If you're considering a spring wedding, start off by thinking about your
favorite parts of the season. Is it crocuses poking up through snow? Perhaps
you'll want to have a wedding early in the season, and offer the respite of
floral abundance and warmth when guests come in from the cold. If it's the
emerging sunshine, choose bright colors and May weather. Here are some ideas
to get you started on planning your spring wedding:
When to Have a Spring Wedding:
If you're getting married in a church, talk to them about their Easter
decorations. You may be able to save money by using theirs. Vendors and
sites may be more available in the spring than in the summer, but remember
prom; you may need to book limousines and tuxedos extra early.
Spring Wedding Dresses:
Most wedding dresses seem made for a spring wedding. Wedding magazines are
full of large skirts that may be too warm for the summer, and sleeveless
tops that may be too cold for winter. Look for a versatile dress that can be
paired with a wrap if you're chilly, yet is still light and airy.
Many more brides these days are opting for a hint of color in their wedding
dresses – be it a baby blue sash, an allover hint of pink, or light colorful
embroidery. These touches will look perfect at a spring wedding.
Attire for the Wedding Party:
When dressing for a spring wedding, keep in mind that the weather can be
dodgy. You may have 70 degrees and sunshine, or you may end up with a damp,
chilly day. Choose dresses with sleeves on them, give your bridesmaids wraps
to wear as their bridesmaid gift, or go for a vintage look with cardigan
Spring weddings are full of the classic (and sometimes dreaded) pastel
bridesmaid dress. Make things easier on your bridesmaids by allowing them to
choose the color or cut of their dress, and you'll hear far fewer
complaints. Or go in a different direction with turquoise or lime green
dresses, accompanied by pink bouquets. For a daytime wedding, men look
dapper in tan suits, a colored shirts and coordinating ties.
Because of April showers, avoid putting your wedding party in satin shoes,
and consider buying them matching large umbrellas, just in case. Don't worry
if it rains; there's something so romantic about a bride and groom under a
big black umbrella, shining and smiling in love.
Spring Wedding Menu Ideas:
Celebrate spring in your menu with fresh young vegetables such as baby
carrots, baby asparagus (or regular asparagus), new potatoes, sugar snap
peas, and haricots verts. Gently evoke Easter with a chocolate cake with
coconut icing. You could also opt for carrot cake with a cream cheese icing.
Strawberries, rhubarb, and apricots are delicious at this time of year, and
mangos and pomegranates may work as well. Try phyllo dough cups with mousse
or custard topped with strawberries.
The preppy pink and green color combination couldn't be more spring-like,
and is perfect for a beautiful, fresh spring wedding. Accent your tables
with polka-dot or gingham fabrics and
and use alternating pink and green chair colors. For a more elegant look,
combine celadon green with white, using silver as an accent color. If you're
having an outdoor wedding and a fair amount of children, a may pole does
double duty as entertainment and elegant decoration. Instead of rice,
consider asking your guests to throw rose petals, or
Spring Wedding Flowers:
Flowers in season include roses, tulips, hyacinth, lilies and Gerber
daisies. Multi-colored calla lilies are very popular and look beautiful in a
spring arrangement. Combine a dozen with lemon leaf or maiden hair, or
create a simple hand tied nosegay.
For centerpieces, subtly evoke the Easter season by using white baskets
filled with oasis floral form and an abundance of spring flowers. An
inexpensive centerpiece for a garden wedding is a terracotta pot with a
spring-moss or ivy covered Styrofoam ball affixed to it. Add small candles
around it and/or some rose petals.
Consider tying your bouquet with polka-dot or striped ribbon in a bright or
pastel color, adding a bit of unexpected pattern and freshness.
Spring Wedding Favors:
Give favors of
seed packets or bulbs, with thanks for supporting the growth of your
love. Consider giving birdhouses – you can usually find these inexpensively
at a dollar store or craft store. Around Easter, send your guests home with
a chocolate Easter bunny, a ceramic Easter egg, or a birds nests (either
from the craft store or made from chocolate and/or coconut) filled with
robin's egg candies.
Tablecloths covered with inexpensive lace is a wonderful way to add charm
and elegance to a Spring wedding. You can use different colored tablecloths
for even more charm. Adding lace looks more formal than a plain tablecloth,
and you can find lace very cheaply at your local crafts store. The last time
I purchased it, it cost me under a dollar a yard. Even using a small amount
of lace in the form of a table runner will dress up a table. A similar idea
is to use doilies under your centerpieces or place settings. Place settings
(china, porcelain, etc.) can be purchased inexpensively at a thrift shop,
and using a variety of patterns adds a charming touch. You can also use
fancy plates and platters as a base for your centerpieces. Centerpieces can
range from flowering potted plants to baskets or vases filled with fresh-cut
flowers. One elegant idea is to use teacups and saucers as your
centerpieces. Simply insert a tea candle into the teacup, and place it on
the saucer. The addition of a doily adds a cute touch as well. Sprinkling
your tables with colorful flower petals will also add a Spring look to your
Wedding favors are only limited by your
imagination. A favor appropriate to the theme would be terra-cotta pots
holding a packet.
Tie a simple bow around the pot, and you are done. Use a glue-gun to cover
the hole, and you can place potpourri in it or you can place a candle in the
pot. If you prefer, you can use a circle of fabric/tulle and gather it
around the pot with a fancy ribbon. Your local crafts store should sell
miniature watering cans. These too can be used in the above manner.
Miniature garden tools can be glued or tied (with ribbon) to any traditional
favor for a new look. The miniature plastic umbrellas would also be a
wonderful favor for a Spring wedding. You can also use miniature baskets or
Favor Boxes with a spring pattern on them. Favors are a wonderful way to
continue your theme
Now, for a few final ideas. You can use
Ribbon to decorate your cake or to decorate a flowering topiary. Some
couples choose to include
in their cake, and various ribbon colors could be used for this idea. Large
flowering plants can be placed as decorations. You can use them in doorways
or next to tables. Flowers can be used on your cake instead of icing
decorations, and you can ask your caterer/baker if they know of edible
flowers that can be used. Finally, a Glowing Rose Centerpiece would look
lovely in pastel shades