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Top 2023 Wedding Trends

December 11, 2022

With 2023 on the horizon, couples planning for their dream wedding can embrace any or all of the latest trends for a chic soirée. Not sure where to start? The Avalon Event Rentals team of wedding planning experts has compiled the top 10 wedding trends of 2023 to help ease your wedding planning stress (or at least keep it trendy!).

Trend #1: Intimate Guest Lists 

Overwhelmed by the thought of inviting 200 of your “dearest” friends and family to attend your special day? Consider an intimate ceremony and reception with a curated guest list; inviting 50 or fewer guests allows you to allocate your budget elsewhere and focus on creating great memories with each guest (your closest friends and family) and your significant other, of course! 

Trend #2: Sustainability  

More and more couples are opting for sustainable wedding practices to reduce their impact! Reusing florals throughout the day, using conscious catering, renting furniture locally, and using linen instead of paper napkins are all great ways to keep your day earth-friendly. 

Trend #3: Local Weddings

Destination weddings, who? Over the past two years, local weddings have stepped into the forefront of venue locations, and for a good reason! Not only does hosting your big day close to home make it simpler for your loved ones to attend, but it also offers you the comfort of home and can be more meaningful, which is something you won’t find in a destination venue. The cost you’ll save on travel can be reallocated to your honeymoon, catering, or even a head start on the rest of your lives! 

Trend #4: Fall in Love with Lighting 

Light up your day with unique lighting options and set the tone for the ceremony and reception. Accentuate your love and emphasize romance with lantern lighting, keep it rustic with exposed bulbs, or turn heads with one or several showstopping chandeliers…and don’t forget the disco ball for the dance floor

Trend #5: Mates of Honour and Groomsmaids

Engaged couples are looking to break tradition, and mixed bridal parties are becoming increasingly popular and on-trend. After postponed celebrations, couples are focusing on spending time with loved ones and honouring their friendships with co-ed bridal parties. So whether your brother is your mate of honour, or your best girlfriend is your groomsmaid, what’s stopping you from celebrating with the people most important in your life? 

Trend #6: Blue, Blue, & More Blue! 

Keeping with the classic “something blue tradition,” the colour blue will be prominent in 2023 wedding palettes. Couples may incorporate blue in their wedding colour scheme, think bridal parties, or even venue linens. With over 100 options for table runners and chair tie-backs, even if blue isn’t in your big day's colour scheme, you’ll be sure to find what speaks to you! 

Trend #7: Nontraditional Guestbooks

Guestbooks will always be in. However, traditional guestbooks are taking a step back and replaced by new and unexpected ways to leave the newlyweds a loving message. Gone are the days of pen and paper; instead, think of alternatives like personalized postcards, video booths, advice cards, polaroids, or even signing something that represents the couple, like a board game, artwork, or puzzle pieces.

Trend #8: Outdoor Venues 

Over the past few years, outdoor venues have become increasingly popular and show no signs of slowing down. Home to beautiful natural scenery, the Okanagan offers a variety of gorgeous settings to host your big day - get creative with open canopy tents, barns, gazebos, and arches to personalize the big day. You can even choose the ambiance and exchange your vows at sunset for the perfect photos, if you plan accordingly!  

Trend #9: Creative Wedding Favours 

Following in the footsteps of unique guestbooks, couples are getting creative with their wedding favours. It might be your big day, but you want to ensure that your loved ones can remember it as fondly as you; after all, they’re celebrating you! Choose something meaningful, if you and your soon-to-be spouse love coffee lovers and share your favourite coffee beans. When in doubt, head to Pinterest for some inspiration to help commemorate tying the knot!

Trend #10: Statement Decor / Party and Glassware 

It’s all in the details! Set the atmosphere for your big day with decor and details that reflect your relationship! Turn heads with a statement piece to draw attention, or use simple notes in your glassware, varying table sizes, dinner and flatware, and party accessories to tailor your day perfectly to you and your partner. We’re not saying a chocolate fountain makes for a great midnight lunch, but we’re not saying it doesn’t.

Now that you’re prepped with the top wedding trends for 2023, it’s time to start planning for the special day and choose the details for your dream wedding. Contact a professional to help with the details, and feel free to stop by our Kelowna showroom or visit our online wedding gallery for more inspiration! 

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