2018 Wedding Trends of the Season
Posted on: June 29, 2018

2018 Wedding Trends of the Season

This year, we’re particularly excited to see a lot of couples skipping the rustic and country themes in favor of more classic yet still relatively relaxed motifs. Hampshire House is the perfect venue for any wedding, but especially those wedding themes that exude sophistication, elegance, and unfussy charm.


The Colors Du Jour: Black, Copper, Ultra-Violet

Where the past few seasons have been all about the subdued — blush, gray, sage, and ivory — this year we’re seeing more and more brides veering the way of the statement color. While the soft, easy-to-match pastels aren’t going away anytime soon, they will be bolstered by eye-catching tones this year. As you may know, Pantone picks a Color of the Year each year, and this year it’s ultra violet, a deep yet playful purple that’s perfect for pairing with soft hues. We’re also happy to welcome copper and black accents to the list of popular wedding colors this year.

Flowers: Fresh Florals and Tropical Twists

Flowers aren’t so much a wedding trend as much as they are a wedding staple, but they too ebb and flow with the rest of the wedding world. In the past few years, we’ve seen brides gravitate towards bouquets and centerpiece that were wild, colorful, and jam-packed with peonies. This year, we see that some of the most popular floral designs incorporate tropical elements. Look for plenty of palms, hibiscus, orchids, and maybe even an ornamental pineapple or two. This year, we also expect to see more brightly colored flowers used as accents against softer tones.



Aesthetic: Classic and Time-Honored Charm

Ultra-formal isn’t making a complete comeback, but many brides are ditching trendy wedding accents for more classic ones. One way this is coming to light is through the rebirth of the classic wedding archway and through more traditional colors, including gold and silver tones. With that being said, that doesn’t mean that weddings are becoming more traditional. Brides and grooms are still breaking the mold with unconventional bridal parties and fun food and favors.

Food: Classic and Coastal

In the same way that the aesthetic is veering further away from the totally trendy, so too are food and drink offerings. But again, this doesn’t mean traditional. Classic menus get a very up-to-date twist — think beef tenderloin with a farm-to-table feel or vegan versions of all-time classics. Another way that brides are showing their personal flavor is through locally inspired food choices. In Boston, we’re big fans of the clam bake, and many of our brides request this as an option. We are happy to provide our couples with a clam bake option if they’d like to bring a coastal vibe to the table.

It’s All About Expression

This year is no different than the past few years in that soon-to-be married couples are flexing their creative muscles in ways that help them showcase their personality, love story, and style. Anything that’s expressive, bespoke, and well-executed gets extra points in this year’s wedding planning playbook.