Couples have a lot to consider when bringing their destination wedding visions to life. With so much choice as trends continue to evolve, deciding which elements to include and which to ‘break up’ with can be overwhelming, so we want to help! With the new year approaching quick, we’ve compiled a handful of much-anticipated destination wedding trends for 2023 that we see standing the test of time.
As sustainability becomes a bigger part of the conversation and the wedding industry grows more accustomed to the evolving needs of couples, “green” weddings will continue to be a trend next year. Wedding vendors are providing more eco-conscious options when it comes to venues and décor, even the food, while couples explore creative ways to say “I do” responsibly, tapping into the traditions of something old and something borrowed, like upcycling décor or renting their wedding dress and suit attire.
Destination weddings offer a natural beauty with an expansive color palette that’s hard to find anywhere else. In 2023, we’ll see more wedding couples incorporate statement florals in bold, unique colors that reflect their personality and complement the idyllic venue of paradise, making their mark for an unforgettable vision. Long are the days where pale pastels and crisp whites dominate the vision board as couples dare to be different. Plus, the local and seasonal flowers in your favorite sun destinations come in fun bright tones!
Metal-inspired color palettes
Bold colors come in many forms and your wedding should shine as bright as you do. A fun twist to a color scheme we love from 2022 that is sure to continue on is blending metallics and copper tones with more neutral shades throughout your wedding décor and attire. You’ll fall in love with the contrast of these strong tones and materials with black or natural greenery that make for a striking aesthetic, whether that be seen in your ceremony altar, centerpieces, place settings, or simple statements sprinkled throughout, even the bridesmaid dresses will look stunning.
Curated cocktail hours
The conventional cocktail hour is getting an upgrade with uniquely crafted and personalized offerings that are sure to impress. As couples look for more creative ways to put their stamp on not-your-average destination wedding in 2023, they’re incorporating signature cocktails and canapés that are not only a reflection of their personalities but are designed by the couples themselves. For an added personal touch, extend cocktail hour towards the end of the night and hire an artist to make special coffee or latte art for each of your guests. Everyone loves an opportunity to Instagram!
Reception outfit changes
After saying “I do,” it’s party time! While we’re all familiar with the outfit change, brides are opting for more fun and flirty cocktail dresses to don for their reception events. We love the trend of trading in your traditional gown for something short to dance the night away in, especially in the heat, plus it’s a modern alternative for brides who want to be fashionable yet comfortable for the remainder of the day! It’s also another way to showcase your personality through style and keep your guests guessing!
Pop culture has seen its fair share of elopements lately, from Kourtney and Travis to Ben and JLo’s Vegas nuptials, inspiring wedding couples to bring the trend back into the spotlight. From beachfront destinations to mountainous terrain and historic city centers, couples can forge their own paths in the tropics, an ideal location for couples to escape and celebrate their big day with an intimate guest list of two. There are also plenty of all inclusive resorts offering superior amenities, services, and wedding packages best suited to eloping couples.