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Top 100 Romance Trends in 2013

From LGBT Comic Books to Sci-Fi Wedding Bands

— January 3, 2014 — Lifestyle
While romance is timeless, each year has its own special brand of expressing love. In 2013, we saw a variety of personalized ways to say, "I love you." Some micro-trends included customizable long-distance relationship mugs, couples pillowcase sets and even sound wave wedding rings personalized to the unique sound of your partner's voice.

The marriage equality movement among the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender community also gave way to hundreds of micro-trends -- from comic books, to photoshoots and dating apps.

For a deeper look into what romance meant to the world in 2013 and the potential impact on a variety of industries, have a look at Trend Hunter's Romance Trend Report, which includes over 200 micro-trend examples and implications of larger macro trends arising in this industry.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
97
Slick Valentine's Day Watches
Slick Valentine's Day Watches
Valentine's Day Watches by Mr Jones Watches Are Romanticallt Crafted
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96
Romantic Song Creation Apps
Romantic Song Creation Apps
Tia Clarke Unveils the Heineken Serenade App to Court Your Valentine
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95
Offbeat Romance-Inducing Edibles
Offbeat Romance-Inducing Edibles
Jamie Munro Unveils Valentine Candy to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
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94
Ex-Governor Exploiting Billboards
Ex-Governor Exploiting Billboards
Ashley Madison Calls Out Mark Sanford With Its Latest Ads
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93
Customized Wooden Gifts
Customized Wooden Gifts
Woodblock Pictures Make Perfect Personal Romantic Gifts
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92
Marriage-Ending Contests
Marriage-Ending Contests
The Sugar Daddie Divorce Giveaway Encourages Couples to Call it Quits
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91
Festive Designer Purses
Festive Designer Purses
Valentine’s Day Bags from Burberry are the Ultimate Luxury Gift
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90
Anti-Valentine’s Day Cards
Anti-Valentine’s Day Cards
Courtney Scharf Reveals Her Favorite Holiday-Hating Greeting Card
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89
Marriage-Proposing Mugs
Marriage-Proposing Mugs
This 2-Carat Cup Offers a Quirky Way to Ask Your Love for Their Hand
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88
Eccentric Valentine Eats
Eccentric Valentine Eats
Armida Ascano Unveils Weird Valentine’s Day Food for Daring Lovers
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87
Tiny Two-Person Eateries
Tiny Two-Person Eateries
Solo Per Due in Italy is the World's Smallest Restaurant
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86
Flowchart Brain Ads
Flowchart Brain Ads
The Relate The Relationship People Campaign Targets Mindful Men
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85
Bedsheet Cleanup Ads
Bedsheet Cleanup Ads
The Vanish Kosla Oxi Action Campaign Leaves Romantic Memories in the Mind
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84
Unfastening Undergarment Calendars
Unfastening Undergarment Calendars
Practice the Art of Unclasping with the Cheeky Bra Calendar
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83
Sweetheart Searching Apps
Sweetheart Searching Apps
Jaime Neely Dishes on Smartphone Dating Apps
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82
Vain Room Rental Services
Vain Room Rental Services
'Love Room' Only Helps Attractive People to Find Accomodations
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81
Romance-Encouraging Sticker Expeditions
Romance-Encouraging Sticker Expeditions
0707 Lets Couples Know if this is a Good Kiss Spot
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80
Life-Size Wedding Dress Desserts
Life-Size Wedding Dress Desserts
The Bridal Gown Wedding Cake Would Show Up Any Bride
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79
Pink Train Date Locations
Pink Train Date Locations
The Koi-Yamagata Station Has Been Renovated for a Train Station Date
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78
Anatomical Love Sculptures
Anatomical Love Sculptures
The Ribcage with Heart is a Fascinating 3D Valentine Gift
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77
Inter-Species Romance Photography
Inter-Species Romance Photography
Mamika and Bob by Sacha Goldberger Captures an Odd Couple
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76
Iconic Flower Arrangements
Iconic Flower Arrangements
These Custom Flower Bouquets by RBK are inspired by Pop Culture
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75
Inappropriate Dating Service Billboards
Inappropriate Dating Service Billboards
Cougar Life Has a Controversial Ad on Sunset Blvd. in L.A.
