It's not quite spring in most of the world, in fact I hear there are some places that might just be buried under snow banks until July at this rate! But daffodils will start poking their heads up through the ground very soon, so it's just the right time to begin inspiring you with spring wedding ideas. I'm from Maine, so a spring wedding wasn't high on my list - this year it might well be impossible since my family is still under four feet of snow and counting! But in more reasonable climates around the country, spring weddings can be so beautiful and fresh, and just what everyone needs to come out of the long winter.
We've put together a list of our top tips and trends for spring weddings, so now's the time to get bookmarking and pinning if you're going to be a spring bride!
1. Spring weather is unpredictable
As I mentioned, there are some places in the country (ahem, New England) where a spring wedding can be derailed by a later winter. The last thing you want is to envision your wedding filled with crocuses or even lilacs, only to be faced with piles of crusy snow. If you're planning a spring wedding, be conservative with your estimation of when spring will arrive if you live in a climate where winter can drag out. If you're planning a spring wedding in southern California, you should be safe!
2. Spring weather can be chilly
No matter what the climate, a spring wedding will likely be chillier than a summer wedding. You'll want to make sure you and your bridal party are prepared for a little chill in the air. Short dresses often suit spring weddings, like lovely garden party attire, but you'll want to make sure you and your bridesmaids have cute cover-ups if you're hoping for outdoor photographs. Blue bridesmaids with chattering teeth can easily ruin the spring vibe.
3. Think about Sunday weddings
Springtime means a few extra long weekends thanks to national holidays like Memorial Day. If you do a little advance research into those weekends, you could score a Sunday wedding for a discount without asking your guests to take extra time off from work.
4. Do spring pastels right
Spring weddings naturally lend themselves to cheery, springy colors. However, be aware pastels can look cliche. There are two ways to do pastels without getting too sickly sweet. First, try a monochromatic palate with pastel shades of the same color. Try a pale blush pink or dusty blue. Second, you could try a pastel shade paired with a bright, cheery color to make it pop. Pale yellow paired with a strong pink is one of our favorite color palettes for the year.
5. Opt for seasonal flowers and favors
One of the biggest bonuses of a spring wedding is taking advantage of the seasonal flowers in bloom for a spring wedding bouquet. Peonies, lilacs, hyacinths and even magnolias are in season in the spring so they can be a little cheaper and a little easier to find.
Meanwhile, seasonal decor can be especially cute for a spring wedding. Think all things growing and gardening - wheelbarrows filled with seed favors, vintage watering cans full of spring flowers, living centerpieces of herbs and greens, and flower pots lining the aisle. Just imagine an English country garden, not a primary school garden! Go with subtle, vintage colors instead of primary shades.
So, are you ready to plan a spring wedding or are you cursing at me from under four feet of snow for even bringing up that elusive season?
Emily Westbrooks is an American-born writer and blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. She is the Online Editor for Confetti Magazine, one of Ireland's top bridal magazines. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, From China Village, where she chronicles her adventures in Dublin, travels around Europe, DIY projects and Irish design. She shares her home with her husband, one cat, and four sassy chickens! Browse Emily's unique tips here.