Looking at wedding trends for 2013, this is the is the Year of Redefined Formal - where old world glamor and elegance takes a prominent formal position followed by fun and youthful energy to round out the event.
Top Wedding Trends for 2013
- Glamour & Elegance: Shabby chic had its day – decor is going to be more sophisticated in 2013. Rustic farm and vintage pieces will continue to be popular, but in a more formal way: crystal on the wood table (or hanging from the trees as chandeliers), with formal dinner settings on that rustic wood table.
- Vintage: Don’t call it a comeback; vintage never really went away. We’ve been fascinated by old world glamour (of late: Downton Abbey, Anna Karenina, The Great Gatsby) and those decadent accents will influence and shape wedding design in 2013. Corset, lace, gold, sparkle, art deco, cascading bouquets, and formal gowns. Expect more ‘black tie’ invitations this year.
- Neutral colors: Grey and taupe will lay foundations on which blush and mint will accent. And gold (especially on the table top as flatware and chargers) taps right into the vintage elegance.
- Patterns galore: expect to see different patterned fabrics (chevron, stripes, gingham, paisley, polka dots) in the evolution of the monogram as theme accent: table runners, napkins, dresses, bow ties or pocket square.
- Evolution of the Lounge & After Party: having a place for guests to mingle in a relaxed setting really took off in 2012. Look for 2013 to have this lounge area inclusive of activity too: feature a favorite micro-brew, signature vintage libation, or fun finger food; offer games like bocce ball or horseshoes, and interactive entertainment like sketch artists, magicians & tarot card readers. Watch for 2013 to be the year that the after-party stays at the reception: rather than changing locations, more couples will extend the party in place, changing the mood and tone with change of entertainment, snack foods and perhaps attire that shifts from formal to fun.
- Sophistication at the bar: The era of flavored martini is winding down (RIP Cosmopolitans). In keeping with vintage spirit, we’ll see the return of artisanal cocktails. Champagne will see a focus as the base spirit for Champagne Bars to which all kinds of infusions can be offered, giving an interactive element to cocktail hours and lounge settings.
- Beyond Beer: With the tremendous range of micro-brews and craft beers offered (there’s a plethora of local brews to explore!), beer can be a bar of its own. Activity idea: flight tastings during cocktail hour or lounge reception time.
- Live-streaming: Technology allows us to easily have our own reality show, in this case, the broadcast of weddings for those who can not attend the celebration.
- Menu Fun: Not necessarily for the after-party anymore: think carnival foods: popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy, candy apples, food trucks, ice cream trucks, french fry trucks and taco trucks, and barbecue.
Now, if you are thinking “The Ebell would be an ideal setting for all of these trends,” you are not alone. I am giddy with anticipation and can’t wait to meet couples who are ready to collaborate on creating their personal celebration here at the Ebell. With Chef Louis’ culinary craftsmanship, and Anessa’s finely honed event production skills, our event professionals resources, and the amazing inspirational setting that the Ebell offers, we are in perfect alignment with what’s to come in 2013. We look forward to this exciting new year!