Spring is fast becoming the most popular season in which to wed, pushing the traditionally expensive summer into second place. So spring brides, listen up! Don’t miss these top tips from wedding planning and exhibition experts Little White Books…
An indoor-outdoor venue
Spring conjours up images of warm and bright days, light and sunny after the darkness of winter. A wedding on a day such as this sounds idyllic but remember, spring weather is unpredictable so choose your venue carefully. Plan around the beautiful spring sunshine but also look at the options if the weather isn’t so great.
Talk to your photographer as they’ll have options for inside shots worked out if they’ve shot at the venue before. Spring sunshine lacks the warm intensity of the summer sun so it’s likely that your guests will want to be inside for at least some of the time even if the sun does shine for you.
Spring wedding fairs
Spring is a really popular time for wedding fairs so spring brides in 2015 should definitely take advantage of everything that’s happening over the next few months. If your venue holds one then go along and meet the suppliers. Some may regularly work with that venue and have ideas of how to dress specific areas.
Watch out for larger fairs too such as the Great Lancashire Wedding Show. Events like this are a great way to meet lots of suppliers and even compare more than one on the same day. Talk to those exhibiting and watch out for special offers as lots of companies will run an offer at a big show like this.
Spring is a popular time to get married so your favourite suppliers may well be booked up very early. Don’t be afraid to go with your gut instinct and make that booking early. Most companies will secure a date for you with the payment of a deposit and in many cases you don’t even have to have details such as your colour theme decided at the time.
Spring brides have a great choice when it comes to flowers. Late spring flowers such as sweet peas and peonies come in an array of different colours and are stunning in both bouquets and centrepieces.
If you’re going seasonal with your flowers this can be a good place to start your planning in terms of a theme, as your colours may well be decided by the choice of blooms available. For early spring weddings consider cherry blossom, snowdrops and crocuses teamed with other flowers to create a hint of spring in your bouquet.
Choosing an all-weather venue is a great start but you’re likely to want to have some photographs taken outside. Spring brides should definitely be prepared for showers and embrace the possibility of rain or wet ground by investing in a fabulous umbrella or a pair of colour statement wellies.
Rain on your wedding day is considered to be good luck by some cultures so embrace the fantastically changeable British weather. Remember that a wet knot is harder to untie!
Be kind to your bridesmaids
Floaty chiffon and tulle bridesmaid dresses can be stunning but aren’t the warmest outfits for a chilly spring day! If you’re opting for this sort of dress check out wraps or shrugs for them, too, to ensure they are glowing with spring warmth and not icy cold!
Lovely long weekends
With so many bank holidays through the spring months your options for wedding days are extended when Sundays are followed by another lovely day off work! Check with your venue to see if these Sundays are still available as they may not be booked up as early as for the Saturdays in the same month.
DIY spring details
Send your guests away with a little piece of springtime by planting up small containers of spring bulbs as wedding favours. Or maybe a packet of summer flower seeds to brighten up their gardens and remind them of your day.