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Drumroll Please! 2013 Wedding Trends

In December, I reached out to the 16,000 members of this wedding community and asked, "What are your predictions for 2013 weddings?"  Here are the highlights from the answers that I received from the experts (aka BridalTweet's wedding vendors).  After reading this list of predictions, I'm sure that you'll agree that 2013 will bring forth gorgeous, meaningful moments that we will remember forever!


1.  Bold & Bright Colors.  "More bold and bright colors will be used in weddings - from decor, to bridesmaids dresses and even for the bride.  I can see bridesmaids wearing dresses with more pattern (i.e. polka dots, stripes or very bright color dresses), mixing and matching bright colors (i.e. yellow dresses with hot pink jewelry and shoes).  Besides a bright and colorful bouquet, I can see brides adding color to their jewelry, colorful flowers for hair, colorful shoes and maybe a fun bright color ribbon around the waist." - Gaiana of Bella Vea 


2.  Lace. "In 1981 Lady Diana started a trend with her original wedding dress of bows, puffy sleeves and a large skirt. In 2012, Kate Middleton's lace wedding dress has made lace very popular and I believe it will be the trend again for 2013. Putting lace on anything makes it look so feminine and elegant and when you add pearls, you have an exquisite design. Lace is also part of vintage weddings that are also trendy. The old is now new!!!" - Alexandra Slawek of Always Alexandra's Weddings and Events

"Lace can add a delicate touch to any wedding. Wedding dresses with lace are trending big right now.  Lace is being used in everything from wedding decor to wedding cards, dresses , even on invitations and Cakes. The wonderful thing about lace is that it can blend easily with any theme and color and looks elegant and classy. It gives an affair a magical touch. Lace brings out the feminine touch. The fact that it can be a big trend is that lace is easily available and comes in wide variety of designs and patterns. Lace is easily dye-able too which makes it easier to adjust with any theme." - Maria.G of MG Dezigns


3. Even more DIY touches.  "I think one of the big trends to continue and grow even further is the fusion of DIY elements into everything from the ceremony to reception.  Think paper or fabric flowers, tissue garlands, favors, confetti and more.  With sites like Pinterest becoming more and more popular and brides wanting their big day to reflect their personalities versus traditional styling, I think we will continue to see the growth of DIY projects being incorporated.  Of course while many brides will want this look, they may want to consider hiring a stylist to assist in bringing this look together because some of the DIYs can be time intensive." - Melissa of Styled by Melissa Brown


4.  Cakes with Ruffles.  "There will be more cakes with ruffles! I personally think they are simply elegant!" - Anne-Laurie Placide of Glamorous Elements.


5. More creative, eclectic, non-traditional and exclusive venues.  "There will be an increase of such as farms and wineries on the outskirts of towns, and creative urban settings such as antiques warehouses, art galleries, and photography studios such as our vintage Chicago loft studio."  - Sarah Toulouse, Wedding Creativo Photography 

"I've noticed my clients are asking and booking more creative, eclectic, and non-traditional venues for their wedding day. Although the beach, hotel, and woodsy outdoor venues have been super popular, I think that we will see more unique venues for brides and grooms in 2013, such as museums/art galleries, restaurants, rooftops in downtown areas, vineyards, industrial-like buildings, private homes, and more." - Elvira DeCuir of 3D Memoirs

"To have an exclusive venue all to yourself is a luxury.  For most people, it is most likely a luxury that you can have only once-in-a-lifetime.  Why not take advantage of the occasion of your wedding to have at your disposition an entire castle, villa or resort where you are served and pampered?  This allows you to move around in absolute tranquility in “Your House”. - Italy Prestige


6.  Unique reception entertainment.  "In 2012, we saw fire eaters, mariachi bands, and elaborate custom photobooths.  One couple opted for Nashville's premiere dueling piano players instead of the typical band or DJ to provide music and entertainment for their reception.  Couples will continue to look to non-traditional reception entertainment to create spectacle and ensure that their wedding is talked about and remembered for a long time to come." John Yates of Celladora Wedding Photography

7.  Victorian luxury, flapper style, and art deco.  "By that I mean, rich colors (i.e. aubergine, scarlet, royal blue) or all bright whites, thick velvet, chunky crystal, candelabras, lots of lace, fringe, graceful dresses, hairpins and tiaras.  All this will be done with an elegant simplicity.  It won't be themey or tacky.  Weddings will have a sense of hipness layered with rich textures and an air of sophistication.  I base my prediction on a few things:

  • Downton Abbey's popularity will continue to grow especially with a wedding in season 3.
  • The remake of The Great Gatsby is coming out in 2013.

