December is the most romantic month of the year, with lots of holidays and celebration. Also, this is the time when most people decide to take another step in their relationship and get engaged according to a wedding app Bridebook. Every bride dreams of this big day and wants everything to be perfect, from the dress and flowers to midnight feasts and party.
Whether you like classical weddings, sparkly, vintage or you want some exclusive, every year has its own trends. What are the 2023 wedding trends, according to some of the UK’s top wedding experts, you can read below.
1. Glam in gold
For many centuries, brides were choosing their dresses to be white and elegant. Later they started choosing light pink or ivory colours, but more brides now want to have a golden dress for the big day. The search on Pinterest for a wedding gown in gold colour is 1,552 per cent.
A founder of the Bridebook app, Hamish Shephard, said how “black tie weddings are having a resurgence,” and that it is “also believed to be a knock-on effect from Harry and Meghan’s 007 moments heading to their evening party!”
Johnny Roxburgh, a wedding planner think that “in the days of austerity (and Brexit) people want to celebrate with glamorous and upbeat weddings. They must look not simple but lavish – without breaking the bank.” He also added how “couples are turning to wedding planners that have their own décor and can hire it out very cost-effectively or venues that are already adorned with stunning details.”
2. Flower girls instead of bridesmaids
Many couples are rather choosing flower girls and page boys instead of having 10 friends for bridesmaids. They do this for many reasons, but this trend came from the royal families and many would like to have a wedding a la royal. They only choose one maid-of-honor according to Shephard.
“More brides are choosing to have a fleet of young bridesmaids (as Pippa, Meghan and Eugenie all did!) with one adult maid of honour. This is in-part due to the average age of brides being older now, at 31, solving two problems; what to do with the children and how not to inflict one choice dress on your group of friends!”
3. Purple is the new wedding colour
The pink colour is more and more replaced by shades of purple, according to Christina Millikin. She said: “Blush has had its time in the wedding world for several years. Lavender and shades of purples are beginning to replace classic blush tones.”
4. Neon Lights are romantic
Anna McGregor, who creates show-stopping events for couples, says: “Couples will be bold and brave and use colour to express their love! Neon is a great way to do this – use it in printing, as a detail in your invitations and menu cards, add neon signs behind your bar – it’s fun and kind of sexy.”
5. Personalised cocktails
The couples are spending most of their money on food and drinks according to Bridesbook. They are ready to spend up to £5,862 for personalised menus and cocktail bar.
“For my wedding, we had personalised cocktails, with ‘Rosie’s Rum Punch’ and ‘Hamish’s Hanky Panky’ being served. Rumour has it ‘the Meghan-tini’ was the cocktail of choice at Harry and Meghan’s wedding,” says Shephard.
6. Midnight Feasts
Even midnight feast is becoming more personalised, and couples are rather choosing what they like to eat, like burgers and pizzas, that some traditional meals.
“’Midnight Feasts’ for hungry guests are diversifying, with the bride’s favourite pizza or the groom’s slider of choice appearing on the dance floor. We chose mini-mac and cheeses served at midnight to hark back to when my wife and I lived in New York. Venues are also responding to this trend with a 23 per cent increase in venues allowing external caterers in the past 3 years alone,” Shephard added.
7. Flower arrangements
“Bigger bouquets can hide the bride’s smallest part, which is her waist, and they can be too overpowering,” said the expert from Lavender Green Flowers, adding how brides are now more likely to choose smaller bouquets in 2023.
The colour of the bouquets are also bright, “from playful, clown-like colours to exiting and out of the box,” and some “colours to watch out for are peach, coral, lime, turquoise blue and brown,” said the Lavender Green Flowers teams. “With outdoor weddings on the up, tall grasses and palms will be popular. We are definitely seeing a slow move away from rusty shabby chic foliage in favour of a more linear look in both bouquets and floral installations around the venue.”
Caroline Grimble from Bloom & Wild says: “Coral will stay big in the floral world with Pantone choosing it as 2019’s Colour of the Year.”
“Foliage and grasses… and lots of them. They add beautiful texture and movement to an arrangement and are set to be big for 2019 displays,” she added.
Another trend is having dried flowers on the tables. “So expect to see lots of seed heads and dried lavender, which make arrangements last such a long time,” said Caroline.
8. Photo shooting
These days, brides and grooms all around the world are looking for their best wedding photos. We had many trends and the trend is a smoke bomb. They are also followed by big fireworks of course.
Serena Foyle, Pyromusical producer and founder of Foyle Fireworks said “there’s going to be a focus on multi-effect fireworks with colour changes within them for more drama and surprise,” adding how “exciting effects will include the stars of fireworks bursting as one colour before changing and possibly changing again for a stunning surprise in the sky. We’ll also see an injection of even more vivid colours coming to the fore to create further intensity.”
All of this might seem too much, but the trends are here to give you an insight into how it can be and which of these will fit the best for your big day. But in the end, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy.