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Brides! These are the most exciting wedding trends of 2018

Brides! These are the most exciting wedding trends of 2018

Written by Katie Byrne

Get inspired with our round-up of the freshest and most fabulous ideas for your 2018 nuptials

Go back-to-basics with your theme

2018 will see weddings stripped back, with a 'return to nature' feel heavily present. Colour palettes will be muted and beautiful: rich shades of darker pinks, purples and creams will be matched with pops of green foliage. Metallic details - such as tableware - will add a luxe finish. Celebrations will have an artistic feel, with every detail meaning something. 

Image: Lilac Photography

It's all about the WILD bouquet

Gone are the days of structured floral arrangements. Rather, 2018 will see bouquets that are bigger and wilder than ever before, with over-flowing foliage and over-sized blooms adding to the wild, natural look. 

Image: Hannah Duffy Photography

The arch becomes... More of a circle

Whilst floral arches have been popular for a few years now, 2018 will see them go full-circle - as in, literally! Making as gorgeous a place to swap your vows as it is somewhere for your guests to take their selfies, the flower circle is also easy-peasy to move from your ceremony to your reception space. 

Hanging florals will be everywhere

Suspended flower and foliage displays will be all the rage over the next 12 months. Although they've been subtly edging their way into the bridal sub-conscious for a while now, 2018 is the year they'll really come into bloom. 

Flowers: The Flower Appreciation Society

Meghan Markle will become the year's most-imitated bride

Much like the K-Middy effect of 2011 (she brought back lace sleeves, let's be honest), Meghan Markle's every bridal decision will be hugely influential in 2018. From how she wears her hair for her May nuptials to the elegant going-away outfit she picks for boarding her honeymoon flight, the world will have its eyes firmly fixed on the bride-to-be.

Glitter will be everywhere (naturally)

From your own make-up look to hiring a pop-up glitter bar for your guests to enjoy, the sparkly stuff is certainly having a moment RN. 

Photography: Lucy Davenport; make-up: Louise Seymour

Brides will be wearing their flowers

Four words, people: over-the-shoulder bouquets! 

Image: Rodarte

Wreaths will be all over the place

Okay, not literally - but they'll definitely be more wedding-present than they ever have before. Whilst they were once strictly the reserve of Christmas or, er, funerals, wreaths have had a thoroughly romantic makeover. Perfect for propping up in front of your sweetheart table, adorning aisle ends or simply decorating a blank wall, a pretty floral wreath is a fuss-free, foolproof way to add some extra cheer to your venue. 

Wreath by Blush Floral Design

Couples will be increasingly asking for technology-related gifts

Whilst asking for honeymoon add-ons will continue to be popular, the experts at Prezola predict newlyweds will be just as keen to ask loved ones for techie presents: think drones, speakers and coffee machines.

Leather jackets will be your cover-up of choice

Whether handpainted with your names and wedding date or simply in a bridal shade of white, the wed-worthy jacket is super cool and can, of course, be worn after your wedding day, too. 

By Monique Lhuillier; imagery: Greg Kessler for Kessler Studio

Heels are being swapped for trainers 

And on the subject of rewearable bridal fashion: on to the trainer trend! Super-comfy (and sometimes customised) box-fresh bridal trainers have been popping up left, right and centre over recent months, and the trend is set to be big in 2018. 

Trainers: I Am Florence

Iridescent decor will be huge

Pearly finishing touches will be dusting many parts of weddings: from oil-slick glassware to wedding gowns featuring iridescent embellishments. 

Your wedding dress might just feature a black accent

Whether it's a collar, a bow, a belt - the 2018 runway shows were filled with bridal designs that featured subtle monochrome twists. Or actually, you might go for all-out black. Fabulous! 

Dresses: Reem Acra (left) and Lazaro (right). 

The wedding Snapchat filter will replace the wedding hashtag

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Neon lights will add something new to reception spaces

Replacing light-up letters or projected monograms, a neon sign (or three) will add a fun Club Tropicana feel to your party. They've shaken off the slightly shady feel of their past and are now achingly cool and directional. 

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Woodland set-ups will come indoors

Whilst log slices and cute pine cone place settings are, sure, a nice way to add a rustic woodland feel to any celebration, 2018 will see celebrations go big when it comes to woodland whimsy. The precise opposite of the bringing-the-indoors-out reception trend, potted trees, endless strings of fairylights and countless flickering tealights (not to mention clever scent layering) will all be used to create a truly unique woodland set-up. 

Image: Shaun Taylor Photography

Handwritten details will continue to be hugely popular

Expect to see calligraphy decor everywhere, in increasingly clever guises: personalised wine glasses, palm leaves topped with perfectly written menus, intricately iced biscuit place-settings... Want to try it yourself? Make a start here

Image: Mariola Zoladz; stationery:

Forget big parties, it's all about intimate gatherings

Wedding will have a more 'exclusive' feel, with cash-strapped couples who still want to put on a fabulous party opting for a 'quality over quantity' guest-list policy. 

Pops of millennial pink will be #onpoint 

Show solidarity with your generation by adding a splash of baby pink into your wedding - whether an all-out declaration or something more subtle.

On the contrary, wonderland receptions will be HUGE

Literally and figuratively. A quick scroll through Instagram will show you the kind of thing we mean: 10-feet tall wedding cakes, ceilings covered in thouands of flowers, gowns featuring never-ending trains... 

Meet the flower crown's edgier sister: the floral mohawk

The mohawk comprises - you guessed it - of wearing flowers down your hair, rather than crowning it. Edgy, fashion-forward and oh-so cool, it's the flower garland's edgier big sister.

Mohawk/flowers: Juliet Glaves; photography: Lucy Davenport

Your dancefloor should really be marble

Or at the very least, look like it might be marble: if you love the trend but your venue - gasp - doesn't come complete with its own marble-floored ballroom, create your own by using a decal (with your venue's permission, of course).

Flower or foliage-adorned bars will be huge

Installation floral displays are a great way to make your venue look instantly more sophisticated - if your budget won't stretch but you love the idea, consider hand-making paper flowers instead. (Although be warned: this will take a long time.)

Flowers: All For Love London

Metallic table details will be huge

From candlesticks and plates to vases and cutlery, decorations in shades of  copper, bronzes and even rose gold will be hugely popular.

Image: Melissa Jill

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