Colorful Maximalism Is The Wedding Trend That You'll Be Seeing Everywhere In 2023

If you're planning a wedding in the near future, there's a wedding trend of the moment that you should absolutely consider for your big day. As of late, weddings are all about celebrating to the max –– maximalism, that is. While some interior designers want to ditch maximalism in 2023, it's clear that wedding planners have a very different idea about going bold. Sometimes, it feels like weddings are full of cliches, which makes it hard to make a day that should be special to you feel personal. There are plenty of wedding trends that can make your magic day more memorable, but ultimately, the best way to make your wedding stand out from the crowd is to include plenty of personal touches. 

That's why these days, soon-to-be-newlyweds are saying out with the simple, white wedding minimalism and in with the color and good vibes. According to wedding fair organizers, A Most Curious Wedding Show, "Pattern clashing and mixing of materials, decorativeness and chintz are exploding onto the scene after many years of austerity, minimalism and pared back visions. Beautifying, adorning, decorating with more ornamental and OTT styles being celebrated" (via Stylist). Current weddings are calling for more of everything when it comes to visuals: more color, more decor, and more of your personal style. There's more than one way to make your wedding a maximalist marvel, so get out your wedding planning notebook, and get ready to take some notes; your guide to a dream maximalist wedding has arrived.

Invite with an impact

Save the dates and invitations are the first glimpse guests will get of your wedding. They set the tone and help your guests get a feel for what to expect when they accompany you on your big day. Consequently, the simple, pared down wedding invitation style is stepping aside to make way for a preview fit for a maximalist wedding. Don't be afraid to go big, bright, and bold with your save the dates and invites. The goal here is to use visuals to get everyone excited and on the same page about your nuptials. 

Picking the perfect venue

The venue is one of the first points on most folks' wedding planning agendas. To lean into the maximalism trend, you'll want a venue that's conducive to that style. Keep in mind that you'll have to provide the decor at your wedding if it's not already part of the space. While it may seem counterintuitive to opt for a venue with less decor, starting with a blank slate is the easiest way to build the look you're dreaming of. Look for a unique spaces with unusual layouts for the perfect base for a maximalist event. 

Decorate daringly

Decor is the most important part of a maximalist wedding, and the key to getting the decor just right is not being afraid to add more. Patterns, textures, colors: pile it all on. Embrace color schemes and pattern mixing that seems like it might clash. Play with height and levels to make sure there are decorations everywhere you look. In order to know how these elements really look together, you'll have to see it all together, so dive in and lay out your decor as you go to watch your vision come to life.

Max out your florals

Flowers are an important part of any wedding, because they bring in much-needed color and texture. If you're planning a maximalist wedding, when it comes to your florals, we say go big or go home. Not only will lots of flowers and big floral arrangements add to the vibes of your bright and bold wedding, but they can actually save you money. Loading up on flowers can be a less expensive alternative to other wedding decor. When choosing your maximalist florals, juxtaposition is key: go for lots of different colors and flower types. 

Try a tricked out tablescape

The look of your tables is an important part of any wedding decor. Like with your florals, creating a curated hodgepodge of elements for your tablescape is a great way to capture the fun and effortless, yet decadent look that maximalism is all about. Trade in symmetry and a monochromatic palette for a wide array of colors, textures, and heights. If you like something for your tables, try it. Maximalism is all about the overall image, so try some elements you love all together to see if the combination paints your perfect picture. 

Be your own kind of bride

If you're a bride-to-be, you've probably already thought a bit about your dream wedding dress. If you want to be a maximalist bride, however, it's important to consider how many choices you're making because of tradition. Of course, white is the traditional choice, but we all know by now that traditional isn't everyone's perfect fit. Pastels are a great way to add interest while still making you feel like a bride. If you are married to wearing white (no pun intended) consider white with a colorful print or adding some vibrant accessories. 

Accessorize like a maximalist

More goes into your wedding day look than your outfit. From veils and tiaras to shoes and jewelry and hair and makeup, there are so many aspects of your wedding day ensemble to decide. Whether you opt for a traditional white dress or something more unusual, think outside the box when it comes to how you accessorize. Add a pop of color with your headpiece or a bit of interest with your jewelry. Colorful footwear peeking out from beneath the hem of your dress, red lips, or nail art can make your bridal outfit more 'you.' 

Bold bridal party

While your wedding day 'fit will surely be the star of the show, your bridal party has to look amazing flanking you at the altar. According to TikTok wedding experts, @theweddingplanningguide, "mismatched bridesmaid dresses" are all the rage, as is color. Channel Carrie Bradshaw in the "Sex and the City" movie and let your bridesmaids wear completely different colors, not just coordinating shades. A monochrome, beige bridal party is out, and expression and personality is in. From dresses to accessories, let the bridal party paint a full picture, rather than making them look like carbon copies of each other. 

Go bright at the bar

Food and drinks are an important part of any celebration, but we often don't think of them as a way to add a little pizazz to the way an event looks and feels. That is where bold beverages come in. Plenty of people choose to have signature cocktails at their nuptials. If you're using a drink to express who you and your spouse-to-be are, make sure it looks the part. Load up on colors, garnishes, and decorative glasses. If you're not going the signature cocktail route, you can still choose decorative glassware and drink decorations.

Let them eat (colorful) cake

Wedding cake is another place where you can express yourself. Since the wedding cake comes toward the end of the wedding, it's a great place to go big before your guests go home. Choose a wedding cake with bursts of color and lots of visual interest. Alternatively, why not think outside the box and opt for a different dessert to end the night? Having a maximalist wedding is all about showing off a couple's personality in a big and bold way. So, choose things that are utterly 'you,' and you can't go wrong.