US Login

Top 10 Wedding Trends for 2013: Style, Decor, Colors & More!

Looking forward to these 2013 wedding trends!

We’ve already served up starters on the biggest wedding trends for 2013 in hairstyles, bridesmaid dresses and bouquets, so it’s time to get down to the main course. From overall theme and style to decorations, colors, menu and details, here are our top 10 favorite wedding trends for 2013!

1920s inspired vintage wedding. Photo by Michael Segal via theknot
1920s wedding inspiration via TresSugar
Art Deco Wedding Invitation Suite by Ceci New York

#1 Vintage Inspired: The 1920s

Vintage is nothing new for weddings, but we were totally on to this trend for our 2013 wedding dress predictions and we’re still calling it as a big trend in overall wedding themes for next year. Think Great Gatsby style garden parties and swanky jazz club fêtes. We’ll see some style influence from the 30s and 40s, too, although the Roaring 20s will make the biggest mark. Art deco elements are particularly stylish, like these invitations from Ceci New York.

Mint wedding inspiration board via Intertwined Events

#2 Mint

Mint was huge for the past spring and summer and we see it lingering in the hearts of brides planning 2013 weddings. This cool color is fresh, modern and retro all at once. Check out our list of 6 ways to use this trending color!

Wedding dress by Lazaro
Rainbow wedding details via
Rainbow wedding cake via
Rainbow wedding via Green Wedding Shoes

#3 Rainbow Colors

Maybe you’re not inspired by just one wedding color and prefer to use…all of them! Weddings styled by Roy G. Biv are going to be big next year and we love the bright, happy and festive look for every wedding detail. Whether you do it bold or pastel, you can even outfit your bridal party in the colors of the rainbow. Even if you don’t do all out rainbow, bold use of color in weddings is soo 2013 (for wedding dresses, too!).

Bird theme wedding via

#4 Birds

They don’t call them lovebirds for nothing! These monogamous creatures are the most romantic animals of all time so it’s no wonder they make a good match for weddings. And they’re so dang cute on wedding decorations, invitations, cake toppers, centerpieces, and on and on and on…

Ceremony backdrop via
Creative ceremony backdrop. Photo by Stephanie Fay via Lifework Media Blog
Ceremony backdrop and aisle runner. Photo by Tammy Horton via Style Me Pretty

#5 Creative Backdrops

For outdoor weddings and more, a pretty and custom-made backdrop against which to say your vows is a soon to become must-have. These backdrops are the focal point of your wedding ceremony decoration and are spectacular settings for snapshots of your fist kiss. Consider streamers or origami for a very colorful DIY ceremony backdrop. Related upcoming trend: creative and custom-made aisle runners.

Bell jar centerpiece via Green Wedding Shoes
Birdcage centerpieces via Glendalough Manor Bride

#6 Covered Centerpieces

Floral designs and other planted centerpieces will be getting covered up and caged in for 2013. Terrarium centerpieces made with bell jars or glass vases put a clean and modern “do not touch” touch on your floral centerpieces. As for the birdcages – just see #4.

Vintage lounge area from Found Vintage Rentals

#7 Lounge Areas

Creating a cozy lounge environment at the wedding reception will be much appreciated by your guests. This decorating trend works indoors and outdoors and furniture can be rented by a company such as Found Vintage Rentals.

Mini wedding appetizers via
Small wedding cakes via Martha Stewart Weddings

#8 Mini Menus

When it comes to appetizers and desserts, mini is mega-cool. Your guests will love small sandwiches, bitty beverages and dainty desserts. Make it more memorable with classic (or exotic!) pairings of food and unconventional or simply knockout presentation. Just make sure there’s enough to go around! Related upcoming trend: a selection of small wedding cakes rather than one big one.

Wedding beer via Woodsy Weddings (pssst…notice the bird on the Nuptiale bottle)

#9 Beer

There’s nothing wrong with a signature wedding cocktail but you might want to think about offering some specialty brews at your shindig. With so many microbrews and craft beers available these days, you shouldn’t have trouble finding something unique to serve your guests. Make beer bottles even more special with custom wedding day labels, like these from ZCreate Design on Etsy.

Star Wars Themed Wedding via Offbeat Bride

#10 Do Your Own Thing

This is by far the BEST and fastest growing trend in the wedding world. More and more couples are feeling free to make their wedding day exactly what they want it to be. You don’t HAVE to get married in a church, you don’t HAVE to wear white, you don’t HAVE to have attendants, you don’t HAVE to listen to your relatives (unless they’re paying, but still, they should respect your wishes) and you don’t even have to listen to us (though we do have some fabulous ideas). Trends can be ignored and traditions can be tossed out the window. Even if it means having a Star Wars themed wedding, we say, “Just do you.”

Are you getting married in 2013? Tell us which trends you will (or won’t) be incorporating into your wedding.

Did you like this article? Share

More information

Leave a comment

Create your own amazing wedding website for free in two clicks

Fully customizable with hundreds of designs to choose from. See more designs >

Do you work in the world of weddings?
If you have a company or you're a wedding professional, Zankyou gives you the opportunity to advertise your services to thousands of couples who choose us to organize their weddings in over 19 different countries. More information