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    Spring Wedding Ideas and Themes

    Ideas for Throwing Your Spring Wedding

    If you are looking for a warm and intimate wedding reception, consider a spring wedding. As people start thinking about emerging from the cold of winter, and spending more time with their families, it's a romantic time for a wedding. Spring is all about renewal and the end to the harsher days of winter. There's a reason that 'stopping to smell the roses' means appreciating the joy in life. Could anything be more sweetly romantic than a spring blossom? Here are some spring wedding ideas to get you started.

    Where to Have a Spring Wedding

    Think of well planted and maintained open spaces such as the Cambria Lodge offers. Think of B&B's, inns, and venues that put special emphasis on their gardens. Outdoor locations can be ideal. The Central Coast has so many beach parks that are perfect, as well as other coastal parks that are sure to be in full bloom.

    The Décor for Your Spring Wedding

    Set the tone for your spring wedding as soon as your guests enter with bouquets of spring blooms, or arrangements of flowering potted plants. If you're having an outdoor wedding and a fair amount of children, a may pole does double duty as entertainment and elegant decoration. Instead of rice, consider asking your guests to throw rose petals, or release butterflies.

    Spring Wedding Flowers

    Use the welcome lightness of this happy season to highlight your spring wedding flowers and tap into all the budding life that surrounds you. Popular spring wedding flower choices reflect the baby blues, tender lavenders, pale yellows, and soft greens of this gentle time of year.

    Think about flowers with a delicate quality to their petals and a simple design. With so many trees blooming during this season, your choices are even greater.

    Tulips and Daffodils are some of the more beloved flowers that evoke the joy and delight so central to spring. Tulips come in all the colors of the rainbow and can easily be selected as the center of your bridal bouquets or as accent flowers in other arrangements. Daffodils reflect the cheerful relief of winter's passing and their sunny color blends easily with other flowers. Both these beauties can be arranged in bouquets, tied up individually for pew bows, or massed in vases.

    Consider these other choices:
     

    • Lilac
    • Jonquils
    • Sweat Peas
    • Magnolias
    • Calla Lily
    • Hyacinth
    • Forsythia
    • Lupine
    • Primrose
    • Day Lily
    • Daisy
    • Roses (pale pink, peach, yellow)
    • Crocus
    • Wisteria
    • Strawberry (Both leaves and fruit)
    • Lily of the Valley
    • Iris
    • Johnny Jump Up
    • Pansy

    Attire for Your Spring Wedding

    I recommend that an spring bride look for white dresses with gold beading and accents. Bridesmaids will look wonderful in jewel tone dresses; match the groomsmen’s vests to their dresses. Look at light fabrics such as silks and satins for a luxurious touch. Remember that weather in the spring can be tricky – at many areas of the Central Coast, it will be hard to know long in advance whether your wedding day will be calm or breezy. Consider versatile dresses that can be combined with a wrap if one gets chilly, but is still airy and light. I suggest that the bride and bridesmaids wear strapless, form fitting dress that will be less prone to a breezy flare-up.

    Planning the Menu

    Celebrate spring in your menu with fresh young vegetables such as baby carrots, baby asparagus (or regular asparagus), new potatoes,and sugar snap peas. Gently evoke Easter with a chocolate cake with coconut icing. You could also opt for carrot cake with a cream cheese icing. Strawberries, rhubarb, and apricots are delicious at this time of year, and mangos and pomegranates may work as well. Try phyllo dough cups with mousse or custard topped with strawberries.

    A Spring Wedding Cake

    Really you can serve any wedding cake at a spring wedding, but you can add to your spring theme by serving a spiced cake or a spiced chocolate cake. Consider having an all chocolate cake, decorated with marzipan fruit. Or omit the cake altogether to serve pumpkin bread and apple, apple and lemon pie.

    Favors

    Give favors of seed packets or bulbs, with thanks for supporting the growth of your love. Consider giving birdhouses – you can usually find these inexpensively at a dollar store or craft store. Around Easter, send your guests home with a chocolate Easter bunny, a ceramic Easter egg, or a birds nests (either from the craft store or made from chocolate and/or coconut) filled with robin's egg candies.