Planning the perfect wedding is an art form that requires mingling current trends with personal taste to create something unique and memorable – and part of what makes this so difficult is that the trends when you start planning are likely to be different from what’s stylish when the wedding date actually arrives. In 2016, weddings were all about metallic colors, convertible dresses, and quirky dessert bars, for example, while in 2017 we’ve seen a lot of destination weddings, big entrances, and overhead decorations.
Now, with the 2017 wedding season winding down, it’s time to start thinking about what’s on the horizon for 2018 nuptials. Expect to see these 3 trends making a splash at ceremonies in the coming year.
Old Style Gowns
Bridal Week 2018 presented runways full of voluminous, Victorian gowns featuring narrow bodice silhouettes and built up sleeves. This is a clear deviation from the wide skirts and sleeveless styles that have dominated wedding styles in recent years. Sleeves, in particular, are generally uncommon on wedding looks but here they offer a clear visual counterpoint to the slim, simple dress form.
Many popular Victorian gowns also feature sheer lace, another 2018 trend. In fact, sheer lace sleeves are part of what makes the Victorian gowns work so well – they provide cover while also teasing at what’s beneath. Layers of fine, sheer lace offer a sophisticated modesty and that never goes out of style.
The Right Ring
While you’ll have countless memories of your wedding day, your engagement ring and wedding band are the only pieces you’ll wear everyday for years to come – and that means they need to be perfect. It also means that your ring is the least likely aspect of your wedding to adhere to the trends of a particular year. Still, there are a few factors you’ll want to take into consideration when picking one out.
One of the ways to think about different engagement rings and wedding bands is by considering design styles. A family heirloom, for example, will always be meaningful, but it might not fit with your personal vibe, while vintage engagement rings come in countless fashions going back through the years, including Art Deco styles that are making a comeback, colorful stone options, and cuts that are unusual in today’s jewelry shops. A vintage ring can really keep all eyes on you at a modern wedding.
Take The Cake
No wedding is complete without a sweet bite at the end, but donut bars and cupcakes are so 2016. In 2018, it’s all about elegance and modern cake styling, like the naked cakes popularized by Christina Tosi of Milk Bar fame or the intense sheen of mirror cakes. What most current cake styles have in common, though, is that they keep the frosting to a minimum. An over-frosted cake just disguises the texture and flavors of the main attraction and a modern bride knows better.
Keep on top of the trends and be the most talked about wedding event of the 2018 season. No one wants to be caught playing giant lawn games and eating donuts when the upcoming round of weddings is all about neutrals tones and naked cakes.