Hooray, it's the end of another exciting year! We've had a total blast planning and designing some badass wedding days, and we cannot wait to see what the next 12 months are going to bring. It's been a fun year of variety - trends of food trucks and minimalism, drip cakes and greenery, and now we look to see what new direction we'll be headed in for 2018 weddings. Join us, won't you?

Colours and Textures

Pantone is usually the first and last word in what’s hot colour-wise for the coming months. Their predictions of the most coveted colours for everything from high street fashion to haute couture, interior design to wedding receptions, are diverse and exciting this year. We’re seeing more of the classic, muted tones of 2017 fashion make their way into wedding designs in 2018 - cream, stone, soft browns and grey.

But we're also going to be seeing more of one shade in particular - Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2018. Ultra-freakin-violet.

ultraviolet wedding colour
ultra violet wedding colour

A mixed bag of reactions from the wedding community but there's some excitement for such an unusual colour. It's perfect for braver couples.

Millennial pink is also flirting its way into the wedding world even more, somehow managing to be modern and quirky without  being too feminine. Paired with 'Wes Anderson'-esque font choices fun fabrics and unusual decor it's a playful option.

millennial pink wedding
millennial pink wedding
millennial pink wedding

On the flip side, we're also seeing a resurgence in moodier shades. Dark and bold jewel tones to make a statement, especially with flowers and elements of bridalwear.

dark moody wedding cake
velvet moody wedding

This plays really nicely into another trend we're seeing which pairs with dark and moody colours as perfectly as coffee with a donut. It's velvet, people.

We showcased this trend at our recent Unruly Wedding Show, with some fancy-ass velvet furniture from Velvet Living. And boy did it look pretty.


Transparent details were hot in 2017, and it’s not going anywhere for 2018. From perspex ghost chairs to calligraphed acrylic place names, these details are still bringing the wow factor.

transparent wedding details
transparent wedding

Greenery is still going to be around, don't you fear, with all of these designs and textures grounded by the various shades whether it's natural or faux in nature.

Since we shot our iridescent 'Urban Mermaid' shoot in early 2017, we noticed that the trend is looking to outlive this year of trends and spill over into the next. And we're excited!

iridescent wedding trend

Copper and rose gold will make a very slow exit this coming year, but silver/chrome will be making their comeback thanks to design inspiration like celestial and acrylic decor.


Floral Arches

More and more brides are looking for unique, fresh ideas, which is why we're seeing more twists on a traditional ceremony arch - how gorgeous are these floral circle backdrops you're about to see all over your Pinterest feeds?

round wedding arch
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Design Themes

It's a starry, starry night planned for lots of couples in 2018 as the industry embraces the celestial/star themed design trend. We shot this galaxy-inspired inspiration shoot this summer with this in mind, and it just so happens to work perfectly with the purple/violet and moody floral trends too.

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And for a bit of fun - are llamas the new unicorns? We think and also hope so... Wondering if we'll see this fashion motif make its way into the wedding world in 2018. Not to mention real ones (which you can rent...because why not).


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More and more, couples are opting to move away from a formal, sit-down meal for their wedding reception, and embracing the culture of choice. Can’t choose one favourite meal to serve at your wedding? Don’t! Choose all your favourite foods and create a contemporary food station set-up. It’s interactive, fun and there’s something to please everyone.

Lots of our weddings towards the end of this year have been comfort food that guests can help theirselves to, as well as things like live oyster shucking for cocktail hour.

oyster meister

Though some industry experts say formal dining will be making a comeback in 2018, we're not quite as convinced and we think we'll be seeing more choices and family-style dining for the couples we're working with.

Bride + Groom Fashion

Bridal fashion for 2018 is another gorgeous mixed bag of subtle reveals and demure cover ups. We’re loving the new princess cape trend for 2018 accessories, from designers like Oleg Cassini with this textured, off-the-shoulder piece.

Seventies bell sleeves were a highstreet hit this year, and they are translating beautifully over to the bridal runway, like on this Francesca Miranda V-neck gown.


Designers like Marchesa are bringing us black back - from head to toe black gowns or just some darker detailing, we’re embracing the non-traditional wedding colours.

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When it comes to grooms, they'll be opting for more vivid colours like forest green and burgundy. Caramel shades are also a brilliant option if you want to embrace brighter hues in a more subdued fashion.

One to watch

Finally, we're hoping we'll see more of this projection mapping tech used in the wedding industry this year - a new, modern way to transform a space and truly make your mark on a venue. So easy to change between different parts of the day to create a new vibe - we're loving the possibilities it opens up.


See more of our trend predictions over on our Pinterest board and let us know what you are looking forward to seeing in the coming year!