We are closing in on our first quarter of 2018, and so far, it has been filled with bizarre (tide-pod ingesting) and hopeful (#metoo #timesup) trends. Regardless, we are optimistic about the trends that 2018 will bring to the wedding scene.
We connected with our Calgary Bridal Alliance members who witnesses trends come and go every year. Shirleen Burnett of Burnett Photography shares the trends she sees on the horizon for the year.
Is 2018 the year you tie the knot? If so, you have a lot to smile about!
There are many reasons why I adore being a wedding photographer and seeing the latest trends in fashion, decor, food and design is just one of them.
Weddings, large and small, are a feast for the eyes and we have a great time turning wedding elements into photographic eye candy!
Here’s what I see in the wedding industry’s crystal ball:
- A variety of veils, especially cathedral length
In the last 5 years, it seemed that veils weren’t in vogue (which is a real shame because they make for beautiful images). Veils are making a comeback and in a big way. I anticipate seeing intricate head pieces and longer veils on the brides of 2018.
- Capes & fur wraps
I’m seeing more brides opt for a veil-like cape for spring & summer weddings and full-length capes made from colored velvet, soft white wool and luxurious furs around the holidays and winter weddings. They look stately and regal. I expect to see more of them in 2018.
- Photo & slow-motion video booths
Photobooths and slow-motion video booths are on the rise for couples who want to engage their guests and create instant, take away mementos.
For budget savvy, DIY couples, I’m seeing more and more Polaroid cameras and selfie stations with fun, silly props at receptions.
Today’s videographers are creating cool, hip mini movies under 10 minutes for their clients. Gone are the days of passive video footage that go on for hours—#big yawn. Brides & grooms are turning on to this and I expect to have to share the light, so to speak, with more videographers in the near future.
- “Virtual” guest engagement
With high resolution cameras in smart phones and greater accessibility to the internet, the sky is the limit for engagement on social media platforms in 2018.
In our own wedding photography company, Burnett Photography (http://www.shirleenburnett.com/), 2018 will see us doing more live streaming of the ceremony and wedding day on Facebook and Youtube. This provides a “virtual” experience for friends and family who can’t be at the wedding in person. Open chats while live streaming allows for the bride and groom to connect with their on-line guests anywhere on the planet and that is certainly something to smile about!