Once upon a time, weddings were all about modest white dresses, chapel ceremonies and tedious alternate-drop receptions.
But according to Pinterest’s wedding trend report for 2018, couples are turning tradition on its head and opting for quirky add-ons, casual attire and unique ceremonies on the big day.
It looks as if these new trends are doing nothing for bridal budgets, however, with a survey by Wedded Wonderland finding that the average wedding spend for Australian couples has now skyrocketed to a staggering $51,245.
Here, FEMAIL looks at some of the most notable trends for the months ahead – from diamond-free wedding rings to pretzel bars.
Here, FEMAIL looks at some of the most notable trends for the months ahead – from diamond-free wedding rings to pretzel bars and one of a kind arrivals (pictured)
COMFORTABLE CLOTHING: Comfort is key for the modern bride, with high necklines, jumpsuits and flat shoes all taking preference over fairytale ensembles.
NO MORE WHITE: Brides are stepping away from traditional white gowns more than ever, with searches for rose-coloured dresses up by 46 per cent and champagne-coloured dresses up by 358 per cent.
DITCHING DIAMONDS: Diamond engagement rings are no longer the only option, with three types of rings giving the stone a run for its money. The most popular in addition to the diamond are moissanite gems, art deco designs and oval stones.
TIE-FREE ENSEMBLES: Men have had enough of dressing up on the big day, with tie-free looks up by a significant 459 per cent. Tweed suits are also on the rise.
The most popular engagement ring in addition to the diamond ring are those made with moissanite gems (pictured)
Brides are stepping away from traditional white gowns more than ever, with searches for rose-coloured dresses up by 46 per cent and champagne-coloured dresses up by 358 per cent
FIG CAKES: Couples are swapping towering cakes for something a little more elegant and relaxed, with fig cakes a surprising new trend. Other cake trends include metallic decorations and minimal, white frosting.
PIZZA: Fancy formal dinners are a thing of the past, with couples loving the idea of quirky pop-up stalls and pizza party themes. Saves for pizzas related to weddings are up by 120 per cent.
PRETZEL BARS: Pretzel bars are one of the top add-ons for couples looking to treat their guests to a tasty snack at the reception.
MIDNIGHT SNACKS: In addition to the above, midnight snacks are also a popular addition, with saves for midnight snack bars up by 236 per cent.
Fancy formal dinners are a thing of the past, with couples loving the idea of quirky pop-up stalls and pizza party themes
Fig cakes are a surprising new trend, along with pretzel bars
What are other popular wedding trends for 2018?
Vegan wedding food is on the rise
* Back drop necklaces
* Messy up-dos, soft waves with side parts and hair combs
* Vegan wedding food
* Unconventional materials like acrylic signs, cement accents and DIY confetti
* Courthouse ceremonies
* 3D invitations and geometric place settings
* Wedding games, camp weddings and Jenga guest books
WEDDING DECOR AND ARRIVALS
SUSPENDED FLOWERS: Suspended flowers are one of the most popular floral trends of 2018 and coincide perfectly with the trend of ‘alternative’ natural altars.
POTTED PLANTS: Potted plants are the top floral trend, with a 782 per cent rise in saves for potted plants in the past 12 months.
NATURAL ALTARS: Natural altars are more popular than ever, with couples foregoing fancy arches in favour of ‘nature’s backdrop’.
ONE OF A KIND ARRIVALS: Limo arrivals are seen as a bore for contemporary couples, who are opting for one of a kind arrivals via boat, scooter or hot hair balloon.
Suspended flowers are one of the most popular floral trends of 2018, along with potted plants