The Ten Hottest Wedding Trends of 2023
Hi ! I’m absolutely fizzing with so much to share! So what’s hot and what’s not this season?
The weather on the South East Coast of Queensland where I live has been hot during the first quarter of 2023.
It’s been Sizzling and we’ve seen so many new, fresh 2023 wedding trends emerge to match the weather…
Brides and Grooms, turn up the air-con for these gorgeous ideas!
1. This years Pantone Colour 2023 is
At the boldest most beautiful receptions there will be beautiful Magenta details and pops galore.
WELCOME TO THE ‘MAGENTAVERSE’
Viva Magenta Photography courtesy Pantone
2. Elegant Lavish Bridal Gowns
2023 sees billowing full skirts, extravagant trains, adorned detail bodices, intricate lace, elegant sparkles, tiara’s and long cathedral length veils
Look what caught my eye – New York Bridal Fashion Week 2023
RUFFLES, FEATHERS, COLOUR, BOWS, LONG GLOVES, CAPES, BALLGOWNS, MERMAID SILHOUETTE and of course THE SLIP DRESS
Designer: Elie Saab, Hermione de Paula
Bridesmaids Mixing it up
Bridesmaids wearing uniquely differing but complimentary styles, colours and silhouettes.
One colour palette and free reign to choose and create a personal style.
Dare I say it, this is the age where we can truly say ‘She can wear it again’
Let’s hear it for the boys
Grooms are taking it up a notch, matching the elegance of their brides.
We’re seeing less of the chino’s matched with sports jacket, less beige linen and more of the designer suits.
3. The Statement Piece
One amazing Statement piece to
take everyone’s breath away
The focal point of the ceremony and re-purposed as a magnificent photo wall backdrop
spectacular wedding cake surround or Bridal table decoration.
Floral Designers Sunshine Coast – Click to visit Suncoast Florist
Wedding Day Ice Sculpture
Make a cold, boujie, opulent splash with custom, personalised ice sculpture created for your reception.
A champagne and oyster Ice bar created for your arriving guests for cocktail hour will WOW.
Personalise with your Monogram or frozen flowers.
Yes, the 70’s icon DISCO BALL is making a huge comeback, one is a must have and 10 would be spectacular!
Incorporated into the hanging florals or hanging as the focal point, create an abundance of dancing retro, opulence
Monograms are hot.
Your personal, unique design can be used on all stationary, invitations, place cards, menu’s, table numbers, seating plan, then used for the rest of your lives.
Amazing lighting creates ambiance, excitement and the most spectacular photos ever!
Fairy light curtains, ceiling draping, stage spot lighting, coloured lighting, uplighting.
Your reception can be transformed from a room to a ballroom with the right lighting.
WE’RE LOVING lighting!
Whether using lighting, disco balls, fabulous floral pendants or draping, ceilings can’t be ignored this season.
4. They’re back!
Larger weddings are again being planned
We’ve just started to see the wedding scene burst with love again.
The ‘Lavish’ has returned to wedding plans with guests numbers significantly increasing this year.
Gabbinbar Homestead, Queensland
Need a planner? Contact my Cloud Nine Weddings – Queensland
Couples opting for smaller weddings are choosing indulgence and opulent quality over quantity.
Bold and beautiful blooms, extravagant menu’s, exquisite accomodation and more exotic honeymoons.
Sunshine Coast Grooms, Sunshine Coast BRIDES, elope Sunshine Coast, getting married Sunshine Coast
5. Dynamic, Bold and Bright Colour Schemes
Loving ‘Viva Magenta’! Bold, bright decisions are being made.
We’re not talking carnival though, we’re seeing considered bold colour blocking with
complimenting and opposing colours from the colour wheel.
We’re loving the energy and excitement these thoughtful palettes are delivering.
6. Professional Wedding MC’s
& Reception Entertainment
First decision – The must have professional MC
A Professional Wedding MC’s is a must have.
