If you’re like most of our clients, you want your wedding to be fun, beautiful, unique, focused on family and friends, and a downright memorable party. As we move away from the trends of 2017 (cactus or air plant favors, macrame details, more gold and blush), we’re excited to see our clients, and the industry as a whole, step into these new design ideas. Here are our top 2018 wedding trends that you need to know if you’re planning a celebration this year.

2018 Wedding Trends:

COLOR:

Overall we’re going to see more color and vibrancy with a bend towards modern details, as opposed to ethereal weddings with only blush and white. This certainly is true with the Pantone Color of the Year (honestly not our absolute favorite, but there are still some fun ways we could use ultra violet in a wedding color palette). Here’s how color will be showing up more in 2018 weddings:

  • Moody Flowers – we’re thrilled about this as we love any opportunity to incorporate more color into our floral designs, especially moody/rich colors and textures. It steers away from the romantic side of lush subtle flowers and brings a fun sexiness to the mix.

photo by Peppermint Photography | florals by Ruby & Ivy

photo by Docuvitae | florals by Rebelle Fleurs

  • Colorful Taper Candles – this is something we’ve been incorporating for a while, but we’ll see more and more table designs with colored tapered candles and colored votives. This is a great way to incorporate your secondary color palette colors and tie your whole look together. Plus, who doesn’t like more candle light!

photo by Andrea Patricia Photography

TEXTURE: 

Whether you’re getting married at a winery, on the beach, or in an elegant ballroom, texture is a great way to add dimension and depth to your design. We’re seeing this pop up in the following ways:

  • Living Bars – a fun way to emphasis your bar and make it more of a focal point – add greenery! Whether that’s with large arrangements, potted plants or clematis built into the bar, we love this floral detail. We’re also seeing this in floral walls for photo booth backdrops.

photo by Kendra Stanley-Mills | florals by Overgrowth Floral

photo by Debbie Lourens | florals by Kadou

  • Textured/Laser Cut Linens – this takes the linen overlay to a whole new level! Select a neutral linen for your base and add a laser cut linen over the top to completely change your tablescape. This could be done on all of the tables, or maybe just the head table to emphasize it. 

photo by KT Merry

  • More Lucite and Marble – this isn’t “new” for 2018, but both lucite and marble will continue to be present in 2018 weddings (in fact we are working with a handful of 2018 couples who are incorporating marble into their big day!). Expect to see colored lucite as well as the traditional clear details you’re used to. 

photo by Michael Radford Photography

photo by Haniel Singh Photography

  • Balloons – no longer just for 80’s proms, balloon decor is making a come back! Create a balloon backdrop (maybe for an escort card display, ceremony background or behind the band), using various sized balloons and colors (such as white, cream and metallic to keep it chic). We’ve seen this first hand at last year’s Get Hitched Give Hope Gala where we worked with Carlee from Rusted Vase Floral Co. who designed an incredible balloon installation up the staircase at the Four Seasons Seattle. 

photos by La Vie

  • Paper Goods that go Beyond Paper – think leather, fabric, acrylic, metal and more! We’re hearing a request for unique invitations, escort cards and other wedding day paper goods that are made of non-paper materials. In fact, Jen Leslie Events were featured in the Summer/Fall 2017 edition of Seattle Bride Magazine for our non-paper place cards. Did you catch the article?

photo by Jose Villa Photography | calligraphy by Written Words Calligraphy

photo by Anna Delores Photography | paper goods by Prim & Pixie

INDOOR VENUES:

Here in the Pacific Northwest you can never count on the weather on your wedding day. We’ve attended weddings in Eastern Washington in the middle of August where it’s rained, and sunny November weddings in the San Juan’s. Take the stress out of the equation by selecting a stunning indoor venue that fits your vibe and style. Whether that’s an enclosed rooftop venue (think Olympic Rooftop Pavilion, the Thompson Hotel or even Fremont Foundry), a winery (Swiftwater Cellars, DeLille, JM Cellars), or an urban space (Within SoDo, Metropolist, Canvas), there are so many options to choose from!

ENTERTAINMENT:

We hear this from our clients all the time- they want incredible entertainment for their guests. Whether that’s a live band (more than half of our clients are now opting for this!), a killer after party, or an interactive dessert station, give your guests something to experience and enjoy.

photo by Arlene Chambers Photography