January 25, 2018

13 New Wedding Trends to Watch for in 2018, According to Planners

If you’re planning a wedding in 2018, you’re in luck. While classic, timeless touches will never go out of style, up and coming trends are definitely worth your consideration. The reason? These contemporary details are coming straight from the top. We tapped elite event planners for their insight into which trends will rule the 2018 wedding season, and when they talk, we listen.

Based on what they’ve shared with us, there’s so much to look forward to. From dramatic marble dance floors to laser-cut linens, unique texture will be a big element of future celebrations. Also noteworthy? Unexpected uses (and types!) of florals. Expect to see lush dogwood arrangements, living botanical bars, and potted plants on ceremony aisles and everywhere at receptions. Another heads up: Color is back in a big way. Moody and richly pigmented flowers and colorful candle centerpieces will be table décor of choice in the new year. And if you were on the fence about having an outdoor wedding, go with your gut. More and more brides are choosing indoor venues—think industrial lofts, museums, and sheltered rooftops—over the garden, beach, or woods.

The best part? These trends are perfect for every type of wedding, from traditional fêtes to more casual celebrations. As you start planning, feel free to pick and choose your favorite ideas from this fresh and inspired list. Trust us, you’ll have no problem selecting a favorite trend or two. We don’t want to give away all the fun, so we’ll let our go-to event planners take it from here. Click through to discover the future’s biggest and brightest wedding trends.

-By Sarah Schreiber of Martha Stewart Weddings

Associate Digital Editor
Photo: Christian Oth Studio

According to Charleston-based planner Calder Clark, custom “living” bars will be hot next year. “Freshly cut foliage fronted with a laser-cut painted wood veneer or stained latticework covered in climbing clematis are just a few snap-worthy ways of transforming the bar experience,” she explained.

Photo: Enrich McVey

The inimitable Ginny Au plans on transforming aisles into garden beds in 2018. “What better way to pay homage to the quintessential English garden than using potted plants in your ceremony décor?” she said. “The pots themselves can be wrapped in silk fabrics to hide the pot and create a harmonious decor that blends with the natural environment.”

Photo: Tec Petaja

An easy way to make a destination wedding feel entirely new? “Embrace the local culture,” said Lynn Easton, the planner behind Easton Events. “Exotic destinations for wedding celebrations will continue to trend in 2018​,​ especially in locations where you can get off the grid.” The best part of these unique places are the local traditions and customs—like the Montenegro guitar procession, seen here—which makes incorporating them a must-try in 2018.

Photo: Steve Steinhardt

By : Carabella