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Styling the Trend: 2013 Wedding Themes Revealed

Apr 12, 2013

by youandyourwedding handmade and vintage goods

Kate Hornby

As Art Editor of You & Your Wedding Magazine, the definitive guide to what’s new and stylish in weddings, Kate Hornby loves discovering exciting products for reception shoots and style pages, getting crafty making projects for the DIY section and inspiring brides-to-be to think ‘outside the box’ for a unique and personalised wedding.

Weddings are so unique to every couple and there are so many fabulous ways to style them, I’ve been ruthless and chosen three of my favourite themes right now to help inspire you. It can all start from seeing one amazing piece you fall in love with and you then build the rest of your décor around it. One thing’s for sure, you’ll have so much fun in the process.

It’s A Nice Day For A White Wedding

Black And White

[ 1. Bow Tie by thepaisleymoon; 2. Moustache Straws by PaperFete; 3. Washi Tape by OHMYBUY; 4. Cake Topper by MissSarahCake; 5. Confetti Bags by SepiaSmile; 6. Candle Holders by ModernLux]

I love a cool graphic monochrome style. If you fancy a traditional white day but want a modern spin then this is perfect for you. I’ve picked some of my favourite pieces to help you along the way. Mix prints and bold shapes; from a dapper polka dot bow tie for your groom, to giving your cake the wow-factor with this typographic cake topper. Get your creative juices flowing too, and turn your hand to some DIY with patterned washi tape. Wrap it around black and white baker’s twine to make mini bunting or add a strip to the bottom of your place cards for extra style.

 Make It Personal


[1. Personalised Popcorn Boxes by PostmansKnoc; 2. Couples Stamp by TheLittlePosyPrintCo; 3. Scrabble Necklace by VintageWLove; 4. Cake Topper by lollipopworkshop; 5. Wedding Invitation by goodshowstudio; 6. Collar Stiffeners by IndiviJewles]

Every bride wants her day to be special and unique, it goes without saying, but these fabulous pieces will help put an extra special stamp on it (literally!). Have your guest’s names individually printed on your favours to make them feel special too, say a personal thanks to your maids with a necklace and send your hubby-to-be a message on your big day with some personalised collar clips. For the crème de la crème, a bespoke cake topper is something you’ll treasure long after your big day. Playing with bright colours really suits this theme for a fun-filled day your guests will talk about for years to come.

Rustic Charm


[1. Flower Crown by ManniaTitta; 2. Bottle Wedding Favors by HuffyHen; 3. Spring Bunting by peonyandthistle; 4. Wedding Invitation by JollyEdition; 5. Paper Flowers by APaperRoseStudio; 6. Beeswax Candles by LightBee]

It’s a popular theme and one that‘s always evolving in style. Rustic is perfect for an outdoor summer wedding. Think decorated barn, sitting on hay bales and fairy lights twinkling when the sun goes down. This selection of goodies will help that become reality. A cute twist on bunting with botanical hearts and, as nature intended, with these beeswax candles. They take me right back to primary school days when I made ones just like this at a bee farm on a school trip.

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Etsy Wedding EventWant more wedding inspiration? Etsy is holding its first ever UK wedding event on the 11th of May in London. Come along for an opportunity to view some of the best and brightest wedding items available on Etsy in the UK, plus try your hand at creating a selection of wedding decorations in DIY tutorials held on the day, all whilst enjoying delicious cocktails provided by St. Germain. Tickets are £5, click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Etsy Weddings event is taking place at The Gallery Soho in London.


  • Thisisnotgoodenough

    Peter Mack from PeterMackArt said 8 years ago

    Nice themes!

  • greengrass4men

    Liz M from TheFoxAndFig said 8 years ago

    Fabulous choices! Makes me wish I was getting married again!!

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    Judith and Raymond from AnnaOliveDesigns said 8 years ago

    The current trend of handmade weddings is one that I hope is here to stay. It is lovely to have the event be about the marriage and union of two people and not about the number of groomsmen, the gown or how richly detailed the cake is. The themes featured in this article celebrate the coming together of two people very nicely.

