By Kylie Carlson, International Academy of Wedding & Event Planning

That critical time of year is here, when wedding pros prepare for the New Year by forecasting all of the upcoming trends. Our fourth annual International Wedding Trends Report is full of the latest predictions by the industry’s most trusted experts. We’ve included highlights of this year’s report here so you’ll be prepared to meet the demands of prospective clients as booking season begins.

2018 Design

“The focus for 2018 is elegance and a more formal feel,” predicts Sarah Richardson of Leafy Couture. “Wedding ceremonies and receptions will be more grand and opulent even in more rustic settings. Color schemes will be more classic with a white and green timeless feel,” says Richardson.

Flexible and Unique Venues

The overall trend in venues will be finding unique and alternative spaces like industrial commercial buildings, campgrounds, cafes and restaurants, and to personalize the use of these spaces to create events unlike any others. “We’re seeing more attention spent (by venues) in their marketing to the fact that they might allow you to choose your own caterer, or to have exclusive access to the property for an entire three days, or to DIY their own styling in the lead-up to the day,” say Amy Parfett and Melany McBride, Co-Founders of WedShed. “We’re noticing a concerted effort on highlighting their flexibility.”

Catering Evolution

In catering, couples will value quality and source in 2018. “People seem to be more focused on substance over style,” says Hannah Martin, Founder and Director of Goose & Berry. “Couples and guests want great quality of food with fabulous presentation, but don’t particularly want food served in shoes, for example, or on unusual canape presentation ware.” Expect to see previously “alternative” menus like vegan and vegetarian entrees become mainstream, no longer reserved exclusively for guests with special dietary requests.

Dessert Trends

Most of our experts mentioned that dessert tables are the rage in sweet treats for 2018 weddings. “We are getting more bookings for dessert tables,” indicates Rosalind Miller, Owner of Rosalind Miller Cakes. “These make a real centerpiece display, look fantastic and can be eaten!” Wedding cakes are being used as part of these tables given guests a variety of options while maintaining some ties to tradition.

Of course, some 2017 trends will endure like using botanical influences in décor and catering, the expansion into the mainstream of the fine art wedding movement, and fun tech-driven enhancements to the guest experience. Each will evolve and take on unique qualities in 2018, so be prepared and have a great New Year!

Which 2018 trends are you most looking forward to?


Kylie Carlson is the CEO of the International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning. With six locations globally, the academy boasts an internationally recognized accreditation program that brings professional training to wedding planners, designers and stylists.

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14 thoughts on “2018 Wedding Trends: What to Expect in the New Year”

  1. amit says:

    Nice article but i would like to one more point which is trending in india that is wedding registry. people are crazy about it .

  2. sheetal says:

    I love the flow of content. it is very simple and very effective. now we are going to enter in 2019 so, waiting for the 2019 wedding trends .

  3. Jennifer says:

    “elegance and a more formal feel” 100% agree. Five stars for the article!!

  4. Paula Deen says:

    You really are an intelligent person, your wordings kept me reading your whole post, I am trying my level best, one day i will become a blogger like you… Cheers!

  5. Rose Alvina says:

    Well done kylie
    I have read your article, I think that the points mentioned in it are very important in branding any wedding event stand out. Every coming new year brings something new with it and every guest going for the event also expect about the new-fangled trend in it. at last, I’ll like to give you best wishes for your brilliant effort.

  6. Wow! Its an amazing idea through which people will be amusing by having this kind of trends. Thanks For sharing such kind of post.

  7. I appreciate everything you have added to my knowledge base.Admiring the time and effort you put into your

    blog and detailed information you offer.

  8. Anand Patel says:

    Very Nice Article,

    Your article provides valuable information about the 2018 wedding trends. The wedding is the most important part of our life and everyone wants to make their wedding more special and memorable. You shared such great ideas which are really helpful. Thanks for sharing. I also visited a website named Whole Blossoms which is popular for fresh flower delivery for weddings.

  9. This article is very useful for the family in which someone’s marriage will soon, There are very important things to select venues and also for the catering and etc, Mostly people confuse in these things you make easy for them, Thank you so much for share this information with us…

  10. Hii,
    I am really impress with you for the selecting of new and unique topic and also well written article on it. Thanks for sharing with us.

  11. Jolia says:

    thank for this design ^_^

  12. David says:

    Hey Kylie,

    Nice article. I don’t know about others but Dessert Trends is definitely one in future because I’ve seen such decoration in past 5 out of 7 marriages.

  13. Marel Pencev says:

    Thanks for sharing suh an amazing post.Keep up the good work.

  14. Trends about preferences in a ceremony. Are there new ceremonies out there that replace the Sand Ceremony for example, or build it out a new way.

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