With spring comes new life, and with your wedding comes the start of your life as a married couple—so that's a pretty perfect match already. Looking for a little more? Read on for ways to really revel in the fact that you're getting married in April, May, or June.
Pick a Palette Befitting the Season
Mellow pastels are oh so pretty and perfect for a soft, chic spring look. If there's ever a time of year you don’t have to worry about pastels being "babyish," this is it. If you prefer colors with more kick, spring is versatile … rejoice in its fresh, bright side with pops of yellow or kelly green.
You could literally release white doves or butterflies at your ceremony, but there are more subtle ways to enjoy the charm of these lovely winged creatures after a long winter. They could appear as a graphic detail on your stationery and signage, or you could use antique birdcages overflowing with blooms, petite nests with decorative eggs, hanging paper cranes, or delicate craft butterflies for a touch of whimsy. Want a hipster vibe? Think bees instead of butterflies (jars of honey make super sweet favors).
Even if the skies are clear the day you wed, you knew rain might make an appearance when you set your heart on a spring wedding. Work your favorite rain boots and umbrellas into some pics, or use umbrellas or parasols in your décor … hanging from above, as part of flower arrangements, or lining the aisle.
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Sow Seeds of Love
Prettily packaged flower seeds can be used in anything from a save-the-date to an escort card (please be seeded!) to a favor. You could also print invitations or thank-you cards on plantable paper, or—instead of favors—make a contribution in honor of your guests to an organization that plants trees in national forests.
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Take it Outside
It's spring! You're probably already planning an outdoor ceremony, but think of other ways to let your company enjoy this special time of year. Cocktails on the grass, complete with lawn games, an Easter egg hunt for the little ones, or an alfresco lounge complete with sofas for after-dinner drinks.
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Pack a Picnic
Not literally, but if you'll be celebrating outside, consider a picnic-chic look … woven baskets, wildflowers, checkered runners, lemonade and iced tea (spiked and nonalcoholic) in addition to the usual bubbly and rosé.
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Give Power to the Flower
All the most gorgeous flowers are in season, so rejoice in everything floral! Wear a flower crown, trade vows in a blooming garden, give guests rose petals to toss instead of confetti or rice, carry a loose bouquet for a freshly picked look, choose a floral print for your bridesmaids, and don't forget that certain flowers, like sweet peas, peonies, and garden roses, can add enticing fragrance to your soirée.
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Ask your florist about incorporating cherry and plum blossoms into your wedding. They'll look gorgeous on a chuppah or ceremonial arch, and are equally striking in centerpieces, as branches typically don't star in such arrangements. Of course, as a backdrop for photographs or the ceremony itself, a full tree in bloom is simply breathtaking.