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what’s hot: 2018 international wedding trends forecast

January 31st, 2018 | Julia Braime

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‘Trends’ and ‘themes’ are terms often battered around in the world of wedding planning, but unlike some may think, these aren’t rigid concepts that your big day should adhere to, but instead fabulous inspiration that you can dip in and out of to create a celebration that’s just right for you.

These trends are influenced by so many elements – interiors, fashion, nature, culture – and we love to see new styles of venue, décor, attire and palettes being adapted and embraced by couples and planners.

As such, one of our highlights of the year has to be contributing to, and receiving the results of the International Trend Report, put together by the International Academy of Wedding & Event Planning, who work with the world’s top wedding professionals to compile this exciting and hugely informative document.

The academy has just published its fourth annual International Trend Report full of expert predictions (including our own tips!) for 2018 weddings, and so to celebrate, we’ve invited Kylie Carlson, CEO of the International Academy of Wedding & Event Planning, to the blog to share some of her very favourite trends from the report.

Images by Passionate Photography supplied by AWEP.

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wabi sabi

In 2018, the design world will be heavily influenced by the Japanese concept known as wabi sabi. It is the philosophy that there is art in imperfection. If you have ever admired something aging in an antique shop, or a building that was simultaneously falling apart yet growing in beauty with every inch of peeling paint, you understand wabi sabi.

The wedding world will embrace wabi sabi by choosing unique venues that have character and history. You might pair the disrepair of an empty warehouse with fine linens and handcrafted containers, thereby creating a beautiful, alluring contrast.

reconnect with nature

A current floral trend that will continue to dominate in 2018 is the desire to bring the outdoors in. Using elements from the outdoors, like abundant greens with white floral accents in bouquets and centerpieces, satisfies the desire to reconnect with nature despite our technology-filled, busy lives.

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responsible sourcing

Organic and locally-sourced, sustainable materials and ingredients will also be in demand as couples assign greater significance to well-being and environmental responsibility. The same motivation will make botanical flavored cocktails all the rage in bar service.

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nostalgic entertainment

Entertainment will go high tech, with slo-mo (slow motion) photo booths and drone photography becoming increasingly popular. In contrast, nostalgic music lists with hits from when couples grew up will experience higher demand.

personal predictions

The Report is full of insight from the personalities who drive the trends each year, and of course, I have my favorites among them all! The first is Jewel-Toned Velvet, a cross between over-the-top Vegas style and elegant old-world texture. The second is Cutting Edge Curves on specialty furnishings like overstuffed lounges. And the last is the Nouveau Art Deco movement with bright, bold geometric prints.

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Check out the whole report to find out more about these predictions, along with the rest of the up and coming ideas for the year ahead.

Kylie Carlson is the CEO of the International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning. With six locations globally, the academy boasts an internationally recognized accreditation program that brings professional training to wedding planners, designers and stylists.

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