Wedding traditions never stand still, and what’s to come in weddings this year illustrates that. For example, Vogue reports that wedding hashtags, uniform bridesmaid dresses, fireworks, welcome bags, and big wedding parties standing up at the ceremony are yesterday’s news. So what will be the big 2023 wedding trends?
Rethinking the ceremony
Several of the newer 2023 wedding trends this year involve the ceremony itself. Some couples are opting for an intimate ceremony with just family and a few close friends, saving the big blowout celebration for the reception.
Others are holding it earlier in the day, with the reception scheduled for several hours later, thereby allowing the bridal party some downtime to decompress before the real festivities take off.
The big wedding toward the end of last year was First Granddaughter Naomi Biden’s, with her Grace Kelly-inspired gown and cathedral-length veil created by Ralph Lauren. Her selection of the classic high-neck, long-sleeved Chantilly lace gown and train is now influencing other brides to choose similar clean, timeless styles.
She also continued a recent trend by changing into a second dress, a strapless ivory silk Mikado Reem Acra dress for the black-tie reception, and then a third, a beaded, fringed Markarian mini-dress, for some late-night dancing.
One big change has to do with the wedding party. Bridesmaid gowns will allow them more choice, within certain parameters. They’ll each be wearing the same color, perhaps, but in their own style or pattern that reflects their personalities.
This year, the show won’t just be on the ground. As more couples look for ways to set their weddings apart—not to mention dazzle guests—they’re looking upward for inspiration, setting up spectacular ceiling displays of lighting, florals, etc.
Plenty of parties
People are celebrating the lifting of pandemic restrictions by planning week-long parties, parties, and more parties. From wild welcome parties, to bachelorette parties, to over-the-top after-parties, it’s all about cutting loose.
And by the way, if you want a venue that offers room to party in a unique setting, try the Historic Alfred I. duPont Building in downtown Miami. With its marble walls, open marble flooring, and 30-foot hand-painted cypress ceilings, our Art Deco-inspired North ballroom can hold up to 150 guests, while our South ballroom can handle 550 people.
And because we have no curfew, the after-party can go on into the wee hours!