Monday, April 28, 2014

Guest Post: How to style your spring wedding

Meet Kristi
Today's guest post is brought to you by Kristi Charter. Kristi is an experienced freelance writer with a breadth of knowledge across an array of subjects. Captivated by the wedding industry, Kristi regularly blogs for Engagement Invitations.

With the sun shining, and flowers blooming, love is truly in the air...and Kristi has come up with a number of unique ways to style the perfect spring wedding!

the Bride

How to Style Your Spring Wedding

Spring is upon us and so are a range of new trends and styles for your wedding to fit the season. So to help you style your big day we've broken down some of the hottest emerging trends for 2014 and detailed how you too can emulate these fresh looks.

Spring Romance
Wedding styling this spring is all about embracing romance. Think lovely blushes and sweet peach combined with glorious gold and silver elements. Dinner by candlelight is always special, but it’s made even more special at a wedding when love is truly in the air. Candles are the ultimate element to incorporate for a romantic wedding theme and the beauty of candles is that they come in so many forms--meaning they can be used to either stand alone as the central feature on your tables or scattered to complement a centerpiece. Let’s also not forget that they can be quite affordable so you won’t be spending a small fortune on your reception décor.  Another key look to encapsulate a romantic feel is to ensure flowers play a big role in your styling. Spring blooms are always stunning and you simply cannot go wrong with a floral arrangement at a wedding. Using flowers throughout your reception is also a clever way to neatly tie together your color scheme.

A Return to Days Gone By
The Great Gatsby inspired wedding trend continues to stick around with brides loving all the styling possibilities. The formality that comes with holding a glamorous 1920s inspired affair is what helps make this theme so enticing. Monochrome elements accentuated by hints of gold are always a popular means for evoking this trend. However, brides in 2014 are taking this theme to the next level by furthering the grandeur. Gold is the color of choice with many brides featuring gold plates, cutlery and centerpieces such as gold vases. Using a sparkly gold or silver tablecloth is also a fun and clever way to spice up your décor. 

Color Schemes
Color-wise, brides have an array of options that are on trend this spring. Mint and pastels are always popular, however, things are getting a little brighter this season. Corals and yellows are among the most prominent shades and can be paired with lighter tones such as greys to soften them. Variations of blue and purple are also big in 2014 ranging from light to bright. The brighter shades are definitely the most fun to work with and will ensure all your finer details are noticed. However, if mixing bold colors together isn't for you, subtle pops of color are just as effective, especially when paired with crisp whites. Your wedding stationery is a great way to incorporate colors into your wedding without dominating your overall styling.

Breaking Traditions
While the traditional ‘white’ wedding dress will always be the most obvious choice, many brides are shaking things up and opting for non-traditional colors. From blush and soft blue to bold pink, coral, and berry, designers are overhauling bridal style. Aside from rocking a color on your wedding day, brides are also being presented with dresses featuring daring detailed backs to ensure they make a statement. In stark contrast, minimalist designs are also featuring heavily in designer collections. For the truly fashion forward, two-piece bridal outfits have also been gracing the runways--think crop tops with high-waisted flowing skirts.

Photo: Huffington Post via Kaley Cuoco
Food for Thought
When it comes to meals, spring is all about relaxed dining. Rather than the traditional presentation, guests are instead feasting on family-style meals where sharing is the key. Food trucks are also gaining traction, allowing guests to pick their own meal preferences and go back for more to ensure they are satisfied. Cakes are also being presented in a new way. While only for the brave, suspended wedding cakes à la Kaley Cuoco are now gaining momentum. 


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