When preparing for a wedding, it’s but natural to follow certain traditions or norms on wedding themes. But hey, it’s 2018 and you’re allowed to jazz things up a little. If you haven’t settled on a theme or motif yet, read through the short list below for inspiration or ideas for your big day.
1. Wild West Weddings
Weddings are headed west — at least in style and design. The big theme of the year is inspired by ranches and lots of leather accents. The details are personal and elevated, but the party has a fun, relaxed vibe. A rustic ranch sets the scene for details like antler motifs, distressed lounges with cowhide rugs and wildflower bouquets. Guests can sip on specialty craft beers or mix their own heirloom bourbon cocktails in a copper mug.
2. Drone Wedding Photos and GoPro Videos
If you want a view of your wedding from every angle imaginable then try this trend. Some photographers are getting in on the action by using drones to capture aerial shots, like the view of your ceremony from overhead and the amazing scenery. Videographers are doing it too by bringing along GoPro cameras to the wedding in addition to their video cameras.
3. Bridesmaids Are Off the Hook — There’s An App for That!
You don’t need to get all of your bridesmaids together to tie bows on wedding favors anymore. Instead, lots of couples are enlisting wedding planning help through apps like TaskRabbit to take on any small to-dos, TouristEye to help plan the honeymoon itinerary, and (ahem) The Knot Wedding Planner app to find and get in touch with all of the right wedding pros. Being a wedding guest is easier this year too.
5. Foodie Installations
Food and drink are taking center stage at weddings this year in an outrageous way. We’re talking hanging salad stations, doughnut dessert walls that double as escort cards and beer-garden-inspired stations, complete with beer steins made of ice.
5. Bridal Jumpsuits and Statement-Making Separates
This season’s runway wedding dress designs are more playful and dressed down. Jumpsuits, separates and menswear-inspired styles, like these ones by Houghton, Delphine Manivet and Theia are giving the traditional bridal look a new edge that’s a bit celebrity inspired.
6. A White-Glove Comeback
Casual weddings have reigned for the past five-plus years. But we love that some couples are taking their wedding style in the very opposite direction with lots of opulent details, like a champagne tower, multitier cake and dramatic entrance.