Hot Wedding Trends for 2013 Include DIY, Classic Glam

DIY remains one of the hottest 2013 wedding trends, and Michaels, North America's largest arts and crafts specialty retailer and DIY wedding destination, announces the year's top colors and themes. wedding


  • Heirloom Romance: Soft and feminine, this trend features pale pastels in both flowers and paper products. The look is refined, while keeping a romantic, handmade quality.
  • Purple Luxe: With hues of lavender, violet, plum, lilac and mauve, there is a purple to match every shade of love: passionate, romantic, forever. Gilded elements and ombre enhance the royal feel of this trend.
  • Seaside Bliss: Inspired by the joys of a laid-​back day at the beach, blue, coral and white combine to create a sleek, elegant and luxuriously casual feeling – the perfect look for breezy summer weddings.
  • Pink Pop and Mod: For the bride who loves bold, clean, art-​inspired looks, the vibrant colors of yellow, hot pink and orange inspire this graphic wedding trend.
  • Classic Glam: The classic elegance of old Hollywood is embraced by the black-​and-​white color scheme that defines this trend: sophisticated and refined. Glitter and metallic touches add sparkle and shine to this glamorous wedding theme.
  • Rustic Elegance: With burlap and lace, this theme is perfect for the casual bride who still wants that touch of Southern elegance at her wedding. The trend is inspired by a trip to the country: handmade signs, country stores, jelly jars and an indoor-​meets-​outdoor feel.
  • Whimsy Carnival: For the kid in all of us, the magical feeling of a carnival highlights this wedding trend. Featuring bold, bright colors, the theme may be carried out with playful pinwheels, balloons and colorful paper products.

Industry analysts and event planners also say 2013 represents a move towards sophistication.  Crystal, gold silverware, plate chargers, black tie and full-​length gowns are in.  Brides are looking for modern ways to interpret the classic feel, like use cream suede table linens edged with pink welting for a luxurious look and feel, according to a recent article from Bridal Guide.

Other noteworthy wedding trends for 2013:

  • Neutral palette with pops of black. Layers of blush will also be big.
  • Candles — look for more brides to incorporate chandeliers.
  • An eclectic approach is taking hold — combining natural, outdoorsy detail with elegant elements.
  • Playful touches such as a photo booth.
  • Incorporating low-​slung couches and lounge furniture in place of typical seating.

To learn more about Brides-​to-​be, check out the Audience Interests & Intent report available on the Research Store at ad​-ology​.com.

[Source:  Research conducted by Michaels.  19 Feb. 2013.  Web.  19 Feb. 2013; "Wedding Trends for 2013."  Bridal Guide Magazine.  19 Feb. 2013.]