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A Glimpse into What’s in Store for 2018 Weddings Written by: Megan Alissa Photography: dani. fine photography & image studio

If you’re wondering what wedding trends are going to be big in 2018, look no further. Whether planning a wedding yourself or just looking to see what’s next in the wedding world, read on. Below you will find the freshest themes and a forecast on what’s trending now in weddings. Long before the wedding, there is an engagement and with that comes an engagement ring. This year is no different in terms of couples continuing the theme of gifting a beautiful symbol to express their love and intention, however there has been a shift in the styles that are being gifted. A variety of non traditional engagement rings are seeing an uptick in popularity. No longer is the classic diamond engagement ring the only option for the “forever ring”. Nowadays, many couples are opting for a variety of new and old designs featuring beautiful gemstones. Emeralds, Sapphires Aquamarines and Rubies are among some of the most popular precious gems that are making their way into beautiful settings for the newly engaged. Perhaps most recently reintroduced to pop culture by Kate Middleton’s non diamond engagement ring, this theme seems to have luckily trickled down to the general public. A beautiful, heirloom engagement ring need not follow suite with what has been typical in past. Couples today are finally celebrating and gifting rings in array of vibrant hues. Another hot trend this season is one that is good for all of us, that is to say, green themes are in! With climate change a very real and daunting reality, many couples and vendors are transitioning toward greener options. Sustainable and/or eco friendly possibilities are becoming more prevalent and indeed, so too is the demand. Everything from digital or recycled paper invitations produced with soy based inks, repurposed/rented reception decor to locally sourced food and wedding favor options, living green now extends toward wedding planning as well. Similarly, we will be seeing a lot of literal greenery this season. Botanical inspired designs and elements will grace weddings of all kinds in the coming year. Integrating natural themes through the inclusion of lush greenery, organic inspired uplighting and outdoor receptions are just a few of the ways we will see nature taking center stage. It’s no surprise (and perhaps a further indication of the collective unconscious) the Pantone color of the year is “Greenery”. As such, this green theme is likely to also affect many couple’s wedding palettes. We will be seeing a great variety of greens (think sage, emerald, evergreen and kelly among others) being integrated into the color schemes of 2018 weddings. The days of having to choose one tone and stick to it are finally over. Millennials are notorious for loving mashups and this theme clearly translates as far as weddings are concerned. Mixed metallics (think various tones of gold, brass, copper) will be woven together in new, beautiful and unique ways. Whether combining complimentary tones as part of the wedding palette, accessories, bridesmaids attire or reception decor, weddings in the next year are sure to be gilded in a stunningly fresh fashion. As the old proverb goes, “what goes around comes around”. So true in many areas of life including weddings and this year is no different. In the coming season we will be seeing old world patterns and styles breathing new life. Antique chinoiserie china patterns are being integrated in new ways gracing stationary and wedding cakes alike. Baroque elements are being reborn as delicate embellishments on wedding gowns and accessories. Simple, natural and flowing hairstyles reminiscent of those popularized during the art nouveau movement are gaining momentum. Weave a little history into your wedding and you won’t regret it. While so many of the themes that are trending now are certainly lovely, one would hope that one in particular will continue to expand and indeed, stand the test of time. With more couples and vendors making mindful, environmentally conscious decisions, weddings will undoubtedly look and feel different than those in past. This necessary shift is something we can each incorporate in our own way. Even making small choices to plan a “greener” wedding, will collectively have a huge impact. Whether embracing a literal or figurative “green” wedding, with so many gorgeous, fresh themes gaining popularity, this next phase of weddings is certain to be not only sustainable but stunning as well. 14 Wedding Day Sourcebook

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