10 Hot Spring Wedding Trends for 2015

Pretty pastels, sky-high cakes, bold brows and gold foil paper are all trending for spring. Here’s how to make them yours.
  1. 1. Pastel Palettes

    Pastel tables cape with lavender, blush and silver
    Photo by Swoon By Katie

    Spring is all about pastels (think: soft yellow, blush pink and light lavender). Layer with shiny metallics like copper and rose gold for a luxe look, or pair with neutrals like gray and taupe to keep the palette from feeling too “Easter." And don't be afraid to mix more than two colors. Try dressing your bridesmaids in various shades or create pairings for individual elements of your wedding, like lavender and mint for the ceremony, champagne and yellow for the cocktail hour, and gray and pale blue for the reception. Also hot, Pantone's Color of the Year, marsala. Because this wine-like hue has rich undertones, pair it with ice blue to soften the look.

  2. 2. Sassy Skirts

    Strapless Dennis Basso wedding dress with removable skirt
    Photo by Maria Valentino / MCV Photo

    We know how hard it can be to pick just one wedding dress, but thanks to designers like Monique Lhuillier, Dennis Basso and Romona Keveza, you can get two dresses in one. These gorgeous silhouettes with removable skirts stole the show at Bridal Fashion Week and have become a must-have for fashion-forward brides everywhere. Now you can look glamorous for your strut down the aisle and also be ready to boogie come reception time.

    Dress, Dennis Basso, KleinfeldBridal.com

  3. 3. Tall Tiers

    Four tiered cake with vibrant sugar flowers
    Photo by Ron Ben-Israel Cakes

    Wedding cakes are on the rise—in tiers, that is. We're talking five and six layers, plus the return of columns to give the confections even more height. These sugar masterpieces are as elegant as ever with bold sugar flowers, detailed patterns and pretty piping. A wedding cake is like the exclamation point to your day, so why not go big and tall?

  4. 4. Colored Nails and Bold Brows

    Bride with pastel colored nails holding a bouquet
    Photo by Agape Photography

    Add a little intensity to your wedding day mani. Bridal nails are getting a subtle wash of color thanks to some pastel-hued polishes in shades of mint, sky blue and light lavender. It's enough color to be noticed while still being refined. And don't overlook your brows--a well-shaped eyebrow can totally transform your best features. Don't over-tweeze! Instead, blend over-plucked or sparse areas with a brow pencil in a matching shade (try to stick with a hue that's one to two shades from your natural hair color). Pair with a pale pink lip for a stunning, natural bridal look.

  5. 5. Passed Eats

    Passsed Hors d'oeuvres
    Photo by Larissa Cleveland Photography

    From artisan spirits to interactive food stations, spring receptions are all about the eats and specialty sips. If you're opposed to a sit-down dinner, consider this new twist on food stations: Serve a whole meal in small plates passed by servers. Your caterer can create a menu that moves from light cocktail bites to heavier hors d'oeuvres and finishes with something sweet. Your guests will be free to chat and move about the party (no bad table assignments here!) and still get fed. Consider sourcing locally produced spirits or having a bar stocked with a single liquor (whiskey is pretty popular), bitters and colorful glassware so guests can help themselves.

  6. 6. Floral Prints

    Floral print dress

    Add a pop of color with a pretty floral pattern. Pastel, floral-print bridal gowns were big on the spring runways. Want to stick with white? Dress your bridesmaids in a happy print instead. You could even opt for printed floral pocket squares for the guys to tie the whole bridal party look together.

    Dress, ElizabethFillmoreBridal.com

  7. 7. Spring Greens and Blooms

    Garlands on chairs
    Photo by Aaron Delesie

    Embrace this blooming season in full force. Green garlands of ivy, lemon leaves or seeded eucalyptus will add a fresh look to long feasting tables or aisles. Or opt for flowering branches, like cherry blossoms or forsythia—they'll add height to your reception tables and make for easy conversation. Take advantage of spring flowers like sweet peas, lilacs, hyacinths, tulips and peonies (everyone's favorite wedding flower). Choosing in-season stems gives you the freshest flowers and the most bang for your buck.

  8. 8. Estate Gems

    Estate inspired ring

    One-of-a-kind engagement rings are trending. Couples are not only embracing warm tone metals like yellow and rose gold, they're seeking out unique estate pieces as well. Want a brand-new ring, but love the vintage-heirloom look? Designers like Catbird, Anna Sheffield, and Trumpet and Horn are creating vintage-inspired designs that give you the best of both worlds.

    Engagement ring, $11,250, TrumpetandHorn.com

  9. 9. Gold Foil Invites

    Gold foil wedding invitation
    Photo by Nancy Ray Photography

    Gold foil reigns! The foil trend—gold, rose gold, sliver and copper—is here to stay. From light dustings to full-on gold rushes, this luxe printing technique can add a fancy touch to an otherwise casual invitation, or can really dress up black-tie correspondence. Bold pops of color are also trending (think: your envelope, a vibrant belly band or a colorful patterned invite backing).

  10. 10. Statement Wedding Hair Accessories

    Medieval-inspired gold tiara
    Photo by Maria Valentino / MCV Photo

    If you're not the veil-wearing type, you're in luck. This spring is all about the hair accessory. From ethereal tiaras to flowering vines and bridal hats, there's something for every bridal look. Choose a piece that complements the style of your dress, like a gold-leaf tiara paired with a long-sleeved gown. If you want to modify your look between the ceremony and reception without changing your dress, switch up your hair accessory to something more playful.

    Dress, InbalDror.com

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