The 6 Biggest Wedding Trends of Summer 2018

You may be attending no fewer than 4 million weddings this summer, but we have a feeling you’ll spot a couple repeating elements from rustic barn to rustic barn. Here are six wedding trends bound to take over summer and leave an impression. Keep your eyes peeled.

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wedding veil with star deatiling
Galia Lahav

Star-spangled Details

Just like this masterpiece (the Gala-1002 from Galia Lahav), the stars will align on dresses, accessories (that veil, tho) and more all summer long. Think: celestial-inspired appliqués, hairpieces and even glittery makeup. Shine on, people

Crystal Decor

The wellness trend has officially taken over, which means you will definitely be seeing rose quartz, citrine and fancy rocks galore in everything from geode wedding cakes to shimmering place cards. We also love the idea of tucking an icy blue celestite into your clutch for your “something blue.”

bride and groom checking their wedding hashtag

No More Hashtags

As much as we loved stalking #OnceUponaThyre, #ForeverMoore, #ToHaveandToHolderfeld, we’re ready to move on from punny hashtags, and the whole thing in general. Why? Couples have OD-ed on PDSM (public display of social media) and are getting back to a lil’ something we like to call “living in the moment.”

bride and groom wearing rented apparel
The Black Tux

Rentals All-around

Grooms, groomsmen, bridesmaids and mothers/fathers of the bride/groom are ditching the days of buying something they’ll never wear again and renting garb instead. Sites like The Black Tux and Rent the Runway make the tedious process even simpler by sending you sizes straight to your door. Brides, unfortunately the trend hasn’t quite caught on for you yet.

lemon and elderflower

Lemon And Elderflower Flavors

Did you seriously think you would make it through this list without a nod to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? The latest royal wedding is importing a shipping container’s worth of British trends stateside. The one we expect to see mimicked at weddings this summer? Lemon and elderflower. Expect the flavor profile in anything from the cake (just like Harry and Megz) to specialty cocktails. Mmm.

rustic wild flowers on a wedding reception table

Upcycling Your Flowers

If you’ve shuddered at the thought of sending all your gorgeous flowers to the graveyard post-celebration, this trend is right up your alley. Companies like Repeat Roses (Emmy Rossum is apparently a customer) swoop in after the festivities, grab all things flora and repurpose them as bedside bouquets for non-profits to distribute to anyone who could use a pick-me-up (hospice residents and cancer treatment centers, victims of homelessness or domestic abuse and more). Now you’re trendy and a do-gooder.

Dara Katz

Executive Editor, Frazzled Mom, Bravo-Holic

Dara Katz is PureWow's Executive Editor, focusing on relationships, sex, horoscopes, travel and pets. Dara joined PureWow in 2016 and now dresses so much better. A lifestyle...
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