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 8 years ago

    Personalization adds so much meaning to a couple's big day. My postage stationery sets make wonderful personalized wedding gifts~ There are stamps for almost every topic, activity, place, color, or famous personage from yesteryear.

  • MrPimm

    Meghan P from BustinCaps said 8 years ago

    Love the Cake Toppers. Beautiful Work. Cheers!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 8 years ago

    Weddings are so creative many choices to match the couple's lifestyle and budget. I think etsy provides amazing inspiration for planning a day of their dreams. My daughter is collecting ideas for her future wedding and I think will have a hard time choosing a theme from so many great options!

  • MrPimm

    Meghan P from BustinCaps said 8 years ago

    Love the Cake Toppers. Beautiful work. Cheers!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 8 years ago

    Beautiful themes!!!

  • MrPimm

    Meghan P from BustinCaps said 8 years ago

    Beautiful shop. I love the Cake Toppers! Cheers!

  • kateemarie

    Katie from KateeMarie said 8 years ago

    gorgeous stuff!

  • SepiaSmiles

    Rosey Willis from SepiaSmiles said 8 years ago

    Thanks for featuring my confetti bags :) I love the illustrated invitations by Jolly Edition - beautiful!

  • SepiaSmiles

    Rosey Willis from SepiaSmiles said 8 years ago

    Thank you for including my confetti bags :) I love the illustrated invitations by Jolly Edition - beautiful!

  • MyEverAfter

    Liz B. from GossamerandQuill said 8 years ago

    Beautiful choices! I love that personalized weddings are still a big theme. It makes your day so much more special when traces of both of your personalities are used in your wedding theme! That's why I love creating fabric flowers for weddings, there are so many different varieties of fabric that it's so easy to let that personality show even in the bridal bouquet! :D

  • TheFunkiLittleFrog

    Jennifer Ambot Babcock from TheFunkiLittleFrog said 8 years ago

    I love it when a unique personalized item is added to the wedding decor.

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 8 years ago


  • Parachute425

    Terry from Parachute425 said 8 years ago

    I thought I'd seen it all but those personalised collar stiffeners by IndiviJewles is genius! What a great Father's Day gift. Best wishes to all you brides and grooms to be.

  • AlternativeBlooms

    Alternative Blooms from AlternativeBlooms said 8 years ago

    LOVED! Such fun trends in the UK. I love the boldness!

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 8 years ago

    Great article for the brides adn grooms! I love customizing the bridal accessories to accomodate the individual tastes of the bridal couple, burlap seems to be in this year quite a bit and really fun to work with, thank-you for sharing!

  • creativejuicecafe

    Eve from CreativeJuiceCafe said 8 years ago

    When the Brides and Grooms personality are evident everywhere are the best. I love the personal touches the crafting and DIY project provide. BTW you can get a lot of those unique craft supplies from my shop :) Happy Couple + Personal Touches = Perfect Event.

  • MelindaWeddingDesign

    Melinda from MelindaWeddingDesign said 8 years ago

    Very nice collection. Loved the rustic charms items especially.

  • nicolewclark

    Nicole Clark from nicolewclark said 8 years ago

    Thank You for this article. It is nice to see editors promoting both personalized weddings as well as supporting small business owners:o)

  • peacesofindigo

    Dawanna Young from peacesofindigo said 8 years ago

    There are so many amazing ways to personalize your special day. I hope this trend is here to stay!

  • valeriephoto

    Valerie from valeriestitchery said 8 years ago

    Planning a wedding it just throwing a big party: it requires a lot of attention to detail, and there are so many choices for each decision to be made that it can be very overwhelming. But if you have a general sense of your own style, and how you want everyone to feel, that can go a long way. I know for me, once I decided on a location, that sort of set the tone for everything else and made the other decisions a lot easier.

