As the spring sun shows its face more consistently, you’re probably getting ready to throw (or attend) one of life’s biggest events. A memorable spring wedding nods to the latest trends, while remaining entirely yours, tailored to both your personalities. After all, lasting memories are based on how the experience made everyone feel. Did you laugh? Was everyone smiling? Were bottles popped? Did the smell of your main course take over the room? Will your guests tell everyone about it–including your grandchildren?
If the story is worth telling, it’s probably because of the details. What follows are some of the most popular trends to look out for this wedding season.
Take the Celebration Outdoors
Outdoor wedding ceremonies are becoming more and more common during springtime. Mild weather is the “happy medium” for men and women, where you won’t be shivering or glistening. Women often wear more vibrant dresses, but nothing flashy enough to upstage the bride, of course. Men normally opt for lighter material suits, such as linen and cotton blends and even chambray. If you’re attending an outdoor wedding, remember to prepare for rain (but hopefully not–though they say it’s good luck)!
Blend Styles Together
Why settle for a single theme at your wedding? For those who don’t like to live under constraints, good news: the new trend is to be yourself. Many couples are mixing and matching design themes on the big day, setting a new standard for style. For example, juxtapose rustic furniture with elegant decor to create a bold and unexpected feel. Integrate these themes further with your dinner menu!
Photo by Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu Photography
April Flowers, Too.
One of the best things about spring is the gorgeous scenery. You are bound to see a wide array of lovely, vibrant plants at nearly every spring wedding you attend: in vivid centerpieces, abundant bouquets, and colorful tablescapes. You can even give your guests a plant as a favor, leaving your special day blossoming long after the party’s over.
April gets bad publicity, since people harp on the rain. But don’t forget, that’s when DC’s famous cherry blossoms unveil their full beauty. With peak bloom usually observed between late March and early April, cherry blossoms make a stunning backdrop–and a beautifully seasonal addition to your table. Other popular spring flower varieties include dark delphiniums and irises to contrast a light color scheme, or pink gerberas and peonies to enhance it.
Photo by Emily Clack
Match Your Menu to the Season
As springtime approaches, many are concerned with their summer beach bodies. When selecting your menu, consider the time of year and match your options to the season. Offer fresh and organic options, such as a buffet of veggies or a delectable spread of natural, candied fruit–fresh from a local farmer’s market. Don’t be afraid to put some seasonal twists on classic side dishes–like a brussel sprout salad–or work a spring theme into the specialty drink menu. Remember to make yourself part of the experience at every turn!
Keep an eye out for these spring wedding trends in 2016, and take note of how hosts blend them with their own style to create something that lasts into the ages. Then, talk to Heirloom about striking the ideal theme for your wedding– focusing on the little details to create an unforgettable experience.