Spring Wedding Trends to Look Out For

Maybe it’s the nice weather. Maybe it’s the abundance of flowers in bloom. Spring just lends itself naturally to celebrating new love. As one of the more popular seasons to get hitched, there’s a lot to love about a classic Spring wedding. But 2018 is seeing some new, modern twists to some much-loved standards. From bold, new color palettes to more casual apparel, these are a few Spring wedding trends to watch!

Reinvented Florals


Florals for a Spring wedding are the ultimate no-brainer. Most, if not all weddings are bound to be practically overflowing with flowers. But what makes this season’s new spin on florals has more to do with new arrangements and where they’re being placed.

Instead of centrally-located arrangements that can easily overwhelm dining tables, couples are opting for hanging floral decor to offset more minimally-appointed tables. This lets guests enjoy the company of one another, the happy couple, and their meals without maneuvering around cumbersome centerpieces. It also adds some dazzling, unexpected accents and playful usage of dimension throughout a venue.

With new arrangements come new and seemingly untraditional plants. Instead of dizzying palettes and overflowing bouquets, more couples are focusing on pared down, minimally elegant arrangements. Peonies, with oversized blossoms, only need a minor degree of accessorizing. Meanwhile, air plants and even succulents are making their way into some offbeat, yet expressive arrangements.

Along with more modern florals the day-of, brides-to-be are getting more inventive with gifts for their party. From chic floral robes to eco-conscious floral monogram bracelets, brides are finding new ways to hone in on all the perfect details that make their favorite ladies feel special, too.


New Rings, Clothes, & More!

As Millennials make up the bulk of people getting married these days, their aesthetic tastes from everything including music to dresses, and traditional wings are infusing weddings with a bold energy.

Take engagement rings and wedding bands for instance. While the custom of giving diamond engagement rings given during proposals has been around since the Victorian era, the styles have largely stayed the same for the past century and a half. Think: solitaire or princess cut diamonds in a classic setting, on a slender gold or silver band. Today, couples are becoming quite inventive, bringing unique engagement rings into the picture. The classics are always nice, but some brides are taking well to rose gold bands, vibrant stones such as sapphires, emeralds, and rubies, while others are looking to more alternative pieces featuring raw-cut diamond slices, and even oxidized sterling silver.

As for the dresses themselves, brides are expressing themselves with black accents a la Vera Wang while the recent swing back to the high 70’s in RTW fashion is leading some brides to voluminous statement-making sleeves and plunging, but no less elegant v-necks.

For men, the options aren’t as limited as they once were. With many weddings focusing more on intimacy along with the genuine warmth and joy of the happy couple, traditional black tie dress codes are slowly being replaced by more down-to-earth statements. “Creative” black tie options shawl-collar dinner jackets, along with smart, but simple bow ties or slim, non-printed neckties. And for celebrations that are even more casual, guys are choosing suspenders, plaid shirts, brown shoes, along with suits outside the traditional black, gray, and navy color schemes.

 Creative Colors

Speaking of color, nothing says “spring wedding” quite like the typical palettes of soft, muted tones and pastels. While those are definitely great standards, they certainly aren’t the only options for decor and linens.

Along with that oh-so-lovable millennial pink, couples everywhere are embracing more casual color schemes. Metallic accents add an element of drama that punctuate a space in smaller details (sconces, candle holders, planters, etc.) However, spring weddings are starting to feature novel combinations including sage green, matte gold, white, and mauve. Another new favorite includes rose pink, pale peach, and orange with a masculine blue-grey as an elegant alternative to more staid neutrals.

Spring Weddings At a Glance

So, there you have it! This brief round-up of spring wedding statements is only a snapshot of all the creative new ways couples are celebrating their happiest days. However, the common thread throughout the best weddings is a newfound focus on joy, love, and fun self-expression!

Author Bio: Lynn Lewis is a freelance writer and personal stylist based in Los Angeles, CA. She has clients throughout LA, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood. She loves writing about fashion and accessories. In her free time, she spends her days roaming boutiques to find the newest trends to bring to her clients.


