Easy Ways to Play Up a Spring Wedding

Dreaming of peonies, sundresses, and swapping vows in a garden? From the invites to the menu, here's how to incorporate a little bit of spring into every wedding day detail.
by Allison Micarelli

Style and Decor

  • Have an allover preppy feel to your celebration. Choose a pretty pink gingham fabric, and feature it everywhere.
  • Combine patterns for a unique look. Go for sophisticated stripes with flirty polka dots for a playful effect.
  • Choose a spring color, and use a slightly different shade of fabric on each reception table. Your tables will look unified, but not matchy-match.

Invitations

  • Have a common springtime motif, such as a peony or a bird, printed on the invites.
  • Choose a casual, yet engaging font to reflect a fun spring feeling.
  • Instead of a traditional belly band or wrap, use a wide ribbon in your wedding colors to tie up your invites.

Flowers

  • Have your florist pair your favorite springtime flower with fruits (ruby-red raspberries, luscious blackberries, or even strawberries) for a fete that feels as homegrown as a picnic in the park.
  • Hang floral wreaths from the doors into your church or temple, or from a tree at your ceremony.
  • Bring spring indoors by creating a space awash in tiny spring blooms -- from single-bloom bud vases lining the bar to floral-adorned baskets in the bathrooms at the reception.

Menu

  • Fill large punch bowls with fresh lemonade, iced tea, and white-wine sangria, garnished with fresh lemons and fruit for a colorful drink menu.
  • Instead of more traditional beef, serve spring lamb with a garden-fresh herb sauce.
  • Ditch the hot soup idea and present delicate chilled pea soup in shot glasses as hors d'oeuvres.

Wedding Cake

  • For a cake that spells spring, serve white cake covered in sugar-dipped long-stem cherries.
  • Choose a flavor that's light and fluffy, like a strawberry shortcake covered in pale pink fondant and topped with real strawberries.
  • Instead of a simple Swiss-dot pattern, have your cake baker add colorful sugar flowers to your cake tiers.

Favors

  • Give bulbs or packets of flower seeds that guests can plant in their gardens or window boxes, tagged with a personalized label.
  • Be benevolent and offer a charitable donation to plant a tree in each guest's name.
  • Offer mini potted herbs at each place setting to enhance a garden theme.
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