7 wedding trends I loved in 2018

Feb 4, 2019 | Wedding advice & ideas

Having had the pleasure of photographing lovely weddings across Essex, Suffolk and Kent last year I got to pick up some ideas. Here are some of my favourite 2018 trends that I hope to see more of this year. Let me know in the comments which is your favourite!

1. Calligraphy

If you’ve been following my work for a while you’ll know that I love modern calligraphy. I had always wanted to learn how to do it, and at the beginning of 2017 I went on a modern calligraphy workshop ran by Merrie from Merrie and Bright (I highly recommend this workshop, it was such a fun afternoon). It’s fair to say after attending the course I caught the calligraphy bug and have been practising since. So when I see calligraphy incorporated in any way on a wedding day, I love it as I appreciate the work that goes into learning the craft. Ways you can add calligraphy to your day could include, your invites, table names, seating plan, cake topper, and a guest signing book. My favourite wedding calligraphers include Merrie and Bright and By Moon & Tide.

2. Succulents

I am a sucker (see what I did there!) for house plants and I am a plant mum to lots of succulents, I’m not going to lie, quite a few died last year, it’s clearly because I am a feeder and over water them (oops). So I love seeing plants being used on wedding days, whether in the bouquet like in Georgia’s wedding flowers below, as guest favours, or general decorations. I think plants and foliage was a big trend for 2018, I hope this continues into 2019 as it’s a great way to add colour and texture to your wedding.

3. Naked wedding cakes

Even though I have seen a lot of naked cakes over the last couple of years, I still think they are fab. I’ve seen Lucy from Little Lucy’s Bakery setting them up on many occasions and it is great to see them come together. A naked cake takes longer to set up than a decorated cake because of all the styling has to be done on site. Having a naked cake smells so good and looks gorgeous too. It is so easy to keep your cake on theme with your wedding as you can ask your florist for extra wedding flowers to be passed on to your baker to decorate the cake, easy as that. My prediction for 2019 is that we will see more semi-naked cakes with the drip effect, I am loving this style at the moment. See my cake board on Pinterest for more cake ideas.

Little Lucy's Bakery wedding cake, Braintree

4. Bow ties

2018 saw me photographing more bow ties than ever before. They are classy and on trend. If you don’t know how to tie a bow tie (I wouldn’t have a clue) you can get the clip on ones, these are fab for page boys as they are quick and easy, they are also great for the adults too, if like me, you don’t have a clue how to tie one! See Charlotte and Ollie’s wedding for some bow tie inspiration.

5. Watercolours

Okay, so 2018 didn’t see me photograph anything with watercolours… but I know this trend is on the rise (definitely on the rise for me because it’s so pretty). I follow Harriet from De Winton Paper Co on Instagram and she paints gorgeous commissions for weddings so by putting this out there it might mean I’ll see some gorgeous watercolour paintings at my 2019 weddings…? A great way you can use watercolours on your wedding day is on your wedding stationery. Another way you could use watercolours is have your bouquet professionally painted after your wedding.

Image from De Winton Paper Co Instagram

6. Sparklers

In 2018 quite a few of my couples opted to have sparklers on their wedding day, to add a bit of fun to the evening. I’ve recently written a blog post including my 12 top tips for sparkler photos if you are thinking of having them on your wedding feel free to have a read.

7. Incorporating things you love

One thing that I always love is when the wedding couple make their day personal to them and incorporat things they love into their day. Doing this makes your day more personal and shares a little more of your story. I’ve seen couples have a theme of their favourite music, gins, places visited together, and many more. Below is Lauren and Mike’s wedding reception at Crondon Park and their table names were named after their favourite musicians, I loved the vinyls they used as a creative way of tieing it all together.

Any other 2018 trends that would have made it to your favourites?