Kristin + David’s “Words With Friends” Wedding

We’re kicking off this week with a lovely yellow + grey scrabble-themed DIY wedding from Love Tree Studios. Our couple Kristin + David were encouraged by a mutual friend to start playing “Words With Friends” game with each other, and this beautiful friendship eventually bloomed into real love. Our bride Kristin is talented at DIY crafting and used her skills well to honor the game that changed their lives forever into a theme.

Let’s see, where do I start? So many lovely aspects to this DIY wedding. I love the large pinwheels that decorated the ceremony backdrop as well as vases of the yellow cut-out birds sitting on small bunches of white branches. I especially adore the different center pieces that Kristin created by choosing different photos of her + David as well as spelling out different words such as “cherished” with scrabble letters. And my favorite? Kristin’s gorgeous work on all the bouquets and boutonnieres.

Congratulations to Kristin + David!!!


Photographer: Love Tree Studios//Wedding Date:04.06.2013//Dress Store:David’s Bridal//Floral Designer:Hyvee//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Savvi Formalwear//Floral Designer:Addie Jane Originals//Jewelry:Buchroeders Jewelers//Reception Venue:Cherry Hill Event Center//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Yoko + Brian’s Rustic Cultural Wedding

We’re rounding out our day with a special Japanese + Jewish wedding from Robin Jolin Photography. This super lovely wedding is a great example of how two completely different cultures can be combined seamlessly into one perfect wedding. Marin Art & Garden Center is just the perfect backdrop for Yoko + Brian, lovers of outdoors and music, to set up their Japanese-Jewish-rustic wedding.

To blend in the two cultures and to truly make their wedding all about them, Yoko + Brian folded 1,000 origami cranes as their ceremony backdrop. For those that are unfamiliar with the significance of origami cranes, it’s best to hear straight from Yoko herself:

“… In the Japanese culture, the crane is a symbol of longevity and prosperity. Folding a crane takes time, patience and understanding. The crane is a majestic bird which mates for life and is extremely loyal to its partner. The bird is strong, graceful and beautiful. These origami cranes bring good luck, good fortune, longevity, fidelity, and peace to the marriage.

In addition, Yoko folded mini cranes to decorate for each seating place cards, as well as to be used as decorations throughout the reception.

They also had a ketubah (Jewish wedding contract) hand-made for them. They wrote their vows together and had an artist hand-painted the vows in Hebrew and English. They also worked with the artist to have her design two Japanese maple tree that join together with accents of cherry blossoms and cranes to represent Yoko’s Japanese background. This is not only something super meaningful for the two of them, but also something very beautiful that they can use to display as art!

Similar to the more well-known Chinese Tea Ceremony, Yoko + Brian had a traditional Japanese sake ceremony called “san-san-kudo”. Yuko: “Through the tradition of going back and forth by each sipping the sake three times each from 3 different sized sake cups for a total of nine times, we brought together the two families and celebrated with all of our guests. The ladies who served us the sake need to be “unmarried ladies” so I had 2 of my best friends and single ladies help me out. It was like my version of the bouquet toss.”

I love seeing how traditions from two different cultures come together for a beautiful wedding. And yes, Yoko + Brian are super cute together, but I have to say, I think Yoko + her mom really spoke to me. I love how you can see how much they love each other and what a strong bond they have!

Congratulations Yoko + Brian!!!!


Photographer: Robin Jolin Photography//Wedding Date: March 23, 2013//Makeup Artist: Nikol Elaine Makeup Artistry // Reception Venue: Marin Art & Garden Center//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Jackie + Mike’s Vintage Country Wedding

The new year is upon us and I figured we should go out on a bang!  And Jackie + Mike’s wedding is just the what the doctor ordered! Katherine O’brien Photography has captured the perfect blend of modern & vintage with this Instagram-y meets portrait perfection and country-chic cool  event.  With the most amazing custom attire including the groom’s vest and an amaze two-fer gown and bridesmaids that helped DIY the hair and makeup, there’s no shortage of style for this Minnesota couple that wed in Texas.  



