Choosing the date for your wedding is a big decision! The season you pick for your big day determines everything, from the material of the dresses the bridesmaids will wear, to what kinds of foods you’ll serve at your reception. You probably wouldn’t pick chiffon for a winter wedding or fruity drinks for a fall event (though, we’d never judge!), but every season has its own unique charms, from bright fall foliage to long summer days. Spring, a time of fresh starts, renewal and rebirth, brings warmer weather, blossoming flowers and beautiful, bright colors to the party. Here are a few other reasons to consider a spring wedding:
Playful Themes… and the Possibility of Stepping Outdoors
It’s almost too easy to plan a spring wedding shower, with so many fun options for a theme. We love an umbrella-themed event. You can pose your wedding party holding a variety of umbrellas in fun patterns (clear, colored, polka dots and so on), which make for great photos (and maybe even the umbrellas can double as favors!). Of course, warmer weather allows you to do more outside, too, whether for your shower or your wedding. Lawn games, outdoor food stations and even your ceremony can be held outside, weather permitting.
An Eye-Pleasing Pastel Color Palette
Bright or soft, light or bold, spring offers a rainbow of blooming colors to choose from in pinks, blues, purples, whites and greens. More often than not, it’s easy to mix and match eye-pleasing springtime colors in playful ways. Maybe a different colored dress for every bridesmaid? Or groomsmen with different pastel-colored ties and pocket squares? The colors of spring offer you a lot of bright, beautiful options.
Flowers and Greenery… Everywhere!
Abundant spring flowers in bloom offer so many options for decorating everything for your wedding, from the tables at your reception, to your cascading bouquet, to creative cocktails garnished with flowers at the bar. Tulips, daffodils, peonies… the list of possibilities goes on and on. Why not say your vows under a flower arch, or deck out a gazebo with flowers galore? You can also incorporate bright green accents to celebrate the reawakening of the earth after winter (something we all look forward to!). And don’t forget sweet, cute crowns made with spring flowers for your flower girls!
Springtime Food & Drink Possibilities
Temperate weather in the spring means you can host your reception outside, and anything from a casual BBQ affair to fun food stations will no doubt thrill your guests. You can read more about springtime event planning here and discover more ways to wow your guests. Be sure to include springtime fruits and vegetables on your menu, with baby carrots, asparagus, strawberries and apricots plentiful this time of year. And consider serving a signature cocktail, made or garnished with flowers or fresh fruit, or a sangria bar — great ways to get your party started!
Floral Prints Highlight the Season
Fresh flowers are not the only way to highlight what’s blooming and celebrate spring: You can incorporate floral prints into your wedding party attire, too. Dresses, ties, shirts, pocket squares, and even socks, can sport flowers for a festive, fun seasonal look. Or consider using floral prints on tablecloths, napkins and other decor to highlight and take full advantage of all the beautiful offerings of the spring season. For a look at planning weddings in other seasons, check out our thoughts on fall, winter and summer weddings here, here and here.
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