Here we are, well into fall of 2017 with 2018 (somehow) just around the corner. That means a whole new year of trends to inspire the beginning of your happy-ever-after. In putting together some of the best wedding trends we see coming, we can’t help but feel excited for what next year’s weddings will look like.
If your big day is sometime in 2018, we’ve got some uniquely beautiful ideas that we hope will leave you feeling inspired and even more excited to plan it.
From deep reds to dusty blues, 2018 wedding colors are soft, romantic, and incredibly chic! Accented with lush green florals and classic metallics, you're sure to find some inspiration for your 2018 wedding palette!
We’ve broken the trends up by color palette, including sections about bridesmaids’ dresses, groomsmen attire, and flowers & décor.
So sit back, kick your feet up, and check out our 2018 wedding color guide!
If 2017 saw the beginning of neutral-toned greenery weddings, 2018 is going to kick it up even higher. This nature-inspired color palette is a combination of soft greys, vintage green and pastel pinks. You can even add a little gold here and there to give it some pops of elegance.
It’s as refreshing as it is romantic. And although we think it would work perfectly for a spring or summer wedding, we can also see it fitting in with a serene fall or winter backdrop.
BRIDESMAIDS: Dresses should be a neutral color, like light grey or soft pink, with either a touch of lace or sequins if you want to elevate the look a little more. With a pair of cream-colored or light pink shoes, matched with some gold accessories, your bridesmaids will feel beautiful in their timeless look.
GROOMSMEN: The groom can wear a light grey suit with a soft pink tie, while his groomsmen can rock just-a-tad-darker grey suits with cream-colored ties. For a complete and complementary look, add a cream rose to the groom’s lapel and soft pink ones to the groomsmen’s.
FLOWERS & DÉCOR: Incorporating your palette into your flowers and bouquet shouldn’t be too tough (because, nature), and we think some cream and soft pink roses with bright, pretty foliage would make it all tie together picture-perfectly. Go with wood accents and twinkly lights where you can. Don’t hold back when creating your own garden vibe – you can’t go wrong if you’re letting nature’s beauty inspire you.
Like navy blue, bordeaux (also known as marsala) is one of those rich colors that instantly gives off an elegant feel. Pair it with beige and gold, and you’ve got a palette that is equal-parts classic and modern.
We especially love these colors for the fall or winter – combining the darker, more subdued colors with sparks of golden light. In short, we think your wedding would be all kinds of magical with these colors.
BRIDESMAIDS: Your bridesmaids will look and feel radiant in bordeaux dresses. Go with a floor-length gown with touches of simple lace. Then add some gold accessories and either gold or cream-colored shoes to finish the look.
We think you’d look extra stunning with a gold, flowery hairpiece (and even – wait for it – some soft gold shoes.) But really, no matter what you do, you’ll be the gorgeous bride you are.
GROOMSMEN: The groomsmen can sport either dark grey or navy blue suits, with burgundy ties and dark brown shoes.
FLOWERS & DÉCOR: Your bouquet can be mostly cream roses with pops of burgundy and soft pink flowers. Your other flower arrangements can be mostly burgundy with pops of cream roses and some pretty greenery surrounding.
As for décor, that’s where the gold can come in and complement the palette’s darker tones. You can bring in the gold starting with your invitations and ending with the details and décor at the wedding.
Another soft and romantic palette that works with any season, these colors are the perfect blend of elegance and nature. It consists of dusty blue, beige and shades of greenery to give it that rustic touch. And you can add hints of platinum to kick up the formal feel of it.
BRIDESMAIDS: Your bridesmaids will look gorgeous in these dusty slate blue dresses (our favorites are listed here!). If they’re wearing different dress styles and shades of blue, even better. And you, of course, will look and feel beautiful as ever, whether you decide to have a little sequins on your dress, wear a light grey one, or go with a classic cream or white gown. Feel free to get creative!
GROOMSMEN: Your soon-to-be hubby will look stunning in a grey suit with a cream-colored tie. And his groomsmen can either wear the same shade of grey or darker-grey suits, with dusty blue ties. Have them wear cream roses on their lapels to complement the groom’s tie.
FLOWERS & DÉCOR: Your floral arrangements can be mostly cream roses surrounded by various shades of green, like sage and dark green. Table settings and name-card holders can be platinum-silver to elevate the elegance of the whole event.
Navy blue is a continued color of choice because of the way it fits seamlessly into so many different color palettes. We especially love this unique and unexpected combination of blush, navy blue (or midnight blue), peacock green and gold.
This palette, of course, would work perfectly in the fall or winter, but we can even see it in the spring, too. It has an enchanting, Gatsby-esque vibe to it, which we find timeless, memorable and kinda-super-irresistible.
