Trends or New traditions?
Traditions hold fast in certain sectors of our life, and that is certainly true in the wedding world. We love being a part of the traditions of our ancestors; we seek a union with the person we hope to spend the rest of our lives with, and on same level we want to join the family of "married folks." But we are also eager to shed those aspects and dried up conventions that no longer suit us, and embrace new traditions. Do we call these trends or new traditions? You decide! Here's what you can expect to see more of at 2023 weddings.
Creative Photo Booths
Masks are great; theatre curtains are fun; a themed back-drop can pull people into your vibe, but everyone loves a photo booth and they will be popular probably forever. In 2023, couples may consider setting up a fun and beautiful space where your guests can celebrate you with funny signs, gather in friend clusters, or even just capture a lovely shot of themselves that will always remind them of your day. People love a selfie in front of a mural on vacation. Give them that chance at your party.
... whenever possible. Be it during the wedding, a cocktail hour before the reception, a gathering before the ceremony even where people get to know each other, or the reception itself, get your guests outside, and set up ways and places for people to gather. Often decor presents itself during the season, but with chairs, tables, lanterns and music, OUTSIDE is the place to be.
We buy packages when we travel for personal or professional reasons, and now wedding venues have jumped on board and are doing more than just the catering and event set up. Couples who want something gorgeous but tidy and inclusive are choosing to go with wedding packages that provide the "soup to nuts" experience for themselves and guests.
Grazing Tables for Guests
We've all done the sit down dinner or brunch, and the ongoing buffet with every type of vegan option, pasta option and animal protein option. People tend to love all of it because they came to celebrate you, party and eat. In a more casual vein, grazing tables with charcuterie and "build your own" food opportunities are going to be hip in 2023. Don't overlook this as an idea when planning your reception. You can feed the guests who need sustenance and have traveled 1000 miles, as well as those who need fuel to keep dancing the night away.
Remembering Those not Present
This trend became more of a staple a decade or so ago, and it is not going anywhere. We at Bridal Traditions love it too. Whether they are serving out of country or have passed away, including those dearly departed is a sweet and meaningful addition to any 2023 wedding.
Weddings in North and South Carolina have no shortage of these. Create your ceremony or reception, if not both, around a lovely vista or landscape. A backdrop in an urban or natural setting grounds the moment and, of course, makes for incredible photography.
Whatever your theme, consider incorporating some of these new or trusted trends in your 2023 ceremony!