  • FeatherandBean

    Heather Feather from FeatherandBean said 8 years ago

    Etsy makes it possible to find a plethora of personal touches for the big day. I found my wedding dress on Etsy along with items to make our event one of a kind. Great article.

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 8 years ago

    Wonderful! Inspirational choices. Makes me want to plan my wedding all over again!

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts said 8 years ago

    This is a very timely article as we're planning our daughter's wedding right now! There are so many details to cover it gets overwhelming! So anxious to see it all come together!

  • LynnRaeDesigns

    Lynn from LynnRaeDesigns said 8 years ago

    Could you please give me an address or phone # to get in touch with the organizer of the UK Weddings Event, May 11, 2013? My email is: thank you so much for your time! Sincerely, lynn lynnraedesigns

  • buhnon

    Shantel Nielson from ThePinkRaffy said 8 years ago

    So pretty!

  • harrachglass

    Carol from HarrachGlass said 8 years ago

    I love the look at handmade wedding decorations, they make the wedding look so personal and special. Etsy is the place to find so many amazingly creative design elements that just can't be found anywhere else.

  • sukran

    Sukran Kirtis from SukranKirtisJewelry said 8 years ago

    everything is simply beautiful, simple white cake looks irresistible

  • perebags

    Sarah from perebags said 8 years ago

    Love it!

  • AnatomicalQuilling

    Sarah Yakawonis from YakawonisQuilling said 8 years ago

    This is lovely! I just want to share some new posters I've been making, they are a perfect gift for any wedding!

  • gboliver

    Gail Oliver from AttentionGetting said 8 years ago

    The colors mint, coral and blush are still all popular wedding colors as well. Plus garlands and backdrops!

  • peonyandthistle

    Peony and Thistle from PeonyandThistle said 8 years ago

    So thrilled to see our bunting featured!!! Thank you! Gorgeous ideas for weddings here!

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 8 years ago

    It's wonderful how people are putting their own creative stamp on weddings these days! Thanks for the inspirational ideas!

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly said 8 years ago

    Such great trends here! I love how the rustic charm is still a favorite style.

  • MarshiaCy

    Maria Panayiotou from ManniaTitta said 8 years ago

    Lovely inspirations ♥ thank you for featuring my PASTEL BLOOMS wreath in this beautiful collection!! :)

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 8 years ago

    Great themes!

  • Aristocrafts

    Aristocrafts from Aristocrafts said 8 years ago

    I especially like the Rustic Charm theme, it's beautiful! And I just love the moustache straws in the White Wedding theme: it's modern, vintage and fun at the same time! Great picks, thank you for sharing!

  • grimmandgrete

    Lisa from REBELbyFATE said 8 years ago

    I ♥ that modern couples have so many cool options + themes to consider. Weddings these days are so awesomely personalized + speak so much to who they are. Your selections are yet another great example of all the amazing choices to be had; especially here on Etsy.

  • lmouer

    Lynsey from lmouer said 8 years ago

    These are great ideas and themes. Thank you for sharing!

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 8 years ago

    very nice!

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace from VintageMarketPlace said 8 years ago

    i love all the handmade weddings featured here. Amazing inspiration on not just weddings but how to put together a nice party.

  • brassbunny

    Chris S. from thepoorstruggler said 8 years ago

    some neat stuff but i don't think the person who made the Billy Idol topper knows that the song is actually a marriage putdown.

  • kellim00714

    Kelli Speck from FairytaleNonsense said 8 years ago

    I recently made a custom ballerina tote for a bridal shower gift in white fabric with platinum lining and a platinum skirt to match a wedding theme. This bag can be customized to match any wedding theme and would be perfect for a bridal gift.

  • paperfete

    Paper Fête from PaperFete said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for featuring Paper Fete! LOVE all the themes. Weddings are fast becoming my fave thing to work on. Lovely! xxx

  • richardlithgow

    Richard Lithgow from RichardLithgow said 8 years ago

    How fun!

  • Blucha

    Erika Price from Blucha said 8 years ago

    Love all the themes, especially the rustic charms! I love helping brides-to-be with their vintage wedding plans!

