2018 Wedding Trends

Every year the industry looks to the new and upcoming ideas that we think will be smash hits for the upcoming wedding season.  Below are some of the emerging ideas that we have procured from industry specialists.

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Photography

Kelsey Crews, Kelsey Crews Photography, Santa Barbara, CA

"The biggest trends for 2018 wedding photography will be anything that helps create dynamic imagery, whether it be through emotion by keeping the day fun and creative, whether it's adding depth to photos through textured style and lighting, or by showing adventure through the use of dramatic locations and venues."

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Music

DJ Gavin Roy, Gavin Roy Productions, Santa Barbara, CA

“Silent Disco is a big one we noticed over 2017 and is climbing in 2018. Reason 10pm curfews and the Silent Disco (music in Bluetooth headphones, not speakers) allows an extra hour or two of partying.”

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Florals

April Peet, April’s Flowers, San Luis Obispo, CA

“2018 clients want to get back to a classic garden look with a loose and polished look. Think hand gathered bouquets but not weedy and wildflower like. Also, soft pastel tones are a hit this year, not limited to two or three colors but a range of soft pretties.”

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Culinary

  Natalia Ramirez, TasteBuds Culinary, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

“Brides are all definitely into the cutesy, different presentation for apps and are favoring apps and more upscale cocktail hours. Tiny sliders and bags of French fries, fried chicken on tiny waffles, sushi served in between chopsticks so they just pick it up and take the bite, Caesar salad bites on Parmesan wafers...basically mini versions of entrees in a couple bites.
Also, we are getting waaaaaaaay more requests for vegan/vegetarian options that aren’t your regular ‘ol eggplant Parmesan! I think clients are becoming more adventurous and not totally adhering to the meat and potatoes standard....which is actually cool because it forces us to be way more creative with vegetables and grains.”

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Lighting and Design

 Kelsey Schulthise, Spark Creative Events, Santa Barbara, CA

"Trends we are continuing see in 2018 are the use of geometric shapes in chandeliers, lanterns and decor. Geometric shapes are being dressed up with greenery and floral to suspend over bars, food stations and dance floors as well as over and on dining tables. Another trend sweeping both the Pinterest world and wedding industry is creative uses of stringed lighting. Stringed lighting includes both standard string lighting (often referred to as cafe lights) or mini lights that are being arranged into dense, dramatic ceiling treatments creating a dense netting of lights."

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Event Rentals

 Lilly Bair, Tent Merchant, Santa Barbara, CA

"Although the Pantone color of 2018 is Ultra Violet, we will see various shades of purple florals, table settings and linens incorporated with metallic, specifically silver, chrome and gold to create more of a modern chic and woodsy bohemian look."

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Event Planning

 Amy Collins, Amy Grace Events, California Central Coast, CA

“Huge movement towards the full weekend wedding extravaganzas. Many brides are budgeting for multiple days and fully orchestrated events. Particularly out of town weddings. Bridal couples want to create an interactive experience for their guests who are traveling from afar. Incorporating ice-breakers and ways for both sides of their families and friends to interact and get to know each other.”

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The Venue

Breanna O’Toole, The Riviera Mansion, Santa Barbara, CA

“The venue trend for 2018 is finding a unique and historical wedding venue; something that is timeless with character and charm. The couples we see are very interested in architecture and details in the building itself that make a space special or different. Utilizing both indoor and outdoor spaces is also a major priority. Couples want their wedding photos to have variety and not feel limited to just outdoor shots. They also want their guests to have a very special experience by allowing them the freedom to take a break from dancing and walk over to the other side of a property to enjoy a cocktail by the fire or come into a library and enjoy desserts from a large display. These types of venues are different from the traditional ballrooms and offer a special night to remember”

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