Outdated Wedding Trends in 2023 

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Weddings are a special occasion that many couples look forward to planning, but with so many trends and options to choose from, it can be difficult to know what is current and what is outdated. 

Here are some wedding trends that you may want to avoid in 2023:

Matching bridesmaid dresses:

While it may be tempting to dress your bridesmaids in identical gowns, this trend is becoming increasingly outdated. Instead, consider choosing a color palette that isn’t muted and allowing your bridesmaids to select a dress that flatters their individual style. This way, your bridesmaids will feel more comfortable and confident on your special day, and you will have a more diverse and interesting wedding party.

Wedding hashtags:

While wedding hashtags were once a fun way for guests to share their photos on social media, this trend has become less popular in recent years. Many guests now prefer to share their photos on their own personal accounts, without the added pressure of a specific hashtag. Instead of creating a wedding hashtag, consider setting up a shared album or app where guests can easily upload their photos and share them with the couple and other guests.

Having the wedding parties standing:

In the past, it was common for the wedding party to stand up front during the ceremony. However, more and more couples are opting for a more relaxed, seated ceremony where everyone can be comfortable. This allows for a more intimate and personal ceremony, and eliminates the need for long periods of standing for the wedding party.

Large escort walls:

Escort walls are no longer in vogue, it is better to have a more simple seating chart that is easy to read and navigate. Large escort walls can be overwhelming and hard to navigate, especially for guests who may not know many people at the wedding. Instead, consider a simple seating chart or name cards on the tables, which are easier for guests to follow.

Everything too matchy-matchy:

The trend of having everything perfectly coordinated and matching is becoming less popular. Instead, couples are opting for a more relaxed and organic aesthetic. This means that everything doesn’t have to match perfectly, and that it’s okay to have different colors and styles incorporated into the wedding.

Over posed photos:

Candid and natural photography is becoming more popular than overly posed and staged shots. This trend is driven by the desire to capture real moments and emotions, rather than just staged and forced smiles.


Pastel colors were once very popular for weddings, but now couples are opting for bolder and more vibrant hues. This is because they want to make a statement and stand out from the traditional wedding colors!

Family-style meals:

While family-style meals were once a popular option for receptions, more couples are opting for a more formal, plated meal. This is because family-style meals can be difficult to manage and keep track of, and can also be less visually appealing. 

Twinkle lights:

Twinkle lights were once all the rage for outdoor weddings, but now couples are looking for more unique and unexpected lighting options. This means that couples are looking for lighting that is more artistic, such as chandeliers or string lights, or that is more natural, such as candles or fire pits.

Overstuffed welcome bags:

While welcome bags were once a popular way to greet guests, many couples are opting for a more minimal approach or simply forgoing them altogether. This is because many couples feel that welcome bags are unnecessary and can be overwhelming for guests. Instead, consider providing a small gift or token of appreciation, such as a wedding program or a thank you note, that can be easily carried.

It’s important to remember that wedding trends are constantly changing and what is popular today may not be in the future. You must think about what you and your partner truly want for your big day and not just what is trendy. The most important thing is that you and your guests have a good time, and that your wedding is a reflection of you and your partner’s personality, style, and love story.


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