10 ways to plan the perfect spring wedding
21 Mar 2017
Celebrate the season of a springtime wedding with these top tips
Words: David Milsont
Spring is a beautiful time to have a wedding – with beautiful flowers and foliage coming to life and the weather feeling warmer, it can make for the perfect day. However, the weather here in the UK isn’t always balmy enough for a wedding outdoors – so consider the points below to ensure your spring wedding is planned to perfection, and even the weather won’t get in the way.
Choosing your venue is probably the biggest thing on your to-do list, and it’s most likely that you already have a style or location in mind. As you are planning a spring wedding, you may want the option (weather permitting) of any outdoor space the venue has to offer.
With weather uncertain , however, perhaps you could plan the addition of a marquee. Marquees offer you and your guests your own personal space, so you won’t feel that any hotel guests are encroaching on your day, and they can also be heated should the weather not quite be warm enough for your guests.
Marquees can feel luxurious too, and they also offer a blank canvas so you can really put your springtime stamp on it with plenty of flowers, bunting and decorative props.
2. A professional photographer
So, your perfect day is coming together nicely; you have a glorious springtime vision all ready to go. To make sure you can look back on your day with lots of great memories you need a good, professional photographer that is experienced ih capturing couples' special days, photographing even the subtlest of moments. Moreover, in spring, you get lots of opportunities to have your special day photography at the best pricing.
Professionals, such as those at IG Studio, have a great eye for wedding photography to help you cherish your big day and ensure that you can revisit your springtime wedding in detail for years to come.
3. Wedding stationery
A springtime wedding offers so much in terms of wedding themes. Floral is an obvious choice and very much on trend.
Combining floral themes with hot foil gold or silver creates really luxurious invites without the huge pricetag, and your wedding stationery can extend to your day’s itinerary, table plan and place names, and also a photography list.
Supplying each of your guests with a small, yet beautifully finished, photography list will mean that come photograph time all your guests will know when they are needed and where – so those stray guests you usually find at the bar will have no excuses.
4. The perfect flowers
It’s an obvious one, but no wedding is complete without flowers. Spring can offer you an abundance of seasonal floral combinations and, chosen well, these can make a big impact on the day. Choose a florist you feel confident in, and someone that is going to give you lots of inspiration and ideas to support your choices.
Don’t be afraid to choose bright colours in amongst your arrangements; a good photographer can create some beautiful photos with colours that pop.
5. Choose a natural environment for the pre-wedding shoot
One of the best ways to add the freshness of spring in your wedding is to organise the pre-wedding shoot in a natural environment that’s full of fresh flowers and leaves. You can pick a beautiful garden that contains striking plants and shrubs like scilla siberica, cyclamen springtime, Clematis macropetala, deutzia, forsythia, camellia, and lilac. Spring plants and shrubs provide the perfect backdrop for the pre-wedding shoot, so find a location that serves your purpose.
6. Include colourful wedding food
While planning a wedding in springtime, make sure that the importance of the season is seen on the menu as well. You can add colourful food items such as lighter garden greens with fresh fish, strawberries and cream, and cucumber sandwiches; or heartier dishes such as vegetable pie, cottage or shepherd’s pie, or lasagne. In addition to that, try to include colourful and tantalising mocktails or cocktails in the menu so that your guests can also enjoy your wedding to the fullest. Moreover, you can click some excellent pictures of the food served to your guests and include them in your wedding photo album.
7. Table decorations
As well as your flower arrangements you’ll need to complete your tables with centrepieces, crockery and favours. To complement your spring flowers, lots of clear glass and polished metal makes for a subtle, classic look. Beautiful little flowerpots with foliage make great place name holders, and lovely favours for your guests to take away.
8. Floral print clothes
The clothes worn by your family members, especially the ladies, can also serve to promote the spring season. Bridesmaids' dresses are also a great way of injecting an infusion of spring, with multicolour options, sunny shades and pretty patterns. Floral wedding dresses are even bang on trend at the moment.
Your wedding day means you can truly travel in style, from supercar to vintage car or even horse and carriage... it’s an excuse to choose transport you’ve always dreamed off. Whatever stylish transport you choose, it always looks great in your photographs - especially with the top down and wind in your hair.
10. Be prepared for showers
Spring season is very unpredictable, and it may change from a sunny day to a rainy day in seconds. So, make sure you are prepared with umbrellas for your guests; you can also incorporate colourful or multi-coloured umbrellas to add an essence of style. Take a look at these tips to cope with bad weather on your wedding day.