5 Non-Traditional Wedding Ideas for 2013

Getting married in 2013? Wedding planner Melissa Phillips, of Simply Perfect Events, shares five non-traditional ideas she's loving this year. 

Hot Color: Mint

Emerald is Pantone's color of the year for 2013, but Phillips predicts that this softer shade of green will be just as prominent. A mint hue fits with every season, and it allows for a "soft but vibrant tone."

mint wedding inspiration

Laser-Cut Invitations

Intricate cut-outs make your invitation stand out. "By incorporating this unique format into your invitation, it will allow your wedding to make a huge statement and get guests excited about your big day," said Phillips.

laser cut invitation

Skip the Frosting

In stark contrast to the elaborately frosted confections we usually see, naked cakes will gain prominence this year. "These cakes will show more color combinations and test bakers to make the inside look and taste the best," said Phillips.

naked wedding cake

Local Fare

Add an extra element of personalization to your big day by serving local favorites. "The chicest 2013 wedding menus will feature food that is locally sourced and grown," said Phillips. This eco-friendly trend focuses on serving items grown, made, or produced in the local area. 

stuffed apples

Colorful Gowns

This season's bridal runways were filled with non-white gowns, from soft pinks to pale blues to bold reds. 

colorful wedding gowns
Left to right: Romona Keveza; White by Vera Wang; Oscar de la Renta

Tell us: Will you incorporate any of these ideas in your big day?

—Kristen O'Gorman Klein