6 Wild Summer 2018 Wedding Trends You'll Love

Don't worry, neon signs are here to stay

Updated 06/20/18

Photo by Figtree Wedding Photography

When you’re in the midst of wedding planning, it will start to feel like every single moment of your free time is spent flipping through wedding magazines, searching through posts on social media, and reading through different articles about what kinds of trends, decorations, or items you should have at your wedding to make it feel unique.

With the summer season shinning on all of us, new wedding trends are surfacing; some might sound a little weird at first but might just be the twist your big day needs to help your guests have an added-layer of fun at your reception or ceremony.

Wondering what’s new this season? Here are the six wildest wedding trends of summer 2018.

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Put a Twist on the Doughnut Wall

Olive oil and bread table

Photo by Braedon Photography

Late-night snacks have become a wedding staple that a lot of guests now look forward to. There's nothing better than carbing up before their final dances or the wedding after party. In 2016, the doughnut wall trend swept weddings as both a twist on the typical dessert and as a “one last thing before you go” treat for guests. But in 2018, that trend is being taken over by people using the wall idea to showcase their favorite food item, from Olive Garden breadstick boards to bagel and cream cheese walls, couples are taking their favorite carb-loaded snack and displaying it in an Instagram-worthy way.

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Dresses With Capes

Photo by Bob Metelus, Erica Rodriguez, Mel Barlow, and Allan Zepeda

The wedding dress trend that’s sweeping runways and ceremony aisles around the world: capes. The cape has a traditional feel (it covers the shoulders and the neckline) with the added touch of unique draping. Plus, you'll feel like a superhero in your outfit! Real life superhero, Serena Williams wore a cape as part of her Alexander McQueen wedding dress, as seen on our February/March cover.

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Flower Walls

flower wall

Photo by Gianni di Natale

Think to yourself, “How can I make my wedding ultra-Instagrammable?” One way surefire way: add a flower wall to your decor. Instead of going big and bold with your floral centerpieces, opt for a flower wall that guests can pose in front of and stop and smell as they walk by. Plus, it gives your reception room an ambiance perfect for the fresh summer season.

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Neon Signs

Studio 29

One of the biggest decor trends for summer whether your ceremony or reception is indoors or outdoors is having custom neon signs at your wedding. Whether these signs say you and your fiancé’s names, a special slogan, or even your wedding hashtag, putting these signs around your venue gives your party an electric vibe. Plus, it’s the kind of decoration you can take from your wedding and display in your home afterward.

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DIY Drink Bar

Wedding Bar Design

Photo by Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu Photography; Design by Lauryn Prattes; Full bar by BD3 Design; Calligraphy by Laura Hooper; Florals by Sweet Root Village

It’s summer, so the best way to keep your guests happy is to make sure they are hydrated throughout your wedding with booze of their choice (and water, of course). Having a signature cocktail was a trend of the past—now, go for a DIY cocktail bar where your guests can create their favorite drinks using fresh fruit as a summertime twist.

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Colorful Candles

Jamie Rae

Summer is truly all about color; and one way to add it to your tables is with candles. Whether in a centerpiece or floating in water in the middle of the table, add a vibrant splash of color by using colored candles.

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