With 2017 coming to an end, we’re setting our sites on the New Year: new beginnings, new resolutions we may or may not keep, new dreams, and old ones too, and of course, new trends in events. We at Gather Venues enjoy all kinds of events, but with our hearts full of love and excitement for this New Year, we wanted to shine a light on one special event that brings everyone together: weddings.
From floral arrangements to expansive dessert tables to old trends making themselves new again, there are a number of wedding trends guests can expect to find when attending a wedding in 2018. Read along, you’ll want to take notes.
While recent trends boasted a more casual, laid-back environment, formal weddings and attire are making a comeback in 2018. According to Refinery29, couples are turning to traditional reception events, like a sit-down dinner-party and cake-cutting ceremony, along with the dinner-first-party-second scheme. Wedding dresses, too, resemble more formal styles.
Toss the bouquet
Weddings in 2018 will be all about florals. Soft color palettes are still in and will remain quite popular for a bride’s bouquet in 2018, but WeddingWire suggests a shift in the New Year. The technology company serving the wedding industry says guests can expect to see brighter, bolder colored flowers in a bride’s arrangement, especially in the spring.
Other trends are expected to emerge as well, like installing suspended floral arrangements instead of designing elaborate centerpieces. If a couple does opt for a centerpiece, however, guests are more likely to find a small cluster of vases with just one or two types of flowers.
Food for thought
Formal weddings might be on trend for 2018, but the traditional three-course menu that often follows such formality is taking a back seat to creative, fun alternatives. Thanks to the influx of food trucks and creative catering companies, couples are choosing foods that further reflect their personalities instead. According to Brides Magazine, dishes like ceviche, tacos, and sushi, are likely options in the new year. Comfort foods, like gourmet burgers and mac and cheese, will also be present.
Desserts are experiencing a creative shift as well. Gone are the days of just one, tiered cake. Couples have instead begun offering an assortment of smaller cakes accompanied with even smaller, possibly bite-sized, desserts like doughnut holes, popsicles, macaroons, and meringues. Guests can typically find the medley of flavors at the table designated strictly for desserts. Though this isn’t an entirely new trend for 2018, it will be one to garner more followers.
Ample, natural greenery and touches of wood are what you’ll find at weddings in 2018. Decorative items such as wreaths, made with eucalyptus and wildflowers, offer a down-to-earth atmosphere; invitations, table numbers, or seating cards made or adorned with wood accents add an earthy take to traditional stationery.
Happy New Year
While these are just a few wedding trends we’re most looking forward to in 2018, there are plenty more to be seen, too. Lookout for transparent elements, pearls, geometric shapes, and what WeddingWire calls the “It girl modern combo,” which combines white marble accents with metallic copper details.
At Gather Venues, we work hard to ensure our couple’s desires and visions are met. We keep up with the trends, but also have a few ideas in mind, too. Whether you’re hoping to wow guests with suspended florals and international cuisines, or hope to add earthy tones and elements to your day’s decor, we have you covered.
Get the champagne ready and raise your glasses, 2018 is almost here!
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