Monday, 14 January 2013 14:34

Planning Your 2013 Dream Wedding: The Hottest Ideas Trending

Written by  Mary Sanders
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Looking back over this past year of weddings, it has been fun to see the trends we read about and planned for really take shape as they were executed for many brides. It is always a challenge to make each wedding unique when many brides have similar tastes, but it certainly is a goal of mine. Looking forward to 2013 gets me excited after previewing some of the ideas that are trending and influencing weddings for this next year. Here are a few of the ideas that will inspire weddings and brides.

Patterns and prints will show themselves a lot in wedding designing this year.  As an initial design element to set the tone for the wedding, find a pattern or print to carry throughout your planning process. Include some detail of it on the wedding invitations, programs, and details at the reception. It’s the idea of having a theme without making it cheesy or overdone.  Patterns and prints are showing up in table décor and linens, cakes and even in men’s attire and bridesmaid’s dresses. It’s okay to change it up and not have solid color dresses.


As in 2012, Pinterest will have a huge impact and serve as a place to find inspiration for brides.  Last year you saw a lot of the “farm-esque” rustic style in weddings. This year look to see that farm, vintage style taken to a whole new level. It will be farm and vintage, but with a more formal flair added. You will see a shift from Shabby Chic to more eclectic and formal…think wooden farm tables with crystal décor and fine china.  One of my brides from 2012, Melissa McKinney McInnis, embraced this farm-esque feel by using pieces from her groom’s family farm as centerpiece containers.


The upcoming release of the movie “The Great Gatsby” will also have a big impact on weddings this year. The 1920s, in general, will be seen in the glam fashion on wedding runways. Glamour is making a comeback with glitzy gold or metallic accents, crystal tablescapes and chandeliers. Think elegant, refined garden party with lots of added sparkle.  I even like the idea of having the names stamped in metallic gold on the wedding invitations to give guests that first impression of the wedding to follow.


For color schemes in 2013, neutrals are on the rise. Pink, champagne, and gold will be seen in wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses, table linens and bouquets. These colors can serve as a base for another color or can hold their own weight as a color scheme. Blues, from pale blue to seafoam to navy, are also going to be popular. The color mint will make a huge statement as well. 


To most brides, it is all about the details, and there are a lot of fun details that can be carried out to make the wedding day fabulous. Something that is still making its way in weddings is Specialty/Signature stations.  You have seen it a lot with candy stations in the last few years, or signature drink stations, but now with favorite foods in mind, themed menu stations are becoming popular. Having a chef or attendant at the stations also adds to the atmosphere of your reception. Let your specialty stations reflect you as a couple and the foods you like.


Also, dessert stations are still a huge hit.  Whether pies, chocolates, or cupcakes, guests are still swooning over the sweets!


In décor and floral, garlands will be the perfect touch to adorn tables, arches, and even hung from chandeliers.  Mixing wood with crystal and gold pieces embraces the vintage glamour idea. Candles have always been very popular to decorate with, but ever more so now. Mercury glass is a good element to bring into the design of the reception.


Etsy is also a huge hit in the wedding world. Its popularity has boomed over the last year and continues to soar. So many brides are taking advantage of the creative freedom that comes with Etsy. You can find anything on this website… custom bridal party gifts, wedding favors, cake linens… you name it. It also gives so many local artists a chance to get their names out there.


As always there are so many ideas and inspiration out there for brides. I still stand by the thought that your wedding should be a reflection of you, the bride and groom.  Let it be a day you look back on for years to come that makes you smile, and one that has good memories of the planning process.  I always try to remind my brides that the most important thing is who they are marrying, and at the end of the day they will be just as married, regardless of what happens or gets done. Starting the marriage off with the right person, and on the right foundation with the Lord as the head, is far more important than what table linens or flowers you pick.  That’s all just icing on the cake!



Wedding planner Mary Sanders is owner and operator of Mary Me.  She may be reached by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Mary lives in Pike Road with her husband and three children.




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