2018 wedding trends | UK wedding inspiration

Congratulations, it’s wedding planning time (hurrah!) and I have put together a quick look at the best 2018 wedding trends for you.

I have scoured the finest bridal blogs, flicked through the top wedding magazines and even photographed the coolest weddings to see what new ideas and trends are out there, saving you hours of planning time! You will find lots of brilliantly-creative wedding ideas here that will inspire you, and add a contemporary edge to your wedding. All wedding photography by me, of course!


1. Celestial Beings

Starry-eyed brides and grooms will love this theme. With so much scope for creativity, you can go all out like Jess and Crispin did (above and below), or maybe just add a casual nod to the night sky like star-shaped fairy lights on tables. Either way, it’s heavenly…


Starry heels by  Charlotte Olympia


2. See-through spaces

Who doesn’t love the contemporary elegance of a Louis Ghost chair? They are one of the easiest ways to add this cool and modern wedding trend, though the same effect can be created by hiring an elegant glass-filled room – perhaps an orangery – as your wedding venue. It opens up the space beautifully, avoiding a heavy, cluttered look. Wedding styling by Always Andri (above left and below) and HeartShaped Weddings (above right).

3. Black is the colour


Add some drama to your decor with modern accents of black. Less is more and simplicity is the key to getting it right. Mix with some gold elements for the ultimate sophistication.

old & Minimalist Wedding Style
Cake display & table designed and styled by HeartShaped Weddings


4. Paper Art


Many stationery suppliers offer a bespoke service, allowing you to create something that reflects who you are. Scandi wedding invitations (above right) by  Paper Arrow Press.

     I love Rachel’s gorgeous invitations above, featuring a wonderful drawing of their ceremony church, by the bride’s close friend which beautifully picks up the rich  reds of the bouquet.


5. Relaxed braids

I have photographed enough weddings to know that many carefully-coiffed brides begin to see their updos unravel by the time the guests are seated for dinner. If you’re a relaxed and chilled bride, you are going to love this new trend. These gorgeous braids will perfectly complement a modern lightweight wedding dress – full of movement and natural elegance.

Hair styling by Cassandra Rizzuto


6. Bridal tiaras


Tiaras are turning heads in 2018, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Alina’s look was inspired by one of her favourite works of art:  Vrubel’s Swan Princess – how enchanting does she look? Or for a more subtle take on it, Jessica is wearing the ‘Hedy’s halo crown’ from The Pink Collar Life.

                                  Alina rocking her tiara at her Chelsea wedding to Ricky.



7. New Food


This is a big London wedding trend and one that appeals to many of us. On your wedding day, wouldn’t it be great to see all of your guests mingling with each other, rather than confined to one seat for the entire meal? Food vans, spit roasts and bowl food have all featured at weddings I’ve photographed recently and I really love the relaxed atmosphere they help create.

Bowl food beauty by Clerkenwell Green

Authentic Mexican street food by Taco Truck

Roasting marshmallows at a summer wedding in London

8. Dessert Tables


Dessert tables continue the easy food trend, creating not just an eye-catching display for your wedding guests to “ooh” and “ahh” over, they’re also a great conversation starter and an epicurean’s delight.


I hope you enjoyed this brief look at some of the best 2018 wedding trends so far.

I’ve been lucky enough to photograph all of the gorgeous examples above, so clearly I have worked with some very cool brides and grooms! If you are looking for stylish, modern and cool wedding photography, I would love to hear your wedding plans in the form below, and I will get back to you with all the answers you need as soon as possible!

Happy wedding planning!


Siobhan x

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