I love the shades of whites and lace that contrast the rugged Texas backdrop.  Jackie’s got some awesome pals.  her bridesmaids got a DIY tutorial for Jackie’s hair and makeup (which were perfect) and the sparkly modern, yet rustic airstream-like invitations were designed by a friend.  The floral and bouts were all handmade and I loved the interactive centerpieces where guests lit candles and made a wish for the happy couple!

As amazing as this wedding is, it kind of gives me the sads.  Not only is it the last of the year, but it’s the last I’ll be privileged to share with you as the Real Weddings Coordinator here at DIY Bride.  I want to thank all of you for letting me share in your special days.  A special thanks to Katherine O’brien Photography for sharing this very memorable wedding for a me.  And a big congratulations and thanks to Jackie and Mike!

Vendor Information:

Date:  April 27 , 2013

Location: Round Mountain, TX

Photographer: Katherine O’brien Photography

Event Venue: Three Points Ranch

Bride’s Attire: Custom

Bride’s Ring: Vintage

Boots: Allen’s Boots 

Grooms Attire: Custom Made by Heime’s Haberdashery

Groom’s Ring: Minter Ritcher Designs

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Bryn + Paul’s Bohemian Spring Wedding

This is one of those weddings.  You know the kind I’m talking about.  The kind that you spend hours gazing at some of the sweetest, coolest, prettiest details and find something prettier with each view.   The kind that you return to over and over and find yourself smiling alongside some of the funnest (yes-that’s a word today) couples as if you were there kind of weddings.   Perfectly captured by Brooke Courtney Photography, this one that’s sure to make a top ten favorites list!

So let’s talk about these ridiculously amaze details that were the perfect compliment to The Old Mill‘s ivy covered walls and beautiful outdoor spring setting.  All of the fern and tree stump centerpieces brought the wonderful woodland feel inside for the reception.  To add equal parts woodsy, vintage, and boho touches the wooden garland, pearl string chandeliers and nest favors were beyond a gorgeous compliment to Bryn’s cray cray pretty floral shrug.   Bryn handmade the little yarn nests and filled them with moss, paper flowers, and a seed bomb.  While we’re on the subject of paper flowers- are you dying over those portraits yet?  

Most of all this wedding captures the fun and love between friends and family.  Three friends performed a ridiculous dance to Florence and the Machine’s,  Cosmic Love, which was a hit on it’s own!  Thank you Brooke Courtney Photography for sharing such a fun and fabulous wedding! Congratulations Bryn + Paul!

Vendor Information:

Date: April 26, 2013

Location: Rose Valley, PA

Photographer: Brooke Courtney Photography

Event Venue: The Old Mill

Jen + Kyle’s Tiffany Blue Rustic Wedding

When an amazingly talented bride pairs polka dots and the prettiest Tiffany blue details you can imagine with a team of wedding vendors that includes Debra Gulbas Photography, Rosa Gibson, and the Vista West Ranch, it may as well be Christmas all over.  Bride Jennifer worked tirelessly to create the most incredible details of her Tiffany blue, polka-dot themed wedding. The details really speak for themselves, from the handmade flower bouquets and boutonnieres to the incredible centerpieces only a blue box might be better.


Thank you Debra Gulbas Photography for sharing this lovely day with us!  Congratulations Jen and Kyle!

Vendor Information:

Date: April 28, 2012

Location: Dripping Springs, TX

Photography: Debra Gulbas Photography

Event Venue: Vista West Ranch

Caterer: Texas Rib Kings

Event Planner: Austin Wedding Planners by Rosa

Dress Store: Weddings by Debbie

Makeup Artist: Beauty Mark Agency

Sarah + Sean’s Laid-Back Whimsical Wedding

Why should game night be confined to house parties?  A bride playing Twister just screams super fun and fab wedding, doesn’t it?!  So when BG Productions shared Sarah and Sean’s perfectly laid-back wedding that was all about hula hoops, Jenga, Operation cakes, and of course, love sweet love- I was totally on board!  Sarah and Sean were a long distance couple who wanted something that was nontraditional, held both in and outdoors on a beautiful spring day, and provided an intimate, playful and vintage atmosphere where our guests and puppy could truly enjoy themselves. With a variety of activities for guests to enjoy, some awesome vendors and little crafting, go ahead and cream “UNO!” because this one couple you’re going to love.

