Each couple wants to create a personalized feeling for their big day. Certain trends come and go with the years or seasons. Special touches that truly set your event apart can be incorporated in anything, from the décor to the food and every element in between. Check out these 2013 wedding trends that brides can’t stop buzzing about:


Reception Lounge

It offers an escape away from the dance floor area for guests to eat, drink and mingle in a relaxed setting. From a groom’s or male perspective, the lounge is the perfect spot to enjoy a brew, cocktail or some finger food. If you’re planning to include a photo booth, yard or table games or a build-your-own drink station – the lounge is the perfect place to do it!

Pretty Prints

Everything from the stripes and chevron prints of 2012 to delicate floral and bold graphic prints, it’s all popular in 2013! Look out for prints used on fabric table runners and napkins, bridesmaids’ dresses and even on groomsmen’s shirts, pocket-handkerchiefs or socks. This theme can even tie into your stationery, which can create a refined ‘brand’ that brings the whole design of the wedding together.


Virtual Weddings

In 2013, technology will play an enormous role in how couples will share their most treasured moments with friends and family around the world.  Live-streaming 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 may choose to broadcast their event and allow front row access to anyone, anywhere.

Food Trucks

Couples will be putting an even bigger emphasis on food and fun! That means, lots of creative food stations (like mashed potato bars), snack stations (like DIY S’mores, popcorn) and late night goodies. Carnival foods such as snow cones, cotton candy & candy apples will be extremely popular for summer weddings, as will food trucks, ice cream trucks, french fry trucks and taco trucks. Not only are food trucks 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 distributing homemade ice cream as a late night snack. There are food trucks for every type of food you’d ever want. Plus, you could even hire a few different trucks so your guests have lots of variety.


Birds of a Feather

Bird themed weddings grew in popularity in 2012, but expect to see an even larger 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.

No matter your wedding style, consider hiring an event planner to aid you in your arrangements. You may also want to take a look at Snappening’s venue search to determine the best location options for your wedding.

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