2013 Wedding Trends: An Exciting Year for Brides and Grooms-to Be!

2013 Wedding Trends: An Exciting Year for Brides and Grooms-to Be!

I’m always excited about the infusion of fresh ideas that comes with a new year, and 2013 is no exception. Here are a few trends I’m inspired by:

 Art Deco Ambience

Vintage-inspired weddings have been popular for a few years, but this year I see a resurgence of the Art Deco elegance of the 1920s and 1930s, with touches of Jazz-Age glitz in everything from dresses to décor: think sassy headpieces, feather accessories, and strands of pearls. I’m expecting to see our brides choosing to create a really sumptuous look and feel with linen and centerpieces. Lace is huge at the moment, and I see that transitioning into beautifully draped silks.

This year’s popular colors are sensational—gold, coral, pale teal and dove grey. A modern take on a classic palette!


Photo by Clane Gessel

Craft Cocktails

For 2013, I’m expecting couples to craft stylish custom cocktails that showcase Seattle’s boozy bounty. In fact, we’re put together a “100-mile” bar menu, working with distilleries like Oola & Pacific to stock local liquors alongside craft beers and Washington wines.

As the classic cocktail revival finds its way into weddings, we’ll see everything from Mad Men-inspired Manhattans to a Pacific Northwest take on the Prohibition-era French 75 (Pacific Distillery’s Voyager Gin Meyer lemon juice, and champagne).


Photo by Clane Gessel

Midnight Snacks

At Herban Feast, we’re always looking for new and fun ways to display food just a few bites at a time—it’s a great way to help couples incorporate snack-sized portions of their favorite comfort foods. Whether it’s sliders and shakes tray-passed as guests twist on the dance floor or totally tricked-out dessert bars complete with a s’mores station, couples love the opportunity to introduce novel elements as the night unfolds.

Photo by Clane Gessel


Beyond Trends

One trend that never goes out of style: Choosing local, seasonal ingredients for your menu! It’s more environmentally sustainable, offers financial and moral support to our community, and is always fresher and more delicious.

When you’re talking about a wedding—weaving people together from multiple locales and maybe even multiple cultures—the most “local” decisions our couples can make are to create and share something deeply personal with their guests. I’ve seen a lot of couples tell their stories through family photos and heirlooms lovingly brought and displayed for everyone to experience. I can’t imagine anything more community-minded than that!


–         Reese Rowe, Events Sales & Service Manager