After a long, long-distance relationship these two never have to say goodbye again!  And now, while we might have to say a short farewell, BG Productions lets us make sure we never have to say farewell to this amazingly fun day!  Thank you for sharing BG Productions!  Congrtulations Sarah and Sean!

Vendor Information:

Date: April 27, 2013

Location: Wilmington, DE

Photographer and Videographer: BG Productions

Event Venue: Brantwyn Estates

Floral Designer: Belak Flowers

DJ: No Macarena DJ

Tuxedo and Men’s Attire: Jos A. Banks

Bridesmaids Dresses: Claire’s Boutique

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Megan + Andrew’s Nautical Engagement Session

Sometimes a photographer is just meant to capture special moments.  Megan and Andrew are from California and Texas and have a love of the ocean and sailing.  In comes Alicia + Chris from A+C Photography, who hail from the same states and styled an engagement shoot that will surely put the wind in your sails.

Thank you A+C Photography fro sharing this whimsical & nautical inspiration!  And while we of course wish Megan and Andrew many congrats, there’s plenty more to see when we share their beautiful wedding later this week!

Vendor Information:

Date: May 1, 2013

Location: United States

Photographer: A+C Photography

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Kieu + Kevin’s Modern-Boho Canadian Wedding

Each and every couple are what make my job awesome!  They add all the unique and irreplaceable elements that make no wedding equal.  And Kieu + Kevin?  Well, they are certainly no exception!  They have managed to infuse equal parts of tradition and whimsy, modern and minimal, with eclectic boho style and yet remain the stars of this show!  You just know these two are great to be around!  R.A Photography was there to capture this totally amaze wedding where the sum of all the pretty little details glow just as bright as Kieu and Kevin’s smiles.


From the photographer:

Almost 90% of the details were done by the bride, groom and their families. Even the DJ was the groom’s friend and is in the bridal party. I loved all the special little details that made this wedding truly unique and special to Kieu and Kevin, especially the instagram photo posters they had hanging around the venue. What made this wedding even more special is that Kieu was 3 months pregnant on that day which made their celebration extra special.

Kieu’s insanely talented aunt is the floral goddess behind the utterly amazing floral crown and bouquets.  She also made the beautiful cake that played off of the Native American dream catcher theme.

Oh! What a dream wedding we have caught here!  Thank you R.A. Photography for sharing this extra special day!  Congratulation Kieu + Kevin!  (If I’m doing my math right, should owe you a double congrats on the birth of your baby!)  Good luck with all that comes your way!

Vendor Information:

Date: April 13, 2013

Location: Toronto, Canada

Photographer: R.A. Photography

Event Venue: Hotel Ocho

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Riki + Kevin’s Bright Vintage Wedding

Marvelous Things.  This wedding is just full of them!  While you could ask “what would you expect when the bride is an artist and the groom is a musician?  The truth is, Riki and Kevin are just such a marvelous couple.  They created some marvelously sunny, vintage and personal details, and it was all photographed marvelously by Marvelous Things Photography.  From henna to hairpieces and canvas escort cards to the vintage album table numbers, this wedding is simply maaaahh-velous darlings!


Riki crafted all the special details that brighten this beautiful wedding.  Yep.  That’s right all of them.  The boutonnieres and to die for bridesmaids hairpieces.  The floral arrangements via FiftyFlowers.com and all of the paper decor and backdrops.  (Totally digging the fringe!)  And even the vintage album table numbers, and the hand-painted mini canvases that served as place cards.

Thank you Marvelous Things Photography for capturing this day so perfectly.  Congratulations Riki + Kevin!

Vendor Information:

Date: April 20, 2013

Location: Richmond, VA

Photographer: Marvelous Things Photography

Hair Stylist:  Spa310

Caterer:  A Sharper Palate

Floral Designer:  FiftyFlowers.com

Bride and Bridesmaid Dresses:  Coralie Beatrix

Event Venue:  Lewis Ginter Recreation Association

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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