For couples getting ready to say “I do” in 2023, your phone is probably open with a thousand tabs, a hundred Pinterest boards, a dozen wedding feeds and a partridge in a pear tree as you try to embrace the latest wedding trends to bring your nuptial dreams to life.
Well, after a year of post-pandemic weddings, where there seemed a new invite every week from start to finish, our wedding experts are expecting to see one of the biggest shifts ever when it comes to traditional weddings. That's right. 2023 looks set to be the year when weddings are re-invented to suit your wants and desires as you create a memorable experience for your guests. Read on to discover exactly what we mean...
Pretty in Pearls
One breakout wedding star you can expect to see a whole lot more of in 2023 is pearls. In fact, these delicious little details are set to be everywhere with searches for ‘pearl wedding dresses’ increasing by almost 25% in the past year. Don't believe us, just pop onto Pinterest where you'll find searches have doubled. But don't worry. You don't need to turn up at the top of the aisle wearing a wedding dress completely embroidered in pearls, especially as there are so many subtle ways to include this gem. From drop earrings to your necklace to the perfect pair of shoes, pearls are the perfect pairing in 2023.
80s Nostalgia is Back
There's no other way of putting it: the 80s are back, and with a level of finesse that makes the dramatic detailing have an elegant flow. That's not to say every bride will be wearing Princess Diana's iconic yet incredibly puffy wedding dress, but rather more brides will be embracing both texture and movement, with elaborate detailing embraces here, there and everywhere. And then there's the accessorising and the idea of having different outfits to wear throughout your wedding.
Smaller, More Intimate Weddings
Along with virtual and hybrid weddings, smaller, more intimate weddings are probably going to continue their hot streak of popularity in 2023. Some couples might choose to go smaller to create an incredible atmosphere in a smaller venue, others might opt to reduce the size of their guest lists to maximise their budget in other places, while a lot of loved-up soul mates are choosing smaller weddings to allow for a more personalised and intimate experience. Whatever the reasons, some of the dreamiest weddings we've ever seen have been small, intimate and oh-so-personal.
Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Weddings
Say what you want about climate change, sparing a thought for Mother Nature on your big day can only ever be a groovy thing to do. Luckily, as sustainability and environmental consciousness become more important to couples, so does the idea of an eco-friendly and sustainable wedding, so get ready for this to become a big trend in 2023. What's more, there are so many ways in which you can create a unique space and experience by embracing this kind of kindness. From choosing locally sourced food to using eco-friendly decors, bringing the outside in with natural elements to embracing pre-loved bits and bobs.
Unique wedding ceremonies
There are a lot of traditions we still love. The something blues and ancient hymns, white gowns and throwing the bouquet. But we also love it when a couple embraces their quirks, shines the spotlight on their personality and choose to have a wedding that matches their totally unique love story, something more and more couples are choosing to do. This could involve incorporating special traditions or cultural elements, personalising the ceremony with meaningful readings or music, or choosing a non-traditional venue. Anything and everything.
Minimalist and Natural Decor
Minimalist and natural wedding decor will likely be popular in 2023, with many couples opting for simple, elegant designs that allow the natural beauty of the venue to shine through. This could involve using minimal flowers and decor, or choosing a rustic or outdoor venue, such as our Old Farm Barn and secluded walled gardens to yell the words "I do!" for all to hear.
Let's get one thing straight: when it comes to a wedding venue, there's nowhere quite like Thursford. From our wedding white pavilion to the landscaped grounds surrounding it, the cobbled courtyards to the half-a-million fairy lights, the Magical Museum to the sense of wow that bursts out of every nook and cranny. That said, destination weddings have been off the cards for so long now that a lot of couples are looking to escape the stresses of the past year and enjoy a destination weddings to some faraway paradise. Whether it's a tropical beach ceremony or a European castle wedding, destination weddings allow couples to celebrate in a unique and memorable location (just not as unique as ours).
Non-Traditional Wedding Outfits
Non-traditional wedding attire, is getting ready to become the big trend of 2023. We're talking bridal jumpsuits, bridesmaid pantsuits and maybe even wedding overalls, all of which have been embraced by brides and grooms looking to celebrate their love story in a more relaxed and personal way. So get ready to see a lot more couples opting for a more casual attire, or choosing unique and eclectic pieces that reflect their personal style as they waltz down the aisle.
Personalised Wedding Favours
In addition to personalised wedding ceremonies, many couples will likely opt for personalised wedding favours in 2023. Something that can be cherished forever, bringing a smile to each guest every time they catch a glimpse of whatever is, instantly being transported to a moment in time at your wedding. This could involve creating custom gifts for guests, such as personalised tote bags or candles, or choosing favours that reflect your interests or hobbies, or anything else that makes you tick.
Plant-based Wedding Menus
As more people adopt a plant-based diet, you can almost-certainly expect plant-based menu options to become a huge wedding trend in 2023. Luckily, plant-based dishes have become oh-so-tasty in recent years, with almost every dish imaginable being replicated in a way that's veggie or vegan pleasing. You could even go one step further and serve vegan wine at your big day.