Wedding Trends in 2018

Before we get into specifics in relation to wedding styles, let’s discuss some trends that have occured in 2018. Each year, there are new wedding ideas and creations that come about through talented coordinators, florists, and vendors. We will discuss the various colors schemes, which foods and desserts guests are enjoying, and the experiences that will forever be cherished for each individual. The bride and groom have a desire for their guests to notice the effort and hard work that has gone into planning their special wedding day. It’s more than personalizing the wedding to them, it's also about who their guests are and how much they mean to them.


The color of the year is purple, you will be seeing it plastered on the floral designs, the bridesmaid dresses, invites, and even napskins! You name it and the color will be there! Plus it goes well with gold accents, creating a very classic and luxury look.


Speaking of colors! It seems like a lot of couples aren’t sticking to the classic white and green palette. Weddings this season are incorporating more pops of vibrant color. It may be tones of bright peaches, yellow and even touches of lavender for a pastel feel. Specifically, draping can play a major role in introducing color into your wedding theme.


Cute little dessert tables are a must-have nowadays. Even though we are still obsessed with our wedding cakes, people love having a variety to choose from. Whether it be cookies, doughnuts or even the kettle corn that Elements of Style created above; it’s a way for everyone to enjoy more sweet treats.


It seems like industrial metallics are the way to go! By incorporating copper or rose gold, it adds a nice touch to almost anything you can think of. From signs to menus, expect these metallics at all the weddings in 2018 that you'll be attending.


Having signs may not be a necessity, but it’s fun! It gets guests talking and adds a personal touch to the whole wedding. It can be clever directional signages or even meaningful lyrics displayed near the bar or dessert table. You must love the standard wood and chalkboard design since it will always be a classic for rustic or vintage weddings!



Keeping it simple! A smaller guest list is obviously more intimate and enables the couple to interact with their loved ones. With a small gathering, it means having the opportunity to have their main focus on the delicious food. The bride and groom have the ability to work closely with the caters to create a personalized menu for their guests. Since there are less tables and a tighter arrangement, the vibe becomes much more down to earth and special.


There you have it, a handful of famous trends this year that you should keep your eye on! Elements of Style is unbelievably excited to share more details on specific wedding styles, so stay tuned!


Moonlight Weddings

What are moonlight weddings? It’s an evening wedding that is very romantic and intimate for a bride and groom.

More and more couples are desiring this type of wedding because it’s unbelievably beautiful and breathtaking. Don’t get me wrong–daytime weddings are amazing, but there’s just something special about ceremonies under the stars and illuminated by the moon. It brings the phrase, "I love you to the moon and back into a reality."  

There’s no need for research with the help of Elements of Style, we will help you through it all from the location, any lighting needs, to the flowers, officiating, caterers, and of course the candlelit. Oh yeah, we are big on the candle lights! You name it and we will take care of it!

The owner, known as Mary Bowerman, has figured out a couple of tricks to make evening weddings really pop.

Here are some of her favorites:

1. Lots of candles. Well, obviously, right? We can do candles in lanterns, candles on trays, hanging candles. candles with messages in a bottle, and whatever the couple’s preferences may be. Recently, I witnessed a couple with several luminaries lining the sidewalks and stairs. It was simply stunning. We can even give everyone a candle and ask them to share their light before the vows.

2. What’s a wedding without some twinkle lights? We make sure to use amber warm lights, not cool ones, so that everyone looks flattering in that wonderful moment where bathed in candlelit. 

3. We can even do a backdrop since we have hundreds of props to choose from. You can be next to it, under it, above it, whatever your heart and vision desires!

4. Turn the music to half the level it’s normally at, this make it very subtle as the bride makes her entrance. Part of the beauty of getting married at night is the stillness, and the music should be a nice accompaniment to the romance in the evening, not the center concert stage.



Places may include:

Balboa Park: There is a majestic beauty about this place and it offers such lovely settings for any type of wedding! From the museums, fountains, to the gardens; you can’t go wrong with the reflection from the water!

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Toes in the Sand: This is an amazing beach wedding that you may be looking for. Waves are crashing and the bright moon is shining over the water, your toes are in the sand and your heart fills with love and joy when you say and hear the words “I do.” Plus there’s just that feeling of being barefoot, free, and in-love that can only be offered in this setting!

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Coronado Island: With the Hotel Del Coronado in the background and the soft grains of sand against your feet, it’s perfect for elopements or ceremonies. It’s honestly a beauty in its own. Nothing gets better than this vintage charming background and the beautiful ocean that comes to you for the evening.

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Windansea: What a gorgeous wedding setting and the heart of Bird Rock. Imagine celebrating with a small group of people that you love in a laid-back style with rolling waves in front of you as you are nestled in the cliffs. This is literally heaven on earth!

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Sunset Cliffs: All you need is the wind in your hair and the people you love most to create an unforgettable wedding day! Create a big moment in your relationship through a place above the ocean. Imagine a cliffside wedding overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it’s the most natural choice for two people to start their new life together.

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After 20 years in the wedding business, Mary can set you up from the beginning plans to executing the final day. From brainstorming the perfect location, to coordinating you down the aisle, to a wonderful celebration dinner, to recommending the best hair and makeup for you; we will help to make it all perfect! You don’t want the catering or the restaurant recommendations? We can just do specialty desserts and simple drinks, or champagne and cake. It’s all about your wants and needs; we are skilled at creating memorable weddings, vow renewals, or anniversary celebrations! 


Pop-up Weddings

Pop-up Weddings are perfect for couples that have already done the big wedding years before or want something small, simple, and sweet. How does it work? Your friends and family have no idea that you are getting married or celebrating an anniversary. You can invite people over for a small gathering, it can be a barbeque event or just a nice dinner at a restaurant. You could even do something at home or at the beach.


 We will have one of our officiants pop in and orchestrate the ceremony along with the popping of your favorite bubbly, the cutting of your small lover’s cake, or any personal item that means a lot to you. He or she will let everyone know that the couple is getting married that night. Yes, the only people who know about the event are the couple! Then the rest is fairly easy, the two lovebirds will get married in front of all their loved ones!

 There’s no place cards, decorations, it’s just a simple pop up wedding. No need for invitations, wedding dress fittings, tuxedo mishaps, no maids of honor, no best man; it’s just the people you love most. You don’t need the gifts, you don’t need the floral arrangements; you just want to get married or celebrate the years of marriage you have spent together.


Are you concerned about how the vows will work? We can share beautiful vows with you or you can both write your own. In our perspective, couples can have this opportunity to surprise the most important people in their lives with this spontaneous event.


Also, children can be included into the ceremony if you are blending your families together. We can incorporate as many people as you want into the wedding celebration. Remember this is a surprise for the guests and a unique way of truly treasuring this moment with the people dearest to you. Whether it’s for vow renewals, anniversaries, a small wedding; Elements of Style is here to make your day special.