As the Spring 2023 wedding season is in full bloom (sorry not sorry), I thought it a lovely time to share some 2023 Wedding Trends the LAE team and I are excited about.
At the root of these trends, I spot a theme: Elevated guest experience & joyfully leaning into meaningful celebrations. In so many ways, I feel like we have this collective sense that 2019 was last year. Like, literally, the past three years feel like one long blur. A lot of things are different as we have slowly collectively re-emerged over the past year and a half or so from the pandemic, & I see this impact reflected in these wedding trends. We are leaning into quality time together, leaning into celebration, leaning into joy, light, & love.
Everywhere! Bright florals play with an effortless, garden gathered aesthetic that is literally everything. Colored tapered candles are a chance to add ambience & accent your color pallette. Place settings, glassware, & linens are delightful elements to design with colors & mixed patterns. Wedding party attire is also having a moment with mixed complementary colors & patterns, & is such a fun way to express style!
Statement Seating Displays:
From champagne walls to personalized flower pots (doubles as a favor!) to handwritten thank you placecards, this is a spot to get creative. As your guests’ first greeting into your reception space, your seating display sets the tone & elevates your guest experience with thoughtful details. Here’s a few we have upcoming for our couples this season:
Mini ranch water Topo Chico bottles, displayed with names & seating assignments attached
Handmade (by the groom!) cutting boards at each guest’s seat
Personalized thank you notes (& table assignments) enclosed in envelopes in an ombre of the wedding colors
Al Fresco Celebrations:
We are living for indoor/outdoor celebrations with a natural flow & unique spaces for guests. In April, we curated a unique New Orleans celebration at one of our very own Virginia wineries, complete with lounge spaces inside & out, an outdoor bar with a beautifully light washed fountain behind it, & an al fresco dinner service. In June, we will be leaning all the way in for an intimate, lakeside reception under nothing but the sky & the glow of string bistro lights. In the fall we will lean into a few celebrations with food trucks & unique outdoor guest experiences.
And, last but not least, just for fun & pure class: Champagne towers! Such a statement & a super fun moment to incorporate into your celebration. Gatsby style coupe glasses & sparkling bubbles please!