brid in white lacey dress with bridesmaids in mismatched fall colored dresses

Wedding Trends to Watch in 2023

2023 Wedding Trends banner with a groom in a brown suite holding his bride in a white dress as they share a kiss
Photographer Heidi Bee Photography // Planning + Coordination Kathryn Rose Event Co // Venue Emerald Ridge Farm // Dress Calla Blanche

As we move away from the height of the pandemic we’re beginning to see wedding trends evolve more quickly. Weddings of 2020 – 2022 were a melting pot of trends from all three years coming together. This year we’re seeing couple’s gravitate towards a weekend-long celebration where they can spend more time with their family and friends. Keep reading for the trends to watch for your North Carolina wedding.

Multi-Day Weddings

wedding reception at a barn in the mountains with tents set up for guests to stay in off in the distance.
Photographer Chelsea Lane Photography // Planner Kathryn Rose Event Co //Venue Paint Rock Farm // Tent Village The Pop-Up BnB

Glamping and Multi-Day weddings are here to stay and we couldn’t be happier. Why have your friends and family stay in a hotel room block when you could all be on the same property for a whole weekend? If you book a venue like Paint Rock Farm in Hot Springs, you can have your friends and family stay in their on-site cabins or have The Pop-Up BnB provide a tent village that your guests will be raving about for years to come!

Luxury Micro-Weddings

A bride in a robe looking at her dress as it hanging in a large magnolia tree at her ceremony site.
Photographer Fern and Flower Photography // Planning and Design Kathryn Rose Event Company // Venue Magnolia House

Gone are the days of putting on extravagant events for hundreds of people you may or may not know. Post-Covid couples are valuing what is important and planning spectacular events for the people closest to them. Magnolia House is the perfect venue for destination micro-weddings in North Carolina. The historic home and additional accommodations allow for your whole family to stay on-site so that you can soak in the weekend surrounded by the natural beauty of Hot Springs.

Unique Reception Entertainment

A caricature artist drawing a sketch of three ladies
Photographer Enchanted Hills Photography // Planning and Design Kathryn Rose Event Co // Venue The Grand Eagle AirBnB

Everyone loves a great DJ or Band but have you considered other entertainment options for guests who don’t dance? Over the past few years we’ve seen so many variations of photo booths for guests to snap a picture and leave a note for the couple, they’re almost a staple at weddings at this point. This year we’re going to see some more unique vendors from caricature artists to tarot card readers. Your guests won’t be disappointed when you jump on this trend!

Mismatched Wedding Party Attire

Bride in white dress with her bridesmaids in copper, terracotta, gold, and bronze dresses.
Photographer Heidi Bee Photography // Planning + Coordination Kathryn Rose Event Co // Venue Emerald Ridge Farm // Dress Calla Blanche

Let’s face it, everyone in your wedding party isn’t going to have the same body type, skin tone, or hair color. This year we’ll be seeing a lot more mismatched wedding parties. Whether you go with a color palette or have all your ladies in floral sundresses, your photos will be stunning and your wedding party will be thanking you for allowing them to find an outfit that they feel comfortable in.

Going Green

simple wedding reception decor on farmhouse tables in a barn
Photographer Laura Cate Weyman // Planner Kathryn Rose Event Co // Venue Forever Home Farm

Sustainability is (and always has been) cool. Couples are more concerned about their environmental footprint than they have been in the past. This year you’ll see less disposable items like cups and plates and more rental, reusable items. Instead of streamers you’ll see biodegradable confetti or dried flowers for grand exits. While planning out the little details of your wedding day try taking a step back and see what items you can swap out for rentals.

At the end of the day it’s important to do what best represents you and your soon-to-be spouse! We love creating unconventional, bespoke wedding celebrations for our couples that they’ll cherish for years to come. I can’t wait to see our couple incorporate some of these trends into their weddings this year! If you feel like you need some help incorporating these trends into your special day (or weekend), Kathryn Rose Event Company is here to help! We are located in Western North Carolina, West Virginia, and LOVE destination weddings. Contact us to get started planning the best day of your life! 

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