Spring has officially arrived! (Finally—goodbye snow! 😌). Birds are singing, the sun is staying out longer, warmer weather is rolling in, and soon we’ll see flowers blooming everywhere. It’s no wonder why so many couples choose this wonderful season to get married. So, we’ve decided to give you the inside scoop on this season’s top spring wedding trends!
1. Colors – This year, Pantone’s Color of the Year is ‘Living Coral’. However, it generally takes a few months for designers and manufacturers to catch up to the trendy color selection with their products. So, for this spring, expect to see Pantone’s Color of the Year from 2018 – ‘Ultra Violet’. Don’t be fooled by this color’s name, it doesn’t mean a bright, in-your-face purple. This color is inspiration for beautiful shades of purple such as lavender, lilac, and dusty purple. The blush color is finally stepping aside to welcome the gorgeous shades of purple. *Be sure to keep an eye out for the ‘Living Coral’ color this summer/next spring!*
2. Plants & Flowers – The use of greenery that’s been done the past couple years is going to change. Potted plants will be used to create a natural feel to an otherwise plain lawn or green space. They can also be used to spruce up the ceremony aisle, reception entrance, or even on the tables as part of the centerpiece. This eco-friendly option can be gifted after the wedding to guests or even used for the newly-weds to start their own garden. Another trend on the rise are “living bars”. Soften a bar’s hard edge by placing lattice draped with greenery or garlands in the front. This is a great way to still get the greenery feel from the last couple seasons while moving away from the greenery and hand laid garland that’s strewn down the center of long banquet tables. Lastly, what is a spring wedding without beautiful flowers? A recurring “theme” is abundant fresh flowers. Everyone is so excited at the thought of things finally blooming after a long winter, that flower accents go well with just about any wedding color scheme or overall wedding theme. Anything that feels alive (fresh flowers and touches of greenery) brings life to a wedding.
Emily Steffens Photography
3. Décor – A trendy new décor option for you wedding this spring is to add textured linens. These are a great way to add interest to the reception tables. Transparent overlays with lace appliques are another option that’s subtle yet can impact the overall look of the reception space while providing some interest for guests as they walk about the area.
Erin Jean Photography
4. Attire – It’s time to shed those winter layers and go for something lighter. Bridesmaids are still drawn to the light and airy chiffon dresses. You’ll see their dresses in light pastel and neutral colors such as lavender, dusty blue, and off white. Floral jumpsuits are a fun, new trend for bridesmaids this spring too. How chic! Brides will be drawn to the deep V, plunging neckline dresses. There will probably be fewer tea length dresses, and more of the form fitting silhouettes with flare on the bottom. More bridal gowns are going to have some texture to them this season. And since it’s still not summer and evenings can be cool yet, half sleeve dresses are going to be the popular choice. Men are opting for 3-piece suits and moving away from the standard colored tuxedo vests. These suits give off a more polished look and can be accented with color ties instead. Blue suits are still in and more shades of blue are growing in popularity.
5. Venues – Barn weddings became very popular a few years ago as the location every soon-to-be married couple wanted for their venue. With barns as the venue, we saw burlap, lace, and mason jars (…so many mason jars!) as the décor every bride wanted to incorporate into her big day. But these trends have just about run their course and things are changing again. The once popular rustic, old barn as a venue is being moved aside to make room for the “modern-build barns” as the trendy new venue spot. More couples who are looking for a barn location are choosing converted structures over restored structures. The modern-build barns have neutral details such as clean, white exteriors with only a few raw barn-wood accents inside. They are a blank slate to create a more formal and refined wedding design while keeping with the comfortable atmosphere of a barn setting.
Dani Stephenson Photography
6. Ceremony - Setting the stage for ceremonies has traditionally been with an arbor and often a square four-post backdrop. But more and more couples are choosing to frame their “I Dos” with structures in different shapes. Circular arbors are giving the traditional square arbors a run for their money. Aisles lined with wildflowers will make any spring wedding look like it just came into full bloom.
Emily Steffens Photography
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for a wedding! Winter is upon us and although it may be cold outside, things are heating up with these winter wedding trends. Cozy on up to these inspirations to incorporate into your big day.
1. Colors- Winter weddings bring their own magical charm with shades of reds and greens. But there are many other colors you can incorporate into your special day whether you’re looking to add elegance, warmth, or a classic style. Icy blue, silver, black, gold, white, blush, and maroon are some of the popular, beautiful color options that would make any winter wedding stunning.
2. Wedding Attire- The Wisconsin weather can drop to seriously cold temperatures during winter, which means many brides are choosing dresses with sleeves and layers to keep warm. Ball gowns are a popular choice as they provide layers and a gorgeous look for brides. Lace is also a trendy option for wedding gowns as they provide depth, interest, and elegance. If you’re looking for ways to stand out against a white, snowy backdrop then consider a gown with a hint of color such as blue or blush. Complete your look with a faux-fur cape or shawl. This will be sure to keep you cozy warm and add a touch of glamour. Trendy colors for suit-jackets include grey, blue, or classic black. Looking to create a bold look? Then a patterned suit may be for you. Graphic checkered patterns are a great option for the winter season. If you’re not looking for a super bold look, then maybe a patterned tie or pocket square would be a better option!
3. Décor- Winter weddings have so many beautiful décor options! We’ve seen a lot of couples incorporating pine cones, evergreen branches, lanterns, and twinkly lights into their weddings this winter. A unique way to bring the winter theme into your celebration that will surely amaze your guests is an ice sculpture. This impressive décor option can be created into almost any vision you have such as your wedding initials, diamond-like chandeliers, landscape lounge furniture, or a full-on ice bar for your guests. If you want to incorporate the holidays into your wedding, then Christmas trees would be a great addition! Decorated trees lining the entrance and reception space can set the mood and transform the space into an enchanting scene.
