20 Trends We're Loving Right Now

Get inspired by the newest and coolest ideas for your wedding.
by Lauren Kay

Looking for something totally fresh that will bring your celebration to the next level? We're spotting new wedding trends popping up every which way, from bridal makeup to reception decor. There are so many creative ways to personalize your day to fit your style—get inspired by our favorites!

  1. 1. A Unique Altar

    Unique wedding ceremony altar made of green garlands
    ONELOVE Photography

    Your “I dos" are the main event—spotlight them with a bespoke archway. Anything goes, from natural greenery or tassels to custom lighting.

  2. 2. The Standout Groom

    Green velvet grooms's jacket
    5ive15ifteen Photo Company

    We love a coordinated wedding party—but guys, this is your chance to wow! Opt for a colored velvet jacket or a patterned suit. Looking to make a subtle statement? Try a custom bow tie.

  3. 3. Natural Makeup

    Natural makeup bridal look
    Eric Kelley

    Wedding makeup goal: to look like the best version of yourself. The trick? Natural colors. Play up your high cheekbones with highlighter, or draw attention to your eyes with a shimmery taupe shadow. Finish the look with a subtle pink or nude lip and enjoy that first married kiss.

  4. 4. Nail Art

    Wedding day manicure with 3D bead art
    Yasu + Junko

    Swap the expected pale-pink polish for this edgy trend. Delicate flowers, lace appliqués or a metallic pattern can add a bit of fun to your wedding day mani. If you can't commit to all 10 fingers, try an accent nail for a little taste of the craze.

  5. 5. A Surprise Inside

    Pink wedding cake with subtle ombre design
    Ruth Eileen Photography

    You want your cake to look and taste amazing, but now bakers are taking it one step further and decorating the inside too! Surprise guests with a slice of ombré cake, coordinating the layers to match your wedding colors.

  6. 6. Custom Wedding Beer

    Wedding brews with customized labels
    Megan Tsang Studio

    Ask your favorite craft brewery to mix up a small batch especially for the occasion. Custom labels with your initials and wedding date make these bottles the perfect signature sip, or the ultimate party favor.

  7. 7. Moss Decor

    Wedding reception tablescape with green moss decor
    Carrie Patterson

    Moss comes in all forms: place mats, oversize monograms and animal topiaries. Incorporate this fresh take on greenery in small ways, or go all out with a moss-draped escort card table.

  8. 8. Bedazzled Ball Gowns

    Full bridal ball gown with embroidered detailing
    Sarra Fleur Abou-El-Haj

    If you've ever dreamed of being the belle of the ball, this is your moment. Elegant gowns with full skirts, embroidery and ornate details have flooded the runways. Some designs even have removable tulle layers, so you're free to dance the night away.

  9. 9. Non-Paper Invites

    Custom laser cut wedding invitations
    Allie Munroe for The Windmill Paper Boutique

    Swap traditional paper for a unique material like acrylic (pictured) or wood for your invites. You'll wow guests from the start and build excitement for the main event. Or try this trend on dinner menus or day-of wedding signage.

  10. 10. Winter Weddings

    Winter wedding trends
    James Christianson Photographer; Wedding Planner Cristina Verger

    Wedding season has been extended! Winter nuptials (think: cozy fireplaces, fur stoles and hot toddies) are gaining in popularity. Venues and choice vendors generally have greater availability, so you may be able to snag a deal.

  11. 11. Festooned Ceilings

    Wedding tent lightbulb ceiling fixture
    Our Labor of Love

    Draw your guests' attention up with eye-catching market lights or dangling floral installations. (We love low-hanging chandeliers!) If you're short on elbow room, suspend centerpieces above tables.

  12. 12. Bridal Wardrobes

    Bridal outfits
    Raymond Hom

    Get ready to rock white—even after Labor Day! In addition to your wedding dress, you'll want to amass some pearl-hued looks for the many celebrations that take place between "yes" and "I do." Budget-savvy brides, invest in separates that can be mixed and matched at various events, like an alabaster pencil skirt paired with a silky tank.

  13. 13. Drone Photography

    Bird's eye view drone wedding photography
    Jeff Foster

    If you can fly under the radar (check laws in your state before take off), capture your outdoor wedding with a drone. The aerial shots offer a unique perspective of your celebration.

  14. 14. Garden Installations

    Indoor wedding reception space with suspended candles
    Lacie Hansen Photogrphy

    Want an alfresco wedding without the worry of rain? Bring a bit of nature indoors with towering trees, boxwood walls, and lush florals and greenery. If you have a smaller bloom budget, ask your florist about including artificial elements in your décor. They cost less but still evoke the same outdoorsy feel.

  15. 15. Cultural Details

    Traditional wedding dress with cultural Henna painted hands
    Braja Mandala Photography

    Personalize your wedding by paying tribute to your roots. Incorporate religious traditions into your ceremony, add a cultural dish to your menu or send guests home with a regional favor.

  16. 16. Unexpected Venues

    Traditional church with cityscape background
    Caroline Tran Photography

    Trade the classic ballroom wedding for an outdoor celebration under the trees (or skyline). Historic buildings, craft breweries and open lofts are all fun choices with tons of possibilities.

  17. 17. Unique Musical Performances

    Live marching band wedding performance
    Dave Robbins Photography

    From marching bands to a classic Sinatra-esque crooner, surprising musical performances are all the rage. Can't swing a live performance? Walk down the aisle to a rock ballad or your favorite movie score for a twist on tradition.

  18. 18. Double-Exposed Photos

    Double-exposed wedding photos
    Maile Lani Photography

    Ask your photographer to double expose a few of your couple shots for an abstract take on classic wedding photos. The layering of images creates a memorable, custom piece of art—perfect for displaying in your newlywed nest.

  19. 19. Stacked Rings

    Jewelry trend with stacked wedding rings
    Heather Waraksa

    The "it" trend is a short stack—of rings. From thin, gold bands to knuckle embellishments, we love the idea of loading up your ring finger. Start with a meaningful wedding band and grow your collection in the years to come as you celebrate milestones together.

  20. 20. Two-in-One Dresses

    Two-in-one wedding dresses
    Kurt Wilberding

    Look regal for your walk down the aisle and party chic after-hours by choosing a double-duty dress. With removable sleeves or a detachable skirt, a second style is in the bag.

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