Spring is a beautiful time of the year to throw a wedding. During this time, we are slowly saying goodbye to cooler weather and darker hues as we welcome in lighter colors, gorgeous new blooms, and a bit more sun. This time offers plenty of opportunities for brides and grooms to really take advantage of all that spring has to offer. Couples planning their wedding in the spring should follow these tips in order to best prepare for their wedding celebration.
Keep Spring Holidays in Mind
There are a lot of holidays in the spring, so make sure you are mindful of them as you are choosing a wedding date. If you choose to throw your wedding on a holiday weekend, you may be limiting just how many guests will be able to come. Religious holidays to keep in mind include Passover, Ramadan, Easter, and Palm Sunday. There is also Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day at the very end of the season.
Be Prepared for Higher Vendor Rates
As it gets closer to summer, vendors are able to start charging more for their services during this more popular season. If you are looking to save some money, try planning for earlier in the spring rather than later. You may be able to snatch vendors during their off-season, rather than having to pay for peak rates.
Take Advantage of the Abundance of Flowers
You are in luck if you are throwing a spring wedding – lots of flower varieties will be in bloom! It is best to choose flowers that are in season for the freshest and most cost-effective results, and you’ll have no problem designing your floral arrangements from the variety of flowers available during this time. Peonies, tulips, daffodils, lilacs, ranunculus, hydrangeas, and much more are available during this time, so have fun creating your floral design!
Treat Guests to Light and Refreshing Drinks
The temperatures will be rising from the winter, and guests will be ready to transition from more hearty drinks to refreshing, crisp beverages. Work with your bartender to design a specialty cocktail that complements this season. Think light-colored alcohols, bubbly wine, and drinks inspired by in-season fruits. Mimosas, mint juleps, and white sangrias are great options.
Enjoy Cuisine that Fits with the Season
Just like with flowers, you’ll have an abundance of fruit and vegetable options that are in-season during this time. Work with your caterer to create a menu centered around these spring foods. Asparagus, artichoke, carrots, peas, spinach, apricots, and mangos are just a few of the delicious fruit and vegetable options that are in-season during the spring.
Take a Cue from the Spring for your Wedding Cake
Similarly to your signature drink, if you are choosing to serve a wedding cake, you should go with lighter flavors, as opposed to more rich options like dark chocolate. Cakes with flavors like vanilla, raspberry, or lemon will perfectly complement this time of the year. You can also dress the cake up with in-season flowers to really make it reflect the spring ambiance.
Expect the Unexpected When it Comes to Weather
Many couples are attracted to spring weddings because of the temperate weather, but mother nature doesn’t always play along with those plans. Go ahead and plan for perfect weather, but be sure to have a plan B just in case.
If you are throwing an outdoor wedding, have a tent on standby just in case any rain decides to make an appearance. Umbrellas are also smart to have for the ceremony if you are set on keeping it outside, so pick out some cute styles that match with the color scheme. Rain or melting snow can add mud to the equation, so you’ll want to make sure you have adequate flooring if you aren’t setting up on a patio. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if it ends up being a hotter day, provide guests with hand fans so they can stay cool.
If you are in the process of planning your wedding, come to the next Georgia Bridal Show near you. You will have the chance to meet with wedding professionals from Georgia and the Southeast who can help bring your vision to life!