Wedding trends

Romantic belle sleeves are hot in wedding gowns

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

Black. Beads. Florals. Feathers: Next season’s hottest trends that look even better in person than they do on Pinterest.

Black is making its way into wedding clothing

Wedding Trends For 2018

The best bridal looks for the 2018 season are tossing away classic styles and pushing traditional boundaries – adding high-contrast details in a way that takes any white dress up a notch. This season you are going to see black embellishments, heavy beading including body jewelry, florals, feathers, and belle sleeves. Not one style but one silhouette style will takeover, dramatically.

Black embellishments on wedding gown

Black embellishments and trimming will add interest to any gown. Combining hints of black may showcase a look for the bride that wants to appear confident, powerful, and in control while at the same time, edgy and feminine.

Form-fitting silhouettes for 2018

Toss the ball gown and make room for the hottest, more form-fitting, silhouette style for this season.  For the bride who is looking to make a statement, the belle sleeve might be for you. The belle sleeve adds a feminine touch to your wedding look and is perfect for the bride who is always cold.

Beading in bridal has added a fresh take for the fashion-forward bride, including body jewelry that will be the new statement piece. Not only gowns, but veils will also be more heavily embroidered than ever before with pearls, crystals, and more.

Detail on wedding gown

New Florals Dominate The Scene

Florals have long been associated with wedding gowns, but the idea of three-dimensional florals will add embellishment, texture, and a fresh alternative to a plain white gown and veil. The new way to veil introduces a nature-based look, not only with florals but leaves and vines as well.

Feathers adore wedding gowns

As for feathers, you will see them everywhere, including; gowns, wedding invitations, men’s boutonnieres, bridal bouquets, arbors, aisle runners, and cakes. Yes, even the cake – No worries, the cake will consist of imitation feathers.

Laser cut wedding invitations

Exciting Wedding Decor

But that’s not all we saw in Las Vegas at the Wedding MBA Convention for wedding pros. Gown aside, what about your wedding look in terms of décor? I mean you only get married once, so why limit yourself?

This season, laser accent cutting will appear on chargers, placemats, cake toppers and table numbers. Also appearing are statuesque centerpieces, which are small on the bottom and large on top – adding volume to your decor. Dramatic dance floors with geometric patterns, stained glass, and 3D mapping will appear. Not only will 3D mapping illuminate your dance floor, but what about the outside of your venue, the interior walls, ceiling, or even the ceremony?  Even acrylic dance floors filled with flowers or other small items will become popular. As will copper and marble, florals, and watercolor themes.

Big wedding cakes are back

Finally, my favorite part: the cake. Gone are the dainty one and two tiers, as cakes are expected to be grand and eye capturing. Cakes will be hand-painted or have a brushstroke look, taking your dessert to the next level.

Next season’s hottest trends have been recently set by some of the leading wedding and fashion professionals in the bridal industry. Wedding Planners Tracey Manailescu and Danielle Andrews, founders of the Wedding Planners Institute of Coordination, were guest speakers at the Wedding MBA convention bringing these seriously stunning trends to our attention. Not only are these trends stunning, they will also bring a breath of fresh air and dramatic flair to wedding events to come. As an internationally certified Wedding and Event Planner myself, I am excited to see these trends and concepts come to life for my own Michigan brides and grooms.

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Wedding trends for 2018

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

A new year brings new wedding trends! I love how weddings change from year to year, so it’s not always the “same old wedding” that I’ve planned a thousand times over already. Speaking of, a new year also means it’s time to retire some well-loved trends and move on to bigger and better things.

Wedding trends that need to go


Wedding Trends That Must Go

Here’s our list of the top 5 wedding trends we are ready to say goodbye to in 2018.

The Pinterest wedding

#1 The Pinterest Wedding

 I’ve seen so many weddings that I will dub “The Pinterest Wedding.” They had an ink thumbprint guest book, spray painted wine bottles with flowers for centerpieces, shepherd’s hooks down the ceremony aisle, Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” for the bouquet toss, and mini cupcakes for dessert. I’ve seen that wedding a million times before.

Brides and even other wedding professionals are using Pinterest incorrectly. It should not be used as a tool to determine exactly what your wedding will look like and what you will do. Pinterest should be used strictly for inspiration – to get your creative juices flowing to come up with something new and exciting that your guests haven’t seen or experienced before.

I love Pinterest as much as the next planner and I’m not tell you to never ever use it again. I’m just saying that blush pink and gold weddings have had their hey-day and it was glorious. Now it’s time to stop copy-catting what everyone else is doing and use Pinterest to save what inspires you, then use that as a jumping off point for creating something fresh and unique to you. (Not sure how to do this or don’t feel like you have new ideas? Hire a wedding planner or designer to help you out!)


#2 Photo Booths

Bringing photo booths into wedding receptions was a brilliant idea a couple years ago. However, it’s another thing that’s been overdone at weddings. Wedding guests almost expected it now.

Brainstorm other ways you can entertain your guests. What about a live painter, caricaturist, magician, cigar or whisky bar, or a more innovative type of photo booth like a boomerang booth, flip book, or confetti booth. There are so many ideas out there, don’t limit yourself to just your standard film strip photo booth!

Naked cakes

#3 Naked Wedding Cakes

 I have loved the rustic and casual look of a naked wedding cake, but it’s a trend that’s been overdone. In 2018 I hope couples will think of their cake as not just a tasty treat for their guests but as another element of their wedding design. Shouldn’t your cake look as amazing as it tastes? Use your wedding colors and design buzz words (classic, urban, eclectic, romantic, whimsical, etc.) to create a beautiful masterpiece with your baker that your guests will be excited to partake in!

Mason jar with flowers hanging from chair for wedding

 #4 Mason Jars

I still saw mason jars used in wedding décor in 2017. Please, let’s leave this behind! It’s a trend that’s been used to death over the last 5 years and we need to retire it while it still has a shed of dignity left.

If you are looking for something else to use besides a mason jar, use a regular small or medium glass vase. Many florists carry quite a large inventory of vases and they’d be happy to provide them for an additional fee. Or if you want to buy them yourself, ask your florist or wedding planner for recommendations on mason jar alternatives.


#5 Traditional Wedding Registry

When I was getting married in 2014, I was so excited to create my wedding registry of all the things I wanted for my wedding. I had a detailed list of everything I needed and how many of each item I wanted so we could be efficient going through the stores.

First of all – What a time suck. My now-husband and I probably spent 8-12 hours going through Bed Bath & Beyond and Macy’s to put together our perfect list.

Secondly – Why on earth I thought I needed 12 red wine glasses AND 12 white wine glasses is beyond me. They are sitting in our cabinet collecting so much dust that I just listed most of them on OfferUp to be sold.

Thirdly – There are so many other options out there than a traditional registry. Honeyfund lets wedding guests contribute to your honeymoon in a meaningful way by choosing to pay for a meal, excursion, night of accommodations, or a plethora of other honeymoon related items.

Personalized wedding trends

Out With The Out, In With Innovative New Wedding Styles

2018 is a fresh, clean slate so let’s make the most of it! Join me in bidding these wedding trends a fond farewell. We hope you find new inspiration for your wedding that’s new, innovative, and one-of-a-kind!

Bio: Julia Pavlovski is a Seattle Wedding Planner, Designer, & Day-of Coordinator who offers classic Seattle weddings with a modern twist. For the last 3 years, her company Wedding Wise has been recognized by as one of the best wedding planning companies in Seattle and has also received the Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award for 3 years in a row (2016-2018.






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