Spring Clothing

As the world wakes up with Spring, it is a perfect chance to lighten up your wedding clothes, both figuratively and literally. While winter weddings seem to be all about deep, dark colours and heavy fabrics to help keep people warm, Springtime offers the chance to brighten and lighten up everything from fabric choices to colour palettes. So, let’s take a look at all the ways this lighter, brighter season can inspire your wardrobe.

Shedding Those Heavy Dresses!

We’ve said it before, and we will say it again: one of the best things about spring is the warmer temperatures. So, you can start to ditch the heavy satins and velvets you needed in those colder months to keep warm. Don’t get us wrong, winter wedding dresses can be gorgeous and sumptuous, but they aren’t for everyone. Instead, start to look for chiffons and lightweight silks. And if you are afraid of getting chilly, why not borrow the idea of a shrug or wrap from the winter looks, just make sure to keep it in the same fabric family. 

Bye-Bye Wool. Hello Linen.

As you are starting to shed your winter clothes, don’t forget about the grooms. Sure, lightweight wool can be a great all year option, it is exceptionally breathable and comfy. However, opting for something which is a little more in tune with the season is your best bet. So, why not start looking at soft flannel suits or slightly heavier linens for their outfits? These lighter fabrics are perfect for the warmer weather and can be quite stylish without looking dated. 

Less Formal, More Fun:

Winter weddings tend to be a slightly more formal affair. Whether is it because of the heavier and more regal fabrics, or that it just seems ideal for at least cocktail attire being required, who knows? However, spring and its breezier fabric choices seems to help lighten the mood of any wedding. So, with bridesmaids, groomsmen, and guests, keeping the dress code a little less formal, like say garden party chic, the entire mood of the wedding gets a little less formal too. It can really help everyone relax and enjoy the party. 

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Spring Wedding Menu Choices

As winter fades into spring and days become longer and brighter, menus also become lighter, tasty, and a little less hearty. This opens up a wider variety of foods to offer guests, including all sorts of fresh and colourful veggies, meat and fish which is a little less gamey, and desert and cocktail options which are sure to impress. Plus, you can still mix and match some of your favourite flavours from slightly colder months, especially if you are having an early spring wedding, with a bit of lighter fare to really wow your guest. Let’s take a look at some ways to make your spring wedding menu shine!

Asparagus:

This flowering plant, with its unique light and earthy flavour, is a staple of spring dishes. Thanks to its versatility, it can be featured in every course. Used in a soup or salad, it can either be prepared simply or paired with spring herbs such as lemon and tarragon to create a slightly more sophisticated starter. Bacon wrapped asparagus or even just grilled with a little olive oil and it compliments any number of main dishes, especially chicken or lamb. It can even be turned into ice cream, if you want to get really avant guard and showcase your foodie side. 

Meats and Sea Food.

While gamey meats like venison and heavier cuts of beef are great for winter wedding menus, lighter meats and fish are a better way to go in spring. Lamb and chicken, both of which pair amazingly with asparagus, are safe bets to offer meat eating guests, while the pescatarians will get a kick out of crab, which is in season. If your wedding is slightly later in spring, you can also offer guests salmon prepared in a variety of ways. Just be sure if you are going to offer heavy cream sauces for the main course dishes, to leave it on the side as some people are lactose intolerant. 

Cocktails and Mocktails.

While standard offerings like gin and tonics and gimlets generally are the cocktails which come to mind when planning what to serve guests, why not try something a little bolder or slightly more unusual? With a wide variety of fruits and herbs available, you can offer your guests tasty libations such as strawberry, rosemary gin fizzes or a blackberry lavender Champaign cocktail? The best part about most modern cocktails is, by simply substituting sparking water or tonic, how easily they can be made non-alcoholic for the kids and non-drinkers to enjoy. 

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Spring Weddings

While summer still reigns supreme as the wedding season, spring may be gaining on it. With lovely and temperate weather, a wonderful sampling of fresh produce and seafood options, and a rainbow of soft, romantic colours to chose from, it is easy to see why these months, earlier in the year, are becoming a more popular time to tie the knot. So, lets take a quick at why April and May are the perfect time to get married 

The Weather:

Let’s face it, spring weather can be spectacular and far more predictable than summer or winter. While neither too hot or too cold, especially in later spring, planning an outdoor event so much easier in April and May than in say June or July when temperature can soar, making it uncomfortable to really enjoy anything without air conditioning. Sure, you may have to make a contingency plan incase of rain, but a few tents and a patio will do the trick nicely.  

Foodie Dreams:

Even though we will be exploring this topic more in depth later this month, we have to mention how much wider and varied your menu can be during spring. Whether you want to mix and match some of the heavier options from winter with something lighter or just skip the heavy altogether, the amazing flavours available during these months are bound to make your taste buds sing. Add to that, all the fun and fruit cocktails you can offer guests, and it is practically guaranteed your menu will be a huge hit. 

More Bang For Your Buck:

Sure, we could have gone with fashion choices or colour schemes, and we definitely will later in the month. However, we wanted to make sure we touched very briefly on some of the other perks of getting married off season. One of the biggest draws about spring weddings is a wider variety of venues for your budget. With so many people clamouring for any and every available venue during the summer months, many of the popular venues are willing to negotiate on price to make sure they are booked for off seasons months. The same goes for entertainment and caterers too. So, if you have a smaller budget but still want a fancy wedding, having a spring wedding may be a great option. Plus, for any out of town guests, airline prices tend to be far more reasonable during this time of the year. 

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