Top 6 Unique Wedding Trends for 2018

Every couple wants to make sure their wedding is unique and special. While there are many classic touches that are timeless and will ensure a beautiful event, it’s also fun to find some hidden gems by researching recent trends. Here are a few trending wedding ideas that we’ve been noticing that may get your inspiration juices flowing:

After-parties

Gone are the days of the cookie-cutter wedding reception. This is your party of a lifetime, after all! The festivities now often continue late into the night, and after-parties are becoming a critical part of the wedding timeline. This may entail simply adding a late-night snack onto the menu, like our “Old School Drive-Thru” Beef Sliders with Thousand Island, Cheddar Cheese, Grilled Onions, and House-made Pickles, or our Homestyle Fried Chicken on Buttermilk Biscuit with Whiskey-Maple Gravy – to help soak up all that champagne at the end of the night (hey, it happens!) - or may involve moving on to an entirely new venue, like a private residence or nightclub, for more dancing into the wee hours of the morning!

Destination Weddings

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Destination weddings have continued to grow in popularity over the years, and places a little more off the grid and with higher-than-average days of sunshine take the cake. As guest lists become smaller, the goal is more about creating a charming, one-of-a-kind and often more down-to-earth element while incorporating local culture and faire. Guests often end up having more time with the newlyweds, people attend in vacation-mode and are more likely to feel relaxed, and the wedding party can more comfortably shake up everything from their footwear – or lack thereof - to getting creative with their reception menu by integrating local cuisine.

Dramatic and Moody Florals

We’re loving the trend for darker, more eclectic, and more dramatic wedding florals over simple traditional pastels. This doesn’t mean your new floral pieces can’t be elegant. Incorporating some pops of green and ivory, with heavier shades of deep violet, lilac, and dusty rose is a perfect way to stay true to this trend. Brides tend to be opting for more unique rustic and flowy bohemian bouquet combinations over traditional, light, and white.

Less is More

Many couples seem to be taking this approach, which is anything but simple. They are investing in quality over quantity. In lieu of grand opulence overall, we’re seeing more attention to detail on the things that matter most to couples: Smaller, more intimate guest lists and specialized gastronomic menus with specialty cocktails and fine wines or craft beers. Less worry about the DJ hitting the chicken dance and garter toss, and more time chatting with family and friends over soft, live music (because, you know – there’s always that after-party to boogie down!) Less interest in massive cakes, and more interest in dessert grazing stations with specialty coffees. These subtleties and breaks from tradition really give the couples a chance to let their personalities shine!

Non-traditional Venues

People preparing to tie the knot are beginning to bypass more conventional hotels, banquet halls, and churches, and are opting for less-traditional and more intimate wedding venues that feel more personal to them, such as art museums, open lofts, wineries, backlots, private estates, gardens, and even breweries!

Unique Food

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Food tends to be a huge focal point in any wedding reception, and as we continue into 2018 the priorities are for unique food experiences. Charcuteries and grazing stations are popular. Cocktail menus with delicious small-bite tray-passed hors d’oeuvres ensure that guests have more time to mingle. Action stations merge entertainment with function, and customized food-forward sit-down dinner menus allow chefs to be creative with the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. What is most important is that the food reflects the newlywed’s style and taste, and it’s become increasingly important to present guests with a beautiful food pallet – because…social media.

What wedding trend stood out the most to you? Let us know in the comments below!

Jennifer Wilson