Spring is here are wedding vendors, brides, and grooms all gear up for a new wedding season. Most prospective brides look forward to spring and summer weddings from March through August. Though popular, these dates have disadvantages.
Summer weekends are often the most expensive dates for wedding vendors. Hot temperatures and the potential for severe weather can ruin an outdoor ceremony or leave guests feeling cranky and uncomfortable. Since summer weddings are so popular, many venues may be booked by the time you set a date. A spring date between March and May could be a better choice and provide a variety of benefits.
Spring’s weather can still be rainy and unpredictable, but the temperatures overall are milder than the summer months. Guests who are cold-natured can wear wraps or jackets without feeling inappropriately dressed, while others can break out lightweight garments and fit in well, too. Milder temperatures also mean you’ll have more options when it comes to choosing your wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, and tuxedo designs.
Spring works well for indoor and outdoor weddings, so unexpected weather is easier to deal with. Make sure you have a backup indoor venue if rain or chilly temperatures are expected on your big day.
Fairytale and literary themes such as Regency or Medieval weddings are popular with many brides, and they lend themselves well to spring weddings. The same is true for other trendy options, such as Hunger Games weddings where the color palette might lean toward “natural” – greens, creams, earth browns, and blues. If you plan one of these themes, a spring wedding comes with plenty of great décor and accessory ideas.
Have your bridesmaids wear real or faux flower circlets or lacy shawls or wraps. Consider using wicker furniture and wrought-iron railings with scrollwork. If your wedding is based on a fairytale theme, spring offers several pastel options including lavender, mint, lemon yellow, sherbet orange, and pale pink. Combine these with neutrals or darker colors for a nice contrast.
A Fresh Menu
Many weddings use similar food options – steak and chicken, barbecue, or pasta dishes. Planning a seasonal menu is a good way to shake up tradition, especially in spring when many fruits and vegetables will be fresh. Lamb, baked chicken, and roasted asparagus are good choices especially if your ceremony will take place near Passover or Easter. Artichokes, rhubarb, pineapple, and lemongrass will all be fresh.
If you want your wedding to be particularly aromatic, consider mixing fresh herbs such as mint, thyme, rosemary, or lavender with your flowers. Drinks can be anything from fresh-squeezed lemonade or orangeade to ice water with mint or iced tea with raspberry or blackberry.
Lasting Wedding Favors
When most people think of wedding favors, they think of cookies or candies that are eaten quickly. A spring wedding gives you the opportunity to make wedding favors that will last longer. Brides and grooms can offer guests seed packets of their favorite herbs or flowers with planting instructions. Birdseed is also a good choice if many of your guests are nature-lovers.