We got the scoop from experts in the fashion and event planning industries and can now unveil the top wedding trends of the year.
Trend: Ruffles and appliqué
The look: Winnie Couture
From the designer: Our recent Winnie brides are interested in finding a gown with delicate statements that do not overpower her natural features. Our captivating Avianna gown blends classic bridal with modern trends. The soft organza, flower petal inspired ruffle leaves a magical essence as she walks down the aisle. The subtle opal and pearl beading wraps the entire romantic corset bodice and shimmers with every slight movement. Avianna’s uniquely layered skirt and interchangeable backline is the perfect gown for our 21st century brides.
Trend: Classic standard silhouette
The look: Nicole Spose
From the designer: This sleek and modern Nicole Spose 18013 gown is created with beautifully tailored crepe fabric and is uniquely defined with a crystal beaded back detail. This gown is simply perfection for any sophisticated and elegant bride. It is unique and special in every way.
The look: Alessandra Rinaudo
From the designer: The LARA gown is a true “Made in Italy” masterpiece. Design elements include unique embroidered silk tulle with dimensional florals and Swarovski crystal appliqués, all finished with a tailored bodice with a modern plunging neckline and hand- beaded crystals. It is perfect for any fresh, modern and trend-setting bride who wants to make a statement.
Trend: Pearling and beading
The look: Madison James Bridal
From the designer: Often, beading on wedding dresses is associated with ornate design and heavy texture. Madison James, when designing style MJ418, sought to accent rather than overwhelm the bridal silhouette by placing delicate beadwork throughout the lace. This adds sparkle, ethereal texture and a formality to the gown.
From a Planner’s Perspective
Elissa Fallo, owner of Perfect Productions in Orlando, has planned both large and small weddings and social events. Her company is a one-stop shop for brides as they plan the most important day of their lives, and she is there with them every step of the way. “Anything we do, I’m either at or I have an intricate part in,” she says. “I touch every single event to make sure it goes the way it’s supposed to go.”
Fallo was recognized by the Hartford Business Journal as one of the region’s top 40 business people under 40 and has won both regional and national awards for Best Social Event, Best Nonprofit Event and Best Corporate Event.
Here, she shares some of the biggest wedding trends she’s seeing in 2018.
Trend: Farmhouse-style weddings
Fallo: We’re still seeing the rustic farmhouse, woodsy look. This trend, even in stores, has continued through the beginning of last year, and it’s definitely something that everybody wants. The look features old windows, crates, table runners or flowers over linens, and a mixture of lace, burlap and wood. It’s the old adage of your cowboy boots with your wedding dress. We also see a lot of that in interior design because typically wedding trends will follow interior design trends.
Fallo: A lot of people are going back to florals where before they were doing things like feathers. Lush flowers and lush greenery is what we’re seeing. A lot of what’s happening, at least in the first part of 2018, is I’m seeing rose gold, green and burgundy colors because we planned in 2017 and those were the trends at that point. I’m guessing the second half of 2018 will run more of the royal, regal blues and purples because of the Pantone Color of the Year.
Trend: Creative wedding food
Fallo: Brides and grooms are leaning more toward doing smaller cakes and bigger dessert experiences. We just did a doughnut bar where fresh doughnuts were cooked right there on site and guests could add the glaze and toppings of their choice. There are pretzel bars, ice cream stations and more interactive food because they’re trying to get people to remember their wedding for a long time by creating a memory versus creating just a wedding.
Trend: Intimate details
Fallo: People want napkins to be monogrammed, and not necessarily engraved on a paper napkin but on a personal cloth napkin. There are more intimate details on tables such as giving them a name rather than a number and replacing the traditional place card with different concepts like knots for escort cards. I’m also starting to see smaller wedding parties and smaller design as a whole. Instead of a 300-person wedding, you’re looking at the more intimate 100-person wedding and more tabletops designed with intricate details because there are less people.