With 2018 officially in full swing, it’s out with the old and in with the new – even for weddings. If you’re tying the knot this year, here are a few fresh styles and innovative trends to consider incorporating in your ceremony and reception.

1. Purple Hues

Pantone named Ultra Violet the Color of the Year for 2018, so it is no surprise that purple is everywhere, including weddings. Nora Sheils, founder of event planning company Bridal Bliss, expects to see lighter shades of the royal color mixed with pinks and blues in plenty of upcoming nuptials.

“For 2018 we anticipate seeing the introduction of lavender and lilac. How gorgeous would lilac-colored blooms look tucked into a runner of greens?” she explains. “We see all three taking on a dustier hue going into this year, and love our adventurous couples who dare to mix two or even all three of these shades together.”

2. Palettes That Pop

While clean, all-white are still popular, color is making a comeback. Aqua, hot pink and kelly green make for a fun, tropical affair, while bright jewel tones are perfect for a woodsy fall event. Sheils has also seen an increased interest in red as a featured color.

“While we don't anticipate our brides selecting an all cherry palette, we are loving the pops of deep burgundies that are being brought in among shades of white and even steely blue,” she says.

3. Extreme Elegance

Elegance never goes out of style, but a little extra drama is on trend for 2018. Think tuxedos, ballgowns, clean florals and hints of sparkle, Sheils says.

“Our personal favorite is the touch of black being brought back into the color palette,” she adds. “This can take form more traditionally on invitations or in bridesmaid dresses, but we also love the bold bride who adds black to her tablescape or even her own attire with a black shoe or an embellished sash.”

4. A New Take on Plants

For florals, couples are continuing to embrace greenery and living plants. Expect to see wedding aisles turned into an English garden with potted plants and epic floral installations hanging from above at receptions.

5. See-Through Elements

From lucite chandeliers and chairs to glasshouse venues transparent materials make for a modern and minimalist look. These details also add a bit of natural shine without being distracting or overwhelming.

6. Texture and Layers

To achieve depth and improve the guest experience, couples are placing a bigger emphasis on texture. Adding little details, such as mixing and matching furniture, 3D stationery elements and layering table linens, makes for a richer overall look.

7. A Focus on Food

Foodies get married too, which means couples are finding new ways to enhance the menu. Interactive appetizers, like roll your own sushi stations, food trucks, family recipes and farm-to-table experiences are all on the table for 2018.

“We love our foodie couples and are constantly on the hunt for new ways to both present and source food for their special day,” Sheils says. “In a day filled with many special moments, dinner is often the longest time guests will spend together in one space.”

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