Aspen Wedding Trends for 2023

We caught up with local event planning expert Elizabeth Slossberg of EKS Events in Aspen, as well as PartySlate, a platform that inspires people planning all types of events and connects them with the leading event professionals, vendors, and venues across the country and the world. Tapping into trends for weddings this year, they scouted out what to expect, whether a partygoer or planning your own curated event. This is what our vetted professionals are seeing and planning for this coming wedding season.

Photo courtesy of EKS Events and photography by Lauren & Abby Ross at McCabe Ranch

Mountain weddings are still trending

According to PartySlate, “we have seen a dramatic increase in searches for mountain wedding venues. This peak in volume (pardon the pun) indicates that we will see more mountain weddings in 2023 as people are looking for dramatic domestic destinations for weddings due to international travel uncertainty and a renewed appreciation for nature.” See more.

Photos courtesy of EKS Events

Elizabeth Slossberg of Aspen-based EKS Events sees the demand increasing as well, with everything from intimate, downtown Aspen affairs with a mountain town vibe to large-scale ranch buyouts that provide guests the ultimate luxurious western experience that only Aspen can provide.

Music is more than a DJ

Late-night tunes with a DJ are the norm when big parties are planned for, and Slossberg sees an opportunity to add to the experience with “multi-interactive musicians, entertainers, and dancers throughout the room for a 360-degree experience.”

Sensory sensations

Adding on to a more robust musical experience, weddings now, “touch all the senses.” Slossberg says. ”Scents are the new trend for weddings, with couples developing a custom wedding scent. Not only to disperse during the events, but also to gift to the guests by including a smaller version in each gift bag.”

Paint the palette

With Pantone’s color of the year as Viva Magenta, Slossberg says, “expect to this color to play out in weddings, from small details such as a bride’s shoes to bridal party attire and floral arrangements. The color is rich, vivacious, and perfectly balances warm and cool, making it an optimal color for any season.”

Image courtesy of PartySlate and photography by Terri Baskin Photography

One-sip cocktails and mocktails

Offering opportunity and inclusion, PartySlate is “seeing curated mini-drinks that allow guests to sample multiple cocktails and/or mocktails. These are not shots meant to be consumed but are flavor-balanced, intricate sips meant to be savored. We also adore the continued focus on offering all guests a delightful experience, with or without alcohol.”

Image via Aspen Beer Burro

Distinctive bar opportunities

From beer burros to the Vino Alpino Piaggio Bar Car, guests can cozy up to something slightly different when grabbing their cocktail. Either option makes the perfect conversation piece and photo opportunity as partygoers transition from ceremony to reception time.

Enjoy the extended time

Instead of a Sunday post-wedding brunch, Slossberg recommends couples “put the money towards the welcome party or activities. Plan a day before the event as a bride and groom activity day where family and friends can join the fun and ease into the wedding weekend without the Sunday rush to leave town. This is the perfect opportunity to see everyone before the big day.” Think group hikes, rafting, horseback rides, or a picnic in the park.

Photo courtesy of EKS Events and photography by Fred Marcus Studio

Love is in the details

A fan of personalizing all the details, Slossberg encourages couples to look to the details so that “guests walk away feeling like the bride and groom were expressed throughout. That the couple really put their stamp on the event, and it felt special.” 

Image courtesy of PartySlate and photography by Diana Feil

Grandma’s aesthetic brings warmth to celebrations

PartySlate is picking up on this trend where old is new again, “we’re talking wedding cakes that look as if they’ve been embroidered, an eclectic mix of fine china outfitting tabletops, and mini cast iron pans as clever catering serve ware. Our team is obsessed with these thoughtful details that really offer a personal touch to meaningful gatherings like weddings.”

Visit EKS Events to meet the top Aspen-based event planner, curating events throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and creating memories worldwide – from Europe to Dubai and beyond. To learn more about PartySlate, visit their site or read more about some top ideas they’ve rounded up for this year, including catering trends.

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