Metro Detroit wedding experts share the top 2018 wedding trends.
By Karleigh M. Stone
While weddings always focus on love and marriage, the details surrounding the celebration of this significant step in life have changed throughout the years. Event industry professionals say 2018 weddings will bring back traditional themes with neutral tones and metallic accents, while also delivering a flare of personality.
Texture is the key word when it comes to 2018 floral design, both in centerpieces and bouquets.
Decor and Rental Pieces
Brides are looking to make their 2018 weddings a one-of-a-kind experience, and that includes venturing from the norm in terms of rental pieces.
As in previous years, tablescapes filled with candles are still trendy. “Mixing copper and marble, geometric-shaped terrariums and transparent vases are three popular styles,” Lewis says.
Event planners say traditional Chiavari chairs are less popular this year, as brides are choosing more avant-garde Lucite chairs or the newer, round-shaped Napoleon-style chairs. To pair with those chairs? Neutral-toned linens are a bride’s first choice.
Stationery is also returning to a simple, classic look. “Prior to 2017, brides were choosing ornate decorative laser-cut styles with ribbon and rhinestone embellishments,” says Shylah Trost, owner of Dreaming In Paper in Royal Oak. “We’re seeing a move away from this toward a more minimal and simplistic aesthetic that is timeless and classic.”
“The biggest trend right now is foil,” Trost says. “Brides are choosing gold, silver, rose gold and copper foil for the typography and graphic elements of their invitations.”
For table settings, Trost says brides are opting for customized items — from fun facts about the bride and groom to personalized menus and table numbers unique to the style of the event.
Pantone Color of the Year
The 2018 Pantone color of the year is ultraviolet, a shade that communicates originality and visionary thinking for the future, making it a perfect hue to incorporate in this year’s weddings. How to do that? “Floral,” Beaudoin says. “Flowers have such a gamut of colors; it is a wonderful way to incorporate the Pantone color of the year. We’re also planning to use the color in accent details such as pillows in a lounge set.”
“It is such an interesting, new and versatile color for weddings,” she says, “Purple has always been popular, but Pantone’s ultra violet is not a color we’ve seen too much of, and we’re excited to see it in use!”
A convenient trend for 2018 wedding guests is that more couples are having the ceremony and reception in the same place. “Almost all of our wedding inquiries ask about reserving our ceremony room,” says DeSouza of Laurel Manor in Livonia. “It’s very much about convenience for the guests.”
Overall, brides are trending toward smaller weddings. “Especially with the millennial bride,” Lewis says, “they want to spend more on the guest experience rather than a huge guest list.”
One thing that hasn’t changed in the last few years — and doesn’t look like it’s going to in 2018 — is that late May through October comprise the most popular months to get married, according to Smith.
June always has been a fan favorite, and brides still fall for a big day filled with colored leaves and crisp autumn air.
For more information:
Emerald City Designs
24590 N. Industrial Drive, Farmington Hills
Dreaming In Paper
4707 Rosewold Ave., Royal Oak
39000 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia
The Townsend Hotel
100 Townsend St., Birmingham
Top That! Event
32620 Dequindre Road, Warren