9 Hot Spring Wedding Trends for 2014

What's hot for spring weddings? Rose -gold embellishments, toile and ikat patterns, condiments bars and cascade bouquets.
  1. 1. Spring Wedding Color Trends: Rose Gold and Layered Neutrals

    This season layered neutrals, like peach, cream and champagne, combined with weathered shades, like sage and blush are replacing the traditional Easter pastel palette. To keep the look light and springy, bring in a softer shimmer with silver or even rose gold (a fresh and fitting alternative for the season that works well with more muted tones).
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    Pantone’s Color of the Year, radiant orchid, is perfect for a spring palette if you’re going bright. Play it up with dendrobium orchid centerpieces in the vibrant purple hue. For high contrast pair with an all-white tabletop for flowers that really pop.
  2. 2. Spring Wedding Reception Style Trends: Bold Patterns and Souped- Up Bars

    This spring’s receptions are all about cocktail hour, with creative seasonally inspired cocktail displays, like a beer garden wall or a carnival-inspired bar with vintage marquee lights. They’re a fun intro to the party and pair perfectly with themed cocktails. Bold patterns, like ikat, toile and paisley-printed linens, are taking center stage with a few small centerpieces. Bar tables with a patterned or even metallic runner and branch centerpieces are a hit for a casual affair. Hanging elements like flower-filled globes over long tables and flower-and-moss-covered lamps bring the outdoors inside.
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    Animal motifs like birds, butterflies and even more unexpected animals like rabbits and frogs fit with the idea of rebirth and renewal and work with a modern theme, especially as a motif on stationery and as wooden cutout escort cards.
  3. 3. Spring Wedding Dress Trends: Blush and Dresses With Barely There Color

    Subtle hints of blush, champagne and blue grazed the bridal fashion runways for 2014, and so it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that the hot style for the season involves wedding dresses with a little bit of color. For an ultra-subtle look, an underlay that peeks out or even an ombre gradient is a modern twist to an otherwise traditional gown.
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    Believe it or not, there is a fashionable way to show off a little skin with crop-top wedding dresses. For a more demure version of the same look, choose overlapping separates like a shell to wear over your strapless gown that you can take off for the reception.
  4. 4. Spring Wedding Cake Trends: Greenery and Naked Cakes Topped With Fruit

    Floral motifs are always big, but this spring, cakes are going back to basics and letting fresh flowers and greenery take front and center, instead of icing and design. This season’s naked cakes will include fresh, seasonal fruits, like figs and grapes, for a light update to winter’s heavier gilded details and ornate designs. Simple cakes really steal the show in elaborately designed cake tables with garland-covered backdrops mimicking the details of the cake.
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    Watercolor details aren’t just for your stationery suite—Monet-inspired cakes with whimsical and light diffused color make a statement, especially when paired with metallic tiers.
  5. 5. Spring Wedding Flower Trends: Hanging Garland and Cascade Bouquets

    Leafy green accents add a fresh touch to every wedding element, from hanging lanterns covered in flowers above the altar to garland-covered chairbacks. Even the traditional bridal bouquet is getting updated with cascading greenery (like ivy) hanging down almost to the floor.
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    Paper and wooden flowers in the shape of seasonal flowers, like tulips and peonies, are a creative alternative to fresh traditional flowers. Bonus: They can be easily preserved as a pretty keepsake.
  6. 6. Spring Wedding Invitation Trends: Watercolor Florals and Gold Foiled Everything

    The popular watercolor theme is huge for wedding paper -- with soft and romantic painted florals and diffused pastel colors. For added dimension, wax-resist font and graphic designs, like flowers and cacti, are an unexpected touch. Gold foiling, bright paper and mismatched patterns are also making wedding stationery pop this season.
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    Circles! Save-the-dates, RSVP cards and other wedding paper elements shaped like circles rather than traditional rectangles are a fun way to add variety and dimension to a multipiece invitation suite.
  7. 7. Spring Wedding Catering Trends: Nostalgic Menus and Creative Condiments

    Nostalgic menu items, like homemade Pop-Tarts, milk shakes, marshmallow treats and BLTs, are making a comeback this spring, especially with adult updates. Food stations are taking on a whole new look, and condiments and sauce bars are going modern and creative with chalkboard displays for an interactive element to a French-fry or ice-cream-sundae bar. Cheese spreads are perfect for a springtime alternative to heavier passed hors d’ouevres, especially when paired with complementary wine selection.
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    Chilled carrot soup shooters and elaborately displayed fresh veggies like celery and carrots are both subtle nods to Easter that are tasty and refreshing.
  8. 8. Spring Wedding Beauty Trends: Nude Lips and Dewy Cheeks

    Understated beauty is making a comeback. Instead of bold and bright, it’s all about pared down makeup and nude lips. Dewy cheeks and hint of shimmer for the eyes creates a fresh and ethereal look that’s perfect for spring.
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    Braids -- especially fishtail braids -- are perfect for a spring wedding. Weave ribbon or even vines and flowers throughout your style to get that pretty woodland whimsical style that’s so big right now.
  9. 9. Spring Bridesmaid Dress Trends: Nuanced Neutrals and Lace Panels

    Neutral bridesmaid dresses in ecru, eggshell and even ivory are on trend for spring. Find dresses with added romantic details, like lace panels, metallic sashes and even oversize fabric flowers, to give your bridesmaids a look that feels unique and pretty.
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    On the other end of the color spectrum, beautiful brights -- especially in berry, coral and purple -- are also hot. And there’s no rule that says everyone has to wear the same color. Mixing up your bridesmaid dress colors is a fresh idea for the season too.