What is it about the spring or summer months that make them so popular with brides?
Possibly because these seasons are the start of something new and fresh – just like a wedding day.
And if you’ve decided to get married between March and September, then you’ve certainly given yourself plenty of options when it comes to theming your wedding day seasonally.
It’s always best to choose blooms that are in season. It’s more eco-friendly and also much less expensive. And by marrying in spring or summer you’ll have plenty of options to think about. Talk to your florist or your local market flower stall and ask what’s in season during the months you’re marrying. As well as thinking about colours, think about fragrances – how do you want your ceremony and reception to be scented?
Spring can be the yellows of daffodils or narcissi, the brights of hyacinths, the delicacy of blossom. Moving onto summer, you can opt for cottage roses in soft pinks, swathes of delphiniums or peonies. Each flower has a different personality, so think about the effect you’re looking to achieve.
Florals and chintz patterns are also a good way to create a spring summer theme – whether you use these for your wedding invitations, seating plans, orders of service or menus. Our stylists will be able to source all the floral props you need (so you don’t have to hunt around yourself finding items). And because they’re so experienced, your local stylist will also act as a good sounding board for your ideas, so that you can discuss what will work for you.
You might like to use floral themed tablecloths or chair covers and sashes to bring home that spring/summer feeling. Or discuss ways to use block colours in a mix. Maybe this is the time to try an ombre effect, which is a graduated shade of the same colour, like every shade of pink from a soft rose through to a deep magenta.
Pastels or brights – if you marry in spring or summer then these are both options for you. Pastels include rose pinks, soft lilacs, lemon yellows, baby blue, apple green. Brights work well in high summer in sunshine and here you should be thinking of hot pinks, turquoise, sunflower yellows, lime greens although you can also use brights in spring. Think of the depth of colour you can get with hyacinths, daffodils, tulips…
Spring days can be bright – but a little chilly, even in the sunshine. So it’s a good idea to carry a wrap or pashmina (and that goes for your bridesmaids too) in a shade that will complement your wedding dress. That’s also true if you’re having your reception in a marquee in spring – the evenings can be cold, so you need to think about heating options.
If you’re marrying in summer, and having the reception in a conservatory, talk to the venue about air-conditioning and ventilation – conservatories can get very warm and you’ll need to ensure there is a through breeze to keep everyone comfortable.
If the forecast is hot, hot, hot – then consider giving out fans to your guests as wedding favours – maybe at the entrance to the ceremony or reception. These would tie in beautifully with a spring or summer theme and the colour and style is up to you.
When the weather is warm, your guests are likely to get thirsty. Offer plenty of soft drinks and one way of doing this is by setting up a soft drink station, where your guests can help themselves to favourites like old-fashioned lemonade, fruit punch or sparkling elderflower. It’s also an opportunity to bring that spring/summer theme through to your venue (we’re thinking candy striped straws) and one of our stylists could make a drink station look amazing for you.
Our wedding stylists are super-experienced and located up and down the UK, so there’s sure to be somebody who’s local to you. You can contact them just for a chat initially to talk about what you plan for your wedding day and what sort of help you need. They’ll have all the props and accessories you’re looking for to style your wedding just the way you want it and some ideas you may not have considered. Find your local stylist here and get thinking about how you’ll make your spring and summer wedding day look!