A spring wedding is oh-so-romantic. There’s something rather poetic about the blooming and regrowth of nature as your married life begins. As with all seasons, there are considerations to be made when it comes to finding the perfect venue and planning every element. We hope these top five tips will help you along your way…
1. Choose a versatile venue
While we hope you’ll be blessed with a beautiful, sunny day, spring is an unreliable season! Choose a venue that has equally good indoor and outdoor wedding venue facilities, enabling you to make the most of a sunny day or to hide inside if the weather is inclement.
In an ideal world, a great wedding venue will be able to host ceremonies both indoor and out, and have a dining space with large windows that can be opened on a warm day. It’s also a good idea to consider where you will enjoy welcome drinks, perhaps a lovely lawn in the sunshine or an elegant bar area if it decides to rain.
2. Get planning!
We all love spring so it comes as no surprise to learn that it is a popular season in which to tie the knot. May is a particular favourite so, if you’re selecting a spring wedding date, it’s important to start making plans and bookings as soon as possible. When you’ve chosen your key suppliers (ceremony and reception venues, caterer, photographer and florist), lock in the date and pay any necessary deposits. From then on, you can take a breath and enjoy planning the rest of the details from your cake to your dress.
3. Enjoy the bank holidays
With May Day falling on the first Monday in May and Spring Bank Holiday falling on the last Monday in the month, we’re rather fortunate to have two long weekends to enjoy in the midst of spring. Consider planning your spring wedding on one of these weekends so that you can take advantage of a Sunday – with all your guests having the day off work on the Monday. You might even decide to organise a three-day celebration! Do bear in mind that suppliers sometimes raise their rates over holiday periods so you could end up spending more money than planned.
4. Make the most of the season
Spring brings us an abundance of wonderful flowers and food so be sure to take advantage of it. Seasonal produce is always magnificent and generally less expensive than anything that has to be imported. At this time of year, the flowers couldn’t be more romantic – from cherry blossom, snowdrops and crocuses in early spring to sweet peas and peonies later in the season.
When it comes to food, lamb is a popular choice for spring, and vegetables such as asparagus, jersey royal new potatoes, spinach and watercress make for a vibrant menu. You might even be able to enjoy strawberries and cream towards the end of the season!
5. Be prepared
Sometimes those spring rain showers seem to come from nowhere and, if they are short and sweet, you don’t necessarily want to have to come inside. A basket full of umbrellas should be on hand to keep a few raindrops away (and make excellent photo props). Consider offering a selection of shawls to your female guests if the evening is pleasant but cooler – an additional warm layer could mean you all stay outside surrounded by candlelight. How romantic!