From stunning wall decals to personalized wax seals to lovely floral rompers, these 10 wedding trends will help you plan your best day ever


1. Eye Do

denise elliottChristie Graham Photography

When executed correctly, soft, smoky eyes are the perfect blend of drama and sophistication. “The key is to find a professional who can adapt this look to your specific eye shape, like almond, hooded or deep-set,” says makeup artist Denise Elliott. Stick to neutral colours like gold and champagne to keep the look timeless.

2. Wax On

wax sealsElegant, creative and utilitarian, wax seals add personalized charm to any wedding aesthetic, from bohemian to fairy-tale. While many couples still favour classics like antique gold and bright white, the entire Pantone colour inventory is available to create a seal that matches your palette. And think beyond the stationery suite—wax seals look polished on wine bottles, gift bags, menus and more.

3. On Point

societyBlush Wedding PhotographyA little bit playful, a lot dramatic, cacti are popping up in wedding florals. “Incorporating cacti in place of—or paired with—florals works for minimalist, modern or rustic weddings,” says Tanisha Out of Society Floral. While cacti can work for a fun twist on the greenery trend, ask your florist about colourful options if you want something even bolder.

4. Glow Baby Glow

babylightsMove over balayage and make way for babylights. With their ultra-thin, incredibly soft, glowing effects, babylights take “subtle” hair to a whole new level. “This is especially great for brides who want to put their hair up,” says Tim Kuo of Salon Haze, “because it adds soft dimensionality while also hiding roots.”

5. Aloha

hawaiiUnlike many other regions that require a minimum three-day waiting period, the state of Hawaii allows eligible couples to get married as soon as they acquire a marriage licence, which can be done online. No wait. No language barrier. And a tropical paradise to boot. All we can say is, mahalo!

6. Peel-and-Stick Backdrops

UrbanwallsElevate your photo-booth backdrop with a peel-and-stick design by Urbanwalls. Available in a number of pretty patterns and colours, there’s something to fit every wedding theme, from golden apples to blooming peonies. All you need is a wall, some lighting and an excellent photographer.

7. Cozy Prep

smashtessStart your wedding day off right with a cup of coffee, your closest friends and a comfy romper from Smash and Tess. Get your girls a matching set in a rosy hue, or opt for a floral print robe. And after the wedding? You know you’ll be wearing it around the house for years to come.

8. Home Bounty

salt westThe best wedding favours? Food. Show off local bounty in the form of hand-harvested, small-batch sea salt from Sooke, organic loose tea from Canada’s first tea farm in Cowichan Valley or jars of golden, luscious honey from Chilliwack. Your guests—and their taste buds—will thank you.;;

9. Take a Stand

culinary capersReceptions are looking up! Instead of seated, formal dinners, couples are opting for passed around hors d’oeuvres, interactive food stations and rotating mini meals. “This style of menu is easy to eat standing up and offers a great variety of food,” says Brittany Walker, event planner at Culinary Capers. To make sure your standing reception is still luxurious, elevate the space with lounge furniture alongside the tables of deliciousness.

10. Ritual Wine

ritaul wifeCouples are adding secular rituals to their wedding ceremonies to reflect on something special in their relationships. In a wine-box ritual, for example, couples choose a wine (one that will age well) and place it in a personalized box during the ceremony. Drop a couple of love letters into the box and open it on a future anniversary for something really special.