Top 10 Wedding Trends of 2018 & How To Make Them Your Own

What are the hot trends that are sweeping the world of weddings this year? Let’s take a look at some of the coolest new ideas for planning your wedding.

Of course, this is your wedding so it’s important to add your own twist to these trends and make them special. You don’t have to have the same cookie-cutter wedding as everyone else – you’re a unique individual and you can make your wedding entirely your own.

Here are some  ways you can use these wedding trends – with a personal twist!


1. A Wedding Gown With a Dramatic Back

It’s important for a bride to make an unforgettable entrance, a memorable exit is just as important. A wedding dress with a statement back – such as a low dip or lace detail or a criss-cross corset – will really make a bold impression.

Make It Your Own: Hire a seamstress to alter the back of your dress to make just the right statement in your own way (and one no one else can copy)!


2. Restaurants & Pubs as Wedding Venues

One of the hottest trends at the moment is using a pub or a restaurant as a wedding reception venue. This can be a great option, as these venues are already set up to offer food, drinks and a great atmosphere. Plus, they feel a little bit more casual and informal, which will make your guests feel more at home.

Make It Your Own: Use a venue that played a major role in your relationship, such as the bar where you met or the restaurant you went on your first date.


3. Signature Cocktails

Another hot trend is to have a cocktail bar at your reception, with a couple of unique, creative signature cocktails your guests can order. Custom cocktails are very trendy at the moment, as has been seen by the rise in Speakeasy bars and other mixology-focused restaurants.

Make It Your Own: Serve cocktails named after you and your partner, which have ingredients and flavors that reflect your personality.


4. DIY Food Stations

One of the most fun and playful trends in the wedding world at the moment is DIY food stations. For example, you might have an  ice cream sundae booth, where guests can load up their ice cream with sprinkles, chocolate chips, nuts and other toppings. Or a “Make Your Own Burger” bar with lots of delicious gourmet burger toppings. You can have a lot of fun with this trend! It’s also pretty simple – all you have to do is supply the ingredients and the guests make the food themselves!

Make It Your Own: Add in the odd ingredients that only you or your sweetheart likes. For example, if your partner likes gummy bears or cinnamon hearts on their ice cream, be sure to add them with a little note that says, “_____’s Favorite Topping!”


5. Quirky Dessert Tables

You don’t have to stick with a traditional wedding cake on your special day. Many couples are opting for fun and creative dessert tables, such as donut stations, macarons and cookies. This way, you get to offer more variety when it comes to sweet treats for your guests.

Make It Your Own: Do you or your sweetheart have a recipe for a cake or cookie that a beloved family member makes? Adding Auntie Sandra’s chocolate cake or your mother’s famous chocolate chip cookies to the dessert table is a great way to personalize this idea and make your family members feel special.


6. Wedding Websites

These days, many couples are creating wedding websites. They’re a fun and easy way to share lots of information with guests about your big day. You can include information about the venue, detailed travel info, tips for things to do in the local area, the schedule for the big day and any other important things your guests need to know.

Make It Your Own: Add a section on your site about you and your partner, featuring the story of how you met and some photos. If your guests don’t know the story, it’s a great way to share it!


7. Long Tables

Rather than seating everyone at separate tables, many couples are going for arrangements that feature one or two long tables. This can be a great way for guests to mix and mingle with each other, especially if you have a small and intimate group.

Make It Your Own: Serve shared plates and food that has to be passed around, rather than individual meals. This will encourage more conversation and feel more intimate than plated meals..


8. Clever Signage

Many couples are creating beautiful and stylish signs for their weddings, pointing the way to the ceremony or sharing important information with guests. This is a great way to add to the decor of the wedding (as well as serving the practical purpose of letting your guests know where to go and what to do.)

Make It Your Own: In addition to helpful signage, you can also create stylish signs with lyrics, quotes, a portion of your vows or something else that is special to you and your partner.


9. Experiences Rather Than Objects

These days when many couples get married, they have already been living together so they have most of the home appliances and other standard registry items they need. So, instead of the traditional wedding registry, many couples are asking for experiences such as travel, restaurant vouchers and spa treatments instead.

Make It Your Own: Plan a bucket-list travel experience with your soon-to-be spouse, then ask for donations to your travel fund rather than gifts.


10. Creative Entertainment

One of the most interesting wedding trends at the moment is when couples go beyond the typical entertainment of a band or a DJ and opt for something different instead. Many weddings are featuring creative entertainment including magicians, roving sketch artists, tarot card readers, astrologists and magicians.

Make It Your Own: Are any of your friends or family talented performers? It would be a wonderfully personal touch to have a musically-gifted cousin play a song at your wedding, or a funny friend perform a short stand-up set.


How will you make your wedding one of a kind?

These are just a few of the top wedding trends for 2018. What trends are you hoping to incorporate into your big day, and which of these seem too overdone already? Share in the comments below!

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