Wedding trends for 2013

Every January Phoebe Miller looks into her new year crystal ball and comes up with the wedding trends she thinks are going to big in the next 12 months.

The Leeds-based wedding blogger is usually right on the money. Take a look at my round-up of her 2012 predictions and see if you agree.

Phoebe thinks 2013 will be a year of metallics and glitter, ‘rustic luxe’ and geometric prints.

Take a look in more detail at the colours, flowers, themes and styles she predicts will be big. And don’t forget the brilliant ‘trends to abolish’ at the end.

Themes and styling

• Rustic luxe

Phoebe says she first saw this phrase, which sounds like an oxymoron, in interiors magazines. It is rough-and-ready-industrial paired with lace, glitter and feathers. It works well with barn, outdoor weddings, creating a relaxed feel through simple blooms, hessian, chicken wire, burlap, bark and moss and livened up with splashes of glitter and gold cutlery.

source: Burnett’s Boards

• Gold

source: The Knot

• Glitter

As much as you want wherever you want!

gold glitter macarons
gold glitter macarons from Julie Blanner

• Festival finger food

I blogged about the trend for wedding street food in February. Yorkshire has some fantastic mobile chefs with stalls offering food to suit any of your guests’ tastes. Why not give them a choice?

Pieminister-festival-stand wedding

• Cake

Cakes will be ‘naked’, adorned with fresh flowers (thus fitting the rustic luxe brief) or follow a theme – gold, geometric etc.

naked cake by Cakes by Sugar
naked cake by Cakes by Sugar

Cupcakes are being replaced by choux, which can be decorated in a range of colours and filled with creme patissiere.

By Choux London.
from Choux London

• The dress

The 20s trend is going strong into 2013, as are illusion backs.

claire pettibone wedding dress blog
Eloquence by Claire Pettibone
wedding blog jenny packham
Eden by Jenny Packham

• Stationery

The stripes, chevrons, hearts and brackets of 2012 will stay popular but will be joined by geometric prints and vintage, festival-style stationery.

geometric wedding stationery
design by Press Engaged, photography by Zoom Photography


• Emerald

Suits all skin and hair colours so it’s great for bridesmaids.

From Burnetts Boards - antique jewellery < via Ruffled, emerald and gold interior, London photograph < available on Etsy, emerald bracelet from Ruche, Twigs and Honey bridal veil < via Honey Kennedy, cake < from Style Unveiled.
From Burnetts Boards

• Metallics

Gold, silver and bronze, straight up or mixed. Think glittery bridesmaids, gold charger plates and cutlery and embellished dresses.


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Also expected to be popular are pastels – mint green, peach and blue – and grey.

mint green grey wedding
source: Style Me Pretty


Two main trends: wild and wonderful and simple and elegant. And flower crowns still going strong.

• Simple and elegant

Subtle colours, pastels and frothy foliage.


• Wild and wonderful

Anything – everything – goes. Seeds, leaves, blooms, berries, pods…


Trends to abolish in 2013

• Drinks in jam jars

Jam jars can be cute at a village hall or rustic wedding but leave them in their rightful place: use only for jam, chutney and flowers. Leave this trend to the Americans and use beautiful glassware instead.

drinks in jam jars
source: Style Me Pretty

• Suitcases

I’m not sure I fancy Phoebe’s chances of winning this argument – she tried to fight the rise of the suitcase last year and it only seemed to gain momentum in 2012! Her problem with suitcases et al is that they are contrived – like typewriters (when you’re not a writer and have never used one) and piles of old books (when you have no interest in literature). The point is, your wedding should incorporate things you love, not what other people love.

wedding suitcase books
source: Tabitha Emma

• Decapitated bodies

Not really (no one would want that at their wedding) but when it looks that way from the photos. Like when the photographer only shoots the bride and groom’s heads (with unsmiling faces) or feet.

• Diamonds in bouquets


• Updating your Facebook status on your wedding day

There is so much to enjoy on your day that social networking and using your phone should be far from your mind. Did you see this footage of a bride answering a text at the altar? Seriously, that important?

• Vans, Converse and TOMS

You can wear these any day of the year so on your wedding day, when you’ve probably spent a small fortune on your dress and hours getting your hair and make-up done, put something pretty on your feet.


• Hipster husbands holding bouquets…

Style Me Pretty
Source: Style Me Pretty

• Moustaches

In weddings as in life – moustaches have been everywhere in 2012 and although it started off as quirky and slightly comical it’s now been done to death and we need to move on.

moustache wedding

Want to hear it from the horse’s mouth? Take a look at Phoebe’s blog posts: colours and flowers, themes and styling and trends to abolish.

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6 thoughts on “Wedding trends for 2013”

  1. damn it! i have at least three things from the abolish list for our spring wedding… at least its not the jam jar glasses though :)

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