GSS Wedding Trends :: A Recipe for a Beautiful Spring Wedding

I am starting this year with a blog post about designing your Spring wedding with careful planning and designing in mind.  After reading many articles online and in magazines about what is hot for Spring 2012, I have come to the conclusion that we are looking at very high expectations from our brides!  AND THEY WANT TO PERSONALIZE THEIR WEDDINGS! Floral design, photography, cake design, invitations…the list goes on!!  An educated bride is going to want to incorporate her vision from the “Save the Date” to her eventual wedding day departure.  Adding your personal touch is paramount!

Below are Pantone’s Spring 2012 colors to guide you, any version or hue of these colors will been prominent this year.  I highly recommend using gray as your base color and build around it, starting with the suits for the gentlemen!

FOR THE BRIDE: Bouquet of all white Peony’s for the bride…classic and timeless, bling out he bouquet with any jewelry of your choice that compliments your wedding dress.

Image source :: Photo by Darin Fong

Image Source :: Photo Credit: Sidra Forman photographed by Kate Headley Photography

Centerpiece Advice: Forsythia, Dogwood, Apple, Cherry…you name it!  Take full advantage of what is only available once a year.  If your venue has tall ceilings, compliment them with tall branches with delicate buds.  Incorporate them into your invitation, décor and cake!

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Other flowers to finish out your décor:  seasonal, PINK, yes, PINK Dogwood (must be special ordered and it goes fast!) Melba double tulips, white Majolika spray roses and Peachy Isle spry roses with accents of delicate Queen Anne’s Lace and every bride’s favorite…Peony!  Now you have the ingredients.  Let’s put them all together! THIS should be your baseline color.  Flowers that come in this grayish-silver would be Dusty Miller, Lamb’s Ear, Eucalyptus, Sage, Succulents (many varieties), and Silver Tree!

With bride’s taking on an active part in personalizing their weddings with ideas from DIY Brides, to ETSY, and many other online idea sites, the trick is helping them choose just enough to have a meaningful impact.

I personally like to recommend making your sign in table a place for people to have a moment to reflect on your relationship.  Pictures of you and your fiancée through the years or of your time spent during your relationship, places you have been always makes me smile and gives me a moment to think of how awesome it is to be a part of your lives.

Take in the feel of your room where your reception will take place.  Choose containers that fit the room.  If you are in a grand traditional ballroom, use silver, gold or platinum.  These are basic elements that should be found in the room in chandeliers, other light fixtures, carpet, etc…

Accent the reception with soft candle light and don’t forget to pin spot your centerpieces for maximum impact on your décor.  Use the “house” linens to save costs.

If you are in a lofty art space or gallery, choose containers that are more minimal or geometric to bring in the MOD!

Be smart this year and take a few moments to consider the BIG picture.  2012 is going to be an amazing year with fully educated brides!!

Welcome in 2012 with all of the excitement of starting this new chapter in your life!

Peace and Love!





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