Interiors Advice

Interior designer Nikkita Palmer explains the impact of personal, immersive and ‘nature’ themed celebrations on the choice of style and décor for weddings in 2018

With the launch of our wedding and event prop hire business from our Bedfordshire studio in January, up and coming wedding trends is something I’ve been immersed in for a good few months now. With a constant stream of social media around us daily, brides-to-be have a huge array of inspiration to take note of in order to create the interior look they’ve been lusting over.

Wedding dreamcatcher
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While traditional church weddings have become less popular over the last few years, alternative wedding venues are even more in demand. With the rustic barn wedding remaining prominent there’s been a switch up with how brides of the coming year want their special day to feel. Adding a touch of enchantment, a

Wedding decoration
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‘woodsy’ wedding is one to watch; greenery and foliage sits in place of or alongside florals, with wooden features making an appearance throughout. An eclectic mix of the old, the new and the natural is key, with everything taking priority. It is no longer about the centrepieces alone, but what they sit in – the overall effect creates an immersive guest experience.

Wedding wreaths, wild flowers and bohemian touches are in demand, often combined with dream catchers and macramé hangings for a whimsical feel. While many brides will be looking to bring the outside in, if you have an outdoor space at your venue now’s the time to flaunt it! With wedding parties now wanting to stay put, venue changes are so last year, so embrace this by creating different area options at your venue to make the experience versatile and personal to your couple.

Wedding time
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More budget for décor
Keeping the day even more personal, smaller guest lists are being chosen over the large, extravagant weddings of the past. With long lost family knocked off the ‘save the dates’, more budget is being left for décor, style and experiences on the day. This is enhanced by a sense of gathering, removing the desire for a scattering of round tables in favour of long dining scenes to create a sense of togetherness amongt the party.

The couple to be also start to embrace this with their food choices; food trucks, prosecco vans, doughnut walls and cake tables will be at the heart of 2018’s weddings, again adding more of a personal touch as opposed to traditional three course fine dining. Amongst this, the rise in interactive elements continues to grow, with pallet wood backdrops now favoured over walk in photo booths and the unusual coming to the props basket.

Flower wedding decoration
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Colour palette
Pulling this all together into a theme to remember, colours will take a switch up, with many couples opting for moody blues and neutral tones to sit with their greenery pallet. A mix of metallics remain key and is portrayed through table decorations and accessories. See-through settings and décor takes the limelight with sheets of clear Perspex as table plans and glass conservatoires proving popular for the all important ‘I do’. With the continued rise in indie and independent retailers, embracing the homemade or locally made is something couples will also look to incorporate.

The bride and groom of 2018 want to make their day more personal than we’ve ever seen before. Looking for a blank canvas, industrial settings are often top of the list for the venue, giving couples the opportunity to add and adapt as they wish. While traditional weddings might leave couples feeling deflated after the big day there is more scope now to extend the celebrations both pre and post wedding. Venues will start to adopt this versatile take on wedding planning, either personally or working with other small independent businesses.


About the Author
Nikkita Palmer is an interior designer specialising in commercial hospitality projects. To keep up to date with her wedding and event prop hire company’s launch in January, follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (Facebook: Nikkita Palmer Designs; Instagram and Twitter: @nikkitapdesigns).

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