If you’re planning a 2023 wedding, you’re in for a treat! We’re so excited here at Gorcott for what 2023 will unleash. From unique colour palettes to fresh new ideas for your wedding ceremony and wedding reception, we’ve got you covered.
Before the big day
Arguably the most important aspect of the day – the dress. The 80’s have called, they want their dress back! Oh yes, it’s all about the 80’s for 2023. Whilst 90’s styling is still big news, the previous decade is setting the tone, with some rah-rah skirt inspired detailing on shorter style dresses. There are some aspects of 80’s fashion that we’d all rather forget, but one trend seems to be on the rise…puff sleeve wedding dresses – this one is back with a bang.
Picture the scene – it’s the night of your wedding, and you’ve had a dozen near misses which could have resulted in a red wine and white wedding dress based disaster! So, if your budget allows, join the trend of an after party mini dress. Don’t be afraid to slip into something more comfortable to really get the party started.
Although neutrals made a comeback for 2022, 2023 wedding colour predictions are circling back towards brighter and bolder hues. 2023 is all about blue, especially with Pantone’s 2022 colour of the year being Very Peri. This is a unique combination of both blue and violet. It pairs well with earth tones like mossy green and rustic bronze. Both blue and purple are members of the cool colour family and psychology suggests that these colours bring about feelings of stability and tranquillity. With an endless array of hues, finishes, and undertones of blue to choose from, this colour allows you to completely customise the mood of your wedding day.
The wedding parties
2023 envisions an inclusive wedding party for your big day, those nearest and dearest can be included in all the fun regardless of gender. From pre-wedding celebrations with a ‘Hag Do’ to the big day with ‘Mates of Honour’ and ‘Groomsmaids’, nobody has to miss out.
This is extended into the fashion on the day, a mismatched bridal party is all the rave for 2023. Lean into different styles and colour tones to keep everyone looking and feeling their best, out are the days of arguments about bridesmaid dresses.
During the day
The COVID-19 pandemic saw lots of couples opting for outdoor weddings for safety reasons, so temporary permission was granted to allow licensed venues to host ceremonies outdoors – whether they had a structure outside or not. This proved to be so popular that it became a permanent thing, so now couples want to marry in any location outdoors! The flexibility this offers is a huge bonus for couples, who can now marry in beautiful locations previously off the list, enabling them to tailor their day to their needs more than ever before. This is easily achieved at Gorcott as we offer the flexibility of your ceremony out or indoors. And, if the weather is unkind on the day, we’ll always have a fully prepared wet weather plan.
Photography and video
Direct flash photography is quickly gaining popularity, particularly with indoor weddings and receptions. It makes for stunning portraits with a glamourous edge and gives the after-party an almost tangible energy of being frozen in time. This will also help to make your wedding photography even more breath taking. This is also the case with film, the texture and odd film burn are truly a vibe for 2023.
Flowers and decor
Couples are growing tired of the overfilled place settings and are thinking outside the box when it comes to their ceremony décor, and we love it! 2023 will bring cleaner tablescapes, with a contemporary throwback. Think minimal lines and shapes, and neutral shades. Couples are looking to have installations, rather than lots of smaller arrangements. Less is more will be the approach when it comes to florals, having one large flower cloud or floral arch makes for better photo opportunities than something smaller. Also, seasonal flowers are in and thankfully help the budget and are more sustainable.
Couples tell us they are nervous about their first dance, or even actually dreading it. Gone are the days where this is a necessity, so if you like you can skip this ritual altogether in 2023, or maybe find a more personal alternative that won’t make you look back and wince.
Couples are starting to forgo the old-fashioned idea of not seeing each another before the ‘I do’, and instead are choosing to do a ‘first look’ shoot– a moment for the happy couple to have some time alone before they head down the aisle. It allows you to really relish the moment without having to share it with anyone else, and you’ll have some seriously emotional wedding photos to look back on. The first look also opens itself nicely for photos with the wedding party, family members and other key loved ones too. These raw reactions are priceless on the wedding day and tend to be framed for generations to come.
While we’re seeing more and more ‘unplugged’ ceremonies, modern brides and grooms are embracing technology in other ways. Wedding websites are a fantastic way to send invitations and track guest lists, RSVPS, dietary requirements and even a gifts registry.
Happily ever after
Travel is back and it’s bigger than ever in 2023 (thanks Covid)! Couples are looking to celebrate their marriage in personal and unique ways with a seriously special trip away. And Honeymoons are looking to consist of bucket list experiences for 2023. Also, as many couples have missed out on two years of holidays, the multi-destination honeymoon is all about making up for lost time. Honeymoons are set to be bigger and better in 2023 than ever before!
Now that the season is ending, we are so excited for what 2023 has in store for us here at Gorcott and to see all the beautiful couples who are choosing to share their big day with us next year. Bring on 2023!
Discover Our Warwickshire Wedding Venue
Discover our Warwickshire wedding venue
So, if you’re looking for a countryside wedding retreat, we think Gorcott Hall might be the wedding destination for you. Ultimately, the best way to get a feel for a venue is to see it for yourself. We’d absolutely love to show you around Gorcott Hall, so please feel free to contact us today to book a visit and we can organise a show around to share with you just what makes our Warwickshire wedding venue so special!