Throwing a spring wedding? We asked a seasoned editor at mywedding.com for some expert advice.
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Summer may have the privilege of marking the official start of wedding season, but spring is in the air and we have to admit that we’re in love. From festivals to flowers, there’s not much we don’t adore about this time of year (except, perhaps, the occasional uninvited snowstorm), and spring weddings are at the top of our list.
Whether you’re ready to say “I do” this year or are just planning ahead, here are five tips for planning a spring wedding.
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1. Remember the weather.
Unless you’re lucky enough to live in one of those temperate parts of the world that winter never truly touches (we’re looking at you, Southern California), odds are that you are more than familiar with spring’s unpredictable weather changes. Plan ahead and play it safe by choosing a venue with indoor and outdoor options.
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2. Play with color.
While pastels are almost always the first colors on our minds this time of year, spring weddings are great for punchier palettes, too. Bold, bright fuchsia is a particularly lovely way to set the tone, and the perfect complement to all of that fresh green grass — as are yellow, coral, and blue.
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3. Think layers.
Yes, we’re back to the weather. Spring, with its traditionally warm, sunny days and cooler nights, is the best time of year to plan to include a warmer accessory or two in your bridal getup. Better yet, try on one of this year’s prettiest fashion trends: wedding gowns with sleeves. Keep the same ideas in mind when you’re picking out bridesmaid dresses and consider skipping the lightweight chiffon gowns in favor of fabric with a little more weight and warmth.
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4. Save the dates.
Spring may be before the real wedding rush begins, but it’s still a popular time of year to tie the knot. Make sure you book early, especially if you live in a place where hot summers push the wedding season forward. Don’t forget to take advantage of the season’s several holidays and look into booking a Sunday evening celebration to spread out the fun and potentially cut costs.
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5. Embrace the season.
Seasonal food, seasonal flowers (tulips, anyone? How about ranunculus?), even seasonal favors — this is the best time of year to do it all. Everything is fresh and lovely, and it will certainly be a better fit for your budget than ordering summer blooms or fall vegetables. Plus, personalized packets of flower seeds make for a unique gift your guests can enjoy long after the last slice of cake is gone.
Anne is an editor at mywedding.com where she blogs about wedding trends, planning and etiquette, and contributes to mywedding The Magazine. She loves black and white films, making messes in the kitchen, and considers life wholly incomplete without a regular dose of dark chocolate. You can see more work from Anne right here.