By Ashley Bailey
, Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Spring weddings are about to be in full bloom. This is a time when nature is renewing itself and planning your wedding around a spring theme is a fun and fresh idea. Break out of the heavy drama of winter weddings by using these few tips on trends, colors and other creative ways to celebrate the new season and your nuptials with style.
Pastels are a refreshing change to winter colors, consider the use of a baby blue or a light green for your bridesmaids; maybe even a pair of light pink shoes for the bride to add a fun twist to the wedding day look. Pink and green together make a traditional spring palette, but don’t be afraid to mix it up with other bright colors like sunflower yellow. Just stay away from the darker jewel tones that are more appropriate for winter or fall. Incorporating green accents will help your spring theme too - use fruits, potted plants, and rustic elements sprinkled throughout your event to bring the spring season to life!
Décor should be as light and playful as the season. Try wide colored stripes, polka dots, ribbons, flowy fabrics, and lots of white for a clean look. Green leaves, hand printed cards, and wood pieces keep the spring theme close at hand. Have fun unusual accents like birds’ nests with robin’s eggs candies. Do your best to be good to the environment and use local fresh flowers (which will automatically give you that spring floral look). Live mini-pots of grass to hold place cards, earth-friendly invitations, and sustainable agriculture from your area for catering are all easy ways to be eco-conscience and spring friendly. If your wedding is outdoors during the day, drape fabrics that can blow in the wind, tie ribbons in unexpected places, perhaps even have a maypole! You can set up games on the lawn to keep everyone entertained while you take photos. Croquet, bocce ball, horseshoes are all great options as they are easily set up and contained. Keep the atmosphere fun, airy and light, just like spring itself when you say “I Do” in the outdoors.
Don’t feel cornered by the need to have a wedding that’s too typical spring. There are many other directions you can take while still maintaining that same seasonal feel. Victorian elements can evoke spring with an outdoor garden feel with the use of delicate antique laces and vintage linens, small wrought iron designs for your tabletops with dried lavender along with wicker chairs and lounge furniture. Shabby Chic is another solid direction to take by hanging antique chandeliers outside, overstuffed cushions for your chairs and distressed painted wood décor pieces. Mix vintage with contemporary and add candlelight to easily incorporate a romantic intimate feel.
Favors can be anything from a packet of seeds or bulbs that your guests can plant to enjoy in the new growing season or a sweet wrapped package with a festive pastel or floral-topped cupcake inside, perhaps even a bag of brightly colored jelly beans to leave your guests with a fun reminder of your spring wedding! And of course, don’t forget to gift your flowering and live plants on hand and encourage all to continue to cycle of life in their gardens.