2023 Wedding Trends

December 19, 2022

It’s here! Our list of wedding trends for the new 2023! Get ready to plan your Big Day and wow your guests with the latest trends we think will take over the wedding world next year.

Let’s start the countdown, shall we?

8. Bold Color Schemes

Bold colorful palettes can mark all aspects of the wedding. From dresses to decor, the use of one bold color or pastel shades can make your big day beautiful. These unforgettable color schemes can reflect a couple’s unique personality.

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Each maiden or matron in a daring palette of colorful dresses can make for gorgeous pictures. Bold blues will be making its way through the decor and even in the bridal gown design. Pastel pink is also a trending color for 2023. Light hues and bold deep pink shades will be popping up and down the aisle this coming year.

7. Ceremony Backdrops

We see couple’s getting more and more creative with their ceremony settings and we love it! The sky’s the limit when it comes to backdrops for the nuptials. Broken arches are a big trend now with custom made floral arches in different shapes and sizes. The broken arch makes a big statement as a backdrop.

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Large floral floor pieces are a great trend as well. Hanging greenery above your heads from a gorgeous venue or outdoor tree gives a whimsical look, and can make your wedding photos breathtaking.

6. Sustainability in Menus

Quality over quantity has become the standard. As guest lists have shrunk over the last couple years, the quality of the food has become more important to couples. Feeding 150+ people can end up being very wasteful.

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Vegan Ceviche by Bill Hansen Catering

Carefully chosen passed hors D’oeuvres or a locally grown or curated charcuterie station gives guests specificity in their choices. A large grazing table can mean a lot of food going in the trash at the end of the evening. Quality ingredients instead of bigger varieties have become less wasteful. Locally sourced food, and sustainable wedding favors keep everyone on track in being mindful of keeping our beautiful planet clean. At Bill Hansen Catering we can customize your menu to do just that.

5. Entertainment & Experiences

It’s not just a wedding anymore, it’s a guest experience. Trending away from the usual first dance, toasts, eat, dancing, cake, leave; couples are coming up with a full program for the evening to make sure its an all immersive experience for their guests. From the way the food is prepared to the hiring of different activity vendors, there are many elements that can go into a wedding reception.

Here are a few immersive installations we love:

  1. chic and comfy guest lounge areas
  2. fire pits
  3. cigar rolling
  4. tequila shot ice luge
  5. stilt walkers
  6. ballerinas
  7. fire dancers
  8. aerialists
  9. strolling champagne dress skirt people

There are so many ways you can flip your reception from just being a spectacle for your guests to watch, to getting them personally involved in the party.

4. Love Drunk Photos

Candid shots are here to stay, and photographers are jumping on the bandwagon. It’s always nice to have the traditional posing with the entire bridal party and family shots, but the photos that make it on the wall of your new apartment are usually the beautiful candid ‘we look so in love’ shots.

We’re talking blurry photos of you running out the door after your nuptials with your shades on or non-traditional poses with your bridesmaids taken with an analog camera. Capturing those moments with a talented photographer are sure to be priceless.

3. Colorful Dresses & Embroidered Fashion

We love this trend! Even though the traditional white wedding dress will always be timeless and lovely, being able to incorporate some of your individual style and personality in your dress choice through the use of color is a definite YES to the DRESS! Dresses with floral embroidery or a full dainty floral pattern are making a debut. Puffy sleeves and the use of organza to make your dress huge and flowy.

Detachable elements such as the skirt or sleeves for a seamless transition (see what we did there?) from the ceremony to the reception party. The 80’s style trends with big bows and poofy sleeves and skirts are making a comeback. We even hear pastel pink is the new white! The use of embroidery detailing on a part of your wedding ensemble is a hip new trend. Sewing heartfelt messages alongside your veil, gloves or the inside of a tuxedo jacket can make a cute keepsake and make a statement for your guests.

2. Petite Bouquets

Smaller garden style flowers are popping up in wedding bouquets more often lately. The use of babies breath, whether the traditional white or a colored hue, has become really popular. Vintage inspired bridal and bridesmaid bouquets featuring a favorite floral such as anemone or forget-me-nots are paired with other typically filler florals, such as lavender, eucalyptus, daisies or other dainty blooms.

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TIP: Adding a personal trinket, small framed quote or picture of a loved one who has passed to the stem of the handheld bouquet is a small way to keep that person close to your heart on your special day.

1. Private Last Dance

What better way to end the day than in the arms of your new significant other. After a long day filled with emotion, new memories, happy tears and dancing, to just stop and take a breath with each other, alone, in your empty venue and to slow dance to your favorite song is such a brilliant, worthwhile idea.

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You did it! All of the details came through, and your dream wedding has commenced. Tell your wedding planner to make the guests file outdoors for your grand exit, while you take a final spin around the dance floor with your loved one. Just you two, and the photographer of course.