Are you getting married in 2023? Are you wondering what trends are on the horizon? From more personalized guest lists to significant considerations for sustainability, the trends for weddings in 2023 are set to be different from what has come before. From unique color palettes to fresh new ideas for your ceremony and reception, we’ve got you covered.
Keep reading to learn more about the biggest wedding trends for 2023.
Wedding Trends for 2023
Most of 2022 has been spent making up for lost time after the global shutdown due to the COVID pandemic. However, 2023 is shaping up to be a spectacular year.
With more personalized touches, new takes on old traditions, and a push toward sustainability, we’re sure you’ll find the following trends for weddings in 2023 as exciting as we do!
The Eighties Have Returned
The 80s are back in a big way, from music and movies to wedding dresses. Consider incorporating this trend into your wedding day for an extraordinary celebration.
For instance, expect to see wedding gowns in the style of Princess Diana but with an updated, more youthful twist. The revived retro trend has been used throughout fashion design, with many garments taking on puffy sleeves, strong shoulders, and dramatic accessories. There will be more puffy sleeves in wedding dresses and an increased use of romantic details.
How many of us consider how our wedding day will affect our ecological footprint? Some brides have been anxious to preserve the environment while celebrating.
To do this, many couples are trending toward sustainable wedding floristry and incorporating upcycled wedding decor, such as decorating with teacups sourced from friends and family, or locally grown wildflowers, to minimize gas consumption.
Brides might pop their wedding bouquets in as flower arrangements for the top table, or they might use artificial flowers instead of living blooms.
One trend for 2023 will be the eco-friendly menu. Organic, local, and ethically sourced foods will become trendy as a way to reduce potential food wastage. Another option is eco-friendly party favors, such as plantable place cards, potted herbs or plants, or homemade jams and jellies.
The emergence of pearls on wedding gowns and accessories accelerated during 2022 and is expected to explode in 2023. Think of pearls adorning a wedding dress and accenting accessories from shoes, veils, necklaces, and earrings. Pearls are an elegant, timeless wedding tradition that fits any wedding style, from retro glam to romantic lakeside.
Brides in Suits
Soon-to-be brides are increasingly choosing to wear a suit on their wedding day. Bridal suits have been the talk of the town since first appearing at bridal week.
Tossing aside traditional white dresses, 2023 is likely to see more personal style shining through, so expect to see more blush, champagne, and ivory along with bridal suits.
Mates of Honor & Groomsmaids
2023 looks to be the year tradition is bucked and more personalized weddings are adopted.
More and more couples are adopting mates of honor instead of maids of honor and groomsmaids instead of groomsmen. You may even catch a few flower boys and ring-bearing girls!
Whatever you choose, the most important thing is that you are celebrating with your best and favorite people— and this is okay – you should have the best time with whomever you choose to share your day with!
Due to social distancing and restrictions, outdoor weddings were very common between 2020 and 2021, and it’s predicted they will continue to be popular in 2023. Outdoor weddings are open-ended in terms of venue selection and offer a wide range of backdrops and locations.
If the location has a license and offers some protection, it’s worth considering. You can also find great outdoor venues with excellent opportunities for photoshoots. Also, look for traditional indoor venues offering an outdoor option, such as cocktails served on the grounds at a golf course or hors d’oeuvres served on the patio at an art gallery.
Alternative Reception Entertainment
Couples who want their wedding ceremony to be personal are also looking for unique and alternative options for entertainment for their reception. This allows guests to let loose and have fun, doing things they wouldn’t usually do at a wedding.
Couples are looking for more and more fun ways to get their guests involved with the festivities. There’s a lot to choose from, from lawn games to casino tables or music ensembles that cover guests of all tastes. We’ve all seen people who don’t enjoy listening to a DJ, so it makes sense for couples to offer things that guests might enjoy beyond the typical reception offerings.
With a tradition as old as marriage, there are only a few moments where you can savor and enjoy a private moment ahead of the wedding.
First looks are becoming increasingly popular, and it’s not hard to understand why. It gives the couple a chance to have a more intimate experience before the more significant festivities of the day.
Bring your photographer with you to capture the moment. You won’t want to share this special moment with anybody else, and you’ll have some great wedding photos to look back on.
Couples are not worried about superstitions and myths and are instead taking steps to enjoy their wedding the way they actually want.
First Dance Alternatives
The first dance can cause much undue stress, especially since many people don’t know how to dance. Aside from taking dance lessons (which is also a fun idea), first dance alternatives are popping up as we near 2023.
From dance-offs between the bridal party and groomsmen to choreographed numbers with the entire wedding party, first dances are a fun and exciting way to kick off the reception and show your personality.
Try inviting all your attendees onto the floor to share in a singalong dance to your favorite song—and take the pressure off you and your future spouse.
Many couples are opting for smaller guest lists, which provide the opportunity for more intimate weddings. Not only does this allow couples to devote more time to their friends and family without fear of missing anyone, but it is also often a cheaper option than a large wedding. It offers the opportunity to splurge on things that may have been kept out of the budget with a larger guest list.
The Color Blue
There are so many unique colors of bridesmaids’ dresses that you can choose. 2022’s most popular color was green, but blue and lavender hues are set to dominate the wedding industry in 2023.
Since the Pantone Color of the Year for 2022 is Very Peri, a lovely purple/blue color, we see this trend moving toward more blues for 2023.
From sky blue to royal and all of the shades in between, your bridesmaids will look on-trend and stylish with any blue hue.
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Planning a wedding can be time-consuming, and couples will try to make their wedding unique by incorporating the latest trends. If you’re considering your big day in 2023, check out these trends–we’re sure they’ll spark some ideas.
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