Everything You Need to Know About Having a Spring Wedding
Spring is prime time for nuptials. Between the warmer weather and beautiful blooms, it's easy to see why 21 percent of to-be-weds choose to have a gorgeous spring fling.
While there can be a few setbacks when planning a spring wedding (like competing with prom-goers and spring breakers for transportation or hotel blocks), here's how to pull one off as seamlessly as possible.
Everything's in bloom in the spring—a huge variety of stems are in season and easy to get, including peonies, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. Mother Nature also supplies some of its most beautiful nontraditional décor during spring, like cherry blossoms, dogwood, wheatgrass, herbs and moss.
As you probably know, sticking to flowers that are in season will give you fresher, more budget-friendly blooms. Daffodils are affordable yet classic and are available in more than a dozen varieties. Sweet peas, hyacinths and lilacs will create spring arrangements with a feminine feel. If understated elegance is more your vibe, take a cue from spring bride Kate Middleton, who carried a bouquet composed of lilies of the valley (a very popular spring bloom), myrtle, sweet William, hyacinth and ivy. Chat with your florist to figure out what's right for your vibe.
With temperatures rising, a pre-dinner cocktail hour with crisp, refreshing drinks are a great way to keep guests fueled and the party vibes fresh. White wine sangria garnished with fresh lemons and seasonal fruits is a simple signature sip for a loft party. A Perfect Pear (pear-flavored vodka and St-Germain finished off with strawberries) is an elegant choice that works in a ballroom setting as well as in more casual venues. Mango, watermelon and other flavored martinis are a cocktail hour favorite, and can coordinate with your wedding colors.
For the reception meal, consult with your caterer to design a menu that highlights the season, whether by using in-season veggies like asparagus or serving a quail egg on a demitasse spoon for a chic appetizer that references Easter. You should work with (not against) the season for the best ingredients available—and the best menu you can offer your guests.
No, you're definitely not restricted to Easter egg shades (unless that's your thing)—you'll have a spectrum of wedding-worthy hues to choose from to fit the colorful season.
Think: pretty colors like shades of pink, red, violet, yellow, blue and white. Whether you prefer the standard spring pastels or more vibrant combinations, your colors won't be limited by the time of year. (Psst—take our Style Quiz if you're not sure what shades you want.)
The Wedding Cake
Delicate flowers crafted from rice paper make for realistic blooms that are as beautiful as the real thing, but won't wilt in the heat. Jazz up your cake presentation to make the confection a total showstopper—a spread of votive candles is a simple way to call attention, or go all out with a unique backdrop of garlands, flower wall or fabric draping.
Other sweet ideas? Miniature cheesecakes, a Belgian waffle bar, chocolate-covered fruits or dark chocolate cupcakes with strawberry garnishes.
Pro tip: If your wedding is taking place in late spring and your cake will be displayed outside, order one covered in fondant, which holds up better in the heat.
You simply have more options for your look in the springtime. For a wedding dress, know that hemlines can be higher and fabrics can be lighter, but floor-length gowns and other formal styles will still feel just as appropriate.
Also, your dress code can be more low-key.
Which brings us to our next point: Spring weddings provide greater flexibility. Daytime parties such as brunch feel more fitting on a sunny spring afternoon than in the dead of winter, offering low-key and budget-friendly reception options. The longer days also make both day and evening events easy to execute.
Spring's milder temperatures make a midday outdoor wedding comfortable. But just like any other season, Mother Nature might have a few tricks up her sleeve. Knowing how to avoid (or deal with) these obstacles will keep your guests comfortable and ensure your day goes off without a hitch.
Play it safe by having a plan B, like a tent or indoor option on hold in case it rains. If guests will be walking between different venues, rent tented hallways to provide coverage along the way. For spaces with a flat front, order a canopy and have valet parking (and plenty of umbrellas on hand) to guarantee that guests stay dry.
On that note, all that rain (or melting snow) combined with warmer temperatures can turn your venue into a muddy mess. Protect your dress by charging a bridesmaid with holding your train as you walk. If your dress does get muddy, wait until the dirt dries (a blow dryer can speed up the process) and flick it off. Then use an instant stain remover stick to get rid of any remaining mud. To protect your wedding-day heels (and create a cute photo op), consider wearing wellies and gifting your attendants coordinating rain boots in your wedding colors. If a tent is part of your plan A or B, renting flooring for the entire space can keep the wet spring ground from turning your reception into a mudslide.
If a heat wave hits, hang parasols and fans along the back of chairs for guests to grab, and serve chilled beverages to keep them comfortable and hydrated while they wait for the ceremony to start. Another fun way to keep guests cool: Buy small cold packs, put them in fabric sleeves imprinted with your monogram, and have your ushers hand out the frozen favors (for wrists and the back of necks) with the programs.
But then again, evenings can get chilly. In most parts of the country, nighttime temperatures in the spring can drop into the 50s (or lower), especially in March and early April. Use your wedding website to advise guests, especially out-of-towners, about proper attire for cooler nights. If you're hosting part of your celebration outdoors or inside a tent, rent portable heaters for when the sun sets. A gracious touch: Set out a basket of pashminas or blankets in your wedding colors.