It’s one of the most important days of your life — and can also be one of the hardest to plan. Everyone and their mother (literally) has an opinion, and the decision-making and planning can be super overwhelming. When planning, a lot of brides turn to the trends — opting for an of-the-moment event that would make bloggers swoon.
Here’s the deal, though, trends only stay current for so long, and a lot of popular ones are on the way out. We asked industry experts what trends they did NOT want to see in weddings in 2018 — and their answers might surprise you.
Massive bridal parties
Gone are the days where you need to have every single best friend in your life by your side on your wedding day. With a focus on more intimate weddings, the industry is seeing a shift to smaller wedding parties and as a photographer, it’s AWESOME. Not only are your gals probably thankful to not have to purchase a matching dress and shoes, your friends get to be more present on your day as guests and you have far less work as a bride in making sure everyone is picture perfect for the day. I love weddings with smaller numbers — whether it be guests or wedding parties — because nothing beats the feeling of intimacy and knowing that you’re surrounded by your favorite people and you’re able to be more present for those fleeting moments.
Jenna Kutcher, Photographer
Dated fabrics & textures
Burlap just looks dated and dirty, but unfortunately, SO many weddings still have it. I also don’t love sequins—sequin bridesmaids dresses at Rustic/Country weddings is one of my least favorite pairings. Fabrics that would be more updated and trend worthy would be a good silk linen such as Mikado and Dupioni, and velvets are in.
Taylor Bible, Wedding & Event Planner
While there are many shades and ways to incorporate nude, fleshy, and pretty chalky Parisian tones into your palate, “Blush” should not be a theme or a description let alone a destination. “Blush” has been a catch all color to describe the very popular muted neutral tone color palates the past few years. While these colors are timeless and will always be wedding appropriate, the shades have been so popular, (and therefore a little overdone) it would be fun to bring color back and play with a new variety combinations and I would love to inspire my new clients to explore the potential of other favorite colors. Last year I did this with a bride that wanted blush and we ended up with burnt orange and shades of a peachy blush to compliment them along with a slate blue and chocolate and marble fabric. It was super gorgeous and took her use of the neutral to a unique level.
Anne Book, Wedding & Event Designer
Over-the-top escort displays
Don’t get us wrong, we love a creative escort display! But we’re also big believers in function. We’ve been seeing a lot of super creative escort displays that unfortunately miss the mark when it comes to practicality (think escort cards suspended from the ceiling). Our goal is to always create an escort display that’s as creative as it is functional!
Kari Rider, Wedding & Event Planner
Pinterest is an amazing source for examples of wedding decor, but being inspired by Pinterest sometimes leaves weddings feeling dated and unoriginal. Some pins circulating on Pinterest are YEARS old as Pinterest does not date pins or delete pins over time. Sadly, many brides even choose a wedding style that in no way reflects who they are based on what they have found on the popular app. Make a list of colors and elements you love before turning to Pinterest. Weddings are personal and I love to get to know couples and use elements that fit into their lives. Blogs and magazines offer up-to-date inspiration, but overall your wedding should be infused with your style and personalities.
Giselle Callahan, Floral Design & Event Planner
I would get rid of the huge, overwhelming bouquets. They’ve have been getting bigger, and bigger, and BIGGER over the last couple years and seems to be swallowing brides. Sometimes they can’t even hold them for long periods of time! I would love to see toned down bouquets so they compliment the bride’s beauty, rather than compete for it.
Paige Budde, Photographer
Decorative, disposable items just for the wedding day
One trend I would like to see go away for 2018 is buying lots of disposable items for your wedding day. Instead, fill your day with natural elements, a few heirloom quality pieces, and items that can be reused or donated. I love to think of innovative ways to create decor that will live on in your home, florals elements that can be reused or donated, and ways to skip items that will end up in the trash. A small selection of quality keepsakes goes so much farther for your money!
Abby McKinney, Wedding & Event Planner
A honeymoon trend you won’t see in 2018: minimoons! People are taking more time off work to galavant across the globe with their spouse right after they tie the knot. A long weekend, even one week doesn’t seem to be enough. The average honeymoon I’m planning for 2018 is about 10 days long. Couples are leaving 1-2 days after the wedding and traveling as far away from home as possible: Europe, Asia, South Africa. They seem to be saving the go-to beach destinations (think Mexico, Caribbean) for quick trips down the road.
Kelly Smith, Travel Advisor
Naked wedding gowns
One trend we hope to see go away in 2018 is “naked wedding gowns.” You know the ones… the bride makes her entrance and everyone feels a little uncomfortable like they’re seeing more than they should. We understand brides want to feel/ look sexy on their wedding day but we don’t think you need to bare it all to accomplish this. So let’s keep it classy ladies and cover those nipples and navels in 2018.
Rebecca Somnitz and Karin VanCure, Something White Bridal
Following traditions because you “have to”
The trend I hope goes away? Following wedding traditions because you “have” to. My couples are becoming more and more confident with making wedding decisions that ultimately make THEM happy. Finally, putting themselves and their wishes, wants, and desires first. Are you and your fiance a more reserved, personal couple? Have a small ceremony with close friends and immediate family, saving the reception for the larger group. Has travel been a large part of your relationship? Plan an entire menu based on your favorite dishes from around the world. When else do you get to personalize a menu that’s all about you? Never! Own and enjoy your wedding.
Christine Janda, Wedding, Event, & Floral Design
Garlands and excess eucalyptus. Let’s bring back color!
In 2018, we hope to see couples start new and exciting trends! We’ve seen so many weddings with garlands and excess eucalyptus so we would like to see something different. Perhaps, more of an elevated elegance of light greenery with romantic florals. Also, we’ve seen many couples do neutrals for florals and would love to see pops of color. Jewel tone is so in right now so we’re hoping for dark blues, greens, and shades of marsala.
Jenny Yi, Event & Floral Design