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74
Rustic Fantasy Bridal Portraits
Rustic Fantasy Bridal Portraits
Photos by Ryan Brenizer Show a Girl on a Journey in Two Dimensions
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73
Romantic Beverage Sippers
Romantic Beverage Sippers
The Heart Shaped Drinking Straws are Perfect for Valentine's Day
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72
Nerdy Proposal Infographics
Nerdy Proposal Infographics
This Chart Shows How to Make the Perfect Proposal
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71
Friendship Dating Experiments
Friendship Dating Experiments
40 Days of Dating Pushes Friendship to the Next Level
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70
Wacky Cupid-Like Photoshoots
Wacky Cupid-Like Photoshoots
Loveman by Maurice Heesen Tries to Find Love in Very Unlikely Places
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69
Engraved Cupid’s Arrows
Engraved Cupid’s Arrows
Send Love Message Arrows as Valentines Cards for Him
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68
Provisional Proposal Jewelry
Provisional Proposal Jewelry
The FPO Engagement Ring is an Interim Band for the Bride-to-Be
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67
Comic-Themed Ceremonies
Comic-Themed Ceremonies
The Calvin and Hobbes Wedding is Whimsical and Nostalgic
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66
Personalized Love-Professing Books
Personalized Love-Professing Books
The I Love You Book Lets You Display Your Love and Affection
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65
Old Age Romance Portraits
Old Age Romance Portraits
These Charming Photographs from Marina Rosso Document an Aged Couple
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64
Superhero-Inducing Gifts
Superhero-Inducing Gifts
Armida Ascano Tests the Best Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him
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63
Superhero Steampunk Cakes
Superhero Steampunk Cakes
Tyrann Has Created the Ultimate Glow-in-the-Dark Superhero Cake
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62
Plumbing-Themed Weddings
Plumbing-Themed Weddings
This Unconventional Couple Chose a Unique Wedding Theme
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61
Dedicated Ex-Boyfriend Blogs
Dedicated Ex-Boyfriend Blogs
'This is How You Win Her Back' is a Boy's Attempt at Saying Sorry
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60
Love-Shaped Flower Pots
Love-Shaped Flower Pots
These Lovestar Vases are Sweet Heart Design Decoration Elements
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59
Movie Poster Engagement Pictures
Movie Poster Engagement Pictures
This Couple Recreated Movie Posters for Their Engagement
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58
Clothes Swapping Couples (UPDATE)
Clothes Swapping Couples (UPDATE)
Switcharoo by the Sincerely Hana Blog Swaps Clothes
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57
Personalized Typographic Love Maps
Personalized Typographic Love Maps
This Personalized Map Heart Makes the Perfect Wedding Gift
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56
Geeky Superhero-Inspired Proposals
Geeky Superhero-Inspired Proposals
Couple Ties the Knot with Homemade Iron Man Arc Reactor
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55
Sleeping Long-Exposure Photos
Sleeping Long-Exposure Photos
A Photographer Shot a Timelapse of Beloved Couples' Movements
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54
Romantically Connected Tubs
Romantically Connected Tubs
The Yin Yang Couple Bath Promotes Togetherness Sanitarily
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53
Space Station-Inspired Jewelry
Space Station-Inspired Jewelry
Death Star Engagement Ring is a Tribute to 'Stars Wars'
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52
Love Machine-Oiling Ads
Love Machine-Oiling Ads
K-Y Jelly Promotes Lube with Suggestive Mechanical Romance References
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51
Piston-Comprised Rings
Piston-Comprised Rings
This Titanium Piston Ring is an Ideal Gift for Engine-Loving Valentines
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50
Cupid-Struck Stilettos
Cupid-Struck Stilettos
Heart Breaker Shoes Should Be Worn as a Warning for a Certain Type of Woman
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49
Conjoined Wine Glasses
Conjoined Wine Glasses
The My Other Half Wine Glass Set is Designed for Clingy Couples
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48
Public Make-Out Documenting Blogs
Public Make-Out Documenting Blogs
The Wing-Manning Tumblr Catches Couples Kissing in Public Places
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47
Anthropological Couple Portraits
Anthropological Couple Portraits
These Ingenious Images by Nacho Rojo Explore Romantic Pairings
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46
Ruthlessly Candid Love Letters
Ruthlessly Candid Love Letters
Wasted Rita’s ‘Love Letters’ are Viciously Honest
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45
Marriage Equality Internet Memes
Marriage Equality Internet Memes
These Memes for Red Equality Offer Very Creative Variants
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44
Customizable Long Distance Mugs
Customizable Long Distance Mugs
The State Heart Mugs are Perfect for Long Distance Relationships
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43
Industrial-Inspired Wine Racks
Industrial-Inspired Wine Racks
These Gear-Shaped Wine Holders Offer a Change of Speed
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42
DIY Neon Confetti
DIY Neon Confetti
The Oh Happy Day DIY Confetti is Perfect for Weddings and Parties
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41
Romantic Cut-Out Lights
Romantic Cut-Out Lights
This Heart Zinc Tea Light Holder is Perfect for Date Nights
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40
Romantic Sci-Fi Costume Photoshoots
Romantic Sci-Fi Costume Photoshoots
These Costumes Capture the Mass Effect Games' Amorous Side
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39
Delicate Wedding Hair Accessories
Delicate Wedding Hair Accessories
The Jennifer Behr Bridal 2013 Collection Recalls the 1920s
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38
Cheeky Conquest Pillowcases
Cheeky Conquest Pillowcases
These Funny Pillow Cases Force People to Sign-in to Your Bed
