Spring Wedding Trends 2014

What a wonderful time of year for weddings in this area! This sounds soooo cliché, but during Springtime, love is literally “in the air”. The sappy romantic in me lives for a spring wedding, and I love taking advantage of the abundance of color, beautiful weather, and romantic atmosphere (that seems to be everywhere) to create truly spectacular events.

Fashion

Soft, romantic, and ultra-feminine are words I would use to describe the spring bridal fashion that dominated the runways at New York Fashion Week. What better time of year to play up your curves, skin, hair, and all things girly than on your wedding day? Bridal designers have included lots of beading, floral details, and lace sleeves into an amazing trend that embodies the romance and beauty that radiates from every spring bride.

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Color

This is the time of year when (almost) anything goes in the way of wedding color. While I do encourage my brides to not become obsessed with just using one or two colors throughout the wedding – you don’t want your reception looking like a high school homecoming – emphasizing your favorite colors, along with others to compliment them, can turn the celebration into a lovely reflection of what’s occurring outside. Take advantage of the blue skies, fresh grass, and colorful new blossoms that are abundant. These are a couple of my favorites this season, including Pantone’s vote for the Color of the Year 2014, Radiant Orchid.

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Outdoor Festivities

In North Carolina, Spring is the perfect time of year for outdoor weddings (before the summer heatwave strikes)! For the bride that wants to take advantage of the beautiful, mild weather – without sweating through her dress – choose a venue with a beautiful outdoor component; like a park, garden, or hotel courtyard. Work with your planner to come up with a worry-free rain plan, and choose a time of day, like afternoon to early evening, to take advantage of the best outdoor temperatures. With an emphasis on colorful linens, fresh floral centerpieces, and hanging décor, any space can be transformed into a truly magical party. Get your guests in a festive mood with creative touches like acoustic music (no need for excess cords and amps!), lawn games, a caricature artist, and food trucks.

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Top Romantic Venues in the Triad

No matter what their personal style is, every couple wants to infuse romance into their wedding. In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’d like to give my picks for the top five romantic wedding venues in the Triad area. Please keep in mind, these picks are my personal opinion. Feel free to let me know what your favorite romantic venues are. Enjoy!

5. Castle McCullough (Jamestown, NC)

If you’re dreaming about being a princess on your wedding day, there’s no better place than this old-world castle in the woods.

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4. Revolution Mill Studios (Greensboro, NC)

This renovated textile mill is the perfect blend of rustic charm with vintage, historic touches.

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3. Proximity Hotel (Greensboro, NC)

Even a modern bride can have a super romantic wedding in this glamorous hotel.

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2. Graylyn Estate (Winston-Salem, NC)

Magnificent grounds and opulent, 1930’s decor surround you at this stunning country estate.

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1. Weir-Jordan House (Greensboro, NC)

      My top pick for the most romantic venue is this beautiful historic home in downtown Greensboro, which happens to be the venue of my 2010 wedding. Its vintage charm was the perfect backdrop for the intimate, Southern soiree that I wanted (in honor of my very own Southern gentleman, Justin).

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