Bride and Breakfast Editor-in-Chief Janna Simpao Shares 2018 Wedding Trends You Will Love

Wow, I can’t believe it’s 2018 already, and I bet you’re feeling the same way! For a lot of people, this will be a very special year; some might get engaged while some will tie the knot. The thought of people going through one of the most special times in their life fills my heart with so much warmth and joy, for I too was once a bride.

Being the Editor-in-Chief of Bride and Breakfast for the last seven years has been exhilarating, and I get so excited at the beginning of the year, as it’s a time when I get to ponder on the wonderful trends I would love to see. As many of you might be starting your wedding preparations or are going through them currently, I decided to throw in some of the ideas I feel would make for such a lovely wedding this 2018!


Here are six trends that I think will make its way to weddings in the coming year:


1. Embracing Philippine and World Culture

A: Myio Okamoto | B: Hazelwood Photo | C: Jaja Samaniego

Whether it’s more creative takes on modern Filipino-inspired weddings using local materials, or exploring other world cultures and bringing it to life, I’m expecting to have more couples go for exotic and exciting ideas that celebrate the world!


2. Candles and Natural Lighting

Photo via Pinterest

You’ve spent so much on your decor, your cake, your dress, and everything else. But you know what will allow you to take good photos to remember them all? Great lighting–especially for your reception! Mood lighting makes a big difference in how you experience a wedding. But the most romantic and elegant lighting in a wedding requires a good lighting director who will know how to blend the perfect hues for your big day.

Veer away from mood lighting that will cause your photos to have hues of blue or purple! Opt for a more consistent blend of lighting that gives a natural warm tone of yellow and amber. Play around with open flame lighting, and consider going for a lot of candles and good spotlights.

Having photography-friendly lighting all throughout the night will allow your photographers to capture candid and priceless moments that are sometimes harder to catch when lighting is too dark, poorly done, or constantly changing. Believe me when I say it will be one of the best decisions you will make.


3. Low Table Centerpieces

Photo via @gideonhermosa on Instagram

Want your guests to enjoy? Go for low arrangements that will encourage conversation among table mates. They will also see your wedding program better. Tall arrangements can often create barriers and can oftentimes make it difficult to converse with those in front of you. Thankfully, wedding stylists and florists nowadays sure know how to make gorgeous low arrangements that are just as breathtaking as tall ones. (Plus, I think we will be seeing unique color combinations and arrangements!)


4. Creative Food Stations

A: Sweet Little Photographs | B: Olivia Leigh Photographie

It has always been my firm belief that food is one of the most memorable things about a wedding. Good food makes people happy, and good food certainly makes everything feel more festive. This 2018, a lot of couples will be focusing on this element of the wedding. People are being more and more creative with food stations and presentations, and I can’t wait to see more of it!


5. Destination Weddings

Photo via @annecurtissmith on Instagram

It’s pretty obvious that destination weddings have become more and more popular in 2017. But for 2018, I’m expecting even more couples to travel to unique venues. The desire for more intimate weddings that will allow for couples to travel, will certainly be something to consider–and I’m totally for it! Plus, it could be a great way to already start the honeymoon immediately after the wedding, as well as a chance for your guests to take a vacation.


6. Unconventional Wedding Gowns

Photo: Stewart Ross | Dress: MXM Couture

I can never express how happy I am whenever I see brides opting for less conventional dresses. Don’t get me wrong–I love classic styles too! But I like how more brides try to add their personality and character in their wedding gown and theme. I don’t mean just going for styles that are totally out of the box, but more of being open to ideas like smaller silhouettes or different necklines. Now, more brides are experimenting on styles and fabrics, which is something that I know will even be stronger in 2018.


Some of these trends have already started, and I am just so excited for the year ahead! With that, I hope that Bride and Breakfast will be a part of your journey as you plan your wedding this 2018.


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