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10 Wedding Details and Decisions That Defined 2018

By Sarah Pfledderer

From underwater photos to skydiving entrances and dining on a door, we’ve come across all of the untraditional details that elevate a big day into a totally unique memory.

In no particular order, these are a few of our favorite things that we believe defined weddings in 2018…

Jeannie watching Steve skydive in

Unforgettable entrances
They say you only get married once, so why not make an entrance of it? Our favorites were a close tie between this skydiving groom and magic carpet-riding newlyweds.

Model wearing simple slip dress with a cape

Gowns with capes—and legs
Given how much gals gushed over the emergence of pockets in dresses, it should have been no surprise to any of us that someday we’d be donning jumpers, too. (Kaley Cuoco may have done it best with her reception outfit.) The other trend we loved? Capes, because every woman should feel like a hero on their wedding day.

Couple in pool

Sporadic decisions
While impromptu, Priscilla and Richard’s destination wedding photos took an underwater turn when their photos on their actual big day were delayed by rain. But we’d say the whole scenario was meant to be, as without rescheduling to a time when there was no reception to get to, they never would have been able to snap our favorite image from 2018.

Rings, sans diamonds
Of course, we still love a glistening rock, but we’re glad to see men and women dropping to one knee with another form of bling—consider Marrow Fine’s Dreaming of Marrakesh line and also “faux” rings for a proposal.

Hindu heritage wedding style inspiration

Making traditions chic
Abhijit and Karena showed us that honoring your heritage can be haute in their Hindu wedding ceremony.

Reception table with overhanging florals

Cakes that look too good to eat
Drenched in gold and styled with florals, Laura Marie’s cakes in this styled cover shoot only made us hungry for more jaw-dropping décor.

Model wearing sleeveless mermaid gown with bateau neckline and floral detailing on bodice

Wearable florals
From head-turning headpieces to blooms sprawling along brides’ bodies, we’re happy the wearable floral trend has yet to see its end.

Weather decor

Appropriate plays on last names
Coming up with a wedding hashtag is a piece of cake compared to planning an entire wedding around a name. Jennifer and Kevin, however, executed a weather-theme—a nod to his last name, Weatherall—flawlessly.

Three-tier white wedding cake with partial colorful watercolor design

You’ve seen them for a while—and probably pinned them on your Pinterest board, too. But if 2018 taught us anything, it’s that there’s always room for more creativity. Look no further than installations with falling florals by Studio Palma and Tenley’s fully styled dessert tablescape.

Table setting in front of colored wooden wall

Untraditional tabletops
When this Kim & Crew-coordinated shoot came into our inboxes, some of us went into a “shut the front door” type of amazement. We hope seeing a door doubling as a tabletop opens up couples to all other types of table-setting opportunities in 2019.

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