As we slowly climb out of our recession, the comfy barn wedding will morph into a more sophisticated affair." - Maria of  A Sweet Start

"Weddings will be really cinematic and vintage inspired" - Tanya of Bowties and Butterflies

"I think the Art Deco trend is going to be big for 2013. It has elements of the vintage trend that was so big in 2012, such as cut glass decorations, lace and pearls. But it's more formal with its old Hollywood vibe - eg. satin, fine jewelry, fur accents, feathers.  It's great for a more formal setting because the color scheme is often white, black and gold although silver is a great choice too.  As a cake designer, I'm definitely inspired by Art Deco/Great Gatsby-esque decor and fashion and it's showing up in my cake designs for an upcoming bridal show." - Ann Yankowsky of Style Cakes 


8.  Bohemian.  "Weddings will be really delicate, floral, natural and bohemian influenced." Tanya of Bowties and Butterflies 


9.  Braids.  "We see braids in every hot summer movie and we think they will be big for wedding hair styles in 2013." Sandra Johnson of Apex Tent and Party


10.  Chevron.  "One trend that I have started to notice in home decor, all over Etsy and Pinterest and is now making its way into weddings is the use of CHEVRON pattern.  These modern, contemporary and bold looking pattern looks gorgeous on invites and other stationary, linens and table runners and attire (i.e. men's ties and socks)." - Kristi Hartig of Glow Weddings and Events



What are your predictions for 2013 weddings?  Please comment below.


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Christine Dyer, Social Media Expert and Founder of BridalTweet 

Comment by Janis Flagg on December 31, 2012 at 2:26pm

Thank you for the fun and valuable information.  It's going to be an exciting 2013!

Comment by The Buckle Boutique on January 2, 2013 at 9:25am

At The Buckle Boutique, our predictions for wedding trends 2013 include:

The use of gold will be more prevalent. All of us baby boomers remember the day when we would not wear a piece of white gold or silver jewelry! Times have changed! The cycles of yellow vs. white gold jewelry are well documented. We are in the early stages of the end of the white gold cycle and the beginning of the yellow gold trend.
As the rhinestone buckle supplier to some of the better-known couture invitation companies, I know from experience that their designers are requesting yellow gold rhinestone buckles and brooch designs for inclusion in their books. Demand for yellow gold is on the rise!
In the last few months, I have seen an up-tick in brides requesting yellow gold embellishments. The feedback I am getting is that gold embellishments are hard to find.
Flowerless weddings are in! We all have witnessed the explosion of the Brooch Bouquets. They are a long lasting and beautiful alternative to the traditional floral bouquet. Brooch Bouquets and other DIY flowers made from all kinds of materials are a unique way to interject the couple’s style into the ceremony while also saving money.
How does the wedding professional fit into this new era of the DIY Brooch Bouquet?? The Buckle Boutique to the rescue!!!  We offer a beautiful professionally designed and manufactured Rhinestone Brooch Bouquets with a wholesale price-point that allows for keystone + retail pricing.
We also offer professionally pre-made Rhinestone Picks that are perfect as accents to flower based bouquets and as cake jewelry. You can also put a number of the picks together, add some artificial flowers and you have just created your own brooch bouquet in a snap!
To see our entire selection of Rhinestone Buckles and other Exquisite Embellishments, please visit us at
Cathie Bortz
Comment by amy on January 2, 2013 at 10:55pm

I am loving the trends and the DIY being a big thing.....It can really make your day special!

Comment by A Sweet Start on January 3, 2013 at 11:55am

so honored to be included in your list (#7). yay!! happy new year to all. can't wait for this year's weddings to start. :)

Comment by Anne-Laurie Placide on January 3, 2013 at 7:57pm

Honored to be part of this list (#4)! Cant wait to work with these new and continuing trends in 2013!

Comment by Ann Webster on January 7, 2013 at 10:45pm

 I like the new trends, as a vendor it has given me a few ideas on marketing my Green screen photo services. It's nice to know that  Brides and grooms are adding new twist to their receptions,Because I can accommodate any theme with digital backgrounds The Great Gatsby and Themed Weddings like Renaissance would be perfect to add a photo activity to like our Vintage Vision. I just started Marketing to wedding so this is encouraging

Comment by Melissa Brown on January 12, 2013 at 11:10am

This list is fantastic, I can wait for what 2012 will bring!  Thanks for including me in the post (#3)

Comment by Memento Photo Booth on January 24, 2013 at 1:57pm

Absolutely LOVE reading all the new trends for 2013.  We can't wait to see the unique ideas all of our newlyweds have planned for the year! We are also excited to see Photo Booth Rentals for weddings continue to be on the list!!  Good luck all you newlyweds.  We are anxiously awaiting a great wedding season!!

Comment by Maria G on January 29, 2013 at 2:57pm

So Honored to be included in this list (#2 MGDezigns)  beautiful ideas!!

Comment by Bridal Jewelry by on February 8, 2013 at 8:45am


Comment by kathy johnson on March 5, 2013 at 9:00am

I love the bright bold colors for 2013 brides! Good luck to all the newly weds and brides to be! But don't forget the final touch -

Comment by Pat Larson on May 1, 2013 at 8:12am

I am seeing the brighter colors in dresses and decorations.  Doing my first rainbow wedding of the season!  These were really "in" in the 80's and are making a comeback this year.  The flowers are fun to work on.  Bouquets can either make the dress or you can combine all the colors into one bouquet.

Comment by 1 Crystal Pearl Jewelry on June 26, 2013 at 12:45pm

Gatsby style jewelry, i.e. rhinestones and lots of pearls for sure!

Comment by Reka Lenai on July 4, 2013 at 6:44am

Very nice roundup! Thanks for this post, love the photos!

Comment by Maddy Harris on November 11, 2013 at 12:50pm

I absolutely love the lace wedding gowns and vintage ideas!

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