BRIDESMAIDS: Your bridesmaids can wear either navy blue or blush pink floor-length gowns (depending on the season), bringing in the gold with their accessories and shoes. They can hold bouquets of soft pink and cream roses, with bright greenery incorporated throughout. And your bouquet can be a bigger version of theirs, perhaps even with a few burgundy roses added to it.
GROOMSMEN: Your groomsmen can wear navy blue suits with cream-colored ties, while the groom wears a blush pink tie. They’ll look extra sharp with some brown shoes and blush roses on their lapels.
FLOWERS & DÉCOR: Your floral arrangements can combine shades of deep greenery with blush and even a few burgundy roses. They can be tied together by gold ribbons with a subtle sparkle. If you put up frames to decorate, have them be different shades of gold and assort them at random for a woodsy-yet-elegant setting. You can even have a blush wedding cake (something that’s becoming increasingly popular), with touches of gold and cream on it.
If you’re looking for something as unique and fun as it is beautiful, this might be the perfect color palette for your wedding. Meet the color palette we’re crushing on (hard) right now: black, white and gold. It’s classy, timeless and unforgettable. Even better, it’s beautifully festive in the spring, winter and everything in between.
BRIDESMAIDS: Your bridesmaids can wear floor-length black dresses, or even dark grey ones, with gold accessories and cream-colored shoes. Or, they can wear deep-cream-colored dresses with black or gold ribbons tied around the waist.
Their bouquets of cream roses and pretty greenery can be tied together by gold ribbons, while yours is tied together by a big black-and-white striped ribbon.
GROOMSMEN: The groomsmen can rock black suits to match the ladies, with either blush, grey or even gold-accented ties. (Feel free to get creative with their accessories!) Add some white flowers with bright green leaves to the lapel for a pop of color to complete the sharp look.
FLOWERS & DÉCOR: Incorporate black-and-white stripes on little details here and there (think: ribbons on dresses and table runners). Those will complement your all-gold decorations and table settings (think: candles, utensils and name-card holders).
BRIDESMAIDS: Your bridesmaids can wear bordeaux or navy blue dresses, with gold accessories and brown shoes. If they’re wearing bordeaux gowns, have them hold flowers that are a combination of white or cream, peach and pink. If they’re wearing navy dresses, their flowers can be a mix of burgundy, pink, and peach, which will bring a lively pop of color to the whole ensemble. Their bouquets can be tied together by a navy blue ribbon with subtle gold details.
GROOMSMEN: The groomsmen can wear navy blue suits with bordeaux ties and brown shoes. The groom can wear a navy suit as well, with a white shirt and cream-colored tie. Add a peach and pink flower to their lapels to bring a little touch of brightness to their look.
FLOWERS & DÉCOR: If you go with floral arrangements that incorporate bordeaux, shades of pink, peach and deep greens, keep your table settings classic and simple, with cream napkins and gold details on the table settings. Have a white or cream-colored cake with bright peach, pink and burgundy flowers lying on it. Wood also looks great with these colors, so keep that in mind when deciding furnishings and other decorations.
Last but most definitely not least, we present to you our favorite color palette of all: deep red, cream and peach. If you’re going for a woodsy or earthy vibe, this color combination perfectly complements that. It’s as gorgeous as it is unique and as lively as it is lovely. And although we think it’s especially perfect for the summer or springtime, it’s another one that goes well in any season or time of year.
BRIDESMAIDS: The bridesmaids can wear light peach or vintage red gowns. (Our Claret color is perfect!) Have their bouquets be dark red and peach flowers with cream roses. They can wear gold or pearl-toned accessories, with a casual, loose hairdo to give the whole ensemble a natural feel.
GROOMSMEN: The groomsmen can sport navy blue suits, with soft pink ties and either dark or light brown shoes. The groom can wear a navy suit as well, but with a cream-colored tie. Add a peach and/or red flower piece to the groom’s lapel for a bright pop and some extra sweetness.
FLOWERS & DÉCOR:
To put it simply, keep it natural and vintage-inspired. So, perhaps some wooden furnishings and decorations with bright flowers to make them stand out. If you’re having floral centerpieces, you can make them small arrangements of various shades of red, peach, pink and orange flowers. Your table settings can be all white, and the name cards vintage red with gold letters. You can even have lacey red table runners – so fun!
We are absolutely obsessed with all these trendy color palettes! Tell us which ones you love, or what color palette you used or plan to use at your wedding!
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Taking Your Measurements
For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn’t be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor.
Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it’s not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.
Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).
While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button. Stand up straight and do not “suck in” when taking this measurment.
Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.
Compare these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5” (size 12), your waist measures 31” (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5” (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body.
Depending on the fabric, a dress can be altered down up to 2 full sizes, but can be very difficult to let out as there is only about .5 inch of fabric to do so at the seams.