Everyone wants their wedding to be unique and special. But sometimes trends are great to include in your event! Every event ages over time, don't worry too much about things being classic or timeless. Embrace the age in which you chose to make your commitment to each other and lean in!
Here are some trends I'm seeing as a wedding planner.
A true guest experience.
Couples have always been concerned about their guests' experience, that's nothing new. But weddings in 2023 and 2024 take it to a new level! Everything from disposable ballet flats for those wearing heels to blankets for chilly outdoor wedding ceremonies is being included into couples' big day. This probably comes from trend of intimate, smaller weddings brought on by the pandemic where all the guests were immediate family and close friends, and their comfort and experience was a priority.
There's a diverging trend in florals, one leaning towards absolutely stunning, conversation-starting floral arrangements that add drama to your venue, and one leaning towards monochromatic minimalism. Things like single-stem flowers "planted" along the aisle, single-stem arrangements, and monochromatic arrangements are very hot right now and popping up in every wedding in 2023.
Retro Vibes and Nostalgia
Who doesn't love vintage? The 2010s were full of old "victorian" suitcases and antique birdcages and lanterns, and 2023 is full of 70's and 80's trends! Things like flash photography, polaroid picture guestbooks, neon signs, rotary phone audio guestbooks, velvet and velour accents, and the list goes on. Even wedding colors are shifting toward retro yellows, oranges, and reds.
This is not a new thing, but I'm starting to see it at more and more events. Lighted signs saying "Mr. & Mrs." or spelling out the new couple's last name are all the rage and make a great announcement on the 'gram.
Large Wedding Parties
Large wedding parties are back! The pandemic limited couples' for a long time with guest limits, and like wedding size, bridal party size decreased from 2020 - 2022. But 10-20 person wedding parties are back, folks!
Ultimately, your wedding is your own and whatever you want to include in your big day should be your priority, regardless of whether or not it's trending!