Wedding Trends for 2018

With wedding season approaching, the trends likely to crop up this year make for interesting reading. We are also in the mindstate for predictions following on from our recent blog post on the catering trends of 2018. While the classics will never go out of style, it seems this year is shaping up to disregard ‘traditionalism’ out of the window, with originality and experimenting with new ideas being more in favour.

Here at Jaspers Event Hire, we are shaping up for a busy year ahead of covering a lot of weddings, so we have compiled some of our predictions for the weddings trends of 2018 below.

Smaller Weddings

Historically, weddings have been lavish and grandiose events with every extended member of the family making an appearance. This year, though, couples are seeing the benefit of omitting the invitation of outside family members and distant acquaintances for more intimate weddings.

Only those that are necessary will attend, and it will make for a closer, more connected affair.


an image of a destination wedding in ItalyTying closely into the food trends we are about to mention, immersing oneself (and their guests) in different cultures is important to couples getting married in 2018. This wedding trend is centred around authenticity and experience, which you are going to see as two centrepieces of weddings this year.


Appreciating local culture is an important – and a far-too-often overlooked – aspect of destination weddings that we think will (thankfully) make its way to the forefront this season.


an image of Teppanyaki-style cooking

Food ties into the experiences we will all be chasing at weddings this year especially. No longer something that is simply ‘the done thing’, dining is set to become the pillar of the entire reception and we all know that a traditional three-course meal isn’t going to be up to scratch. Henceforth, we’re going to see different cultures and cuisines comprising wedding receptions, with the entertainment intertwined by utilising interactive dishes and Teppanyaki-style cooking.

Food is integral to a wedding reception, but we’re finally looking set to venture farther toward meals that are more experimental, experiential, and indicative of the couple themselves.


an image of an after-party at a wedding

The reception is traditionalist and boring, so organisers and couples alike will be leaning toward throwing a better after-party, perhaps placing less emphasis on the reception itself. With a smaller guest list likely, there won’t be any need to wait around for your second cousin once removed to finish their fourth helping from the sushi bar either: it’s almost a no-brainer.

A wedding is a celebration, so why has the emphasis always been on the reception?


an image of a wedding marquee with a transparent ceiling

Not as existential as it might sound, and getting into the finer details, transparency will be a key wedding decoration trend in 2018. Both the spaces themselves and the accents within could get the transparent-treatment in order to play with light, reflections, and layers. This could materialise in floor-to-ceiling windows in the marquee, glass tables, or even invitations and place-cards made from perspex, but all ties back in with an ‘architectural aesthetic’.

Transparency is key to any relationship, and it’s going to be key to hosting a beautiful, trend-adhering wedding in 2018.

Floral Arrangement

an image of a wildflower wedding bouquet

Playing with the vertical space many wedding venues boast, floral displays will be more ‘vertically-integrated’ in reception spaces this year. Mainly as an interesting way to make the most space that would, likely, be otherwise wasted, hanging floral displays will add an extra element to the venue and free up some welcome space on the tables themselves.

On the topic of floral arrangements, we are going to see a slight shift away from the better-kempt displays of recent history for more freeform, wildflower arrangements: especially in the brides’ bouquet.

Essentially, flowers will be hanging around in all new and interesting ways in 2018 weddings.

Over to You

Now you’ve had a breakdown of some of the key wedding trends likely to take this season by storm, you can tastefully implement those that appeal to you. As a general consensus, the modern wedding (as a reflection of the couple) is more interested in personality and personable experiences, as opposed to traditional ideals that have influenced weddings past.

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