  • lovelygifts

    Linda from lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Great items!

  • Bobbityjones

    Nathan Jones from NathanJonesPhoto said 8 years ago


  • Aboli

    Aboli from FolkStroke said 8 years ago

    Lovely themes!

  • OnlyOneMarkINC

    Only One Mark, INC from OnlyOneMarkINC said 8 years ago

    Definitely great info!! More personalized weddings are coming up more often and I think it lasts longer in the memories of the bridal couple and their guests.

  • IndiviJewels

    Stuart Thomas McGowan from IndiviJewels said 8 years ago

    Thank you Kate for choosing my collar stiffeners,Very humbled.

  • fromLUCYwithLOVEwed

    Lucy from LucyLovesPaper said 8 years ago

    Loved the selections! Specially the black and white one. It can be elegant, modern and fun at the same time. The mustache straws are super fun and the diffetent patterns b/w candle holders are stunning!

  • BirchAndWillow

    Mandi from BirchAndWillow said 8 years ago

    I love all 3 choices! I'm planning a fall wedding and narrowing it down from so many colors/theme choices was hard!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 8 years ago

    The Billy Idol song wasn't exactly in favour of weddings, not sure it's really suitable for a wedding cake if you've ever heard the lyrics...

  • goodshowstudio

    goodshowstudio from goodshowstudio said 8 years ago

    Argh awesome! Thanks so much for featuring my invites. So cool!

  • bellerosedesigns

    Julie Helt from bellerosedesigns said 8 years ago


  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate said 8 years ago

    great picks!

  • artXchic

    Hannah M. from artXchic said 8 years ago

    Love the personalize your wedding theme! Right up my alley with my custom cake toppers that I hand paint :) Everyone who has bought a pair loves how they can make their wedding that much more "their own" by having something custom made. Great post, thanks!

  • shisslemopp

    Abby Mace from FunkyFrillsUK said 8 years ago

    Fabulous choices, such lovely colours :)

  • Motleycouture

    Motleycouture from Motleycouture said 8 years ago

    I love the black and white theme and the all white wedding cake is chic! Less is more!

  • ASParkerJewellery

    Amy Sarah Parker from ASParkerJewellery said 8 years ago

    I love them bottle Wedding favors! :D Great idea! x

  • melysweddingfavours

    pam powell from Melysweddings said 8 years ago

    Great ideas

  • Princesssparkl73

    Debbie Dilly from LoveLettersMe said 8 years ago

    Some great items here! Love this blog! Now how to get my wedding letters on something like this ..................... xx

  • NirvanaRoad

    Lisa from NirvanaRoad said 8 years ago

    Inspiration at its best!

  • MrsLever

    Claire Lefevre from TheLittlePosyPrintCo said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for including my stamp, what a great post with some lovely items! Claire x

  • darkcycleclothing

    darkcycleclothing from darkcycleclothing said 8 years ago

    I got married while I was broke and young in 2003 and anytime I see stuff like this I want to have another wedding so bad! I should just start stealing wedding ideas and throw fabulous parties with them or something ;D

  • CharmingShopLove

    Marissa Howes from CharmingShopLove said 8 years ago

    Perfectly lovely. Great items! The rustic charm theme is especially wonderful.

  • PoshPrincessBows1

    Sheila Rinehart from PoshPrincessBows1 said 8 years ago

    Love the "its a nice day for a white wedding" cake topper - the song will now be stuck in my head the rest of the day! This season is so romantic, and I love to see all the trends emerging! I may have to coerce my hubby into a vow renewal so i can partake in some of the fabulous finds!

  • yzfashionbridal

    YZfashionbridal Inc from YZFashionBridal said 7 years ago

    Love it! check out my collections!

  • hanguphigh

    Tammy Johnson from HangUpHigh said 7 years ago

    I love the fact that you posted "make it personal". All weddings should be enjoyable and personal not just to the two love birds but for all the loved ones as well. Good Job ;-)

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