4. Flowers- There are so many beautiful winter flower options to select for your wedding. Some of the popular choices during this season include roses, amaryllis, anemones, carnations, snowdrops, and poinsettias. Add some interest into your bouquet with holly berries, pinecones, or a winter greenery mix. Wreaths and frosted branches make perfect additions to your reception to ‘WOW’ your guests.
5. Food & Drink- We’ve rounded up some delicious winter foods and drinks to serve up at your wedding. A crowd pleaser during cocktail hour are grilled cheese wedges paired with tomato soup shooters. This is sure to keep your guests’ tummy’s nice and warm. Popular meal options that couples choose to serve at their weddings include prime cuts of beef or seasonal meats such as venison or pheasant. Satisfy the sweet tooth with dessert options other than cake such as smore’s, cake pops, white chocolate covered strawberries, and pies. When it comes to drinks, there are many fun, seasonal options you can serve at your wedding. Spiked egg nog, a hot chocolate bar, Moscow mule, and holiday sangria are a few ideas. Check out Pinterest for some signature drink ideas to add personalization!
Favors- 'Tis the season for giving great wedding favors. If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, we’ve got you covered. Blankets, mittens, or socks are sure to be a hit with your guests as they snuggle up into these warm favors. Personalized lip balm or hand warmers will be appreciated on those chilly winter nights. Food favors such as hot cocoa packets, s'mores, and peppermint, are always a good choice for gifting to your guests. Some more unique favor options could be giving your guests an ornament, scented candle, or snow globe. Your guests will be thrilled to receive one of these amazing wedding favors!
Temperatures are dropping, leaves are falling, pumpkin spice is back in stores -- you know what that means right? Fall is finally here! There’s a lot to love about the season, but here at Witt & Co. we’re especially excited about the latest and greatest trends taking over the wedding scenes. Explore the inspiring seasonal ideas that are turning heads!
1. Colors: Burgundy and wine seem to be the color choices taking over weddings this season. These deep, rich colors are a perfect choice to give your wedding a romantic feel. Other notable colors seen this season are plum, mauve, blush, ivory, navy, and other pretty jewel tones. Accent your colors with metallics to add some brightness and depth. Gold is a popular choice, but the hottest pop of color this season seems to be copper.
2. Wedding Attire: Crisp, cool air settles in as temperatures drop. The cold weather not only has brides selecting dresses with long sleeves, but bridesmaids too. Lace is a popular option during this time of the year as well for the elegant, detailed look it gives. Brides are choosing dresses that are a softer white, such as ivory, or even a blush colored dress to stand out against the beautiful fall colors. Let’s not forget about layers! Denim jackets and soft fleece sweaters are perfect for extra warmth. As for the men, they can be seen in any neutral color. Navy and burgundy are the latest fall trend colors for suit jackets. If they’re looking to stand out a little more, they can select a textured jacket or have a pair of suede brown shoes.
3. Desserts: Just as the trees are losing their leaves, the wedding cakes are losing all their extravagant extras. During this season, couples seem to opt for simple, clean cakes with some texture and small bunches of florals. Naked cakes are still very common, but a new version of this cake is taking over as the go-to choice. Translucent cakes are like naked cakes, but instead have a thin veil of frosting covering the layers with just a little bit of the cake showing through. In addition, couples are selecting smaller wedding cakes and adding an additional dessert to serve for guests. Seasonal picks include pies, smore’s, and caramel apples!
4. Drinks: Guests will love the tastes of apple, cinnamon, pumpkin, caramel, and other spiced-infused cocktails. Some crowd-pleasing signature drinks include spiced mulled wine, apple cider hot toddy, pumpkin beer, and caramel apple martinis. Select a drink that you and your significant other with enjoy cuddling up with together!
5. Flowers: Florals are often chosen to match the changing foliage outside. Rich, lush, textured arrangements with bursts of burgundy, red, orange, yellow, and plum are what can be expected. Dahlias are a favorite during the fall season with bouquets as they come in multiple colors such as red, burgundy, orange, and plum. Another popular flower choice is burgundy colored spider mums. Bouquets can be seen wrapped with ribbons, sashes, or textured fabric as well. Incorporating enchanting greens, such as evergreen branches or magnolia leaves, and fun accents, such as small twigs or berries, into floral arrangements adds interest and captures the great outdoors.
6. Favors: Trying to think of the perfect fall favor to gift to your guests? Boxed caramel apples, plaid blankets, caramel popcorn, and hot cocoa mix are just a few of this season’s best favors. If you’re looking to kick your wedding up a notch, you could offer a caramel apple bar or smore’s bar for guests to build their sweet treat themselves to take home!
7. Décor: Having a wedding in fall gives you so many options for beautiful, unique décor. Gourds, pumpkins, and leaves are seasonal favorites for incorporating into your wedding. Dreamy lanterns and candles give a soft, cozy feel whether they’re used as table numbers or hung around the reception. Simply gorgeous!
8. Extras: Still looking for a few more fall wedding ideas? We’ve got you covered. Instead of serving salads before dinner, why not substitute it for soup? Nothing beats a warm bowl of soup on a chilly fall night. If you are having an outdoor wedding, then you may have the option of offering hayrides during cocktail hour for your guests. This is a fun and memorable event to have at a wedding!
Happy fall, y'all!
Hi there! I'm Jo, owner of Witt & Co. Events in Neenah, Wisconsin. Wife to my amazing husband and high school sweetheart Matt, mama to our sweet little James, (and fur-mama to Scarlett and Charlie!)