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  • Writer's pictureKatharine Snowden

How to add a touch of Barbiecore to your marquee wedding

It's official, Barbie has landed. The much anticipated movie hit our cinema screens last week, but the trend it has invoked already dominates fashion and social media. Searches for ‘Barbie’ are up 90% on Pinterest, while on TikTok, #Barbiecore has had 14.7million views. Now, the trend’s trickle-down effect is in full force at 2023 weddings across the country.


We love to see our wedding marquees dressed to a classic elegant aesthetic. But, we also love Barbie (who doesn't!) So, in this article we're going to prove that you can have both. We'll share our tips on how you can make your big day fun and playful by adding a touch of Barbiecore while retaining the taste and style of a timeless wedding. We'll also take a look at some of our real weddings that have successfully combined elements of the Barbie aesthetic with elegant and sophisticated details to maintain an elevated wedding style.



But, what exactly is Barbiecore?

Iconic since her launch in 1950, Barbie's many different careers, from Astronaut to Cupcake Chef, means she really is all things to all people. So, you can make the Barbiecore trend your own and embrace it in a way that works for you and makes you feel confident.


Barbiecore is celebration of big bold pinks and everything shiny and fun. It's also about giving a nod to the fashions and trends of the time that Barbie was big in your life. A lot of the Barbiecore inspired fashions and decor that we're seeing now include a good size portion of 90's nostalgia.


Pretty in pink - Bring Barbiecore to your wedding colour palette

The best place to start channeling the Barbie trend is with your colour palette. You could go all out monochrome hot pink, but for a more grown up feel we love neutrals and pastels with a few well placed pops of hot pink. Choose a soft and feminine colour palette inspired by Barbie's signature shades. Pastel pinks, creams, and touches of gold or silver can create an elegant backdrop and tie in with the trend.


Pink is always on trend for weddings and Barbie actually has her own shade of ‘Barbie Pink’, which is Pantone PMS 219. Another good reason to think pink is that psychologists say pink has calming effects and bold bright pinks are said to induce optimism, just the right vibe for a memorable wedding.


The interior of a pole and canvas wedding marquee decorated with subtle pops of hot pink cushions and mini lampshades that lean into the Barbiecore trend. Chandeliers and candelabras bring a level of luxury suited to Barbie and paper chains add a touch of nostalgia

Subtle pops of hot pink are achieved with cushions and mini lampshades. Chandeliers and candelabras bring even more Barbie luxury.

Barbie blooms

Opt for lush and romantic floral arrangements with a mix of classic blooms and unique elements. Incorporate oversized flowers, like peonies or roses, and add whimsical touches such as delicate ribbons. We love to see accents of fuchsia pink nestled amongst pastel pinks and whites.


Barbie pink flowers in containers flank the coir matting walkway that leads to the entrance of a pole and canvas marquee

Vibrant pink flowers in containers greet guests as they approach the marquee entrance on the matting walkway.


A Barbiecore bridal bouquet with pastel lilacs and peach colours contrasted with deep bold barbie pinks. Voluminous wide ribbon adds luxury and romance.

We love the pastel lilacs and peach colours contrasted with deep bold barbie pinks in this bridal bouquet. The voluminous wide ribbon adds luxury and romance.


The interior of a pole and canvas marquee with a flower ring dressed with beautiful pink blooms, nostalgic paper chains and glittering chandeliers scream Barbiecore while still looking elegant and whimsical.

Beautiful pink blooms, nostalgic paper chains and glittering chandeliers scream Barbiecore while still looking elegant and whimsical.


Dreamy tablescapes

Set your tables with fine linens, elegant china, and vintage glassware. Incorporate Barbie themed elements subtly, such as Barbie-inspired napkin rings.


A wedding table setting with gold and white cutlery paired with elegant china, a feminine designed menu and pink and lilac roses. It could be the table setting in Barbie's dream house.
Photo credit - Holly Clark Photography

This gold and white cutlery paired with elegant china, a feminine designed menu and pink and lilac roses could be the table setting in Barbie's dream house.


A close up of a trestle table and wooden cross back chairs. Rose gold tableware sits beautifully on neutral grey linen tablecloths. The centrepiece is a floral arrangement of white and pink roses with eucalyptus.

Rose gold tableware sits beautifully on these neutral linen tablecloths.


Inside a pole and canvas wedding marquee, wooden cross back chairs and trestle tables are set with delicate glassware and pink china that gives a chic elevated take on the Barbiecore trend.

Delicate glassware and pink china at this marquee wedding give a chic and elevated take on the Barbiecore trend.


Glamorous accents

Sneak in elegant and glamorous touches throughout your marquee decor that nod to the Barbie trend. For example, these stylish Barbie-inspired neon table numbers from Etsy are a fun and eye catching way to channel Barbiecore without being over the top.


A wedding table set with a stylish Barbie-inspired neon table number five. It's a fun and eye catching way to channel Barbiecore without being over the top.
Photo credit - Etsy
A close up of a wedding table setting with a Barbiecore inspired font on the menu

Bring Barbie into your invitations and signage for the day by choosing Barbie inspired fonts.


Inside a Peacock and Bow pole and canvas wedding marquee, trestle tables and white french style dining chairs with sumptuous overstuffed white cushions that could be straight from Barbie's own dressing table.

These sumptuous overstuffed white cushions on our white french style dining chairs could be straight from Barbie's own dressing table.


Create a magical Barbie dreamtopia with lighting

Use soft, romantic lighting to create a dreamy ambiance. Fairy lights add sparkle and chandeliers bring a touch of glamour.


When the sun goes down create the right atmosphere with a wash of pink disco lights and a mirror ball to get the party started.

Inside a peacock and bow pole and canvas marquee a wedding reception is in full swing with the Bride and Groom being raised on their guests shoulders.  Pink flowers and fairy lights drip from the swooping canvas ceiling and the scene is awash with Barbie pink disco lights.

Inside a peacock and bow pole and canvas marquee, the wedding party is in full swing with guests dancing on the dance floor, high above their heads a mirror ball rains down sparkling flecks of light that fill the vast swooping canvas ceiling

Inside a peacock and bow pole and canvas marquee, a newlywed couple take their first dance on the dance floor while guests look on in delight. The whole scene is awash with Barbie pink disco lights and fairy lights and mirror ball bring the vast swooping canvas to life with glitter and sparkle

Barbie inspired drinks menu

Create signature cocktails inspired by Barbie's iconic style. Choose pink-hued bevvies with a touch of sparkle and serve them in elegant glasses with custom Barbie swizzle sticks like these fun ones from Etsy.


custom Barbie swizzle sticks

A close up of a dressed trestle table inside a peacock and bow pole and canvas wedding marquee. To bottles of wine sit on the table, one is a Rosé, which is inspired by Barbie's iconic style

Barbiecore Bliss: Creating an elegant and playfully chic marquee wedding

Remember, the key to tastefully incorporating Barbiecore is to balance the playful elements with sophisticated and elegant details. Avoid leaning too much into the trends by keeping major decorative elements neutral. Keep it subtle, trends come and go but your wedding photos are forever, you don't want them to look completely dated in a couple of years time, weddings should be timeless. By infusing subtle touches inspired by Barbie, you can create a wedding that captures the essence of Barbiecore while maintaining an elevated and stylish atmosphere.


We love the Barbiecore trend and can't wait to see more of it adorning our beautiful pole and canvas marquees. Barbie's everlasting appeal lies in her ability to ignite joy and freedom. Barbiecore embodies pure delight, offering escapism and an invigorating dose of fun for any couple who embrace her enchanting style for their big day.



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