2018 trends in wedding themes and lighting

14 Dec 2017

Matching the wedding themes that are already emerging, here are the top lighting trends to make your big day as beautiful as can be

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Some of the most popular 2017 wedding trends have passed in a heady whirlwind of pastel hues, drip cakes, vintage glamour and creative catering. While it has been a wonderful year for Pinterest wedding trends, 2018 is modern. Geometric shapes, minimalist accessories, large spaces and metallics have found a home in 2018, and are set to take the wedding industry by storm. To ensure you stay ahead of the trends when planning your big day, specialists in gobo lighting, Projected Image, are sharing the best wedding trends to watch in 2018 with lighting to match.



2018 is dedicated to stripping back to clear, open spaces and moving towards a more minimalistic look. Light accessories, natural light and bright white venues are dominating the wedding scene for 2018; prepare for the Pinterest take-over. As part of the minimalist wedding theme, a focus on the finer details is key. Incorporate metallic table décor, crisp lighting and wonderfully white flowers in to your reception. Marketing manager of Projected Image, Ian Spoors, comments on pairing light with the minimalist theme: “Sometimes all a room needs is a hint of crispy white light or festoon lighting in the middle of the dancefloor. If your venue is stunning, make sure you shine a light on it.”



As mentioned above, metallic details have proven popular in 2017 and will be even more so in 2018. While brass and rose gold have enjoyed the spotlight for the last few years, gold and silver are entering the mix. We are seeing this theme in many aspects of your special day, from metallic lighting fittings, candle holders, centrepieces and even gold wedding cakes. To embrace the metallic trend, Ian says: “Make sure your lighting complements the metallic theme by making the most of the reflective surfaces around. Quirky-shaped bulbs and brass light fixtures can add real depth to a room, while still reflecting the theme.”

Even more creative catering

Food plays a huge part in wedding trends in 2018, and next year is proving to be creative. A sit-down meal is not enough to entertain your guests. Taking inspiration from the food vans and pop-up stalls of 2017, you could get your guests to roll their own sushi or create their desserts. Not only is it fun for the smaller guests, but it breaks the ice and keeps the party entertained. Ian believes that adding lighting to your catering stalls can add a touch more sophistication to the trend: “Showcasing food with lights can be tricky, but it’s certainly not impossible. Opt for lighting draped around the food 'stall' or station, such as fairy lights, to highlight the offerings and appeal to the guests. Alternatively, you could hang lights above or behind the food as a spotlight. These lights also look great in photos.”


Geometric shapes

As the 2018 wedding trends take a turn for the modern, the reception décor will follow suit. You can work this theme into almost every celebration; from geometric candle holders lining the aisle, angular shapes and abstract light fittings hanging in different layers from the ceiling. This trend complements the natural and minimalist style - with a focus on details - as well as the industrial theme. Geometric shapes also work to make even the largest of spaces more welcoming and exciting; the perfect backdrop for your professional photos.

For the best lighting to complement this trend, Ian states breaking up rooms using geometric shapes and pattern lights to separate long dull spaces into different areas for guests. “Not only does this provide a more interesting flow to a space, but it provides instant decoration. You can find gorgeous light fittings that come in various shapes, adding to the fun atmosphere. I would also suggest hanging your lights at different levels, in-keeping with the edgy trend.”



Incorporating additional layers to your wedding, such as textured linens and even patterns on the dancefloor, project warmth at your wedding reception. You could add texture to your tables with the table cloths, or even chair coverings. The opportunities are endless, and you only need to subtly suggest the theme to be on trend for 2018. According to Ian: “Using various lighting methods to project textures is great for theming venues, but also saves costs on expensive items. Place tea lights in frosted jars and hang them with textured ribbon above your tables for a brilliant, and budget-friendly, showstopper.”


Relaxed florals

2018 is straying from the rigid floral bouquet for brides and inviting freedom to the florals. When it comes to flowers, wild flowers are becoming increasingly popular. They are not only cost-effective, but are perfect for a natural, woodland wedding theme. Experts are also touting the darker hue, purple - and Pantone's Colour of the Year, Ultra Violet, to be one of the hottest colours of 2018 for weddings. Ian suggests draping fairy lights around plants, lining your venue, and carefully placing them in the floral centrepieces to accent the floral trend, while still incorporating your own personality to the idea. This soft, rustic light created will also perfectly represent the ‘at one with nature’ concept of your wedding reception. 

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