Nothing is more beautiful than a spring wedding with a palette of soft, muted colors. But what if you want something different that doesn't rely on pastels? We have 10 ideas that deliver springtime beauty in abundance.
The great thing about using wood as a decorating element is that it's simple and chic at the same time. Jason Mitchell, a New York City planner with Shiraz Events, likes the look of wooden farm tables kept au natural—no tablecloths—and white china, "which will really pop, but still be soft enough to keep the look romantic." Adding a runner of greenery filled with white candles will bring out the elegance and drama without ever reminding you of Easter.
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These delicate, brightly colored winged wonders say "spring" as much as a bouquet of lavender tulips. You can find them in many different decorative materials, including fabric, paper, ink, silk, even shells, and they can be used to embellish the wedding cake, the flower girl's hair, paper lanterns, place cards, linens—the sky's the limit!
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When you think of spring, you think of the outdoors, so use elements inspired by nature, suggests Morgan Miller, an event planner with Spreading Lovely in San Francisco. "This could mean loose green garlands and vines mixed with simple, light florals." As an alternative to tulips, consider other spring flowers like sweet peas, lily of the valley, wildflowers, and anemones. Other décor ideas: succulents, cherry blossom branches, and flowering cacti.
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Create a menu that celebrates foods that are local and at their peak in spring, such as pea soup shots, lamb kabobs, and chocolate-dipped strawberries for a farm-to-table approach. "If you're doing a signature cocktail, try one with honey, mint, or rosemary to get that refreshing quality we love about springtime," says Miller.
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"Wheatgrass is a fantastic and eye-popping vessel for display," says Mitchell. "Use it to hold escort cards or surround a food station." This perennial grass, which has the look of bright green spiked hair, also makes an affordable and colorful centerpiece.
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If you're doing favors, hand out potted plants, an on-point example that underscores spring as the season when the earth blooms. But make them mini—no one wants to lug home a heavy pot from the reception. Once planted, it'll grow!
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No sport says "spring" like baseball. If the two of you spend lots of time rooting for your team, why not make America's favorite pastime your wedding's motif? Some ideas: Design the invitations to look like tickets to a game, order a wedding cake shaped like a stadium, and use pro baseball team pennants instead of table numbers. Home run!
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Though these colors are often associated with the fall, they can also add sparkle to a spring wedding. "Using a strong jewel tone as the base of your palette is a great starting point," says Miller, and then build from there, using various tones of the same colors, even pastels.
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Nests made from vines are a sure sign of spring and a different take on a centerpiece vessel to hold peonies or other flowers.
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"Incorporating fruits like nectarine or limes into your tablescapes or adding a blooming artichoke to your bouquet will capture the essence of spring," says Miller.