In temperate climes, spring is a time for renewal, restoration — and weddings. The very term “wedding season” is practically synonymous with spring and early summer.
Statistically speaking, there’s a good chance you’re planning your own nuptials — or your daughter’s or sibling’s or close friend’s, if you’re so inclined — for “wedding season.” Unfortunately, that you’re choosing to tie the knot at the most popular (and, arguably, best) time of year to do so has no bearing on the complexity of the planning process. You still need to put in a great deal of work, perhaps more than you’re expecting, to ensure that things go off without a hitch.
Start with these six tips and tricks for a successful spring wedding.
- Rock the Spring Bouquet
Spring weddings demand spring bouquets, plain and simple. The precise definition of “spring bouquet” varies by custom, region, and month (or even week); speak with a florist to get a sense of your options. If you need ideas, check out these spring wedding flower bouquets from Brides Magazine.
- Choose a Durable Wedding Band That Draws Plenty of Second Looks (But Doesn’t Steal the Show)
The last thing you want is for the groom to steal the show. But you also don’t want them feeling left out. According to the experts at Larson Jewelers, a durable, stylish wedding band is a great way to accentuate the groom’s outfit without calling too much attention to that side of the altar.
- Consider a Second Signature Accessory for Your Partner
Why stop at the wedding band? Your partner deserves to have a little more fun. Consider a second signature accessory, such as a wristwatch (either a hand-me-down heirloom or one purchased specially for the occasion) or pocket square, that gets your guests talking.
- Opt for Seasonal Fare
Seasonal fare is rarely inappropriate, even if it’s not always possible. But spring is a great time to sample the local bounty: fresh fish, leafy greens, cellared root vegetables, and so on. The sky’s the limit here, as long as your caterer’s creative juices can accommodate
- Keep Drinks on the Refreshing Side
As spring wears on and temperatures rise, make sure your cocktail and mocktail menus keep pace. Familiarize yourself with some of the top spring cocktail recipes for easy drinking; be sure to have refreshing non-cocktail options, like spritzers and light beer, on hand for those who prefer something else.
- Get Creative (and In-Season) With Your Favors
Last, but not least: opt for in-season wedding favors that celebrate spring’s potential for renewal and regeneration. Seed wedding favors are ever-popular, particularly for early spring weddings.
Make the Most of Every Moment
On the big day, you’ll want to make the absolute most of every moment — whether you’re the one reciting the vows under the arbor, or you’re merely tearing up in the front row.
This is a given, but it’s unfortunately not sufficient. You’ll need to make the most of the planning process as well, no matter how big your head start. Planning a wedding is a massive undertaking; even well-organized planners risk buckling under the pressure.
Just remember: all the stress inherent in planning to tie the knot is a mere prelude to the joyous day itself. Keep your eye on the prize.
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