Spring is many people’s favourite season. It gives a feeling of freshness, the flowers come into bloom, the birds start singing, days get longer and the weather warms up. It is a wonderful time to hold your wedding and we have some lovely tips and ideas to get you started with planning your big day.
Spring varies from the early stages of crocuses popping up through the snow in March to the emerging sunshine and longer evenings in May. The first half of the season tends to be cheaper and venues quite often have good deals for early spring weddings.
Whatever time of spring you choose to set your date though, think about the weather. As we all know, British weather can’t be relied upon (even in the summer!) so if you are planning part of your ceremony outside, make sure you have a back-up plan for a rainy day.
If you are on a tight budget, think about holding your wedding on a weekday instead of a weekend. This is becoming more popular and some really good deals can be found if you are happy to change from the traditional Saturday.
Spring colours and flowers
Choosing a colour palette for your wedding is the first step to take when planning your wedding. The abundance of beautiful flowers available in the springtime creates some beautiful colour combinations, from a subtle primrose yellow to a bright purple crocus.
You may choose a more vintage combination of lavender and sage green or go modern with a bright tangerine orange. It’s a good idea to think about the flowers you will have in your bouquet and centre your colour palette around the seasonal blooms.
Whether you choose a country house or a local hotel, most venues are beautiful in the springtime. However, as we have said before, you can’t rely on it being a beautiful sunny day so look for venues that look pretty inside as well as out. Some can offer marquees or another form of shelter to keep you and your guests dry if you still want to be outside.
Other things to consider when choosing your venue are:
Size – try and pick a venue that fits in with the number of guests invited. You don’t want to squash all your guests into a venue that is full to capacity. Likewise, you don’t want to be echoing off the walls of a massive venue for 500 if you have only invited 100 guests. If you are inviting a small number to the wedding breakfast but lots of guests to the evening reception, somewhere with a joining room would be ideal.
Location – if you are having a church service, ideally your reception venue should be no more than a 20-25 minute drive from the church.
Accommodation – if you are inviting guests from far afield, make sure there are hotels/B&Bs nearby.
The venue usually sets the menu but if you are looking for inspiration, in the spring everyone thinks of lamb. A lamb roast is a lovely meal to serve with seasonal baby vegetables and mint sauce. Alternatively, corn-fed chicken or rabbit make lovely spring dishes.
Using edible pansies to decorate the dessert is a great way to bring spring to the table after the main course.
Most wedding dresses are ideal for the spring. If you are getting married in the earlier part of the season, look for a dress that could be paired with a wrap to stop you getting chilly.
A wedding dress is a very personal choice and most brides still opt for a traditional white dress. However, there are a lot of white dresses nowadays that are made with a splash of colour – whether it’s a pretty ombre dress, a colourful sash, light coloured embroidery or a coloured underskirt. All will work perfectly with your springtime theme.
Traditionally, bridesmaids are dressed in a co-coordinating colour from your colour palette. If you want to break tradition, there are some lovely floral bridesmaids dresses available or you could mix them up a bit and have them create a gorgeous backdrop of different coloured dresses.
We couldn’t possibly end the blog without mentioning the wedding cake! Here are some of the most spectacular spring wedding cakes we’ve seen…
and of course, we have some lovely spring-themed wedding invitations to invite your guests to your big day.