As the seasons begin to change and the new season begins, it brings with it a brand new perspective. Spring is a revival of fresh colors and beginnings, while the summertime is a long drink of relaxation. Autumn is a crisp time filled with touches of nature, and winter is an endless landscape of shimmering gatherings. Each of these seasons brings unique trends in clothing and decor, along with distinct wedding tones and themes. No matter when you’re getting married, rest assured that there is a seasonal theme perfect for you and yours.
Spring Has Sprung
There’s nothing quite as lovely as a bright spring wedding. As the late Robin Williams said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s party!’”
This spring, the popular flowers for weddings include combinations of tulips, daisies, peonies, lilacs, anemones, daffodils, orchids, and forget me nots. Baby’s breath makes a lovely light and airy centerpiece. We love fresh bouquets featuring both bright and muted pops of color that correspond with your wedding color scheme. Choosing flowers that are in season helps keep the floral bill reasonable, so speak with your florist about what spring flowers are available in your area.
Pastels will always be a classic and timeless choice for a spring wedding palette. Additionally, popular fashion trends influence wedding color combinations. The hot colors this spring included rose quartz (the Pantone color of the year!), peach, blue, tan neutrals, and pops of bright colors like red, yellow, and green. We are especially in love with color palettes featuring neutrals for the spring, keeping the theme focused on nature and simplicity.
Food and Drinks
Spring is the perfect time to make the move to a lighter menu, as the weather has warmed up and many fruits and veggies are coming into season. Simple cakes featuring florals are stunning in the spring, especially when paired with cake that lets the flowers pop. As the weather has finally started to warm and the snow has melted, offer guests a variety of refreshing beverages such as lemonade, tea, and fruit infused water. Champagne cocktails, refreshing sangrias, and light craft beers make excellent seasonal options at the bar as well.
A spring wedding is an excellent time for light fare and fresh foods, such as berry-filled salads, grilled fish and chicken, and flavorful veggies. You can also use this opportunity to skip a formal sit down meal and opt for a variety of appetizers and small dishes to keep guests up and moving throughout the reception.
Fabrics and Textures
Spring is a wonderful season to experiment with fabrics and textures throughout your wedding. With warmer temperatures, but not quite into the heat of summer, brides have a lot of flexibility with their dress fabrics and styles. We especially love open backs, illusion necklines, and flowy fabrics such as chiffon and organza for spring. Small details and delicate lace also top our list of favorites for spring. Bridesmaid dresses have the flexibility of being long or short, depending on how warm your spring is. For your handsome groom, we love pops of colors via pocket squares or bowties and funky socks to add a bit of personality. These light and airy fabrics carry over to decor beautifully. Draping and table runners add pops of color and dimension to any venue.
Summer weddings offer the bride and groom a lot of freedom in theme selection. Essentially every color is fair game and there tends to be less emphasis on glitz and glam, allowing the affair be as casual or formal as you please.
Popular flowers for summer weddings include calla lilies, cosmos, orchids, hydrangeas, roses, peonies, daisies, and dahlias just to name a few. Accenting these with lots of greenery (like baby eucalyptus, ferns, and bear grass) is stunning way to accentuate the vibrancy of summer. Again, using flowers that are in season will help you not only stay on trend, but also keep costs lower. We love that the succulent trend has made its way to weddings, as they make a wonderful addition to centerpieces and even bouquets!
The best part of a summer wedding is that you can go as bold or as subtle as you want with your color scheme. The warmth of the season allows for vibrant, colorful hues that may feel out of place during other seasons. Summer is a unique season because it can pull of the light pastels of spring as well as bits of vibrant darker fall shades. Popular color choices include shades of pinks and corals, greens, and blues. Don’t be afraid to combine multiple colors throughout your color scheme– it’s summer, the more color the better! Bright and bold are two words to live by this season.
Food and Drinks
Summer is the perfect time for light but flavorful food options. Start the party with light and fresh options like watermelon and other fresh fruits and grilled veggies. Again, opting for fresh produce that is seasonally available will not only keep your wedding a supporter of local produce, but also help you tailor your menu easily and affordably. Caprese is a popular summer appetizer choice as well as a variety of dips and chips. Main courses include savory barbecue, grilled meats, and fresh salads.
We love incorporating a dessert bar filled with fresh fruits (bonus points for dipping chocolate) in addition to light cake flavors such as lemon and strawberry. Keep your guest cool and hydrated with plenty of drink options. Stock the bar with fruity cocktails, sangrias, and maybe even some prosecco pops if you’re feeling fancy. The name of the game is to stick to summer flavors while offering a variety of options to your guests.
