8 new wedding trends

It’s no secret that I love wedding inspiration shoots and I see a lot of them. They’re what I love to share here and they’re what I look at most on other wedding blogs. One of the reasons that styled shoots are so great is that it gives wedding professionals time to play. They get to really cut loose and get creative!

Because of this unhindered creativity, the things that you see in inspiration shoots on wedding blogs are usually ahead of the trend curve. There is always a couple of months lag time between what wedding pros are creating and photographing, blogs and magazines publishing those shoots, and then real brides incorporating their favorite ideas into their weddings in their own unique ways.

Among the many emerging trends, there are 8 fabulous ones that you’ll definitely adore:

1. Statement Bracelets 

Statements necklaces came after classic drops and strands of pearls, but now statement bracelets are the hot new thing in bridal fashion and frankly – I love this trend! Whether it’s layered bangles or glittery gems, arm candy is going to be all the rage in real weddings.

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2. Candle Cake Toppers

Traditional cake toppers, flowers, monograms – move over and make room on your sugary sweet pedestal for candles. Tall and tapered or short and plentiful, candles have made the jump from birthday cakes to wedding cakes. Blowing them out and making a wish together is a sweet way to start your married life.

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3. An Old Word Look

An old world European influence is taking over.  It’s a step beyond the shabby chic look – this is vintage glamour at its finest. Gilded cups, pearl drenched cakes, ancient castles, weathered villas… I adore this trend! Because of this destination brides are also looking beyond tropical locations to places like Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, and onwards for romantic, historic, wedding days.

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4. Red Hair

Now… this isn’t really a trend that you can incorporate into your wedding day unless you are lucky enough to have red hair but I’ve never seen so many red–headed models used in inspiration shoots as I have these last couple of months. This trend goes hand in hand with #3 as wedding pros set off to places like Ireland and Scotland to capture some of that old world charm. I’m pretty sure that the popularity of Disney Pixar’s Brave has something to do with this too!

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5. Colored Candles

White candle sticks are getting a wash of color and I love it! Event planners and designs are even custom dying and pouring the wax to compliment the color palette that they are using.

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6. Wedding Branding

Brides are no longer settling for basic websites but they are going for the whole shebang and branding their entire wedding. And why not? Branding your wedding from beginning to end is a sophisticated way to carry through a theme and/or color palette. The logo that you and your designer come up with can be incorporated into everything from embroidered towels to personal stationary after your wedding day.

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7. Statement Linens 

Wedding professionals are showing brides new ways to mix and match patterns and statement linens are definitely becoming the new chevron. And as much as I love chevron, when you see it used as much as I do, I can’t help but be totally on board with this one.

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8. Multiple Exposure Photography

For those of you who haven’t heard of this before, multiple exposure photography is when your photographer opens the camera shutter more than once and exposes the film multiple times. It creates an artistic superimposed image effect, and yes – this is becoming very popular! Digital photographers can also create this look using photo editing software. Obviously your entire wedding shouldn’t be shot like this, but getting a few images from your bridals, engagement session, or couples portraits will make for a visually interesting and unique keepsake.

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Which of these 8 new wedding trends is your favorite?


photo credits: silver bangles via Elizabeth Anne Designs, photographed by Shoot in Love Photographie // cuff bracelet from Em The Gem // wood bangles from Once Wed, photographed by Rylee Hitchner // couple with cake from Wedding Chicks, photographed by Elizabeth Messina // naked cake via Kiss The Groom // blue cake from Style Me Pretty, photographed by Moss + Isaac // tall candles from Style Me Pretty, photographed by White Loft Studio // old world cake from Elizabeth Anne Designs, photographed by Elizabeth Messina // reception table – Magnolia Rouge, photographed by Peaches & Mint  // wedding gown via Once Wed, photographed by Ozzie Garcia // bride in forest from Once Wed, photographed by Brumley and Wells // red-head bride from Ruffled, photographed by Simply Sarah Photography // twigs and honey headpiece from Wedding Chicks, photographed by Elizabeth Messina // pink candles from Style Me Pretty, photographed by Kat Willson Photography // blue candles from Burnett’s Boards, photographed by Carmen and Ingo Photography // branding board via Burnett’s Boards, designed by Peter Loves Jane // statement linens from Style Me Pretty, photographed by Belathee Photography // multiple exposure photography from Magnolia Rouge, photographed by Feather and Stone.

