2013 trend predictions

Happy Friday lovelies!!  Well, what an eventful week it’s been! Firstly the news of some of Britain’s favourite retail giants going under, and then a little closer to home, the shocking news of the Designer Wedding Show sadly going out of business and cancelling their February and October shows.  As an industry made up of many small, independant businesses, their loss is more than just a shame, for many it is financial difficulty and lost sales.  I wonder what it means for the future of wedding fairs? Do you like the big ones or the smaller, niche ones?

But it’s almost the weekend, so let’s look forward to the rest of the year with my 2013 trend predictions. I’ve really been looking forward to writing this post, there are so many exciting things going on in the wedding industry right now, so yay for you 2013 & beyond brides!!

{white & green bouquet via rustic wedding chic // emerald nautical invite via wedding chicks // green ruffle dress via pinterest // emerald drop earrings via anthropologie // mint green chevron cake via oncewed}

So let’s start with one I *might* have already mentioned once or twice ;) Ever since Emerald was announced as Pantone’s 2013 colour of the year was announced towards the end of last year, the wedding industry has quickly embraced it!  I think it’s because it’s fresh, clean and natural, and so easily translates into a chic and stylish wedding colour palette.  Whether you go bold with green dresses (oh, how I would love to see a bride be bold in an emerald green gown!) or take a more subtle approach with your details, it’s sure to stand out from the crowd.

{gold bride via snippet & ink // pewter table centre via style me pretty // copper cans via rock my wedding // copper cutlery via oncewed}

Sticking with colour palettes, another option I think will gain popularity in 2013 is metallics. Ever since spotting the Rock My Boutique launch shoot I’ve been coveting the warmth and glamour of copper tones, paired with rustic, natural textures and urban venues!  And yesterday’s elegant winter gold inspiration got a pretty fab reaction from you lot too…

{modern bride via j crew // white bouquet via every last detail // wedding table via elizabeth anne designs // place setting via bridal musings}

While vintage themes will continue to be popular, lace and pattern will be combined with a clean white backdrop and more neutral palette.  More brides will follow the ‘less is more’ principle, fewer details but with more meaning, for simple, elegant beauty.

{wall decal via berinmade // love sign via pocketful of dreams // illuminated love sign via vowed & amazed}

Over the past year we’ve seen the trend for modern, bold typography grow and grow, and this is the year it will go large. Literally.  Giant signs, whether hung, stuck or illuminated create a real wow-factor and something your guests will remember!

{stag motif invite via oh so beautiful paper // animal place setting via hatch creative studios // animal drinks stirrer via pocketful of dreams // stag head via the knotty bride}

Perfect for a farm or countryside wedding, the addition of animal motifs is a really cute little touch that helps tie your decor into your chosen location.  Appearing on stationery, decor and even photo props, this is one trend that’s pure and simple FUN!

{wedding vows backdrop via oh lovely day // outdoor wedding by stella uys via b.loved // quirky bridal couple by brita schunk via b.loved // wedding vows via shannon kelly}

Time to get sentimental. As we see more pared back weddings, injecting a sense of personality will come from other details.  Preparing personal vows, creating your own unique w-day look, or choosing a place with super-special meaning will all become ways to make your day your own, without all the DIY details.  In fact, this is a bit of an anti-trend.  Don’t worry about whether it’s cool/trendy/been done before, just concentrate on making it a day all about you!

{stylish groom by anoushka rokebrand // lavender groom  by anneli marinovich // emotional groom by stella uys // fun groom by katherine ashdown all via b.loved}

I didn’t mean to put this one last, as grooms always think they are the ones forgotten in the lead up to the wedding! But more and more grooms are getting involved, not just in the traditional role of organising the bar and turning up (the important things, right?!) but also in other things that have meaning for them.  The music, food, wine, transport and guest list management are all finding their way onto the grooms to-do list, but, even more exciting more couples are doing everything together, from venue hunting, to flowers and decor!! I LOVE this!!

Are any of these trends appearing in your wedding planning? Or is there something else you think will make it big in 2013?  Over the next few weeks I’ll be exploring some of these trends and more with the, so if you want to know what’s going to be hot in photography, stationery, flowers, fashion and cakes over the next year check back soon!

Want to see if I was right last year? Check out my 2012 trend predictions here.  I don’t think I was far wrong!


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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Thanks for sharing this, Louise! I adore the emerald green as well. Such a beautiful elegant colour that works so well in a wedding! Would love to see some green integrated into a wedding bouquet – perhaps some lovely hypericum berries to really add some texture!