We asked 20 influential wedding bloggers to share their thoughts with us on 2013 wedding trends they personally feel will emerge.  Below are their opinions and predictions. How many do you agree with?

20.  Patterns  will  be  hot


For 2013, I think that incorporating patterns into wedding day decor  is going to be HOT! I think we’ll surely continue to see chevron and  stripes used on everything from table runners to bowties. However, I  think we’ll also start to see more and more gingham, paisley and even  polka dots. Because what’s not to love? They truly do add a bit of fun  and a touch of whimsy. I’m imaging bridesmaids in striped skirts, and  groomsmen with paisley ties. There really are so many possibilities when  it comes to patterns and we’re so excited to see where they’ll turn up  for weddings in 2013! – [Chrissy, The Perfect Palette]

19.  The  Reception  Lounge


The reception “lounge” is a wedding trend we’ve seen begin to take  off in 2012 and expect to see back even stronger in 2013. It offers an  away from the dance floor area for guests to eat, drink and mingle in a  relaxed setting. From a groom’s perspective, the lounge is a perfect  spot to feature a favorite microbrew, signature cocktail or finger food.  If you’re planning to include a photo booth, any yard or table games or  a build-your-own drink station – the lounge is the place to do it. As  always guys, be sure to talk ideas over with your fiancé before you  commit.- [Chris, The Man Registry]

18.   Prints  charming

In my book, prints will be a key trend for 2013 weddings. We’ve already seen a few of these starting to come through, but next year I think this will really catch on– everything from the stripes and chevron of 2012 to delicate florals and bold graphic prints. Look out for print fabrics used as table runners and napkins, print bridesmaids’ dresses (either as one of a mismatched grouping, or a striking collection) and even on groomsmen’s shirts or pocket handkerchiefs. Done right, it’s a great look, and if you tie it into your stationery well, can create a lovely ‘brand’ that brings the whole design of the wedding together. Just don’t go overboard or too matchy matchy – depending on the print itself, less is often more! [Gaby, SouthBound Bride]

17.  Lace,  lace,  lace

In my opinion, we’re going to see a lot of lace in 2013! Lace has  been a  mainstay in bridal fashion for centuries, but it seems to be  making a  comeback right now. From full-on lace dresses to just a touch  here and  there to accent a dress, lace has already started to appear on  the  runway. Many designers will be showcasing classic wedding gowns with   lace details like lacy cap sleeves, illusion necklaces, contrasting   color lace and more in their spring 2013 collections. My  favorite  thing about lace is that it’s not just for the gown – lace  details in  the wedding décor is becoming a hot trend, too. Lace can make  an  elegant statement anywhere from the invitation to the wedding cake.   Lace details can be chic and sophisticated, or when paired with rustic   or vintage elements, lace can become a bit more whimsical! – [Erika, Borrowed & Bleu]

16.  Less  Is  More


I  believe that weddings will become more stripped back and minimalistic.  We have seen so much styling going on that I think in 2013 couples will  want to get back to basics and let the wedding be more about them. So  the old phrase ‘Less is More’ will come into play. Less details, less  fuss. So simple minimalistic décor and more relaxed styling. Couples  have become swamped with over stylistic wedding ideas so think  minimalistic venues,  simple flowers with stripped back table  decoration, clean lines, simple rustic elements, un fussy ideas for a  couple that want the wedding to be about them NOT the details and  styling.- [Kelly, Boho Wedding Blog]

15.  Virtual  Guests


In 2013, technology will play in huge role in how couples will share their most precious moments with friends and family around the world.  Live-stream weddings will continue to gain popularity and next year will be a defining year for this type of service. If a loved one cannot attend a wedding, couples will opt to “broadcast” their event and allow front row access to anyone, anywhere.  It’s real-time streaming of a real life event. It’s a great idea for couples who want to include more and more people in the wedding. I often ask planning brides if this is something that they would consider, and most are not even aware that this is an option!  Look for more live-stream weddings to emerge in 2013. – [Rachel, Austin Wedding Blog]

14.   The  Fun  Factor

In  2013, couples will be putting an even bigger emphasis on fun! And that  means, lots of creative food stations (i.e. mashed potato bars), snack  stations (i.e. DIY Smores, popcorn) and late night goodies. Carnival  foods such as snow cones, cotton candy & candy apples will be  ever-popular for summer weddings, as will food trucks, ice  cream trucks, french fry trucks and taco trucks. Late night barbecue  will also be sizzlin’. Along with emphasising the fun factor with food,  couples will continue to create make their cocktail hour and reception  interactive with games such as corn hole, bocce ball & horseshoes.   Entertainment will also get interactive, with couples hiring everything  from live event artists, on-site poets and dance instructors to  magicians & tarot card readers. To make the fun last even longer,  the post-wedding after party where couples hire a bus or van to take  guests to a local night club after the reception, will be big for 2013. – [Christina, Intimate Weddings]

