If you’ve been following my content for some time, you know Michelle Norwood Events does not give into fads that come and go. However, each season, there are always a handful of timeless trends that we can get behind. And these aren’t just predictions. We’re already seeing these interests in full swing with our wedding lineup. So, without further ado, here are 2023 wedding trends that won’t fade.
While the days of Italian countryside weddings will never be over, couples are opting for something a little further and more adventurous. Africa being a top choice for its countless sanctuaries and safaris in several countries. I mean, what’s more exciting than being greeted by zebras on a private runway with an intimate ceremony in the bush surrounded by wildlife? For an all-out, off-the-beaten-path destination wedding, Vumbura Plains 5-star camp is at the tippy top of our list for its lavish accommodations and lush wilderness surroundings.
Ready to step up the sexy? This year, bridal dresses are taking it up a notch with high slits and splits. Buying a wedding dress is much more than a credit card swipe; it’s one of the most memorable purchases you’ll ever make. So, heighten the experience with something extra feminine and soft. The finest designers have mastered the art of tasteful skin show. From Dana Harel’s airy drapes to complex geometric patterns, any look is possible.
Out with the new and in with the old? More than “something borrowed,” the grandmillennial is vintage luxury at its finest. Nostalgic and traditional, influencers have created a granny-chic trend that continues to rise. While many have been designating dated elements for floral print decor, others are ushering in antique pieces for fashion and jewelry. Expect to see a lot of heirlooms making a grand appearance this year. Not just in weddings, but everywhere. On special occasions, I’ve been pairing my mother’s vintage ruby red earrings with a red lip.
Colors are in. Specifically, P P (Pierpaolo Piccioli) pink! And boy, are we excited about it. Many of our couples are brightening their design palette. Although many attribute the demand for pink to the Valentino autumn/winter ’22/’23 collection, I think it’s more about time. Covid weddings were all about simplicity. We embraced minimalism in every aspect from table layouts to color schemes. Now, it’s time we brighten things up. Prepare to see all shades ranging from pastel to barbie pink on wedding aisle and runway this year.
Like I said, color is in. And so is giving your wedding party freedom. That’s right, this year we aren’t dictating every inch of fabric. Instead, couples are picking palettes and letting their wedding VIPs choose attire that complements their body. Some are getting rid of the uniform tradition completely with mismatched dresses. Additionally, while being chosen to stand beside your sibling or bestie is an honor, it doesn’t have to be so literal. Ceremony-seated wedding parties are also becoming a thing.
Minimalism hasn’t left the building yet. It never will. This candle only rehearsal dinner rivals any floral wedding. On the 15th floor, in an ultra-exclusive residence suit at the Ritz-Carlton, guests took part in a rooftop dinner overlooking New Orleans. And ever since the first photo surfaced, my inbox has been flooded with similar requests. However, in 2023, there will be variations in candle color, shapes and sizes. There are endless design possibilities with a little or a lot of wax and wick.
I can’t lie, this is my favorite industry shift. And I love that it comes from our couples. Again, with the pandemic, we were forced to take a deeper look at what and who matters. While designs are becoming more colorful and intricate, guest lists and big moments are being kept small in terms of attendance. Many of our lovebirds are choosing to say their vows alone or with just a few loved ones present to shake performance pressure. I’d say lookout for private last dances, but you won’t see them. It will be after the dance floor has cleared.
By now, I think we’ve established that bigger isn’t better. Downsizing floral continues to be a popular wedding choice. This is yet another area we’re seeing vintage inspiration trickle in. Couples are shrinking floral displays and bouquets by replacing them with lightweight garden flowers, fresh whimsical greens and seasonal blooms in a gathered style. Keep your eye out sweet little posies on the aisle; like in this beautiful wedding at NOMA.
For those staying with an organic theme, plants and trees should be the focal point of decor design. Long gone are the days of ballrooms covered in floral arrangements. Couples are seeking out venues that have character and are effortlessly beautiful on their own. If we are not celebrating outside, one of the most common requests I get from my clients is a venue that shows its age and flaws. Then, we add pops of green that keep the flow natural and inviting.
Taking PDA to a whole new level, Sandra and Glenn hosted a seated dinner on the steps of NOMA, the oldest fine arts museum in the City of New Orleans. Their dining experience consisted of a 4-course plated meal with a movie, made by none other than the groom. The flick showcased their love story in way that moved everyone to tears. A tasteful public display of affection with outside-the-box thinking. We look forward to seeing more personalized creative and art-filled dining experiences.
For more ideas on how to say “I do” in style, follow my blog. There you will find endless inspiration and features in Vogue, Martha Stuart, Over the Moon, and Brides. Amidst any trends, Michelle Norwood Events will continue to remain classic.