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.
Subtle pops of hot pink are achieved with cushions and mini lampshades. Chandeliers and candelabras bring even more Barbie luxury.
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.
Vibrant pink flowers in containers greet guests as they approach the marquee entrance on the matting walkway.
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.
Beautiful pink blooms, nostalgic paper chains and glittering chandeliers scream Barbiecore while still looking elegant and whimsical.
Set your tables with fine linens, elegant china, and vintage glassware. Incorporate Barbie themed elements subtly, such as Barbie-inspired napkin rings.
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.
Rose gold tableware sits beautifully on these neutral linen tablecloths.
Delicate glassware and pink china at this marquee wedding give a chic and elevated take on the Barbiecore trend.
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.
Photo credit - Etsy
Bring Barbie into your invitations and signage for the day by choosing Barbie inspired fonts.
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.
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.
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.