With the new year comes new wedding design trends. What makes your wedding stand out in 2018? We spoke to wedding planners and event designers around the country to discern which design elements are new for this year. From open-sky canopies to the Pantone Color of the Year, here’s what happening in weddings right now.


“2017 was all about the lighted dancefloors.  From starlight dancefloors to raised dancefloors you couldn’t get people off of them! 2018 will definitely keep this trend going however we will also see different shapes and sizes and even non-conventional shades. Another trend to keep an eye on is adding florals up above.  Ceiling treatments make any room pop and in 2018 we’re going to see a lot of florals added to this.  From hanging vines above the dancefloor to hanging centerpieces, this trend is sure to make anyone swoon.

–Neeti Desai, Ring to Aisle Events

Photo:J. Cogliandro Photography

“For 2018, we see a multitude of trends.  We are now seeing less photo booths being requested by the couples and more asking to building a selfie vignette.  Vinyl wrapped dance floors are also super hot right now and are a great way to carry the decor and enhance the theme.  Food displays with more artistic styling are also popular right now as well as customized bars.”

–Therese Cole-Hubbs, Electric Karma


Photo: J. Cogliandro Photography

“2018 is going to be all about drama and florals with a modern twist. Ultra Violet and shades of violet are definitely going to be the dominating color palates. Dark moody florals accentuated by greens and an open canopy concept will create a beautiful scenic garden. We will also see the use of florals in a creative way like hanging centerpieces creating a dynamic and dramatic look. 2018 will also be the year of clean design; with translucent designs and aesthetics, it will create an open atmosphere and innovate modern architectural designs.”

–Raj Thakkar, House of Dipali


“With times changing, we are seeing couples opting for smaller, more intimate gatherings for their wedding ceremonies nowadays.  Instead of catering to larger crowds and long guest list only for the heck for formality, there is a growing trend for close-knit family weddings at destinations that bring loved ones closer.   In the past, an average guest count was at 600.  We are now seeing that number down to 400 with more intimate gatherings at more luxurious venues.”

–Sonia Dhaliwal, Elegant Celebrations

Photo: Salwa Photography

“As the Pantone Color of 2018 is Ultra Violet, I think we will see a lot of deep purples (think lush velvets, gorgeous purple orchids, moody purple lighting) with touches of silver and sparkle to accent.”

–Sonal J. Shah, Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants, LLC

“Decor trends we expect to more of in 2018 are lush green, gardenesque looks. With florals, we expect to see wine hues with purple undertones to be used adding a vibrant yet elegant pop of color to the more subtle blush-tones. We project a year in which creative designers explore backdrops that go beyond fabric draping, incorporating elements such as metals, printed leathers and acrylic aspects.”

–Hasina Ahmed, Royal Charms Inc.









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