As the year comes to a close, we can't help but think back on all the amazing, creative wedding details we've seen throughout 2013. The Project Wedding editors rounded up our 20 favorite ideas from this year's real weddings to inspire your planning process!
1. Love Flowers
Hello, creative use of floral decor! Such a cool focal point for a reception.
2. Social Media Signs
Instagram hashtags are the new disposable-cameras-on-reception-tables as a means to collect guests' images. Displaying your custom hashtag on a sign is a must.
We're so happy to see Art Deco-inspired metallics popping up in real weddings, and look forward to seeing more of this trend in 2014.
4. Hanging Paper Lantern Clusters
We've seen paper lanterns at weddings a million times, but this dramatic hanging cluster feels so fresh and contemporary.
5. Escort Card Puzzle Display
This escort card display felt more like an art installation! We love how the couple incorporated their engagement photo in such a unique and modern way.
This 'do will never go unnoticed, and there's so many options: fishtail, french, or crown.
7. Sequinned Bridesmaid Dresses
Let your bridesmaids sparkle on your wedding day too! After all, they are your nearest and dearest.
8. Handkerchief Invitations
Ask guests to please bring this hankie to in case they cry and to bid the couple a fond goodbye.
9. Mixing Chandeliers with Hanging Branches
Andie and Andrew hung string lights, branches, and vintage chandeliers from the cieling of their venue, and the effect was equal parts romantic and unforgettable.
10. Polka-Dot Flower Girls (& Ring Bearers!)
Thanks to Abigail and Ralph for giving us this simple yet striking fashion statement for the youngest members of the wedding party.
11. Biscuit Bar
Loving this fun, Southern-style reception treat from Alex and Tim's Texas wedding.
12. Fairground Food
Sno Cones! Crepes! Freezie Pops! Favorite childhood treats made their way into wedding reception food in a big way this year, and we guarantee guests loved the stroll down memory lane.
13. Monogrammed Oxfords
We saw this adorable bridesmaid gift everywhere this year, but that doesn't make it any less adorable.
14. Marquee Signs
These bold, illuminated letters look fantastic hung above the dessert display, accenting the cocktail lounge, or propped against the head table!
15. Personalized Cake Toppers
Loving the contemporary look of this typographic topper, and what a great keepsake for the happy couple!
16. Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses
Each bridesmaid gets to show a little personality with mix-and-match dresses, while the pastel palette brings everything together.
17. Floating Arrangements
What a lovely idea for a backyard reception! The flowers add fun pops of color and the candles add to the romantic atmosphere once the sun goes down.
18. Mirrored Signs
This is such a chic, elegant way to display important info!
19. Alternative Send Offs
Instead of lighting sparklers or wish lanters, why not toss some love (aka lavender buds).
20. Swanky Cocktail Lounges
A chic place to mingle, just in case guests need a quick break from the dance floor!