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37
Compatible Astrological Sign Ads
Compatible Astrological Sign Ads
The Tulipan Condoms Horoscope Campaign is Predictably Appealing
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36
Intergalactic Robot Rings
Intergalactic Robot Rings
This R2D2-Inspired Ring Will Sweep Her Off Her Geeky Feet
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35
Single Artist Dating Sites
Single Artist Dating Sites
deviantHEART is the World's First Dating Site for Artists
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34
Suggestive Relationship Fashion
Suggestive Relationship Fashion
This Tee Lets People Know You Don’t Want to Be Just Friends
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33
Dramatic Bridal Beauty Looks
Dramatic Bridal Beauty Looks
The Hollywood Brides 'Runway Brides' Photoshoot is Glamorous
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32
Beachside Couple Editorials
Beachside Couple Editorials
The 'On the Beach' Shoot for Interview May 2013 is Intimate
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31
Witty Linguistic Love Notes
Witty Linguistic Love Notes
These Nerdy Valentine's Cards Express Grammatically Correct Love
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30
Sci-fi Wedding Bands
Sci-fi Wedding Bands
The Cylon Engagement Ring is for Romantic 'Battlestar Galactica' Superfans
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29
Affectionate Infusion Branding
Affectionate Infusion Branding
Love in a Cup Tea Packaging Embodies an Adorable Warmhearted Design
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28
Opulent Oriental Editorials
Opulent Oriental Editorials
The How to Spend it April 2013 Frost Photoshoot Displays Eastern Style
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27
Half-Hearted Holiday Cards
Half-Hearted Holiday Cards
The Lazy Oaf Valentine's Cards are Playfully Peculiar Offerings
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26
LGBT Comic Book Characters
LGBT Comic Book Characters
Archie Comics' Character Kevin Got His First Kiss
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25
Movie-Inspired Engagement Photos
Movie-Inspired Engagement Photos
Jeff Grubb and His Fiance Indulge Their Blockbuster Film Fantasy
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24
Fantasy Novel-Themed Weddings
Fantasy Novel-Themed Weddings
This Adorable Couple Ties the Knot in Perfect Princess Bride Wedding
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23
Affectionately Romantic Pillow Cases
Affectionately Romantic Pillow Cases
These His and Her Pillows are a Romantic Way to Decorate
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22
Poignant Father-Daughter Portraits
Poignant Father-Daughter Portraits
Ben Nunery and Olivia Reenact Wedding Photos with Late Wife
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21
Surreal Nuptial Captures
Surreal Nuptial Captures
Sergey Ivanov Turns Couples into Art with Creative Wedding Photos
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20
Bohemian Wedding Gowns
Bohemian Wedding Gowns
The Stone Fox Bride Spring 2013 Collection is For the Unconventional Bride
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19
Geeky Nuptial Bands
Geeky Nuptial Bands
VaLaJewelry's Geek Wedding Rings Woo the Nerdiest Fingers in the Land
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18
Confessional Love Note Cards
Confessional Love Note Cards
These Unusual Valentine's Day Cards are Endearingly Creepy
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17
Action-Packed Nuptial Photos
Action-Packed Nuptial Photos
Serge Spices Up Special Commitments with Unique Wedding Photos
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16
Matching Engagement Photos
Matching Engagement Photos
San Francisco Couple Create Alternative Engagement Portraits
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15
Heartbreak Emergency Kits
Heartbreak Emergency Kits
Love Hurts by Melanie Chernock Provides Comfort and Giggles
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14
Modern Fairytale Photography
Modern Fairytale Photography
Liisa Härmson Tells a Love Story with Her Romantic Photos
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13
Blunt Love Notes
Blunt Love Notes
Jeffrey Wright Designs Strange and Funny Valentine's Day Cards
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12
Beachy Baked Goods
Beachy Baked Goods
These Seashore Wedding Cakes are Sandy and Sweet
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11
Spirited Hipster Wedding Editorials
Spirited Hipster Wedding Editorials
The Vogue Spain Brides 2013 Issue is Romantically Bohemian
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10
Hi-Tech Friendship Bracelets
Hi-Tech Friendship Bracelets
Bond by Kwamecorp Keeps Long Distance Relationships Connected
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9
Sound Wave Wedding Rings
Sound Wave Wedding Rings
The ‘I Do’ Personal Wedding Bands are Tokens of True Love
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8
Ancient Bridal Photography
Ancient Bridal Photography
Renaissance by Caroline Knopf Time Travels Back to the Middle Ages
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7
Sci-Fi Engagement Photos
Sci-Fi Engagement Photos
This Couple Staged a 'Doctor Who' Wedding Shoot
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6
Problem-Solving Couples Pillows
Problem-Solving Couples Pillows
This Word Pillow Will Add Make Up Sessions to Your Pillow Fights
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5
Couples Pillowcase Sets
Couples Pillowcase Sets
This Couples Pillowcase Set Features Lyrics from The Lumineers
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4
DIY Love Stationary
DIY Love Stationary
The Woven Heart Card is a Crafty Handmade Valentine Card
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3
Cartoon-Inspired Engagement Rings
Cartoon-Inspired Engagement Rings
The Adventure Time Engagement Ring Takes the Form of Jake
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2
DIY Tassel Garland
DIY Tassel Garland
This ‘a pair and a spare’ Decor Will Look Splendid for Any Occasion
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1
Tradition-Breaking Rings
Tradition-Breaking Rings
This Black Engagement Ring is a Distinct Change from the Norm
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