2018 Wedding Trends… who cares?

What are the trends we can expect for 2018 weddings? One of them is something I’ve been advocating for a long time: unusual forms of entertainment for your guests.

A friend of mine, DJ Adam Skuba, has the latest cool craze to replace the photo booth – the Magic Mirror. It is an interactive experience you’re sure to enjoy! I found it so intriguing when I tried it – it definitely draws you in. The Magic Mirror is literally a mirror and it takes your photo and then you get it printed out on the spot. There are a few cool bells and whistles with this device, including writing with your finger on the mirror, and it is set up to include your event name and date on final product, which looks like a postcard.  You wind up with a wonderful keepsake.

The Magic Mirror

There are other unusual creative options for entertainment, as well. A short ‘floor show’ from a comedian, sketch comedy or improve troupe, a musical revue, or even acrobats would be so fun. A mariachi band or New Orleans style 2nd Line could stroll through the party.

Here’s a few other miscellaneous ideas to keep it fresh: Mix up your wedding party – gender wise. Embrace your culture – always a good idea. Bridal gowns with sleeves and pink bridal gowns. Go crazy with desserts. And navy, they say, is the new black – just not for me, I’m not giving up my black clothes!

And then there are venues! Couples are looking for unique venues to host their weddings, and it holds extra meaning when the location reflects one’s interests, backgrounds and passions.

Seaport Museum - interesting location for wedding!

For several years I’ve written about how the self-declared color expert, Pantone, chooses a color of the year. This year have presented eight color palettes, as a preview –  but just announced the winner – the 2018 color of the year is Ultra-Violet.

Another big color trend are the metallic and iridescent tones. I can see how they are eye-catching, but they are not for the faint-of-heart. A variation on this is anything with a pearlized, marbleized, or translucent look. These are all dramatic and create a distinctive look for any wedding. They have a more formal feel, with the potential to be gorgeous, but could also go terribly wrong and look tacky, so be careful!

Baltimore harbor

A good color scheme can pull everything together, and it doesn’t cost a dime. Just choose the colors you love the most, regardless of Pantone, any wedding advice column, time of year, or me.

A few trends that I don’t mind seeing go away include using burlap, chalk-board signage, and please, I beg you, no live goldfish centerpieces! Just don’t tell me Sand Ceremonies are out. They are one of the clearest symbolic actions, especially great for families, and should not be pushed aside simply because they’ve become popular.

Ultimately you don’t have to reinvent the wheel, or go with trends; just enjoy the ride instead. Your wedding is exactly that – yours. Do whatever makes you happy. Sometimes simple is the best way to go. Oh, and if burlap and chalk-boards are for you – please use them.

This coming year celebrate your joys, and honor your sorrows the best way you can. Wishing you all peace and love, and a very happy and healthy 2018.

  THANK YOU Lisa Rhinehart for the use of your gorgeous photos throughout the year!


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