8 Timeless Wedding Trends (You Won't Regret)

Your wedding day may be gone in the blink of an eye, but the photos will last forever.

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The last thing you want is to look back on the happiest day of your life and wrinkle your nose at the chevron-print table runner. But how does one plan a wedding that is trendy while still being timeless?

These eight trends will help you plan a wedding that’s wow-worthy today without any regrets 15 years down the line.

Go Gold

Photo by: Julie Paisley

Julie Paisley

Gold will never go out of style. No matter the season, the color-scheme or the budget, this metallic will be matrimony-ready.

Whether it be gilded gowns or glittering candelabras, incorporating gold accents will up the ante for any event. And if there's any one event deserving of an "upped ante," it’s your wedding.

Lovely in Lace

The wedding dress. For some women, this is the single-most important garment they will ever wear. (No pressure or anything!) A gown that won’t lead to embarrassment 40 years later? Long sleeves and white lace, ladies.

Lace Wedding Dress

Lace Wedding Dress

Groom hugging his bride

Photo by: iStock/Milan_Jovic

iStock/Milan_Jovic

Surprisingly, this timeless and traditional dress started off as a trend led by Queen Victoria in 19th century. The lace-sleeves look has evolved many times since its original debut, some variations less sophisticated than others. (Looking at you, '80s.)

Delicate, lace sleeves paired with understated details prevail, gifting brides with elegant gowns that they can be proud of for years to come.

Bubbly on Ice

Glitzy Gold Table Runner With White Flower Centerpiece

Glitzy Gold Table Runner With White Flower Centerpiece

The otherwise simple white-on-white scheme here is made dressy with a DIY table runner made entirely out of metallic gold confetti. (The bottle of bubbly is an extra-luxurious touch from stylist Camille Styles.)

Signature cocktails are considered the new norm at receptions. That said, will you look back on the pricy-yet-totally-worth-it copper mule mugs and think, "were they really worth it, though?"

My solution? The classic, OG of celebratory sips everywhere—champagne. Keep the tradition going and the bubbly flowing for a life with no regrets. Because one is far less likely to regret classic coupes or festive, flirty flutes than one might regret, say, a metallic mug.

Cake

Greg Finck Photography
Julie Paisley

Photo By: Greg Finck Photography

Photo By: Julie Paisley

Weddings are all about pushing the envelope, and the dessert table is no exception. I’ve seen walls of donuts, towers of cupcakes and smorgasbords of old-fashioned, homemade pies.

Trust me when I tell you, no one appreciates a curated smorgasbord of sweets more than myself. But what’s a wedding without cake? A wedding cake is both classic and versatile. It allows couples to play with trends while still keeping some tradition intact.

Twinkle Lights

LED String Wedding Lights

LED String Wedding Lights

“LED string lights can turn an outdoor wedding into something magical," says Audrey Isaac, of 100 Candles. "They provide enough light to illuminate tables, florals, and other décor, while still maintaining a whimsical atmosphere.” Florist: Weddings International.

Photo by: Rochelle Cheever Photography

Rochelle Cheever Photography

Illuminate your alfresco affair with string lights. They offer a charming simplicity to nighttime receptions and add an extra dose of magic to the most magical moments of your life.

Flowers + Foliage

Wedding Trend: Monochromatic Bouquets
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Wedding Trend: Tapered Candles
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Wedding Trend: Monochromatic Bouquets

Rather than incorporating an entire palette, brides are sticking to like-minded shades of the same color family when it comes to their bouquet.

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Photo By: Style Me Pretty/ Greg Finck Photography

Wedding Trend: Tapered Candles

Candlelight is all the rage and we love how couples are incorporating a new take on this traditional look on their big day.

Photo By: Style Me Pretty/ Simply Sarah Photography

Opulent floral arrangements and lush, leafy greenery will always be a good idea. While you might (read: totally will) look back on Mason jar votives, burlap table runners or distressed lanterns with regret, the same cannot be said for bountiful blooms.

Worried that pretty posies come at a pretty penny? We’ve got the DL on how to DIY floral arrangements for a whole lot less.

Photo by: Devon Donnahoo Photography, Styling by Katie Kalafat

Devon Donnahoo Photography, Styling by Katie Kalafat

Calligraphy

This is almost a no-brainer, right? Calligraphy is elegant, artful and an absolute must-have for that timeless look. Use calligraphy for your save-the-dates, invitations, menus and smaller signs throughout your reception. Not sure if a professional calligrapher will fit in your budget? Use our super-easy faux calligraphy tutorial to fool all your guests. It’s easier than you think!

Glittering Goodbyes

East Tennessee Wedding Photographer - Roosevelt Lodge - Derick and Emily

East Tennessee Wedding Photographer - Roosevelt Lodge - Derick and Emily

Photo by: Amber Lowe Photo

Amber Lowe Photo

Make your great escape one to remember. Sparkler send-offs are staples for stylish exits these days, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. They're classy, captivating and create a glittering backdrop for one last photo of the night.

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