Many couples picture themselves getting married on a beautiful spring day with flowers blooming and birds chirping. While this is certainly always the hope, it’s not always reality. To ensure your big day is as close to perfect as absolutely possible, there are several important factors you should keep in mind as you finalize your plans for a spring wedding.
1. Take Advantage of Spring’s Natural Beauty for Your Venue or Decor
One of the major advantages to planning a spring wedding is the opportunity to work with decorations relevant to the season. There is so much natural beauty to work with—it would be a shame to ignore it! Many flowers, for example, will be blooming during this time of year and can be incorporated into you decor. This can be especially helpful if you’re planning to have your ceremony and/or reception outdoors.
2. Choose an Appropriate Wedding Theme
The decorations at your wedding are usually closely related to your wedding theme. While there are a plethora of great theme ideas out there, it’s important to pick one that suits the season. Fortunately, spring is alive with fantastic wedding theme options! Some great spring wedding theme ideas include woodland, backyard garden party, boho chic, rustic, colorful eclectic, minimalist, and whimsical.
3. Prepare for the Changing Weather Patterns of Spring
When planning a spring wedding, it’s important to realize that the weather can really play havoc with your big day. The sun can be shining brightly one day and it can be pouring rain the next. It’s also important to realize that some locations still experience significant drops in temperature and/or a freak snow storm in the spring. You should also remember that temperatures vary drastically from region to region. Southern states, on one hand, have very mild spring days that are perfect for outdoor activities while on the other hand, Northern states are often cooler and have a higher chance of inclement weather.
As you finalize plans for your spring wedding, make sure you become familiar with the weather in the region. Additionally, couples planning an outdoor ceremony and reception should book an alternative indoor space or have a backup plan, just in case!
4. Plan Around Popular Spring Holidays or Vacation Times
When choosing the date for your spring wedding, it’s vital that you consider potential scheduling conflicts. There are several holidays in the spring that can cause problems for friends and family who are traveling, especially from long distances. Some widely celebrated spring holidays you should keep in mind include Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Palm Sunday, and Easter. If you’re planning a late spring wedding, also keep in mind college and high school graduation dates of your friends and family. (While we’re at it, also consider spring break when booking a venue or choosing a destination for your ceremony or honeymoon.)
While it may seem like a good idea to plan your big day on a holiday weekend, these tend to be very popular dates for other weddings and travel in general. While certainly a viable option, your guests may have difficulty booking flights and accommodations. Additionally, you should expect to pay premium prices for venues and vendors during these weekends.
5. Create a Pretty, Spring-Inspired Color Palette
Spring is full of color, so most color schemes you can choose for your wedding will be fitting. Darker selections are typically best-suited for early spring transitioning out of winter, while pastels work best in middle to late spring. Some of the most popular spring colors include mint, pink, navy, lavender, coral, yellow, green, and gray.
Ultimately, it’s hard to find a color that’s inappropriate for a spring wedding, especially if you plan to host your festivities inside. You should, however, keep bridesmaid and groomsmen clothing colors in mind if you plan to have pictures taken outside. Plan ahead for this to ensure the dresses and tuxes don’t clash with the natural colors found in your venue outdoors.
6. Choose Food and Produce Appropriate to Spring
While brightly colored dishes with fresh fruits and vegetables are particularly fitting for spring, there are many different kinds of dishes you may want to consider. Poultry and fish are popular for spring weddings, as are quiches, citrus-based dressings, and barbeque. Southern-style cooking is also very trendy for couples planning their big day in the spring.
Additionally, most couples opt for desserts during the spring that incorporate fruit. Strawberries are particularly popular and are perfect served with chocolate dipping sauces or in cheesecakes. Strawberry cake and ice cream are also crowd-pleasing dessert options to consider.
7. Know What Food and Flowers Are In-Season for Your Venue’s Location
Just as when planning a wedding during any other season, it’s important to consider what food and flowers will be in season during the spring. This will be helpful when it comes to staying within your budget because in-season products often cost less than off-season products. Fortunately, spring is ideal for weddings because a great variety of fruits and vegetables will be available at reasonable rates. (This is particularly helpful if you’re interested in utilizing locally-sourced produce during your big day.) The same can be said for flowers. You will have less trouble finding and paying for peonies, amaranths, rananculus, succulents, and eucalyptus during the spring than in any other time of the year.