Spring wedding essentials
Wedding planner Katrina Otter picks her wedding essentials
I absolutely adore spring and the promise of longer (and hopefully warmer!) days. I also love the fact that spring heralds the start of another wedding season. So, as I prepare for my first wedding of 2017, I thought I’d share with you some of my seasonal wedding essentials that will see you safely through to summer.
We all know about April showers and, when it comes to your wedding day, there’s no reason to just cross your fingers and hope for the best. Stock up on big umbrellas so whatever the weather, you’ll be kept dry. Of course, you can buy or hire ‘wedding umbrellas’ in whites and ivories but you might like to go for some brighter colours instead for those personality-packed photos.
Warm Weather Essentials
And of course, on the flip side, we also get spring days that are much hotter than we expect so there’s every chance you’ll need warm weather essentials too. If the forecast is favourable, don’t forget to pack sunscreen, insect repellant and even anti-histamines in case of any pollen overload.
Blossom and Bluebells
A spring wedding really isn’t complete without some photos that capture the beauty of the season. Scout out your venue in advance to see where the best spots will be for images that are full of the joys of spring.
Once the clocks have changed and the sun stays around for longer, you can certainly put some ‘golden hour’ photos into your wedding day plan. This hour, the 60 minutes before the sun sets, is the time for those beautifully lit iconic and intimate couples’ shots that you see in magazines and online. Check the time of golden hour in advance and adjust your wedding plans accordingly so that you’re free to sneak off with your photographer at just the right moment.
Florists everywhere love the flowers that arrive at this time of year so if you want to give your wedding an air of spring, definitely include some seasonal blooms in your décor scheme. Hellebores, lilacs, narcissi, tulips, ranunculus and guelder rose are fabulous choices and if you’re a late spring bride, it’s all about the peonies!
You can also embrace the best of spring when it comes to your wedding favours too. How about some little packets of seeds, favour bags hanging from branches full of blossom, chocolate eggs or anything stamped or decorated with a botanical theme?
Every year, the colour pros at Pantone release their pick of hot seasonal colours. This year, Pantone have left behind the pretty pastels and embraced bolder colours that all carry a hint of the great outdoors. With shades such as ‘Primrose Yellow’, ‘Hazelnut’, ‘Greenery’ and ‘Niagra’, I think you can guess what this springs palette looks like!
A Spring Feast
With the excesses of Christmas far behind us, it’s definitely time for another feast with friends and family. Spring wedding breakfasts that are full of local, seasonal delights are my absolute favourite. Not only do they mark your wedding in time and in place but they’re the perfect way to give your celebration that spring feel factor.
If you’re looking for more advice on how to plan the perfect spring wedding then please do get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.
Katrina Otter is a Cambridgeshire based wedding planner and event organiser with over 10 years experience.