Choosing a wedding theme is probably one of the most important decisions you’ll make while planning. After all, every detail of the day revolves around your style. But where do couples even begin?
Well, if you’re hosting a springtime wedding, you’ve luckily found yourself in the right place: We are experts in these seasonal soirées at Brides and outlined all the details you need to make your wedding dreams a reality. Whether you are a contemporary, casual, romantic, or non-traditional couple we’ve outlined our favorite spring wedding themes by style and found the best invitation suites, day-of stationery, and more at Shutterfly to make planning even easier.
Ahead, learn how to craft your dream nuptials this season and discover the Shutterfly offerings that will bring these visions to life.
Modern weddings are definitely the theme of choice right now. And luckily, there are many ways for couples to embrace this minimalist aesthetic that feel fresh and exciting. First, choose a venue that can highlight the contemporary nature of your event. Our go-to’s at the moment are art galleries, chic restaurants, or striking museums. Of course, in order to set the scene for your guests you’ll need a sophisticated invitation to match. Shutterfly’s Nouveau Connection suite features a minimalist design that modern couples are sure to love.
The beauty of modern weddings is that décor isn’t all that necessary either. Many modern couples favor lucite details—think ghost chairs, clear chargers, or glass table numbers—paired with dark or neutral accents like sleek flatware and plain linens. Turn back to Shutterfly’s Nouveau Connection collection for matching paper products such as custom cocktail napkins and place cards. If you are serving a sit-down meal, then a printed wedding menu is a must at every seat as well.
As for the big day’s florals, dare we say forget about them? If you really want to embrace the contemporary look, skip the floral centerpieces and showcase gorgeous greenery displays instead. Doing so is not only cost-effective (greenery can be more budget-friendly than fresh blooms), but also such an unexpected move for spring. Trust us on this one!
For couples who picture a quintessential wedding day, a formal dress code and an all-white color scheme are just two of the keys to a timeless affair. The Watercolor Divide invitation suite from Shutterfly sets the stage for an elegant event thanks to its three foil options, four design colors, and five trims to choose from. Complete your invitation set with the matching enclosure card (to outline all of the day’s details) and RSVP card. Encourage guests to wear semi-formal or black-tie attire to really hone in on the traditional wedding theme.
When it comes to day-of décor, classic is the name of the game. Line the wedding aisle with all-white floral and greenery bouquets and frame your vows with a matching floral arch. Then, use the same aisle displays to dress up your reception tables, along with dozens of candles placed in glass jars. As your guests sit down for dinner, the lit candles will create a romantic ambience—perfect for your wedding meal!
Of course, a classic wedding also calls for an all-white wedding cake. Choose tiers of your favorite flavor neatly covered in white buttercream and dotted with a few blooms. A cake topper showing off the happy couple is a must, too.
There is no theme more fitting for spring than a garden party. (It might just be one of our favorite styles at Brides.) So if you really want to pay homage to the season, say “I do” in a greenhouse, arboretum, or conservatory venue, where beautiful blooms abound. Shutterfly’s Pining Porcelain invitation suite was practically designed with this spring theme in mind.
Whether you choose the purple or blue design options for the invitation, you can’t go wrong with a matching pastel palette for the wedding. Dress your wedding party in pastel slip gowns or cream-colored suits and opt for colorful yet muted bouquets and boutonnieres for your VIPs.
A garden venue also means that you won’t have to do much in terms of decorating. After all, the blooms will speak for themselves. However, we do believe that you can never have too many florals at a wedding, especially in the spring. Welcome guests to your reception with a unique escort card display such as a wall of flowers: Work with your florist to select one bloom per guest and attach printed cards from Shutterfly of each guest’s name and seating assignment to the single stems. Not only is this a unique way to help guests find their seats, but the flowers also double as a wedding favor.
Use oversized floral runners and hanging chandeliers of blooms to accentuate your reception tables, dessert display, and guest book table. Haven’t decided on a guest book for attendees to sign yet? Shutterfly’s custom photo book options can serve as the perfect keepsake.
Casual celebrations have become ever so popular in recent years, so if you consider yourselves to be a laid-back couple why wouldn’t you have a similar kind of affair? If the weather allows, host your nuptials outside or even in your own backyard. Use Shutterfly’s Earthy Arch invitation suite to relay the details of the day and denote a casual dress code for guests. When attendees arrive for the nuptials, greet them with a custom welcome sign and matching ceremony programs.
Create an easygoing atmosphere for your reception with picnic tables topped with linen runners and plenty of floral-filled bud vases. We also suggest dining al fresco under a canopy of globe string lights. (Just don’t forget to scatter a few heaters throughout the reception lawn to keep your guests warm as the sun goes down!) And rather than a formal sit-down dinner or buffet, consider serving a family-style meal. Doing so only adds to that relaxed mood you’re after and will make your nuptials feel like a giant dinner party with all of your favorite people in attendance—what is not to love about that?!
If you find yourself gravitating toward a more rustic theme, but are afraid it won’t fit with the spring season, fret not—this wedding style isn’t reserved for autumn. Earthy tones and wooden details can create a charming aesthetic for spring.
Kick off the country-inspired nuptials with Shutterfly’s Rustic Foliage invitation suite and book a barn or farm venue for the big day. (We love when couples tie the knot outside and then slowly move the party indoors for an evening of drinks, dinner, and dancing.) Transform an open lawn into the perfect ceremony setting, complete with wooden benches for guests to sit on as you exchange vows under a wooden arch accented with flowers.
Inside the reception, use the Rustic Foliage place cards to lead guests to their seats at long wooden banquet tables adorned with wildflower centerpieces and taper candles in vintage holders. You can also use the same design elements to dress up your dessert table. Display a naked cake covered in berries or wild blooms alongside other treats of your choosing—miniature pies, cookies, and artisanal donuts are just a few of our favorites.
And when the celebration finally comes to a close, thank your guests with a wedding favor inspired by the day’s theme. Jars of honey or jam or personalized packets of wildflower seeds feel right at home for a rustic celebration, and you can tailor the gifts even further by adding custom stickers from Shutterfly’s Rustic Foliage collection.
Whimsy and Bold
While all weddings are one-of-a-kind, there is something special about a whimsical wedding theme that combines vibrant hues and unexpected details. The Terracotta Washes wedding invitation from Shutterfly alludes to non-traditional nuptials.
To really embrace a whimsical wedding theme, consider wearing a colorful gown or patterned suit and dress the wedding party in complementing shades. At Brides, we’ve seen couples walk down the aisle in not just white but red, pink, blue, and, most recently, green—in case you needed further encouragement to stray from the norm.
Aside from your attire, the day-of details should be just as bold! Opt for bright-hued blooms mixed with streamers or drapes to create a unique ceremony backdrop for your vows. You can even host your ceremony in the round by arranging your seats in a full or semi-circle around the altar.
Ahead of the wedding, work with your caterer to create signature cocktails. Typically, each member of the couple gets to develop and, perhaps more importantly, name a drink of their choice to serve at cocktail hour. On the day of, let guests know about your creative concoctions with a custom sign at the bar.
So, will you say “I do” in a garden, in your backyard, or at a contemporary venue this spring? Either way, head to Shutterfly to check wedding invitations, day-of stationery, décor, and more off your to-do list. Happy planning!