We’ve all read about beating the crowds, avoiding the heat, and even holding down costs by vacationing in spring instead of summer. So why not a springtime wedding?
Among their many benefits, spring nuptials may include more variety and availability in choosing a venue, some of which are booked couple of years in advance for summer events. Though spring weddings are not entirely unusual, some hotels and function sites are eager to fill empty dates at this time of year, and are therefore more willing to negotiate with a budget-conscious bride and groom.
If an outdoor destination is in the cards, gardens make beautiful settings and spring is the time to celebrate new beginnings. City parks, memorial sites, estates, and country clubs generally offer lush garden acreage. Depending on the time of day and geography, of course, an outdoor wedding in spring may still require steps toward burgeoning insect control (citronella torches, etc.) or, if held in the evening, cooler climates may precipitate tents and heaters for the comfort of guests. Tents in general are a good idea for spring weddings, as capricious showers may appear in April and May, and most wedding dresses do not repel mud.
Because temperatures fluctuate during spring, especially if the event is to be held outdoors, the bride may want to consider a long-sleeved wedding dress or one that has a removable shawl, jacket, or other covering should the day lack sunshine and chillier temperatures prevail.
Where themes are concerned, embracing spring can manifest itself in traditional floral headpieces for the bride and bridal party, tables and wedding favors. Thinking outside the box, choosing natural elements to decorate that have also been reawakened by spring — such as lemongrass, wheatgrass, and fresh herbs — add creativity, style, and ingenuity to a special day that will spark curiosity and conversation among guests as well.
Finally, what spring wedding is complete without a menu that honors the season’s own special bounty? Think lamb, sea bass and trout, asparagus (roasted or otherwise), snap peas, artichokes, dandelion and other greens, new potatoes, rhubarb, and pineapple.
Spring signifies a rebirth of the earth and a spring wedding, by its nature, a lifetime of new beginnings for the bride and groom.