The biggest wedding trends for 2018 have been revealed

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Expect to see lots of statement veils, gold gowns and minimalist styling at this year’s weddings.

The days are getting longer, temperatures are slowly rising, and the first hints of spring mean that invites for this year’s summer weddings will be dropping through letterboxes any day now.

So, what can we expect from this year’s summer nuptials? The trend analysts at Etsy have spilled the beans, and we’re all ears.

Pet-friendly weddings

For starters, it seems this may be the year that we start to see more guests of the four-legged variety. According to the experts at Etsy, more couples than ever before are now looking to include their furry friends on their wedding day. As a result, demand is on the up for items like flower dog collars, bow-ties, and pet-inclusive cake toppers.

Bridal wear with a twist

In terms of bridal wear and accessories, embroidered details are becoming increasingly popular – perhaps because the bohemian, hand-stitched look fits in well with the kind of relaxed, folksy weddings that have skyrocketed in number in recent years. Contemporary, non-traditional looks are also becoming more common – specifically, gold wedding dresses and bridal jumpsuits.

Statement veils and capes

The traditional veil is still popular – apparently Etsy shoppers are looking them up twice as much as last year. This year’s versions feature statement updates, including art deco lace embellishments, metallic stars and the aforementioned embroidery. Yet for those who prefer a bit of shoulder coverage, capes are catching on as a great alternative – Etsy reports that searches for wedding capes have recently increased by 44%.

Modern and minimalist decor

It seems that the Marie Kondo effect has filtered into weddings, with minimalist clear acrylic seating plans, welcome signs and place cards becoming especially popular this year. “This crisp style pairs especially well with loose, romantic greenery and florals in ceremony and reception decor, “ advises Dayna Isom Johnson, Trend Expert at Etsy. “But thanks to the material’s neutral nature, there’s no wrong way to incorporate acrylic accents into your big day.”

Images: Etsy


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Helen Booth

Helen Booth is a London-based writer, digital editor and part-time maker who loves interiors, crafts and keeping tabs on trends. She also co-founded the weekly newsletter Lunch Hour Links.