2023 Wedding Trends
New year, new wedding season! As weddings returned after two years of postponing celebrations in the wake of the pandemic, 2022 brought us tons of trendiness. Here are the 10 wedding trends to look out for in 2023.
We’re seeing this trend more and more. Gone are the days of bridesmaids all wearing the same dress because, let’s face it, some dress shapes just don’t flatter everyone! Brides are giving their bridal party a color scheme and/or vibe and letting them pick dresses that suit them. It really helps show personality and we’re here for it!
This is a big one. Florals hanging from the ceiling, architectural florals, ground alter arches, floral pillars, and more! Big statement floral pieces to catch the eye and awe. Letting personality shine through with bold colors and dramatic arrangements. People will be framing the ceremony and celebration in full floral structures and it’s going to be magnificent.
Big dresses are gorgeous and ethereal, but somewhat impractical for dancing at a reception. That’s why brides are opting for the “little white dress” outfit change! Some have gowns that come with a removable skirt to allow for this, while others simply change their entire wardrobe. We’ve even seen some brides chop their hair between the ceremony and the reception for an even more dramatic look.
With trends like film photography, vintage furniture, and disco balls, people are looking into the past for inspiration. Goodbye photo booths, hello disposable film cameras! Film photography creates a softer image with better color to make your photos seem more authentic. Photos taken in lower light with film will have detail that are lost in digital, especially with direct flash. Direct flash can help create the movie star feel as it looks like paparazzi photos. And who doesn’t want to feel like a celebrity on their wedding day?
A callback to the 90s is the simple and elegant slip dress. Lots of brides are choosing to go simple and comfortable with their gown in 2023. We love this stunning and effortless trend. It really lets the bride shine as the focus is on her and less on the dress she’s wearing. With a simple dress, you can really let the florals and decorations pop as well.
With Netflix’s Bridgerton topping the streaming charts, we’re not surprised that people have taken to the aesthetic of it. The opulence and elegance is perfect for a special event like a wedding. We’ll be seeing lots of pastel color palettes featuring regency blue, floral arrangements of English country roses and wisteria, and vintage china table settings. Also be ready for regency-inspired wedding dresses including puff sleeves, empire waistlines, ruffles, gloves, and ornate vintage jewelry.
DIY wedding decorations, backyard weddings, and biodegradable confetti are trends on the rise as people are becoming increasingly more eco-conscious. More and more couples are vying for something old and something borrowed as they upcycle decor or rent their dress and suit.
People are really starting to go outside of the box to bring their personality to their wedding day, especially when it comes to what they’re wearing. A lot of brides are opting for less traditional options like colorful wedding dresses, embroidered dresses, or even a pantsuit instead of a dress.
Because of covid, guest lists for weddings were seriously reduced. Even post-pandemic, people are opting for less guests - keeping it relegated to immediate family and close friends. Elopements are also on the rise as people decide a very intimate celebration of just them somewhere close to their hearts is more important than a big party. Elopements are different from micro-weddings as they don’t have any guests, while a micro-wedding typically has up to 50 guests.
The bouquet is such a sentimental part of the day and it’s one of the few things a bride can keep forever! While some brides choose to keep their wedding dress, very few ever wear it again, and almost none choose to display it. A preserved bouquet is something that a couple can display in their home no matter where life takes them, to always remind them of that beautiful day and the commitment they made to each other.
The overarching theme for these upcoming trends is individuality. People are really starting to let go of the traditional view of weddings and make their special day theirs. Since the pandemic, people have been doing away with expectations and instead embracing authenticity, expressing individuality, and being unapologetically themselves. We love seeing personality shine through in all aspects of the wedding day. What are some of your favorite wedding trends?