Professionally keeping the evening on pace, hosting and energising, working with the entertainment and caterers.
If your Celebrant offers this service and you LOVE their energy and style,
this is a great choice as your MC . You already have history, your guests will have created a relationship and be familiar with the Celebrant so the magic can continue throughout the entire occasion.
Click here to request MC information: Suzanne Riley Marriage Celebrant and MC/Compère
and the fabulous Paul Collier Entertainment Paul Collier DJ and MC and Party Starter
Many Dj’s and bands offer an MC service so ask yours.
Photo and Video Booths
For a number of years, photo booths and video booths have been entertaining your guests
before they’ve even sat down for entree, not to mention creating interesting photo guests books.
They’re still hot and will be for a while!
Photo and video booths and ‘roaming ring’ photo captures – downloading straight to your phone
Visit Noosa PhotoBooths
have shown they’re worth their weight in gold when entertaining guests after the ceremony and throughout the reception. They’re still hot and still creating fun.
7. Same Same but different
We’re there… it’s not a same sex wedding anymore, it’s now just ‘A WEDDING’
It’s taken a couple of years to truly embed into the culture and now we’re at last seeing an honest openness and equality that’s long awaited.
Hopefully we’ve seen the last of couples feeling the need to ask if a supplier is ‘LGBTQ friendly
8. The First Look – Popular Still!
Start the celebrations and the precious memories with your LOVE!
Couples are loving the idea of meeting up a couple of hours before the ceremony at a private location to have that intimate, romantic ‘first look’ first sight of each other, a moment to share out of the limelight and just between lovers … mix it up and spend most of their wedding DAY together, after all, it’s ALL about you!
The photographer captures every memory of the first moments.
Time to capture beautiful photos together and then arrive to their ceremony on time, with most of the official photos done and dusted.
Join guests after the ceremony for a few family photos and straight into the celebrations, nibbles, drinks, party time! No shooting off for 2 hours whilst guests are waiting.
This is the HOTTEST trend for the wedding day schedule and makes so much sense. LOVE it.
9. Wedding Festival Weekends
Why have just a wedding day?
The 3 day Wedding celebration is a ‘thing’.
Your guests will be talking about your wedding and their extended holiday
for years after they experience your once-in-a-lifetime celebration.
Pre-Organise group accomodation rates with a resort hotel of your choice and share the link with your guests.
Guests will appreciate being organised as a group and close to the action.
The 3 day itinerary delivered to guest rooms on arrival
Day 1. Pre-wedding dinner, no speeches tonight, just fun and laughter, guests meeting.
Day 2. Of course… the Wedding day festivities
10. Indoor Fireworks
No More Burned Fingers
Sparkler farewells are hot, but burning fingers hot.. so they’re not cool .. let me start again 🙂
To create a sparkling farewell, opt for professional indoor fireworks
or streamers for guests to shower as a the newlyweds exit
Take a ballroom full of guests who have been enjoying an open bar for 5 hours and give them sticks on fire, and you’re asking for trouble. Sparkler farewells have been a venue and wedding planner’s worst nightmare and are on the absolutely not hot list this year.
So in brief….
Top 10 2023 wedding ‘What’s hot’
- Magenta Pantone of the year
- Bright Bold Colour Schemes
- First Look
- Lavish Bridal Gowns
- 3 Day wedding plans – festival wedding
- Professional MC’s and Reception Entertainment
- Spectacular focal points
- Same Sex Weddings or in other words… Weddings 🙂
- Dramatic statement ceilings
- Mix it up Bridesmaid gowns in complimenting shades
Top 10 wedding 2023 ‘What’s not hot’
- Carpet at beach and garden ceremonies
- Same, same, uniform bridesmaids
- Instagram hashtags! #notfabulous
- Guests taking photos during the ceremony
- Boring Readings
- Ceremony rehearsals
- Family member MC’s
- Vintage Charm
- Neutral colours
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with Love xx Suzanne