Top 13 Wedding Trends for 2013!

Top 13 Wedding Trends for 2013!

As a fresh year stretches before us, it’s out with the old and in with the new, so if you’re ringing in the New Year with sparkle on your finger, we’ll continue to keep you on top of the trends with our annual coast-to coast survey of what’s hot in weddings. It’s going to be a stellar year to get married!

By: Rachel Griffiths

1. A Return To Formality

“It’s a move towards sophistication,” says Alyssa Brown of Alison Events in San Francisco, the planners behind Seth Rogen’s recent nuptials. “For example, we’re planning an outdoor event right now, but there’s crystal on the table, and gold silverware and chargers,” Alyssa explains. “And black tie is playing a huge role right now. It’s full-length gowns for everybody!”
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2. Neutral Color Palettes

“I see grey and taupe with pops of black,” says Alyssa. Tara Guérard of Soirée in Charleston predicts that layers of blush will be big. Candles always have a major presence at weddings, but this year, look for them in showstopping chandeliers. “I like to incorporate chandeliers into my wedding design, especially in tents,” says Ivy Robinson of Ivy Robinson Weddings and Events in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Photo Credit: Jessie Leake Photography courtesy of Alison Events;  Flowers by Brown Paper Design
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3. The Wild-Card Trend of the Year

Camping! It started with Matthew McConaughey’s star-studded wedding, and now brides are loving the idea of a grown-up summer camp — hence the new term, “glamping.” Imagine ultra-luxe safari-style tents with heat, electricity and high-end linens. If the idea of overnight guests doesn’t work for you, some brides are using the tents as part of  for you, some brides are using the tents as part of the reception. “You can have a tent with books and bourbon,” suggests Alyssa. “Or a kids’ tent.”
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4. The Flower of the Year

Soft, lush, romantic, the peony is the most-requested wedding flower for two years running now, according to Sayles Livingston of Sayles Livingston Design in Newport, Rhode Island. But with the bloom available for only two months out of the year, brides need a backup. Sayles recommends the garden rose, which has the same delicate petal feeling but is much more readily available.
Photo Credit: Thayer Allyson Gowdy; courtesy Alison Events
Flowers by Brown Paper Design
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5. Garlands Galore

2013’s brides swoon for garlands — garlands with ribbon, garlands with paper, garlands hung from chandeliers. “We just did a wedding with one long center table and a garland of peonies and hydrangea running the full length of the table. It was 48 feet of full flower,” Sayles says.
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6. Gleaming Invitations

The invitation look of the year? Foil stamping — glints of metallic gold, silver and bronzes stamped directly on the invitation. Imagine your names shining in silver against an illustration of the Brooklyn Bridge, or calligraphy scrollwork made modern in gold. “It adds a very fun pop without being too glitzy,” says Melinda Morris of Lion in the Sun in Brooklyn, NY.
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7. The Catering Trend of the Year

“A major trend is to do plated dinners now,” says Elizabeth Creasey of Los Angeles-based Whoa Nelly! Catering, the go-to foodies for Hollywood A-listers. “We’re getting more requests for gold silverware, something more sophisticated.”
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8. Spotlighting Your Culinary Heritage

“We do a lot of it in the cocktail hour: little banh mi (mini French baguette) sliders for Vietnamese brides or braised brisket sliders for a Jewish wedding,” says Elizabeth Creasey of Los Angeles-based Whoa Nelly! Catering.
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9. The Entrée of the Year

Pork! Beth loves to surprise guests with a main course that veers away from more expected beef offerings. “We braise pork shoulder until it’s really tender, then slice and grill it with black-beans, citrus-pickled onion, and avocado salsa.” Brides are demanding unexpected, fun, and above all, restaurant-quality food.
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10. The Liquor of the Year

“Tequila,” says Olivier Cheng of New York’s Olivier Cheng Catering and Events.
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11. Eye-Popping Cakes

The cake style that dominates right now is clean and modern with just one amazing pop of embellishment such as a bow, monogram or flower. The other major look takes the opposite tack, using eye-popping color or all-over appliqués. And finally, a traditional idea has come around again: Brides are loving cakes that mimic around again: Brides are loving cakes that mimic wedding-dress details like lace.
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12. A Customized Music Experience

Remember when you’d only hear Motown, ’80s tunes and hits off the pop charts at weddings? That won’t be the case in 2013 says Rob Principe of Scratch Weddings, one of the country’s top DJ services. “They want electronic dance music, then Bruno Mars, Mumford & Sons, sexy Brazilian house or bossa nova,” Rob says. And don’t be surprised if you see live musicians that play along with the DJ. “At the cocktail hour, you can have a percussionist and the DJ together — like having live music embroider the DJ’s 1,000-song playlist,” Rob explains.
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13. Trend of the Year: Going Green and DIY

Brides are planning green weddings in greater numbers than ever. Kate Harrison of Green Bride Guide says the easiest way to go green is with your favors and invitations. Look for recycled, plantable, or tree-free papers, or even sustainably harvested wood-veneers on which to print your invites.  Photo Credit:
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