As 2017 draws to a close, we thought we’d share our predictions for 2018 Wedding Trends to inspire any couples who are looking for style and design inspiration and general wedding guidance in the year ahead.
The full article can also be viewed in the January edition of Wedding Ideas magazine which is on sale now.
Each year, new trends emerge in the wedding industry and whilst here at Just Bespoke we encourage our clients to focus on creating personal and authentic celebrations, it is only natural to take inspiration from the world of fashion, interiors, art and, of course, social media, to help drive the overall aesthetic and help couples to narrow down their options and create the basis of their own wedding day.
Trends come in all forms and so here are our views on the top 10 wedding trends we will be seeing in 2018.
1 // FANCY FAVOURS
Focusing on the guest experience is paramount for any celebration, and 2018 will see this heightened even further with more focus on guest gifting. Gone are the traditional sugar-coated almonds as guest favours, and in place we will start to see more elaborate gifting. From personalised scents courtesy of companies such as Design in Scent, as well as bespoke Welcome Boxes from the likes of Gift & Grace.
2 // PERSPEX
2017 was the year of marble and mirror and we predict a move towards Perspex for 2018. We’ve already started to see Perspex filter through slowly into stylish couples’ design aesthetics this year but next year we will see it being incorporated further into things such as place names, menus and even table plans and invites.
3 // LIVING WALLS
Flower walls have proved to be immensely popular with both real and faux florals creating wonderful backdrops for photo booths, cake displays and even escort card displays. However, we will start to see the trend grow further with the emergence of the Living Wall – a mainly botanical look, made from lush greenery. Popular at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year, we believe the concept will gain momentum in the world of weddings in 2018.
4 // SEPARATES
With so much choice in bridal wear these days, it is becoming much easier for brides to hone their natural style into the wedding attire. Separates are going to become much more mainstream, with an increasing number of brides opting for skirt and top combinations, as well as tailored trouser suits and even jumpsuits and jackets becoming much more common place. To add to this, we will also start to see more brides opting for a layered look – for example slinky dresses with full tulle skirt overlays which can be removed post ceremony to switch up the look for the wedding reception.
5 // FOCUS ON THE GROOM
We anticipate an increasing number of Grooms taking more interest in their grooming and attire than ever before. The rise in one-stop grooming salons for men, such as The Refinery, shows that there is a genuine demand for the service and some grooms even use it as an excuse to hang out with their mates pre-wedding. Likewise, bespoke is now more affordable with many high street retailers offering a bespoke service allowing grooms and their groomsmen the chance to personalize their attire with bold colours, contrasting linings, initials and even personalised messages inside their suits to add the extra luxe factor.
6 // DESTINATIONS
Whilst there has been a rise in the number of destination weddings in Europe over the last few years, in 2018 we may experience a slight downturn owing to Brexit. Previously many people opted to marry abroad as it was considered cheaper than marrying in the UK, but Brexit has caused the value of the pound to drop making everything that little bit more expensive. There is also concern regarding the Open Skies policy which may mean that airlines are forced to raise their prices.
7 // PERSONALISATION
Personalising your wedding is big news and it will continue to be paramount to couples in the months ahead. Every aspect of the wedding will be considered from the bigger picture such as an overall theme which really encompasses the couple to the smaller details such as monogrammed drinks coasters, bespoke cocktails and even a unique scent.
8 // WELCOME DINNERS
Multi-day celebrations will continue to gather pace in 2018 and it will become more commonplace to incorporate a welcome dinner or post-wedding brunch (or both) as a way of extending the celebrations. And the great news is, that rather than formal affairs, many couples will choose to host relaxed and informal gatherings so they don’t have to break the bank but are simply a way for people to catch up pre and post wedding in a more laid-back environment.
9 // GIFT REGISTRYS
For a number of years, conventional gift lists were viewed as a bit passé and couples preferred to request money towards their honeymoon or cash to spend on their home. However, with a rise in more flexible and also styling gifting options from the likes of Blue Ribbon, The Wedding Shop and Prezola, we will start to see more and more couples opting for the traditional gift registry for their celebrations in 2018.
10 // METALLIC NEUTRAL
Pastel shades are synonymous with weddings and they are most definitely here to stay for 2018. However, we will also see metallics crossing over into colour neutral in 2018 rather than being used as an accent colour. Different metallic shades will work together to create the central palette and then a standalone colour such as black, white and green will work as the accent in a reversal of the norm. And let’s not forget the importance of Pantone’s colour of the year – the controversial Ultra Violet which may influence couples with their colour palette choices.
If you’re a recently engaged bride to be, or have already started your wedding planning and think you may benefit from some professional help, we would love to hear from you, so do drop us a line at email@example.com or via our contact page.
Wishing you a very Happy New Year from the team at Just Bespoke.
1. Gift and Grace
2. Vellum & Vogue
3. Elizabeth Messina
4. House of Ollichon
5. The Refinery
6. JM Wedding Cinematography
7. Barnet Photography
8. Style Me Pretty
10. Donna Morgan
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