If you are one of the lucky couples who will share their wedding year with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, it is only normal to be super excited! The royal wedding will set trends for all the weddings that follow (post May 19); so be ready to kiss the done-to- death trends of 2017 goodbye and give your 2018 nuptials a fresh look and feel. 

 

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#1 THE WHITE WEDDING GOWN

While this might be the inevitable part of any wedding, more and more brides across the world are taking the bold step of doing away with the pure white gown. For 2018, global trends suggest blush pink and flesh-toned gowns will be a hit. Capes and delicate but huge bows are trending too. Be sure to include the trendy illusion neckline and delicate lace details to have a trend-setting gown that will definitely attract eyeballs. If you ask us, Silhouette The Atelier has gorgeous gowns that will make your wedding day extra special. Prices start at around S$2,000. However, if the classic white gown is what you’re really after and it’s non-negotiable, then we suggest you rent one instead of buying since it’s not something that’s ever used again. You can rent gowns from companies such as Dream Wedding, for as little as S$500.

 

#2 CONVENTIONAL BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES

The pastel bridesmaid dresses of yesteryear are pretty but consider some bold, floral ones this year. With ramps across the world showcasing purple or lilac in all its glory, it is obvious that it is the colour of 2018.
Off-shoulder designs can be enhanced with delicate earrings or neckpieces.  You don’t have to overspend while finding the perfect bridesmaid dress – websites such as The BridesMaid Dress Shop have some fantastic ones starting from just S$15!

See also: FUN, PRETTY & CREATIVE! 11 BRIDE AND BRIDESMAIDS PORTRAITS FROM HER WORLD BRIDES

 

#3 FORMAL BRIDAL HAIRSTYLES
The brides of 2018 will ditch immaculate, perfect buns for beach waves and loosely tied hair with no artificial accessories but beautiful, delicate flowers. With traditional bridal hair-dos costing between S$200- S$1100, a natural, flowing look will be a lot gentler on your pocket. So, stay in style and look amazing!

 

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#4 OVERLY-POSED PHOTOS 

 Consider ditching all the dramatic or posed pictures (like the heart-shaped hands!) on your big day in 2018 because candid photos are the way to go. If you are having a pre-wedding photoshoot, one way to do it is with a lot of greenery in the backdrop as rustic backgrounds will be one of the most loved trends in 2018. How about Coney Island or a secret hideout at Dempsey for the pre-wedding shoot? 

Bridal photoshoots don’t come cheap and we suggest not to scrimp here. In the social media world that we live in, your pictures are likely to make it to a few hundred screens and you want to look your very best. Whether you choose to go all out or keep it real and earthy as 2018 demands, engaging a professional photographer is key to great pictures (here are 3 tips to finding the right one). Costs start from about S$300 per hour, with early morning shoots going in for an extra S$50.

 

#5 CLUTTERED TABLES
We understand that antiques and table decor are close to your heart but displaying all at once on the table isn’t the trendiest choice for 2018. Keeping it cosy, personal and trendy is what's keeping wedding planners busy for now. For your wedding, remember less is more, especially when it comes to table tops.
Colour palettes are likely to be more in purple and burgundy. Don’t forget to add shades of silver, gold and chrome. And swap the velvet for the crystals in vogue now.

We suggest not going overboard and spending over S$100 per table top. And keeping it personal with hand-written cards may also be a great idea —right on trend and cost-effective.

 

 

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#6 THE PERFECT WEDDING BOUQUET
The trends for 2018 suggest a bouquet that is relaxed, and dons wild flowers (simple but gorgeous) paired with foliage and rustic verdures. So, kiss that tightly-tied, almost fake looking bouquet goodbye.

See also: 5 PRETTIEST WAYS YOUR BRIDAL BOUQUET CAN MATCH YOUR MAKEUP

 

#7 NAKED CAKES

The informal, unadorned naked cakes are on their way out this year. While they do suit weddings in a completely rustic environment, if you are getting married in a swanky hotel in Singapore, they don’t quite work as well.

Instead, opt for a three-tiered marble cake with flower toppings. Go for the classic flavours such as chocolate and vanilla rather than experimenting with matcha or orange, which might not appeal to everyone. If you are tying the knot in the season of cherry blossoms, much like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, you may want to make blush pink flowers part of your wedding theme. And this S$210 two-tier sakura cake from Cupplets will be just perfect!

 

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#8 PHOTO BOOTHS
Remember the photo booth your cousin had at his wedding last year, with a moustache prop? Don’t have that at yours. While it might seem like fun, it just does not sit right in the midst of an elegant wedding.
Instead, have a corner decorated with delicate flowers and greenery to serve as a photo background for your guests. This they'll love - we promise. Or try these charming backdrops you can make yourself! 

 

#9 OVERLY FANCY FOOD

While too many live stations or courses might sound like a great experience for your guests, it might not always work out logistically, resulting in multiple unhappy invitees. Instead of focusing on a higher number of courses or fancier items, focus on generic, flavoursome dishes everyone will love.

 

#10 WEDDING FAVOURS

This is a tradition many couples are doing away with across the globe (finally!). The reason? Wedding favours are officially a criminal waste of money since none of them have ever really been useful to anyone receiving them. Instead, donate at one of the orphanages or old-age homes and let your guests know that. If you insist on presenting your guests with wedding favours, gift them a beautiful plant like this that is not only adorable but environment-friendly too. One more piece of advice – don’t blindly follow Pinterest or our advice; your wedding is yours and should therefore be personalised and not just trendy. Do what you love the most and you will forever remember it.

See also: "WE WERE BOTH HUNGRY AND LOOKING FORWARD TO MCDONALD’S FOR SUPPER!” - HERE'S WHAT NEWLYWEDS REALLY THINK AFTER THE WEDDING

 

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