by Niamh Bartley
Spring is probably the most versatile time of year to
get married, you have the pick of the crop when it
comes to flowers and you can utilise your surroundings
when it comes to almost every aspect of your wedding.
Spring symbolises brightness and rebirth,
which makes it a lovely time to begin
a new chapter in your life. It’s when the
flowers are blooming and everything is new
and fresh that you will be united with your love.
New year, new you
You have the perfect opportunity to go on a health-kick
before your wedding and you have the
ideal excuse to stick to it. You’ll be
looking and feeling fit as a fiddle
which is definitely a great start to
married life. It also means you
can over-indulge a bit on your day
without feeling too bad after.
Ireland may not be the best place for a scorcher outdoor
wedding, but Spring is probably your best bet
for having an outdoor or semi-outdoor
celebration simply due to the fact that you
won’t be expecting major heat. If you had
an outdoor wedding in July you and your
guests would be sickened if the day ended
up being overcast, but in April or May you
almost anticipate that to be the case and
you’re able to prepare for other eventualities.
Everything is fresh
Most crops are harvested in mid or late spring which
means that you can make use of the freshest ingredients at
this time of year for your wedding menu. You could speak
to the chef at your venue or your caterers and see if they
can come up with an excellent menu utilising fresh and
local food which will in turn support your local produce
supplier. The food will taste exquisite and
your guests will definitely appreciate
this. This also applies to flowers, you
can work with your florist to use the
freshest and most vibrant flowers
possible for your big day.
Fresh, bright colours are always
in style in spring. Step away from
your cold, light winter colours and warm
up your wedding with a pop of colour (or two). Your
bridesmaids can wear some gorgeous bright colours or
even some pastels would look fab if you want a toned
down colour. Pastel mint, yellow or a dusty pink would be
definite winners for your bridesmaids’ dresses.
Save some money
Most venues continue their winter off-peak discounts
into March or even early April so you can use this to your
advantage and get great deals for a great price. The cheaper
dates will probably be booked early so
if you have your heart set in a venue,
lock it down as soon as you can.
You won’t regret getting married a
couple of weeks early in the long
run, you can always put the money
you save aside for a rainy day.
Something to look
This goes for both you and your guests, although
it’s a given that you’ll look forward to it anyway.
Everyone will have gotten over ‘dry January’ and
they’ll be warming up for summer in a celebratory
mood. People won’t be as cash-strapped as they
would be in summer or winter so they can let loose
a bit and it will give them something to get excited
about after a couple of months of staying in and