Wedding Trends - Spring 2015

Seated dining arrangements in Franklin Hall.

There are certain things that make one think of spring. A cherry blossom or spring shower, when the chill of winter has faded away, and couples everywhere are preparing to exchange their vows. Spring is one of the most popular seasons to be married.

Some of the things our 2015 spring brides are planning this year at the Franklin Institute, are fun, exciting and timeless.

Spring pastels have fallen to the wayside. 2015 brides want bright, exhilarating pops of color. This can best be seen by their choices in table linens and décor.  Spring brides tend to lean toward white and ivory linens, and let their napkin and floral accents serve as their statement pieces.

Floral assortments of purples, hot pinks, and blues are tried and true color favorites. Gerber daisies, orchids, calla lilies and bright/dyed roses are used to brighten up the warm, neutral table linens. When spring brides upgrade their table linen, they will typically opt for a textural upgrade, not a color change.

Another table accent that is becoming a more popular trend among brides is origami centerpieces, which are intricate, creative and beautiful.

For brides who find that spring showers bring along spring allergies, many bridal parties are opting for broach arrangements, in lieu of flowers, which is a great choice for any vintage themed bride.

Another way that brides can reflect the change in the weather is through their menu. Spring allows our caterer, FROG Commissary, to showcase some seasonal foods and dishes, such as Caprese and strawberry salad’s, herb roasted chicken, lamb, pastas in a blush sauce, or sides like grilled asparagus, ceviche or gazpacho. In addition, spring themed signature drinks are also popular. Passed signature drinks in the spring are usually pink or lemonade based, or infused with mint.

One of the many things The Franklin Institute excels at is helping brides bring the outdoors in.

This can be done with décor, by renting natural wood chiavari chairs, or vintage tables and furniture. Bridesmaids are dressed in tea length gowns, and flowers adorn the bride’s hair.

Spring brides also like to take advantage of the beautiful weather, moving their ceremonies outdoors.  Many of our spring ceremonies are on our rooftop deck, overlooking the Philadelphia Parkway, with breathtaking views of the city skyline.

A wedding reception being held on the rooftop deck of The Franklin Institute.

Another popular trend this spring is couples finding fun alternatives to the unity candle/sand ceremony that most couples incorporate into their vows.  Many couples are choosing to do a "volcano" or "tree planting" ceremony instead.

Finally, the last trend that is holding strong for the spring season are the personalized hash tags that couples create, so that guests can contribute pictures to a live stream that is fed from a website to our Franklin Hall screens.

As you can see, there are many ways that our Franklin Institute brides and grooms can embrace the spirit of spring, ensuring that springtime is forever seen as the season of love.