1. Unique Bridesmaid Dresses
Bridesmaids no longer need to match like they’re wearing a uniform. The bride can dictate a color palette or silhouette and leave it up to her attendants to choose what works for them. With this approach, the dress will better flatter the bridesmaids' style, skin tone and body shape.
2. Draped in Pearls
Pearls are the perfect jewelry choice for the bride, bridesmaids or even décor. They’re delicate, yet go with everything. Choose sustainably faux pearls or real with vintage as a better option.
3. Rust-Colored Wedding Décor
The coppery color has been seen everywhere at weddings this year. From bridesmaid dresses to flowers and tablescapes, everything is coming up rust. It’s a nice balance between the neutral trend and a little bit of warm color. It will work equally well for summer or fall.
4. Even More Colors and Patterns
After a long desert of neutral, not only are bright colors back, but patterns and prints too. Bridesmaids can wear hot pink, yellow and blue but also florals, checks and geometric patterns.
5. '80s Aesthetic
Weddings aren’t going fully retro, but they are taking little nods from the awesome '80s. Whether it’s a puffy sleeve on a gown, some Malibu Barbie-inspired makeup or Miami Vice pastels on men, expect some touches from yesterday without things veering too much into costume party territory.
6. Statement Flowers
We're not just talking about flowers here, but FLOWERS. They're ready to be noticed in a major way, no longer just background décor. Bud vases with simple blooms are out. Giant sprays of flowers on the floor, tables and any spare spots are in.
Sustainability isn’t really a trend but more of a movement that’s been growing slowly over the years. There are so many ways to be sustainable: you can use recycled or non-disposal goods, wear a vintage gown and pick a carbon-neutral wedding venue, just to name a few ideas.
8. Bigger Budgets
Blame it on the Kardashians, but weddings are splashier than ever. Destination venues, weddings that last multiple days and weddings with lots of décor are just some of the ways people are going big with nuptials. Luxe is the word. And remember -- it doesn't have to be expensive to look expensive. It's all about making calculated choices and focusing your resources.
9. Switch Up the Sendoffs
Since fireworks are not sustainable or always practical and many venues are now banning sparklers, couples are looking for other options for the big sendoff. That’s OK because there’s more than ever from streamers to laser lights. How about bubbles or pom-poms? This is the part where your imagination can run wild.
10. Weddings Weekends
Weddings are not just Saturday evening affairs anymore. The whole schedule is getting a change-up. Taking a nod from other cultures, weddings now last entire weekends with a whole schedule of events and we're not talking destination weddings either.
In a wedding weekend schedule, there’s the casual welcome party (sometimes with games as ice breakers) on Friday, followed by a Saturday mid-day ceremony which leaves plenty of room for an extended evening after-party. On Sunday, everyone gathers together for the farewell brunch before saying adieu to the “I dos.”
11. Ceiling Décor
When decorating, don’t overlook the ceiling. Depending on your venue, you can adorn it with flowers, mood lights, projected displays or chandeliers. It’s one more place to showcase your style.
12. Traditional Wedding Cakes
Adios naked, minimalist cakes. Big cakes are back again with thick frosting, lots of layers, flowers and even cake toppers.
13. Decked Out Aisles
Big flowers are already back, but specifically along the aisle where they make a bold statement. Either in bunches or runners along the sides, this is a great way to give the ceremony portion the extra flair. You can always cut costs by reusing the same displays during the reception. Lights are also an option, too.
14. Dramatic Veils
As seen here on Sophia Richie, veils are very, very long, channeling Princess Grace Kelly. You don’t necessarily need one over your face, but you can still enjoy the drama of making a big entrance.
15. Seated Wedding Party
When you say your “I dos,” the wedding party no longer needs to stand in a line next to the bride and groom. Wedding parties are having a seat so that the happy couple has a more intimate moment, with just them and the officiant at the front during the vows.
16. Farewell to These Trends
Lots of trends are fading away in 2023. Goodbye welcome bags, monogrammed in a way that we’ll never use them again. Customized hashtags for social media are so passé. Instead of signature cocktails, offer a gin cart or tableside cocktail service.
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