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The Latest Wedding Trends + Tips from Wedding Experts

Discover the ultimate wedding-planning tips, top trends to incorporate into your big day, and more!

Take a look at expert wedding-planning tips, trends, and secrets from Inside Weddings' Editors Circle members! From dress shopping to planning the ultimate wedding day, read the expert advice from these top wedding professionals.

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Photo: Stephania Campos

As you're planning your wedding day, there are hundreds of little decisions that will ultimately make your big day what it is. From shopping for the perfect wedding dress, to planning your pre- and post-wedding events like the rehearsal dinner and farewell brunch, to choosing an aesthetic that fits your personalities, you'll have a lot on your plate during the wedding-planning process

While we always recommend hiring a wedding planner to help you organize the details of your nuptials, we understand that many couples choose to plan their nuptials themselves, which is why we're always sharing the advice of our Editors Circle members, who are among some of the nation's top wedding professionals.

Since wedding trends are constantly changing and couples are having more and more inspiration to comb through during the planning process, look to the professionals who have been in the industry for years to know what to do and how to prepare for one of the biggest events of your lives. As you're getting ready to say "I do," we invite you to read the latest trends, secrets, and tips from wedding planners, floral designers, top bridal salon specialists, entertainment experts, and more on a range of topics. 

Take note of the advice featured in the pages of our 2023 issues of Inside Weddings, and make these tips your own to fit your desired wedding look – and of course your personalities as individuals and as a couple. Happy planning!

Consider a Fitted Wedding Dress + Overskirt

"A fitted dress with a detachable overskirt is a romantic way to have two looks for your wedding day! It gives the effect of a ball gown for the ceremony followed by an elegant fitted look to unveil at your reception." - Christina DeMarco for Bridal Reflections

"Aspen" Wedding Dress by Leah Da Gloria from Bridal Reflections
Photo courtesy of Leah Da Gloria; Bridal Designer available at Bridal Reflections

Don't Forget Your Pre-Wedding Music & Entertainment

"Couples are opting for themed rehearsal-dinner music to kick off the wedding weekend right and show off their personal taste in music. Pro tip: Select a band that plays completely different music than what guests will be hearing on the dance floor at your reception. Popular choices right now include ‘90s tribute bands and bluegrass groups!" - Jenny Langer for EastCoast Entertainment

EastCoast Entertainment - Pre-Wedding Entertainment
Photo by Harley Bonham Photography; Entertainment by EastCoast Entertainment

Mix Edgy & Soft Color Palettes

"I love the idea of adding edginess to an otherwise soft color palette, and pairing black, blush, white, and gold gives off a dramatic vibe for any winter wedding. Black isn’t a traditional wedding hue, but when incorporated with neutral shades, it’s the perfect amount of daring and chic! Think black linens, gold chairs, and blush florals to tie everything together and create a perfect balance between romantic and moody." - Eddie Zaratsian of Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle and Events

Black & Pink Dramatic Wedding Décor by Eddie Zaratsian
Photo by Armen Asadorian Photography; Floral & Event Design by Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle and Events

Engage Guests During Your First Dance

"Instead of guests being seated for your first dance, have them gather on the edge of the dance floor. Not only will it make your dance feel warmer for you – and not so much like you’re on an island – but right when your dance is done, the band can invite guests to join you and the energy will hit instantly." - Danny Chaimson of Gold Coast Events

Bride & Groom During First Dance - Gold Coast Events
Photo by Emilia Jane Photography; Entertainment by The Golden Coast All Stars for Gold Coast Events; From Real Wedding: Black-Tie Chicago Wedding with Floral Wallpaper & Cheetah Print Details

Think Outside the Box for Your Farewell Brunch

"After a full wedding weekend of events, couples have been requesting alternatives to the post-wedding farewell brunch, so that guests can sleep in or simply enjoy the destination. Consider hosting a pop-up style brunch with grab-and-go fare and bistro-style seating to accommodate those who want to sit and dine as well as those who are catching a flight out of town or want to explore." - Allyson Joseph of Bob Gail Events

Pop-Up Morning-After Wedding Brunch by Bob Gail Events
Photo by Hazelnut Photography; Planning & Design by Bob Gail Events

For more wedding ideas, discover more wedding advice from our Editors Circle members, find out what to do once you get engaged, and see must-have products and services for brides and grooms! We also encourage you to follow @InsideWeddings on Instagram and Pinterest for daily wedding ideas and inspiration!

Opening photo by Stephania Campos; Planning & Design by The Savvy Consultants; From Real Wedding: A Breathtaking Garden-Inspired Wedding with Personalized Details in Houston