Fabrics and Textures
As the temperatures rise, mindful fabric choices become imperative. For the wedding dress, stick to light fabrics such as tulle and organza, and delicate laces. We love details such as open backs and unique cut outs. Layered skirts will help keep volume without the weight, and will photograph and flow beautifully in the summertime. We loved a beautifully draped ceremony spot any time of year, but they take on a special light flowing in the wind on a warm summer evening.
Fall-ing in Love
Being the transitional time between summer and winter, with cooler temperatures but before the holiday rush kicks in, fall is a wonderful time for a beautiful wedding. Rich colors and textures come into play and we love the accents of nature throughout many fall weddings.
Sunflowers, roses, dahlias, carnations, thistles, and eucalyptus are all popular floral choices for fall weddings. Rich jewel toned flowers are complemented by fresh greenery to bring the transitional season to life in your wedding. Fall is the perfect time to experiment with cascading bouquets, which are stunning in photos and in person.
Rich shades of red, orange, green, grey, and warm neutrals make a bold appearance at many fall weddings. Let mother nature inspire you with colors and textures, such as wood elements and the seasonal offerings of nature such as pumpkins and berries. Rustic elements also come into play during the fall, so don’t be afraid to incorporate some DIY’s into your fall wedding decor.
Food and Drinks
As the temperature drops, keep guests cozy with warm drinks such as apple cider, hot chocolate, and mulled wine. On the same note, a soup bar is a great way to offer your guests variety and a way to keep warm throughout your reception. Fall weddings can handle a heartier menu, so don’t be afraid to venture into red meats and and more filling sides. Top off the evening with a beautiful and flavorful cake for all of your guests to enjoy. We love incorporating fresh flowers onto cakes, which helps keep decorating costs down too!
Fabrics and Textures
A fall wedding is the perfect time to utilize heavier fabrics such as layered lace (we love long lace sleeves), satin, brocade, and silk. We love intricate beading and detailing in the fall as well, there’s no such thing as too much glam! Since fall evenings can get chilly, have a cover up on hand to complement your dress and keep you warm. Depending on your theme and level of formality, jean jackets, faux fur wraps, flannels, and scarves are all wonderful options to keep you (and your bridesmaids) comfortable on your big day.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
The perfect time to let our your inner ice queen, winter is filled with glitz and rich jewel tones. Whether you choose to embrace the upcoming holidays or focus on one occasion at a time, winter is a glamorous season. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!
Popular flowers for winter weddings include roses, pine cones/needles, birch wood, carnations, holly berry, poinsettias, pansies, and vibrant greenery. We love how this bride went with neutral flowers and incorporated berries for a pop of color. The flowers you choose should complement your color scheme. So if you’re sticking to cool, icy tones for your wedding, your florist can help you choose flowers, arrangements, and decor accessories that accentuate your theme.
We love incorporating palettes of blues, whites, grey, greens, reds, and glitters for winter weddings. Winter themes provide a lot of diversity as well. You can go the more icy, cool colored route with shades of blue, silvers, and whites for a crisp, clean feel. Conversely, you can stick to a palette of reds, greens, golds, and neutrals to give your wedding a warm, holiday feel. We love both options as both provide wonderful photo opportunities! Winter weddings also call for twinkle lights and shimmer, so get creative with your decor.
Food and Drinks
As the temperature cools, be sure to offer your guests options to stay warm, especially if your event is outdoors. A hot chocolate bar with marshmallows, peppermint sticks, and other accoutrements is a fun and interactive way for your guests to embrace the season and warm up before the reception begins. Like fall, winter weddings can sustain more substantial menu offerings. We love carving stations with ham or turkey, accompanied by sides like potatoes and hearty vegetables. Finish off the meal with a decadent cake that all of your guests will love! As for your signature cocktail, consider seasonal options such as this delicious cranberry sangria, ciders, or richer drinks featuring Bailey’s or Rum Chata. If your winter wedding falls closer to New Years, go ahead and pop that champagne!
Fabrics and Textures
Winter weddings give way to such a variety of fabric options. For the bridal gown, heavier fabrics are a great option to stay warm and fashionable. Fabrics such as satin, brocade, velvet, and silk mikado will provide more weight (and warmth) than lighter summer fabrics. We love details like lace sleeves and intricate beading for extra sparkle. If you will be outside for photos or the ceremony, a cover up is vital to staying warm. We love the look of faux fur wraps, colorful scarves, and long neutral pea coats.
For the ceremony and reception decor, try incorporating soft and cozy fabrics such as cableknit and tartan. Pops of plaid add both color and texture to your space and can be found in a variety of colors to match any palette. Touches of burlap, lace, sparkle, and birchwood all lend an air of cozy, rustic winter traditions to your reception space.
No matter what season you choose to get married, there will be plenty of colors, flowers, and themes to wow you and your guests!