Here Comes The Bride-Trends For 2013’s Proposals & Weddings

Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year. If you’re in a relationship, the pressure is on for you to do something special for your significant other – especially if you’re the male in the relationship. Most women will enjoy being catered to and given the extra attention that shows them how much you care. If you really want to show her you care, there’s no better way than with a marriage proposal.

For other couples who are already engaged, planning a Valentine’s Day wedding is a way to boost the spirit of romance and love all around. Valentine’s Day is around the corner, so here are some 2013 trends to keep in mind when planning a proposal or wedding.

Tradition and Elegance
A traditional, down-on-one-knee wedding proposal is the best way to go. In recent years, over-the-top proposals became more common. You don’t, however, need a flash mob or Jumbotron to make the proposal special and memorable. Keep things simple and meaningful.

Wedding planners are also more and more couples during toward more traditional, elegant wedding themes. Especially on Valentine’s Day, ramp up the sophistication with crystal glasses, silver or gold flatware, neutral colors, and plenty of fancy decor like chandeliers and garlands. A black-tie wedding is a good option for a Valentine’s Day event.

A Home-Cooked Meal
In going with the theme of tradition, there’s a better way to propose than by going to her favorite restaurant. More men are going with the trend of home-cooked meals. They prepare a delicious, fancy dinner for their partners at home, where the setting is quiet and private. Rather than pop the question around strangers, an at-home proposal is much more intimate. It will also help you save on the jacked-up prices of Valentine’s Day dinners and avoid the crowds.

For weddings, it’s also trendy to serve ethnic foods. Instead of going with bland or expected appetizers and dinners, go with a menu that shows off your heritage and cultural tastes. It brings a more personal, family feel to the event, and (literally) gives it a little extra flavor. You can save a ton of money, too, by enlisting the help of the best cooks in the family instead of hiring a caterer.

Doing-It-Yourself
Also expanding on the themes of tradition and home-cooked meals, a big trend for 2013 is doing-it-yourself. You might give your significant other an elaborate, handmade Valentine’s Day card in the style of the kinds of cards you might have exchanged as kids (with much more sophistication and a vintage – not cheesy – feel, of course).

At your Valentine’s Day wedding, you might create your own centerpieces, favors, and name plaques, as well as using recycled materials for an eco-friendly vibe. Doing-it-yourself is a great way to put the extra stamp of personalization and uniqueness on your already special and romantic event.

Whatever you do for your Valentine’s Day proposal or wedding, one thing is for sure – in 2013, it’s all about the intimacy and romance.

Lila Marks is a destination wedding planner based out of Oahu. Lila enjoys writing and is passionate about planning and executing beach weddings.