All Things Spring Weddings!
Happy Spring wedding season, y’all! I just got back from an incredible trip to Manhattan for Bridal Fashion Week, and it was fabulous. I had the pleasure of meeting up with some of my favorite designers and getting that coveted sneak peek at some of the gorgeous wedding gowns that will be filling the racks at Bridals by Lori in the next couple of months!
After being in the bridal industry for over 40 years, it takes a lot to get me excited, but I’m feeling so inspired and ready to show off these elegant designs to all our brides. We all know that finding the perfect wedding dress is exactly what a bride needs to make her wedding day so special.
We’ve been so busy at the salon, working on last-minute alterations for our Spring brides and preparing for the summer wedding season. It has been so refreshing to see such an enthusiastic shift back to large and formal weddings now that the pandemic is in our rearview mirror. I’ve been speaking with so many wedding coordinators about some of the trends they’ve been seeing in today’s weddings and it’s such a big difference from a couple of years ago.
With couples trending towards hosting more formal affairs, we’re seeing a lot of black tie and formal attire requests on wedding invitations. Classic black and white color schemes are fewer and far between, while brides are leaning into big, bold colors, statement florals, and over-the-top moments.
These latest trends got me thinking about wedding traditions and how some traditions have evolved. As a Southern woman with a deep appreciation and respect for tradition, I believe it’s important to honor the customs and practices that hold meaning and value for us but also be open to change.
That said, some traditions need shaking up, and I encourage brides to do what works best for their respective relationship and family dynamic. One example is the tradition of a father walking his daughter down the aisle. While it is such a beautiful moment, it’s not always appropriate or possible for every family, and I love the evolution of mothers or brothers joining the bride on that special walk.
What’s important is a wedding day that feels authentic to every bride and their family. Sometimes that means being open to new traditions and letting go of those that no longer serve you.
Here are some of my favorite spring wedding traditions:
- “Something old…something blue” is an age-old tradition that’s a great way to incorporate family heirlooms and sentimental items into your wedding day. For a spring wedding, I love when brides add something blue to their wedding gown, either as a blue sash or a piece of jewelry.
- Planting a tree is one of my favorite springtime wedding traditions, especially since this is the season of growth and renewal. This tradition symbolizes the growth of love and the start of a new life together, which is so meaningful for couples.
- With the focus on eco-friendly living, I’m excited that so many have opted out of throwing rice and throw flower petals and are using materials like biodegradable confetti instead. It’s a beautiful shower of color that’s also gentle on the environment. Plus, it makes for some gorgeous photo opportunities!
- Traditional wedding attire for spring is all about light and airy fabrics that are delicate and beautiful, adding a romantic touch to the wedding party. Fabrics like chiffon, organza, and lace are popular choices for brides; these materials are also perfect for outdoor ceremonies or warm weather!
Here are a couple of old traditions that its okay to reconsider:
- Not seeing the groom before the ceremony can add stress. I love the “first look” moment that so many couples opt to do it instead, which eases nerves and saves time on photos after the ceremony.
- The groom removing the bride’s garter and tossing it to unmarried male guests can be awkward for your guests. And I’ve seen way too many bouquets toss throw-downs on TikTok. Consider removing these traditions on your big day if you’re not a fan or creating your own spin.
- As a mom of both a daughter and a son, I’m very pleased that the tradition of the bride’s family footing the entire bill for a wedding is a thing of the past. The financial strain it places on one side is too much and can create an unequal start to blending two families.
- So many folks feel like they must check the box on whatever a wedding party should have, and that includes the traditional wedding cake with white icing. I have truly enjoyed seeing how couples are infusing their personalities in their desserts, from cakes with tiny bites out of them to honor a couple’s favorite dog to cupcake towers, donut walls, and a variety of the couple’s favorite desserts. It might seem like a small detail, but it allows the couple to make their wedding day delicious and unique.
What spring wedding traditions do you love, and which ones could you leave in the past? Share with us in the comments!
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