Spring is one of the most popular seasons to get married—and it’s easy to see why. The flowers are blooming, the weather is starting to warm up and the venue possibilities are endless. But weddings in spring—just like in any other season—aren’t without their hiccups. Spring weddings have unique challenges that you’ll have to think about before you book a venue or set a date.
We’re tackling how to solve the six most common spring wedding problems so that you can be the spring goddess bride you always dreamed of being.
1. The Unpredictable Weather
No matter where you live in the country, spring can be one of the most unpredictable weather seasons. One day may have icy rain, and the next may be scorching. In some areas of the country, you even have to contend with severe storms with tornadoes or hail.
You may have dreamed of a lovely garden wedding in the spring sunshine—and you may be able to pull it off with some luck—but it’s always best to have an indoor backup plan just in case. If you book a venue with an outdoor component where you’ll be hosting the ceremony, be sure to ask the venue coordinator what you should do in case of inclement weather. If a venue doesn’t have a backup plan for when the weather gets iffy, then you may want to either schedule your wedding for the summer or fall or consider going with another venue that has an indoor ceremony space you can use.
2. Scheduling Around Spring Breakers
Planning a destination wedding in the spring? You’ll most likely have beautiful weather, but you’ll also have to deal with spring breakers who are loud, obnoxious, and don’t really set the background tone that you envisioned for your wedding.
The best way to avoid those rowdy spring breakers is to research the hotel or resort you plan on booking. See what kind of crowd they cater to and whether or not the hotel has a minimum age. Read the reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor to get a sense of what spring break is like there and whether or not it’s a good place to get hitched this time of year.
3. Hot Days and Cool Nights
Another problem that spring presents is not only unpredictable weather from one day to the next, but the potential for fluctuating temperatures between your ceremony and reception. Spring has a tendency to be pretty warm in the afternoons and then fairly chilly in the evenings, so the best policy is just to be prepared for all situations.
If you’re hosting your ceremony outside in the late afternoon, try to pick a spot that’s decently shaded or provide your guests with paper fans to cool off. For the cold evenings, bring in some extra space heaters just in case and see if there’s any way you can enclose the reception area either with a tent or provide your guests with shawls or other items to warm up.
Bugs are a sign that the seasons are changing and that the temperatures are starting to warm up, but bugs can be a huge nuisance at a wedding. Ask your florist to design a bouquet filled with flowers or other greenery that aren’t attractive to bugs—because you really don’t want to be running from a bee or a wasp while you’re walking down the aisle.
Another thing to consider when it comes to bugs and spring weddings is the food. If you’re planning on serving food outside, ask your caterer what kinds of protections they have in place to prevent flies from landing on your dinner. Lastly, you may also want to ask your venue if they have any preventative measures for mosquitoes, which can start to be a real pain this time of year in certain locations.
Springtime is when all the flowers beautifully blossom and things start to come to life once again. But it’s also the time of year when everyone is sneezing their heads off due to allergies. The last thing you want is for your guests to be not-so-silently suffering through your “I do’s” with the sniffles or sneezes. Make sure that your ceremony space isn’t too drafty and doesn’t have too much allergenic plant life nearby.
6. Vacations and Holidays for Family
Your wedding might be the only date that’s circled on your calendar, but many of your friends and family may already have some spring break destinations or Easter plans that are already accounted for. Though you can’t accommodate everyone’s schedule, take a quick straw poll of those guests who are most important and see what the best dates are for them so you can avoid any double-bookings.