2013 Wedding Trends
The following trends have been compiled from hundreds of sources in both North America and Europe to guide your selections and inform you of the vast array of options available.
Multiple layers and textures are prominent themes for 2013 bridal gowns. Brides today choose romantic flowing dresses in floor-length styles with combinations of overlaid soft fabrics (chiffon, organza or tulle), crystal studded bodices, lace sleeves and delicate ruffles and floral details. Open-back dresses, visible hemlines and deep V-necks are also gaining popularity. Many designers have included ball gowns and tea-length styles in their lines as well as dresses in off-white and pastels.
Shorter trains and veils (especially the bird cage veil) are popular as are pretty boleros, and shawls. For colder weather, brides choose wraps of faux-fur, velvet, heavy satin, or pashmina. Light weight fabrics, including organza, lace, tulle and chiffon, make perfect wraps for the Spring or Summer bride and reduce sun exposure on bare arms and shoulders.
Pearls, rhinestones, and crystals remain the top jewelry choice for necklaces and earrings. Crystal brooches are also a popular accent for wearing on the dress, in the hair or on the bouquet handle. Many brides are also accenting their shoes with shoe clips made from tulle, feathers and/or crystals.
Wedding Hair Styles
There are no clear trends in hair styles, although wearing the hair in long romantic waves or loosely pulled back are chosen for brides with long hair. Hair ornaments such as hairpins, brooches, hair vines, flowers (silk or real) and feather fascinators are also popular choices.
Beautiful combs and headbands made with either rhinestones, crystals, feathers or pearls have been the trend for many seasons. Some brides are placing their veils directly on their hair or using a single silk flower for a simple, classic look. Visit our hair gallery for hundreds of hairstyle ideas.
2013 Wedding Color Trends
The table below includes popular wedding color choices:
See more color schemes and inspiration.
Ninety five percent of wedding bouquets are hand-tied, where the flowers are gathered together and the stems are wrapped in wide satin ribbon. Brides wanting more glamorous bouquets choose beads, brooches (i.e. brooch bouquet), jewel pins, pearls, crystal/rhinestone picks, and monogrammed or rhinestone ribbon to dress up plain ribbon-wrapped stems and blooms. With the continuing popularity of the beach and garden themes, brides wanting a more rustic and natural look to their bouquet add elements such as shells/starfish, feathers, burlap ribbon, berries and pinecones.
The rose continues to be the most popular and elegant bouquet flower. Lilies, peonies, hydrangeas, tulips and orchids represent the trendier choices. Arrangements with a just-picked and looser casual look have replaced the more tightly-bound bouquet shapes of seasons past. Silk flowers are also popular for their versatility and life-like appearance. Visit our extensive bouquet gallery for ideas and inspiration.
Wedding Reception Decorations
Brides are choosing centerpieces that are in the same color tones, but of different sizes. They are also changing the shape of the tables, mixing round with square. These trends give the reception tables a more interesting look and a less "coordinated" feel. Unique vase fillers include plastic pearls, fake snow, sea glass shells, acrylic ice, water absorbing crystals and fresh fruits such as lemons and limes.
Burlap fabric and lace have been a huge vintage-style trend for a few seasons now. Burlap is an inexpensive, natural fabric that fits will with a rustic theme or barn wedding location. It is primarily used for table runners and centerpiece decorations.
Silk rose petals, diamond confetti and shells/starfish remain the most popular table confetti. Reception chairs are decorated with either tulle, fabric overlays, sashes, floral swags and/or ribbons. Other popular decorating items include Chinese lanterns, tissue pom poms, garlands and oversized balloons.
A popular decorating trend is the candy buffet or confection bar which has been around for many years now. This consists of a variety of candies or treats placed in varied sizes of glass containers and grouped on a table. Pretty silver spoons or scoops in each container allows guests to fill small boxes or bags as take-home wedding favors.
Candles, always a popular choice for centerpieces, lend a romantic feel to any room. Choices include pillars, tea lights, tapers and floaters. Since some facilities do not allow candles, alternatives include faux tea light candles, battery operated LED lights, submersible LED lights and fiber optic lights.
Today's couples most often pay for their own weddings and make their own decisions about what they want for their wedding day. Using a budget calculator allows them to allocate their money and prioritize wants and needs. They want to enjoy a wedding that is uniquely theirs, and one that displays their own sense of style and personal taste. Personal touches (DIY: Do it Yourself) appear throughout the entire wedding and can be found in attire, centerpieces, bouquets, favors, decorations, stationery, photography, themes, gifts and locations.
Although completely optional, couples now choose more unusual, useful and personalized favors to thank their guests for coming. In many cases, the favors do double-duty as place-card holders, table decorations and even centerpiece arrangements where larger favors are grouped together in the center of the reception tables.
Favors can be ready-made items or hand-made and embellished with ribbon and decoative accents that coordinate with the wedding theme or color scheme. This is definitely an area of weddings that has gone DIY in recent years. Tip: Have some fun and get the wedding party together to help make them with you!
Mansions, churches, beaches, country clubs, resorts, hotels, public gardens, parks, museums, yachts and private homes are the most popular locations for weddings.
Wedding inspiration boards are very popular as they are a great tool for helping brides focus their wedding ideas, color schemes and decorating details. Choosing a wedding motif is also helpful in coordinating the overall wedding day decor or theme.
Eco-friendly, Rustic Weddings
Going green is important in almost every area of life including weddings. Many couples are choosing organic fabrics, flowers, decorations, food and invitations, etc. Making green and sustainable choices helps our environmental crisis tremendously. Decisions that lessen the amount of carbon emissions promote sustainable practices, support local businesses, foster community and worldwide health and longevity. Let's hope this trend is here to stay!
Wedding cakes decorated with handmade icing flowers, chocolate shells/starfish and delicate dots and pearls remain popular. Couples are choosing cakes that fit with the location, theme and season of their wedding. Three to four layers is the average size for a wedding of 150 people.
Buttercream or smooth fondant frostings are most common. Popular cake flavors include lemon, chocolate, carrot, spice and "white" although some couples are choosing non-traditional flavors such as gingerbread, espresso and hazelnut. Flowers, sculptures, bunting and large monogrammed letters are replacing the traditional bride and groom cake top.
The photo-journalistic (candid) approach to wedding photography is preferred by many brides to the traditional posed shots. Capturing the day's events as they happen helps tell the story of your wedding. Naturally, posed pictures are still enjoyed and requesting that some of the photos be black and white is common.
Currently, the top wedding themes are beach/nautical, winter wonderland, vintage glamour (think Great Gatsby), woodland/rustic, and diamonds/bling. Destination and ethnic-influenced celebrations also remain popular choices. See more theme choices.
Stationery adorned with ribbons, beach items, feathers, rhinestone buckles or floral accents remains in high demand. Ribbon is used for decoration, or to simply hold the invitation together. Handmade stationery is a more personal, and with the popularity of scrap booking, stamping, and various computer programs available, there are endless creative options. Many couples choose to add this personal touch to their wedding.