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A Spring wedding

Published date: 7th March 2019


Spring is the time of new beginnings, so marrying then seems particularly appropriate. Strangely, however, the majority of couples still opt for the Summer do – though May is claimed for both seasons. All the better for those choosing to tie the knot between March and May, as the best venues could be more readily available, you’ll have less competition for guests, and maybe even a bit of a price advantage.

Of course there are far more romantic reasons to make Spring your choice. The world is stirring into life again – a young man’s fancy and all that. February’s gloom is displaced by brighter light and better weather. And the earth is producing again – some of the loveliest flowers and most delicious foods.

The weather is never guaranteed in Britain, and Spring can be a lottery, so it makes sense to seek a venue with ample space indoors in case it pours, and lovely grounds outdoors in the hope that the sun shines on your big day. Castles and Country Houses spring to mind, but browse these pages for other brilliant ideas, and we’re sure you find one that fits your needs and wishes.

With a bit of imagination you can even make an April shower into a bonus for your party and photographer. Buy a bunch of wedding-white brollies (they don’t need to last so cheap and cheerful is fine), or find some in colours that match your scheme for the day, so rain or shine they can feature in a few pictures – it’ll raise a smile then and in years to come. And in case it does bucket down have wellies – you can get white – ready for some outside images before scuttling for shelter.

Spring has its own natural colour palette: restrained pastels rather than summer-brights. Pastels – green, blue, lilac and pink in particular – bring a touch of romance and refinement too. Why not opt for a pastel wedding dress, something simple and a million miles from the full meringue? Carry this through with the colour of your cake’s icing, and the table decor and chair decorations, and – with the help of a friend or professional – your make-up.

We’d suggest, however, that you don’t get too carried away with the Springtime theme – Bo Peep is not a good look for many (any) brides; though a subtle Easter bonnet if your date is near that festival could look good on a little flower-girl or very young bridesmaid (not on older attendants if you hope to keep in touch).

A good florist will be delighted to be asked to make a true springtime bouquet: tulips, narcissi, and other bulb-flowers offer a multitude of colours; hydrangeas likewise, providing an over-the-top touch into the bargain; or tone it down and turn the romance up with cherry blossom and simple greenery. Make the most of Spring’s bounty by having your bridesmaids carry their own smaller versions, and the groom and best man wear boutonnieres in keeping.

There is a world of difference between the Spring of March and that of May, of course. The later in the season the brighter Mother Nature’s colours. Mayday garlands are worth a thought- and a try-out beforehand – for you and your bridesmaids should you marry in that month.

British weather may not be at its best in Spring, but our food arguably is. Nobody in the world grows finer asparagus. Spring lamb of the highest quality is lovingly raised around these islands, matched by purple sprouting broccoli and the first tender spinach, tiny new potatoes, and if you look in the right places the best butter of the year. Start with watercress soup or a terrine made from the sweet flesh of seasonal plaice, and end with rhubarb tartlets and you’ve got the most memorable and delightful British seasonal menu we can imagine.

Why not carry the Springtime feel through with favours for your guests? Tiny baskets with a few bulbs or some suitable confectionery; and for the kids Easter eggs and bunnies if appropriate.

There’s plenty of wedding day Spring romance for the asking, but let’s finish on a practical note. We can all remember snowfalls in April and bitter winds in May, so when you choose your outfit try to build in some warming insurance – a shawl that can be discarded if it’s sunny or a short jacket to keep bare-shoulders free of goose-bumps until the photographer’s ready. But even if it’s positively Siberian please don’t think thermals!

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