13.  Extended  Wedding   Receptions


One  of the biggest trends of 2012 was the “After Party,” a party after the  reception was officially over. The After Party came with its own music,  food, and sometimes even wardrobe for friends of the bride and groom.  Although many couples will be continuing that trend in 2013 others will  be looking for ways to bring the younger vibe and fun to the wedding  itself, without the expense of throwing a completely different second  party. Look for receptions that last a tad bit longer so that couples  can fit in a change in entertainment and the ever-popular food trucks.  For some couples, receptions will be divided in to three distinct  sections, the cocktail hour with low-key music and food, the dinner  “hour” (actually two or three hours) with all the expected wedding  traditions (except for the bouquet toss, which is on its way out and  fast), and two to three hours of fun where it’s completely acceptable for  Grandma and Grandpa to head on home. DJs and bands will be mixing  together in new and interesting ways as couples use these longer  receptions to try and please everyone. – [Marta, GigMasters]

12.  Wedding  Dresses…  With  Pockets

Finally, the wait is over!  Pocket wedding dresses will break out in 2013 and brides everywhere will rejoice. Functional fashion is in and fashion designers are coming around to the idea of adding soft, dainty pockets to traditional and modern bridal wear.  I recently spoke to a Very popular gown designer who dished that some very high-profile celebrities will be debuting pocket dresses in 2013. Honestly, I’m stunned it’s taken so long for this trend to go pseudo-mainstream. If your wedding is more than 6 months away, you might want to entertain the idea of a wedding dress… with pockets. – [Bridal Snob]

11.   The  Roaring  Twenties

I think the biggest wedding trend for 2013 will be a 1920’s vintage  look.  The decadence and gayety of the era make it a perfect inspiration  for a celebration like a wedding. Plus, with the popularity of shows  such as Downtown Abbey and a remake of The Great Gatsby coming out, the  20’s will be roaring back into popular culture. The style of 20’s  fashion is very romantic.  Hallmarks of this look include dropped waist  dresses and lace in soft colors of ivory.  To channel this look through  your accessories, try long strands of pearl necklaces or gold toned  jewelry.  Instead of a traditional veil you could wear a cloche style  headpiece or a beaded headband with art deco details. – [Maggie, The Giving Bride]

10.  Localized  Weddings


As one year of wedding trends comes to a close another will emerge with vibrant ideas, new methods of entertaining guests and bits of eye candy that will set weddings apart as truly spectacular. These are the trends that will live on and become classic. As we are knee-deep in planning and prepping for marvelous 2013 weddings we look ahead to the localized wedding. You needn’t look too far past your hometown for preeminent wines, sea foods or fresh bounty from farmers or bakers. Caterers will see an increase of delectable menus that are thoughtful and sourced locally, showcasing the best of what’s to offer where their creativity can truly shine.   To truly give guests an incredibly unique experience {at often a fraction of the price for shipping foods cross-country or wine across The Pond}, couples can look to nearby family-run apple cideries for a fun approach to bubbly, to a regional winery to select a scrumptious blend to pair with dinner, or work with a farmer or chef to personalize favorite food elements in an elevated light. The focus will be on quality, not quantity, and a remarkable experience will ensue! – [Aleah + Nick, Valley & Co.]

9.  grooms   start  spending


In 2013, we expect the average cost of a wedding to increase slightly, partly due to spending by the groom.  As more grooms begin playing an active role in the planning details of their wedding (a growing trend we’ve seen over the past 2 years), certain items such as groom cakes, groom rings, accessories, intricate honeymoon plans and unique groom gifts could significantly impact most wedding budgets, causing engaged couples to ultimately spend more.  Most of the grooms that we’ve spoken to state that their bride-to-be is totally on board for this increase in spending since it is as much his wedding as it is hers. – [Mason, WeddingStats.org]

8.  A  return  to  elegance


In 2013 we are going to see a return to elegance. 2012 weddings  reflected the world economy with a shabby chic, ‘do it yourself’ kind of  attitude but 2013 brides will draw inspiration from old world glamour  with cinematic and literary influences like The Great Gatsby, Anna  Karenina,  Downton Abbey, and A Royal Affair. I  expect to see decadent fabrics, corsets, ornate lace details, metallics,  costume jewelry, and more formal receptions. This trend is already  being reflected on red carpets and runways around the world and I can’t  wait to see it find its way back into weddings again! – [Sara, Burnett’s Boards]

7.   Custom   Wedding  Details

The  hottest trend in Australia right now is customisation to create a truly  personal wedding day. We’re seeing more weddings at the one venue- not  reception/ceremony  ‘all in one’ function centres, mind you, but farms  and large garden spaces, backyards and inner city, multi level venues.  This extends to more unusual venues – art galleries, favourite upmarket  cafe/gallery spaces, warehouses. I’m predicting more and more couples  opting for blank slates they can truly customise to their own style and  vision. This can be through asking a wedding stylist to create a bespoke  occasion, or making and creating everything themselves right down to  the wedding dress and bouquets. This extends further to bridal gowns and  accessories- instead of leaving an off the rack gown as they bought it,  Australian brides are adding sleeves, coloured belts, crystal brooches.  For some weddings, the bridesmaids are being given a colour and asked  to choose their own dresses. Grooms are adding fun bow ties and pocket  squares and even the ceremonies are involving less traditional moments  and more words that tell a story of who they are as a couple. For  Australian brides and grooms customising their wedding day, allows them  to tell the wider world that ‘as a couple, this is who we are’. – [Ms. PolkaDot – Polka Dot Bride]

