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This Wedding Expert Shares the Top Summer Wedding Trends for 2023 

Photo by Le Meridien Houston Downtown

The summer wedding season is here and it’s looking pretty hot! Couples are experimenting with unique trends that are perfect for the warmer weather. From smaller, cooler wedding reception desserts to more sleek bridal fashion,  wedding trends have never been more refreshing. Bold, colorful floral arrangements are also making a splash, bringing a burst of energy and warmth to ceremonies and receptions.

Whether you’re the bride or a wedding guest, get ready to embrace the hottest summer wedding trends shared by Mary Rios, director of weddings at Le Meridien Houston Downtown.

Make A Statement

  • Vibrant color schemes are in! We’ll see less whites and neutrals, and more oranges, fiery yellows, reds, and magentas.
  • Statement pieces to accent specialty areas such as the bars, food tables, and selfie walls. 

Photo by Agape House Studio

A Different Kind of Cake

This season, deconstructed wedding cakes and more mini desserts will make an appearance at receptions.  

Photo by Nate Messarra Photography

Keep It Light

More brides are opting for bridal dresses that have detachable trains to keep it light and make it easier to dance the night away!

Photo by AMA by Aisha

Cool Desserts

As the temperatures heat up, paleta ice pops will be seen at more summer wedding receptions to cool everyone down. This unique Mexican frozen treat is different from your ordinary popsicles in that they are filled with lots of local fruit.


Photo by International Dessert Blog

By Mary Rios, Director of Weddings at Le Meridien Houston Downtown

Growing up in Southeast Houston, Mary Rios learned her way around the events industry from a young age, shadowing friends and family and volunteering at various expos and special events through the years. Her innate skillset only strengthened during her time at The University of San Antonio, where she learned the foundations of customer service working at the Westin La Cantera.

Upon graduating, Rios furthered her hospitality knowledge during the grand opening of Hotel ZaZa Museum District in Houston, before starting her own boutique event planning firm, Mary Rios Events, in 2009. Following a 15-year career in the Houston market, Rios joined the  Le Meridien Houston Downtown in January 2023 as the director of weddings, bringing her expertise and high-level service to the hotel’s wedding planning and corporate social events.

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