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7 Wedding Trends to Look Forward to in 2018

Whether you’re planning a wedding that’s classic and traditional or a casual celebration, there are so many trending details you can still incorporate into your big day. Not planning a wedding, but going to be a guest at a few? Here is your preview into what you may see at your family and friends big days!


Experience Bachelorettes

Paint Nite Bachelorette Party

This bride-to-be celebrated her bachelorette with friends, tapas, wine, and painting

Today’s brides and guests are all about experiences. While the out of town trips to Vegas and Nashville will never go out of style, some brides are opting for more traditional bachelorette parties closer to home where they spend the day together relaxing – like manis and pedis, and lunch and dinner before ramping up the evening with a Paint Nite or Plant Nite experience before continuing the fun out on the town.


Honeymoon Fund Bridal Showers

Many couple are living together before getting married. Because of this trend, couples don’t need or want as many of the traditional bridal shower gifts as years past. Many couples are opting for unique honeymoon experiences and setting up honeymoon fund registries instead. Modern registry sites like Zola allow couples to set up either option – traditional registry or honeymoon fund – or both!

Zolo honeymoon registry


Small Wedding Parties

Wedding parties have ballooned over the last few years. But this year, brides are opting for small wedding parties. Expect to see just a single maid or matron of honor or just a small party of a few maids.


Small Wedding Parties

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Bright Colorful Candles

White and ivory candles have been the wedding staple for decades. Today, brides are adding colorful candles to their tablescapes as an easy and new way to add interest. Match colorful candles to equally colorful candelabras for an extra color pop.


Unique Wedding Venues

Non-traditional wedding venues have been on the rise for the last few years and don’t expect that trend to slow down any time soon. Couples want a place with a vibe and look that matches their vibe as a couple. Expect to see more loft spaces, museums, breweries, and more.


Food, Reimagined

Dinner will take on a new twist too. Guests will continue to see food trucks and interesting small plates, but also expect to see a his and hers dinner menu, a trend that borrows from his and hers bar menus. Dessert continues to be a place for couples to have fun. Donuts, ice cream sandwiches, mini cakes and cupcakes will continue to be seen on dessert plates. But couples are bringing back wedding cakes, but usually just for the two of them. Couples loves nostalgia and want to have the traditional cake cutting photo in their album too.

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Exciting After-Parties

Couples want their wedding weekend to be a full experience and more than just an evening. Not only are couples opting for creative experience favors, but they’re opting to continue the fun after the wedding is over with an all-out after party. Expect to see more music, photo booths, and snack bars to keep everyone fueled to go well into the night.

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