2018 Wedding Trends

by Muse & Delphia


Macrame Decor Elements

The New Age Bohemian style is sure to be common among crowds who love a relaxed feel with a slightly refined look. Macrame details on tablescapes, in hair accessories, and even on cakes will be seen throughout the year to come. Pair these intricate braided designs with simple greenery and mid-century decor for a relaxed, but modern look.  

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Dramatic Cascading Bouquets

In years past we have seen small, round, tight bouquets going down the aisle. In 2017 we saw things start to loosen up a bit with more hand-tied styles and in 2018 it’s getting even better. Bouquets will big large and dramatic with cascading greenery and romantic deep hued flowers. As dress designs have started to simplify there is more room to be more adventurous with bouquet designs. Be sure to keep an eye out for unconventional foliage in floral designs as well, like succulents, airplants, and even some carnivorous venus fly traps!

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Worldly Food and Late Night Snacks

The days of stuffy three course banquet style meals are behind us. Bring your wedding menu into the 21st century with an updated multicultural spread. Use the Bride and Groom’s favorite foods as inspiration. Guests are sure to love a build your own taco or burger bar.

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Late night snacks have been a growing trend in 2017 and will absolutely continue into 2018 and hopefully beyond. If you want to dance ‘til dawn you and your guests will need that extra fuel to keep the party going. A food truck or simple pizza delivery are sure to be popular choices.

Alternative Dress Options

Mismatched bridesmaids dresses have been a great way to allow your friends to display some personality on the big day. Going into 2018 however, these alternative outfit ideas are great for brides who don’t find the pure white ball gown to fit their true selves.  Everything from non-traditional colors to pant-suits and jumpers have been growing in popularity and look amazing. We especially love this Lela Rose two piece pant suit.

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Considering your Guests

by Jenny Ford


Considering your wedding guests is one of the most important wedding elements, but it is a bit of a tricky topic for me. I say this because, there is a very fine, almost invisible line, standing between a bride or groom relinquishing his or her vision to a guest with a loud opinion (often a very close family member), and not considering guests at all while making some big decisions for "your" day.

A whole blog post can ( and probably will be) written strictly about how to deal with special guests with loud opinions, but today I want to focus on a bride and groom's responsibilities as hosts. 

While a wedding is a very special affair unlike any other, it is still ultimately a celebration of a major life event in which you are inviting your closest friends and loved ones to share with you. If you do not want to consider the needs and happiness of a large number of people on your wedding day, and truly want it to be all and only about you and your spouse, I highly recommend a private ceremony or elopement. ( Which is a wonderful and beautiful thing!) 

However, when you bring guests into the occasion of a wedding ceremony and reception, I think it is smart to think of it as you are inviting friends over to dinner. When a friend comes over, you typically consider their general needs and well being. Do they have food allergies, is the temperture comfortable for them, are they being entertained, are you offering them things they enjoy?  I am completely aware that is is impossible to make everyone happy when you scale up the # of guests, but simply stated, these are things you should be thinking about when planning for your guests.

That being said, I wanted to share with my awesome readers a great article to get you thinking about the choices you make while planning your event and help you take into consideration some of the biggest gripes of wedding guests. 

Top Ten Wedding Guest Complaints 


No Explanation Needed

by Jenny Ford


I’m going to start out this article with a personal anecdote.  Some of my clients know this, and some do not. But for as long as I can remember, I’ve never thought about, or considered having children on any level. ( I know, heavy right?)

It’s not that I don’t like children; it’s just not an interest of mine. In the same way that I’ve never considered entering a bowling league, or learning to drag race or watching televised sports, I’ve never really wanted to have children.  I’m completely aware of the fact that many people dream about having children, but again, people have their own dreams. I dream about traveling, and creating art and afternoons off with my husband and dog. It’s what I naturally want and think about.

That said, there are always people out there who want to question my reasoning. Many of these people are kind and sincere, a few of them are condescending and rude, some people want to tell me the (wrong) meaning behind my choices, but mostly people just want to know why. Why wouldn’t someone want this?

And I’ll be honest; I’ve falling into the explaining game. The game one plays when they feel the need to assign a deeper or greater meaning to something that is really simple. “I just don’t want to,” turns into, “Well, I prefer my freedom, I like my life, I want to do other things yada yada…”

At this point some of you may be wondering, what does this have to do with weddings? And let me tell you, it has so much to do with every wedding I plan. Something about planning a date with great life significance, breeds a perception that EVERY decision a client makes needs to be pregnant with meaning.

If you choose to do a non-traditional guestbook you have to type up a four-page memo that accompanies said nontraditional guestbook that explains your choice. If your ceremony incorporates non-traditional elements, you have to come prepared with the symbolism that explains every choice.

I want to be the first to say, actually, no you don’t. You don’t have to explain your wants. Sometimes people just like or dislike things because they like or dislike them. You don’t owe anyone a script or book to explain yourself. Now take a deep breathe and tell yourself, “I’m my own person, I can do what I want.” (Or don’t do that. It’s your choice. No explanation needed.)

The point I’m trying to make here is, that if you decide to incorporate Pac-man into your wedding day, you actually don’t have to wrack your brain to draw parallels between your romantic life and the plot to Pac-man. (Is there a plot? Can this be done? If so, I commend you.)

If you decide that you don’t like bouquet tosses, you don’t have to tell everyone it’s because you think it’s sexist and degrading to women. Unless you do, in which case, good on you- but if you really just think it’s not for you – that OKAY too. You don’t owe anyone that explanation.

It’s OKAY to want what you want because you want it. That’s it, y’all. Don’t let the haters get you down.


Irregular Choices Current Line Up of Bridal Shoes are to Die For

by Jenny Ford in


Okay, I admit Ive fallen off the blogging bandwagon a bit. Or well, a lot. But along has come something that I absolutely had to share with my clients and readers. 

One of my long time favorite shoe designers ( really quirky, and definitely not for everyone) have seriously stepped up their bridal shoe game. And it would be completely unjust and a severe lack of commitment to my readers and clients to not share immediately. 

All Photos are credited to   www.irregularchoice.com  Gander at these lovelies and get your butt over to their website ASAP.