Simple Tips for an Outdoor Spring Wedding

Love is in the air – and springtime is just around the corner! If you’re planning a wedding (or just dreaming about it), this time of year means it’s time to start planning your perfect spring wedding. Whether you want to go full-on floral, add a few pops of color, or complement the season with pastels and airy accents, there are plenty of ways to incorporate the beauty of spring into your big day. Our tips for spring wedding planning will help guide you in the right direction to get you started on creating your dream wedding!

Use Themes to Set the Mood
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You may be wondering what type of wedding themes compliment springtime and which one might be right for you. In fact, finding the right theme might be the most challenging hurdle ahead of you. Instead of thinking about them as something that locks your vision into one specific look or style, think of themes as inspiration boards—ways to visually unify your ideas, aesthetics and visions into something cohesive. This allows you to mix and match different design styles so you can decide on just how formal or informal you want your day-of details to be. Just because it’s a spring wedding doesn’t mean it has to be garden themed or that a moody affair is off the table. Choosing themes that are a reflection of your personality and tell a story help make the events all the more personal and special.

Consider Your Location
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If you’ve always dreamt of an outdoor wedding, Spring is one of the best seasons to make it happen! However, it is important to keep in mind which aspects could make or break your dream affair: Will the location have enough lighting as the sun sets? Is the ground level enough for décor, chairs, tables, a dance floor, etc.? Are outdoor critters or insects going to be an issue? Is there ample convenient access to bathrooms for guests? Although these are not the most fun elements of planning, it is important to make sure your outdoor setting is appropriate and within reason for all of your big plans. One of our favorite parts about weddings isn’t necessarily any one thing—it’s how meaningful they are when surrounded by loved ones. So think carefully about what matters most to you and your future spouse and consider all those little details that’ll really set your spring wedding apart.

Spring Means Lots of Décor Options
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Having a spring date for the big day means you have e a great selection of flowers and colors from which to choose, including beautiful pinks, deep purples, yellows and pretty much any color you can think of. There are so many options to choose from regardless of your theme and style. You can mix bright fresh flowers with natural materials like wood and twigs for a lively backdrop, or choose pastels and feathery accents for a more fairy-tale like setting, or candles and red roses for a romantic display – the possibilities are endless! It’s really up to you how creative you want to get but adhering to the theme(s) you have chosen, will prevent you from getting overwhelmed with all of the décor choices available to you.

Plan for the Unexpected
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While you’re planning a spring wedding, don’t forget that Mother Nature might throw a little something your way. Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you can’t still have a beautiful outdoor ceremony; it just means it requires more pre-planning than an indoor ceremony! Plan ahead and make sure to check with vendors and venues beforehand about what happens if their part of your day is rained out. Talk with all guests as well, because they should understand they will have a back-up plan ready in case any severe or extreme weather arises. You may also want to choose an indoor venue in case of unexpected inclement weather (i.e., hurricanes). Make sure you find out what provisions are available at your location(s) should anything happen beyond normal circumstances. For example, will your hotel provide free dry cleaning for clothing? Does your reception hall offer overnight accommodations so no one has to leave? What else could be done to help alleviate extra stress from loved ones on your big day? Knowing these things in advance can help alleviate some last minute stress from friends and family.

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