The days are getting longer and flowers are blooming, meaning the perfect weather for a spring wedding is finally here. If you're not one for snow or have dreams of an outdoor ceremony and reception, then this season is perfect for your special day. With extended hours of sunshine, green grass, and colorful flowers making their long-awaited debut, there's a lot to work with when putting all of the plans together. There are a ton of floral options to consider, various outdoor wedding venues to choose from, and lots of small (but important!) decorations you can add to make your celebration even more extravagant, like pops of color here and there and even edible flowers to brighten up your dishes.
But of course, with warmer months approaching and the beginning of wedding season nearly here, couples will want to plan strategically to take advantage of everything the warmer months have to offer. You'll want to make sure to plan the day with the sun's schedule in mind, come up with a way to accommodate your guests in the event of less than ideal weather, and make sure that everyone is taken care of throughout the party. Luckily, there are bunch of ways to plan ahead so that everything goes smoothly, and so that your day speaks of the season. With warmer temps and florals coming back into bloom, here are some last minute ideas you can add to make your seasonal wedding day even better than you've been imagining.
Think About Opportunities to Take Care of Your Guests
"Re-think the scenes of your day and consider if every opportunity to make guests feel especially welcomed are taken care of. Don't hesitate to ask your catering or bartending team if they can tray pass cocktails or sparkling water before your ceremony, especially welcomed if the weather is growing warmer. Not only does this provide a welcoming ambiance, but it signifies that warmer days (and garden parties) are on the horizon." —Aleah & Nick Valley, Owners, Valley & Company Events
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Don't Let Weather Affect the Beauty of Your Event
"You know the old adage for April and what it brings? It has nothing on you if you’re properly prepared. Hop online and source a solid handful (25+) of wood-handled solid golf umbrellas in any shade you’d like (we love navy or white!) so your guests and your wedding party are über-mobile and chic, even in a Spring shower."—Calder Clark, Owner & Creative Director, Calder Clark
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Reevaluate Your Timeline for the Sun
"Spring means longer days and later sunsets so be sure to work with your photographer to find time to sneak outside during your reception to grab some sunset photos. Make sure you don’t plan any formal toasts or significant dances during this time and it will be easy to do." —Tracie Domino, Founder & Creative Director, Tracie Domino Events
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"Soft pinks are so elegant and very appropriate for a spring wedding. Wrapping a beautiful pastel ribbon around your bouquet, like this one from Flowers Claire Marie, can bring the sense of Spring to any wedding." —Amy Nichols, Owner, Amy Nichols Special Events.
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Accentuate the Beauty of Your Venue
"If you are lucky enough to have a water feature at your venue, fill it with spring blooms or rose petals to signal that spring has sprung! Use larger blooms such as garden roses, phalaenopsis orchids or chrysanthemums (yes, we love fluffy mums!) so they stay atop the water. Add dripless, floating candles to enhance the look in the evening. But remember, if dropping blooms into a pool, be sure to turn off the pool filter and make sure there is a net around at the end of the night to easily swoop up the blooms!" —Heidi Mayne, Owner, Red25 Events.
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Plan for Mother Nature
"Make room in your budget for a last minute tent rental. Spring is beautiful, but unpredictable to say the least. For a spring wedding, you can count on a passing spring shower, but your guests can still enjoy the beautiful spring weather under a clear-top tent in our courtyard." —Demi Meeker, Senior Event Manager, Cannon Green
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Use Edible Flowers to Brighten Up Dishes
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Brighten Up Your Blooms
"We love to allow our creativity to run wild and bright for our spring weddings. Bouquets have more flexibility and colors should never be limited. Spring is a time for renewed life, so we encourage greenery and bright blooms to impact every moment of your special day." —Elizabeth McKellar, Owner & Creative Director, The Nouveau Romantics
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Incorporate Seasonal Produce into Your Menu
"Work with your caterer, specifically their chef, to incorporate seasonal produce into your menus. Wedding season is an incredibly exciting time for a bounty of fruits and vegetables, celebrate those special items that are only around for a short period of time—things like chive blossoms, rhubarb, ramps, fava beans, baby artichokes, black raspberries, currants and cape gooseberries. Locally grown fruits and vegetables are harvested at their peak and take less time to get to the plate—which means they're the most flavorful. Use your menu as an opportunity to highlight the best of the season." —John Karangis, Executive Chef, Union Square Events