6.    Fabulous  Florals


Of course for the 2013 wedding trend, I have to speak on the wedding flowers.  For Spring 2013, I think we’ll see soft shades of yellows mixed with grays and lots of pastels for the romantic look and feel.  Come summer, get ready for over-sized and brightly colored blooms.  Picture lush coral or hot pink peonies tied together with lots of pretty ribbons.  Also, the “just picked from the garden” look and feel hand tied bouquet and lush centerpieces will always be a favorite.  And, let’s not forget to use lots of texture by incorporating fruits, grasses, pods, berries and succulents.  I hope we’ll also see more of the monochromatic bouquets.  We can achieve this look with a lush bouquet of pretty tulips, ranunculus and garden roses.  These pretty blooms come in a variety of gorgeous colors and would be the perfect on your wedding day.  And for the DIY bride, let’s not forget all the vibrant color summer blooms at the farmer’s market.  To tie the look all together, lots of pretty ribbons and lace around the bouquet handle.                                                          –  [Janie, The Bride’s Cafe]

5.  Economy & Technology  Drive  Choices


The economy will continue to play a large part in how brides and grooms approach planning and vendors. Couples are becoming increasingly selective in a world of more and more options. Online tools and apps like Pinterest propel the availability of creative ideas while social media continues to bring the bride and vendor closer advancing trust and educating both. I sense that we are seeing the trade off of super trendy, bling drenched wed-to-impress affairs for more intimate uncomplicated celebrations that are personal to their families, lives, values and pocketbook. – [Mindy, TweetMyWedding]

4.  Birds  of  a  feather

I  predict the hot wedding trend for 2013 goes to the birds! We’ve seen  bird themed weddings grow in popularity in 2012, but expect to see an  increase in bird-themed everything throughout 2013, particularly in the  spring.  Some examples include tossing bird seed, bird cages as card  holders,  bird themed invitations, and bird’s nest favors (complete with  blue Jordan almond ‘eggs’).  Look for bird necklaces, particularly ones  with a minimalist look (like single feather pendants or tiny sparrows),  both of which are popular and make great gifts for bridesmaids and  flower girls.  We’re also seeing an increase in feather-inspired hair  accessories (like veils and fascinators) to subtly tie in the theme.   Fans of Portlandia will revel in this wedding theme, as couples  everywhere will find a way to “put a bird on it”.  (I couldn’t resist.) – [Emma, EmmalineBride]

3.  DIY  attire


On  the do-it-yourself front, I predict couples will choose projects that  are more advanced skill-wise and require bigger budget and/or time  commitments than they have in recent years. Much of DIY for the last few  seasons has been focused on quick and inexpensive but we’re really  seeing a swing towards more challenging and sophisticated projects. On  the top of the list, I think we’ll see a lot of DIY attire: handmade  bridal gowns and accessories, custom ties and pocket squares for the  groomsmen, revamped and upcycled clothing.  Shows  like Project Runway have certainly fueled an interest in clothing  construction and, therefore, sewing. Jewelry-making, especially the  advanced techniques like metalsmithing, intricate beading, and metal  clays, has been trending in the mainstream craft world for well over a  year now and I think we’ll definitely see DIYers embrace these new  trends and skill sets wedding world in 2013. – [Khris, DIY Bride]

2.   Low  Key  soirees


2012 was the year of the detail-heavy ‘blogworthy’ wedding. Bunting,  cupcakes, tents, tipis, mason jars, bicycles covered in flowers… it  was the year of weddings with lots of ‘stuff’. With so much wedding  inspiration around on wedding blogs, I think that engaged couples are  starting to feel a certain amount of pressure to make sure they have the  right ‘stuff’ for their day – to make it look a certain way, or have  certain things. So my prediction for 2013 would be that couples will  start to rebel and we’ll see a lot more low key weddings – elopements,  small family gatherings, less pressure and less ‘stuff’. Weddings taking  inspiration from nature and the natural elements around their chosen  venue will dominate rather than adding lots and lots of extra ‘things’. – [Kat, Rock n Roll Bride]

1.  Food  Truck  Frenzy

In the last year or so I’ve seen a great increase in new and interesting  gourmet Food Truck companies popping up and I think these kitchens on  wheels are going to have a big presence in weddings in 2013. Not only is  it cool and different but it’s also convenient! Imagine a gourmet hot  dog or grilled cheese truck providing your guests with good eats at your  laid-back park wedding, or an ice cream truck delivering delicious  homemade ice cream sandwiches as a late night snack. There are food  trucks for every type of food you could imagine, you could even hire a  few different ones for your guests to have their pick! It’s sure to be a  fun way to feed your guests that they will be talking about for years  to come. – [Jessica, The Budget Savvy Bride]