When it comes to this year’s wedding trends, it’s out with the old and in with the new! We talked to some of our favorite local wedding tastemakers who dished out what’s to come for this year in DC area weddings. From a return to classic styling to a plethora of neutral and blush color palettes, 2013 is all about the details. Now we know that weddings aren’t the trendiest of events (as most couples are looking to make their Washington DC area weddings more personal than trendy) but if you are looking for ideas for your upcoming wedding, consider some of these ideas that will be en vogue this year and hopefully the years to come!

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Photo Credits: Egomedia Photography from Heather + Adam’s wedding

Classic Sophistication

Some trends never go out of style—and we’re not complaining! This year is a return to classic and traditional styles. Think black tie, full ball gowns, and tons of bling. Bring on the sequins!

“I would love to see more formality throughout a wedding, such as black tie and full length gowns, multi-course dinners with champagne and lush florals on silk linens.” –Terri, owner of Bash

“{In bridal fashion} we will certainly see oversized ruffles, sheer volume, peplums, sheer lace overlay and illusion necklines, beading, vintage style 1920′s and Edwardian silhouettes. We will see elegant long bridesmaids dresses with illusion necklines.” –Margo, owner of The Bright Occasions

“I would have to say that I see sequin linens taking over this year. While they fall on the more expensive side of the linen spectrum, introducing them in a few special places within an event space can do wonders.” –Natalie, owner of Event Design Group, LLC

“A return to elegance with luxe tableware and formal dinners.” –Laura, owner of Engaging Affairs

“We are seeing more requests for soft vintage highly textural designs with a particular emphasis on heritage lace and vintage ribbons in velvets and moiré!” –Lisa, owner Petals and Promises, LLC

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Credits: Invitations by LilyPad Weddings from Rehearsal Dinner Styles

Multiple Wedding Celebrations

Who says your celebration of love needs to limited to only one night of fun? 2013 is the year for planning multiple wedding celebrations from after parties and day-after brunches, to a rehearsal dinners and cocktail hours! Also, small isn’t just limited to the dessert size, couples this year a looking to keep those guest counts down and focus on an amazing guest experience.

“As an alternative to a full three days, often my couples will hold an after-wedding party at a local/nearby bar and ask all of their guests to join them after their exit. Surprisingly, not only have most all of the local bars responded positively, encouraging my couples to invite all of their guests, but went above and beyond by offering customized, discounted drinks in honor of the couples’ wedding.” – Candy, owner of Candy + Co.

“We’re seeing a trend towards smaller-sized weddings in terms of guest count. Keeping the guest count smaller may allow for a two to three day celebration with multiple activities partially or fully hosted.” – Amber and Emily, owners of Karson Butler Events

“More and more of my couples love the idea of having three separate spaces for their event – cocktail Hour, dinner and dancing. A great alternative is having a lounge area for guests to leave their seats and mingle together rather than staying glued to their seats or the dance floor.” – Diana, owner Eventi Planning

“All of my brides are requesting romantic, elegant and beautiful designs. The tones are all soft and romantic and we are using a lot of gold this year. In fact, gold as an accent color is becoming popular with just about every color combination you can imagine.” –Holly, owner of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers

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Photo Credits: Connor Studios from Jennifer + Eugene’s wedding

Neutral + Blush Color Palettes

Neutral tones are far from dull! We’re seeing soft and romantic color palettes in neutral shades of greys, taupes, creams, blushes and more. Bring on the romance!

“I think we will see a resurgence of the classic cream and white wedding palette, but amped up with touches of ‘blush and bashful’ layered with metallics in shimmers, glitters, and matte accents.” – Danielle, owner of Magnolia Bluebird design & events

“Metallics will continue to be big and treated as neutrals, and we think that unfussy gold, used in modern ways will become even more popular.” – Sara and Whitney from Bella Notte

“Color trends in addition to the nude/champagne trend are navy + greens; coral + blush pink tones and all white weddings with touches of gold.” – Katie, owner of Elegance and Simplicity, Inc.

“The huge trend I’m seeing for 2013 is charcoal grey. I think what makes charcoal such a great choice is it’s timeless, it anchors pretty much any accent color, and it is versatile in terms of style.” – Liza, owner of DBI Events

“I imagine that black, white, and gold are going to be a little more popular than we’ve seen in the past. It’s making a huge comeback in home décor and I think this mod selection will be one to contend with for the 2013 wedding season.” – Natalie, owner of Event Design Group, LLC

 

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Photo Credits: Marta Locklear from Christina + Brent’s wedding

Modern Design + Details

Crisp, clean and contemporary! Our local wedding experts are anticipating modern designs in everything from wedding-day attire to reception décor.

“We think we will begin to see a return to modern. Vintage is by no means gone, but couples are craving clean lines, simple design, glass and lots of candlelight.” – Gerry and Rebecca, owners of Petal’s Edge Floral Design

“This year we’ll move beyond chevron and stripes, into patterns such as quatrefoil. We see inspiration being drawn from art deco, and utilized with modern twists.” –Sara and Whitney from Bella Notte

“Brides are choosing non-traditional colors for their dresses (thanks to Jessica Beil and Blake Lively), as well as necklines and hemlines.” –Courtney, owner of Dogwood Events

“Most of the 2013 couples I’ve worked with are interested in making their wedding look like a showroom or display window of their favorite clothing/furniture store (à la West Elm, Nordstrom, Barneys, Anthropologie).” – Candy, owner of Candy + Co.

“Clean and crisp – I think we are going to start seeing a move away from the layers and layers of design towards simple, clean, crisp concepts – almost simpler is better approach.” – Elizabeth, owner of Elizabeth Duncan Events

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Photo Credits: Abby Jiu Photography from Custom Wooden Stamps

Custom Calligraphy + Stationery

This year, wedding stationery and paper goods are all about beautiful typography. Whether its hand lettered calligraphy, chalkboard art or bold typefaces, 2013 is all about the words!

“I’ve been creating more custom hand-lettered monograms which have become a way for clients to personalize not just their invitation suites, but also their programs, menus, etc., basically taking that custom mark and weaving it throughout all of their paper goods.” – Michele, owner of Meant to be Calligraphy

“I believe in 2013 wedding stationery will continue to use a lot of beautiful calligraphy and hand written type. Couples planning more casual or rustic affairs won’t hesitate to combine three or four fonts for high impact design.”
– Carina, owner of Little Bird Creative

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And there you have it! All the wedding trends for 2013 that local wedding vendors in the Washington, DC area want to see this year and many years to come! What trends do you love? Will you use any of these ideas in your upcoming wedding?

Be sure to visit our wedding inspiration galleries for fabulous ideas, or our real wedding gallery for beautiful, local weddings!

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