style and are creating casual seating spaces so their guests are comfortable and more relaxed.

Casual Food
Food Trucks and DIY dessert bars are all the rage. Who doesn’t love a taco truck or a self-serve sundae bar? We are seeing cupcake buffets with an array of toppings and food trucks that serve everything imaginable these days, like Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Fish Tacos, or Made-To-Order Sushi. There is something nostalgic about a food truck or serving something that your guests all know and love from their childhood.

Unplugged Ceremonies
Yes, please! Photographers, officiants, and the couples themselves are struggling with photo-hungry guests who don’t stay seated during the ceremony. Guests are making photos difficult by blocking the photographer or distracting the couple. The first look, the walk down the aisle, the kiss… those are special moments, and there are no do-overs. The solution? An unplugged ceremony. Couples are making custom signs and requesting that all cell phones, devices, and cameras be put away so the professionals can do their jobs.

Lisa Presnell is an Amelia Island native and the proud owner of Lisa Presnell Productions, one of the top wedding & event planning companies on Amelia Island in the WeddingWire network. WeddingWire’s Couple’s Choice Awards recognizes her as amongst the top 5% of wedding professionals nationwide for the past FOUR consecutive years for Excellence in Quality, Service, Responsiveness and Professionalism.