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. These are really great wedding trends Sara! I especially love the idea of wedding branding. As a college event planning student, I think it’s essential to specifically layout a wedding’s theme, essence, and style.

  2. Statement bracelets and linens are definitely my top favorites. What a great post!!!!! I always look forward to seeing what you have each day 😉 Super inspiring

  3. LOVE THIS! I adore the candle cake toppers and my heart jumps every time I get multiple exposures in a submission!

  4. Love the statement linens, candles, and bracelets. And the multiple exposure photography looks really dream-like, too!

  5. I like the idea of having candles on the wedding cake instead of the traditional cake topper!

  6. What a great post! Thanks for sharing! =) I love all of these but the old European look is definitely something I LOOOOVE!!

  7. Love the idea of making a statement with your linens! Such a unique and great way to bring in your personalities.

  8. You have such a great eye for spotting new trends! I especially love the long candles and the statement linens.

  9. Ah, red hair.. if only. Have noticed this trend for red-haired models in bridal shoots now that you mention it, mostly by an increased frequency of hair-envy lately!

  10. I’ve noticed the red haired model trend too lately. Loving those statement bracelets as well. You can have to much fun with accessories.

  11. I’m obsessed with all of these trends! I’m SO glad burlap is finally dying! 🙂

  12. Must we only pick one favorite!? Down-to-earth elegance is working its way into the wedding scene in all kinds of ways….great post!

  13. Oh to have that gorgeous red hair!! Loving the candles on the cakes too… and the linens! In fact love them all let’s be honest. Also that gorgeous reception table was from a shoot by Peaches & Mint that they did for Magnolia Rouge Magazine 🙂

  14. Shantell evans says

    Where is the dress under the vintage section from? I adore it!

  15. So fun to see what’s trending now! I love the bracelets – I used to wear bangles all the time!

  16. The detail in that dress in #3!!! WOW!

  17. That wedding gown is amazing. Also I’m such a fan of statement linens and colored candlesticks!!

  18. Definitely the statement bracelets and the old world look are my favorites. And I am in love with that fantastic gown in the old world section too!

  19. Candle Cake Toppers are such a simple yet effective solution to what to adorn your wedding cake with! And I ♥ the statement bracelets!

  20. Oh my goodness! I love 6, 7, and 8! Wedding branding? GENIUS! The longer I’m married and the more I become involved in the industry, the more I realize I want to re-do my entire wedding!

  21. OH, love them all. But if I had to pick a few I would go with the Old World look and the statement linens.

  22. I love how weddings are going more and more in the direction of unique and ultimate personalization! It makes it so that from one bride to another the details are what set the wedding style apart, not just the color-way.

  23. I ADORE statement linens, as well as the wedding branding. What FUN ways to modernize and personalize your big day!

  24. Spot on, Sara, as always! Statement linens are definitely in – our customers absolutely love them!

  25. I’m loving the Old World influence. Such a beautiful, elegant feel to a wedding. As a red head myself, I love seeing them used in wedding advertising.

  26. Love this post! The candle cake toppers are so sweet and simple.

  27. Thanks for sharing an image from my shoot! Glad you liked it and will definitely be coming back to your site–so many great ideas 🙂

  28. Loving the old world trend! Thank you for sharing!

  29. I just LOVE colored candles & candles acting as a cake topper. I think it brings an element of fun to the wedding… and how cute would a B&G be “blowing out” their cake topper together?! 🙂

  30. You already know I’m loving #5! Swoon times a million.

  31. silver bangels are fantastic! I’m really found of them: where can i buy them?

  32. Olivia Brooks says

    where can I find the dress under the old world feel section? ITS MY ABSOLUTE DREAM DRESS


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