The Top 5 Wedding Themes for 2023
For couples planning to say, “I Do” this year, it is time to consider choosing an exquisite theme for the special day. Unique wedding themes provide a creative, fun opportunity that reflects the couple’s relationship. Some themes make wedding planning easier and more efficient. Now here’s the million-dollar question: what wedding theme should you choose?
To lend some inspiration for your big day, here are the top five hottest wedding themes of 2023, curated by Knowles Hospitality’s expert team.
1) Barbiecore Wedding Themes
It’s time to think pink! Barbiecore, inspired by the effeminate aesthetic of the fashion doll, became one of the hottest wedding fashion trends of 2023. We can expect the popularity surrounding this motif to intensive with the upcoming release of the “Barbie” Film, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, in July 2023.
For brides wishing to incorporate the Barbiecore aesthetic into wedding planning, embrace ultra-bright colors for the wedding color palette, such as fuchsia, rose, magenta, and Barbie’s signature hot pink. For the wedding wardrobe, consider a modern cuffed, off-the-shoulder wedding dress with hot pink statement accessories, such as rhinestone drop earrings, velvet gloves, a clutch purse, and platform satin heels.
Add in a touch of Western vibes with hot pink metallic boots as a nod to Barbie’s cowgirl era. For Barbiecore decor ideas, pair fuchsia neon signs with luscious pink bouquets.
2) RomCom-Core Wedding Themes
For a nostalgic romcom-core wedding, couples can draw inspiration from the golden era of romantic comedies seen in the ‘90s and early 2000s. You guess it; Y2K fashion is back in style! Think embroidered slip dresses, velour tracksuits, tube tops, platform sandals, rhinestone outfits, kitten heels, and baguette shoulder bags.
When planning a romcom-core-themed wedding, the couple should reflect on their favorite romantic comedies to recreate iconic fashion and design moments. For example, think of the iconic yellow satin dress that Kate Hudson wears as Andie Anderson in “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.”
But for “Love Actually” fans, try Keira Knightley’s iconic wedding dress. which only makes a brief appearance in the film. Her character, Juliet, wears a slightly sheer, layered, form-fitting wedding dress with a ruffled neckline. Despite only making a brief appearance in the movie, the chic dress still lingers in all our minds.
3) ‘80s Glam Wedding Themes
The ‘80s are back… again! For couples who want to rewind another decade before romcom-core, the ‘80 glam wedding aesthetic is on the rise again. For nuptial wear, choose from the ‘80s wedding dress trends, including puffy sleeves, a high neckline, padded shoulders, lace sleeves, and over-the-top headpieces. Two of the most iconic dresses of the era included Madonna’s 1985 strapless ball gown wedding dress with luscious pink flowers and a black hat with a veil-like tulle. Sarah Ferguson’s 1986 luxurious duchess satin wedding dress with a 17-foot-long train.
For the decor, find creative ways to lean into the nostalgia from this iconic era. You can include cassette mixtape invitations, neon signs, and arcade games. Of course, the night would not be complete without an ‘80s cover band, jamming along to Prince, Whitney Houston, Queen, and other musical icons.
4) Rust Wedding Color Palette Themes
According to the latest Pinterest Trends, the rust color palette dominated weddings in 2022. Therefore, we can expect the trend to spill into 2023. Though most people often associate these hues with fall weddings, rust can add a bohemian feel or retro vibe to a couple’s special day any time of year. This palette features rust and orange, though teal and gray can appear too.
From the bridesmaid dresses to the bouquets to the wedding cake, try creative ways to stick to the color scheme, while avoiding monotones. V-neck satin rust bridesmaid dresses with rose, cream, and light orange bouquets pair elegantly with the groomsmen’s traditional suits while contrasting the bride’s bright white wedding dress. Try incorporating softer wedding lighting to match the mood.
5) Sustainability Wedding Themes
With the rise of eco-friendly weddings, more brides crave sustainable wedding dress options. A sustainable wedding dress contains recycled or eco-friendly materials to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In the United States, a few of the best sustainable wedding dress brands include Wear Your Love, Leanne Marshall, and Scout Bridal.
To reduce the environmental impact, try purchasing or renting a secondhand wedding dress. When properly maintained and cared for, a gently worn wedding dress will look new (and can potentially even be resold after the wedding). Try Etsy or Still White to get started with wedding dress thrifting!
Which Wedding Theme Will You Choose?
With these top five wedding themes of 2023, you will have plenty of ideas to get started on your wedding planning this year. At Knowles Hospitality, northern New Jersey’s premier wedding venue, our experienced team is ready to help you make your dream wedding come true. Contact us at (973) 732-2360 to connect with our wedding planning team today!