Top 20 Wedding Trends Millennials Are Seeing (and Loving)

Hashtags and sneakers and barns—oh my!
maggie seaver the knot wedding planning expert
Maggie Seaver
maggie seaver the knot wedding planning expert
Maggie Seaver
Wedding Planning Expert
  • Maggie Seaver is an Associate Digital Editor at
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  • Maggie was an editor at The Knot from 2015 to 2019.
Updated Oct 31, 2018

When it comes to weddings, 18- to 34-year-olds are all about experience over tradition. Custom Snapchat geofilters, nonreligious ceremonies, colorful wedding cakes, brunch receptions and more unconventional wedding trends are all on the rise, according to youth marketing and research company Ypulse, which recently conducted a relationships and weddings survey among 800 18- to 34-year-olds. Based on the results, millennial wedding guests are noticing couples prioritize guest experience, comfort, their unique relationship and, most importantly, a fun celebration—which totally aligns with findings from The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study and Pinterest's annual trend report for 2017.

What we aren't surprised by? Hashtags are still an awesome way to find and share wedding photos, from the bridal shower to the honeymoon, and couples and guests alike continue to take full advantage of them. Rustic weddings, country locales and barn venues remain highly sought-after settings to say "I do," and photo booths continue to be the ultimate crowd-pleasers. So don't expect to see them go just yet! But some results caught us by surprise. Below, read the top 20 wedding trends millennials are seeing and loving most.

1. Hashtags / Social Media

2. Barn / Country / Rustic weddings

3. Photo booths

4. Mismatched bridesmaid dresses

5. DIY / Pinterest

6. Colorful wedding dress

7. Cake Alternative / Cupcakes

8. Choreographed dances

9. Honeymoon registry / Money / Donations instead of gifts

10. Themed weddings

11. Mason jars

12. Unity knot / Candle / Sand

13. Small weddings

14. Nonreligious ceremonies / Friends as officiants

15. Non-dress wedding dress

16. Casual atmosphere

17. Digital invitations

18. Sneakers for the wedding party / bride

19. Snapchat filters

20. Bridesmen and groomsladies

Want more of the latest wedding trends? Read up on the hottest trends for 2017.

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