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100 Layer Cake’s most popular posts of 2023

January 3, 2024

Before we officially kick off the new year, we wanted to take a moment to look back on those top weddings and parties that made 2023 so memorable. In many ways, 2023 felt like a return to normal when it came to weddings and events. But these days, it’s less about your guest count and so much more about the experience. We saw couples channeling the top trends and going all out with creative details. On Instagram, it was emotional moments and extravagant celeb weddings that topped the most-liked list. And many of them launched trends we’ll be loving for the year ahead.

pink wedding dress and white bridesmaids with flower baskets
Perry Vaile Photography

Top Real Weddings

It’s no surprise that one of our top weddings of the year was this Hilton Head wedding, with a bride in a showstopping pink wedding dress and her adorable white bridesmaids carrying flower baskets instead of bouquets. Everything from the cheerful, beachy invitations to the bride’s mini dress at the party was equal parts fun and chic. | See the wedding!

gorgeous jewel tone ceremony arch at maximalist wedding
Abby Jiu Photography

Where are our maximalist brides at?! Our Meridian House wedding from early last year was an expert lesson in mixing prints, bold color, and unexpected elements, while keeping the design elegant and romantic. From the moment we saw these jewel toned blooms and intricate invitation suite, we knew this would be one of our top weddings of the year. | See the wedding!

romantic blush wedding at Valentine DTLA
Foolishly Rushing In

Tiffany and Aaron’s spring wedding checked off so many of our favorite trends (like that beautiful bow wedding dress!) yet every detail remains timeless and romantic with their blush and champagne palette. Not to mention, the photo-worthy Valentine DTLA as their venue! | See the wedding!

Oscar de la Renta wedding dress
Kate Thompson

Another gorgeous take on maximalism, creatives Alexandra + David stunned with warm jewel tones and vibrant blooms at the San Francisco University Club, and our bride wowed guests with her incredible Oscar De La Renta gown. | See the wedding!

vintage car at museum wedding
Kristin Piteo

But not all of our top weddings were maximalist affairs! With a “less is more” approach, Angelique + Bryce let their museum venue shine, complementing it with chic, formal fashion, vintage touches, and soft lighting to match the mood. | See the wedding!

spring pastel wedding arch

long farm tables for wedding reception

This Aussie wedding at the prettiest winery venue featured whimsical details, poppy pastels, and an elevated backyard feel. We loved the bride’s custom lace dress too. | See the wedding!

hanging lanterns at rustic wedding ceremony
Ellie Koleen Photography

Personal details abound in this rustic garden wedding we shared last summer, where the couple were surprised during their wedding ceremony with a gospel choir performance! Motifs to represent their love story and interests such as their love of animals, the ocean, and outdoor adventures blended seamlessly with their elegant garden style. | See the wedding!

bride and pink bouquet
Jason Corroto

short pink bridesmaid dresses
Jason Corroto

Shellie + Matty mixed relaxed coastal vibes with punchy pinks and playful details for a statement-making wedding at the beach, followed by a romantic restaurant reception and fireworks display. | See the wedding!

off shoulder wedding dress in Tuscany
For The Love Of It

feather bride reception party mini dress
For The Love Of It

Is anyone as obsessed with Italy weddings as we are?! We love the bride’s style in this romantic Tuscany wedding, not to mention the incredible villa venue, poolside cocktails, and candlelit dinner. To top it all off, the couple hosted a “recovery brunch” at the pool the next day! | See the wedding!

Our Top Posts 2023

wes anderson inspired groom's portrait
Riley Glenn Photography

rainbow wedding ceremony flowers
Riley Glenn Photography

Our top editorial of the year was this fun Wes Anderson inspired shoot at South Congress Hotel in Austin featuring real grooms Deremy and John. It was filled with amazing portraits, a bold floral ceremony, cocktail hour ideas, and the cutest pink boat ride. | See the shoot!

mismatched bridesmaid dresses

We also shared tons of wedding fashion this year, but our guide to bridesmaid dresses ultimately topped the list! See the best places to buy bridesmaid dresses online here.

pool at italian villa
Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & SPA in Puglia

Paradero hotel Todos Santos
Paradero in Todos Santos

If you came to 100LC looking for honeymoon content, we had that too. Our guides to the best hotels in Puglia and how to plan a mini moon (including our top destinations) are sure to help you plan your dream getaway.

Top 5 Kids Parties of 2023

balloon and floral arch over table for 1st birthday party theme
Lucy Munoz

One of our very favorite children’s parties in recent years, this “Hello, Hello” inspired animal 1st birthday party by Amorology featured an endless array of beautiful details and lots of fun for both littles and grownups. You could even take the palette as inspiration for weddings and other special events, that’s how good it is. | See the party!

jungle cruise themed kids party
Erin J Saldana

You were just as blown away as we were by this zoo-themed birthday party, that was anything but ordinary! The jungle cruise theme by Deets & Things was seriously next level, from the life-sized animals to the petting zoo to the favors and more. | See the party!

barbie themed girls birthday party
Alison Bernier

2023 was the year of Barbie, so *of course* we had to share a killer Barbie-themed bash! This Barbie-inspired take on the concept of a “sleep under” party was overflowing with fun. The desserts alone will knock your socks off! | See the party!

sweet dreams themed kids party with moon and stars cake
Lorin Kelly

Another creative take on a girl’s “sleep under” party, this moon + stars themed 7th birthday took all the best parts of a slumber party and packed it into one amazing afternoon… Sleep teepees included! | See the party, and learn how to recreate it yourself here!

surf or die skull boys party
Jessica Lynn Photo

This one’s for the boys… Our last top kids party of the year was this “surf or die” themed party on the beach, which also had a spooky Halloween twist. | See the party!

Here’s to more incredible weddings, parties, and creative collabs in 2024!