If you’re preparing for a spring wedding, why not select a fun theme that reflects the beauty of the season? An English garden theme wedding is the perfect way to incorporate the flowers and colors of spring into your special day. Check out the following ideas for a fun and festive wedding celebration filled with blooms and blossoms:
Outdoors, of course! You may want to refer to an almanac when choosing a rain-free wedding date. Because you may not be able to accurately predict whether or not it will rain on your wedding day, have a backup plan such as a covered area or alternate indoor location available just in case. Great outdoor locations for spring weddings include parks and spacious backyards.
Your invitations should feature flowers to coordinate with the English garden theme. Send them out a few months before the big day and always ask for an RSVP. Be sure to specify to guests whether the wedding will be held indoors or outdoors. You may also want to specify the preferred dress code for your guests.
For an English garden theme wedding, the most important decorations are the flowers. English gardens contain a variety of different flowers grouped together in an explosion of color and fragrance. You’ll want some main colors reflected in your floral arrangements that match your wedding colors, accented with complementary and contrasting shades. Appropriate wedding colors for spring include anything nature inspired. Soft shades of rose, yellow, green, blue and lavender are examples of ideal spring wedding colors.
In addition to as many flowers as you can handle, decorate your table with traditional English tea pots, cups and saucers. These items make for practical yet beautiful decorations, as they can be used by your guests. Other decorative ideas include colorful streamers and balloons in coordinating wedding colors for a traditional and festive look.
When selecting your wedding dress, think traditional and romantic yet light. You don’t want anything too heavy or intricate for an outdoor spring wedding. Frothy tulle, short sleeves and simple lines are perfect for an English garden theme wedding. Add classic flair to your bridal ensemble with delicate pearl jewelry and flowers woven into your hair.
Spring favorites like baked ham, glazed carrots and green salad are all good choices for your reception menu. Serve pastel sherbet punch for the kids and pink champagne for the adults. Your wedding cake will look beautiful adorned with edible flowers or fake ones crafted from colored icing. Another fresh idea is to forgo a traditional cake for one crafted from cupcakes. Each cupcake can feature its own colorful frosting bloom. Arrange the cupcakes on a tiered holder in the shape of a wedding cake.
Seed packets inserted into a miniature buckets or watering cans make ideal favors for your guests. Miniature birdhouses and tulle-wrapped bundles of birdseed are also a fun idea. Throwing birdseed is a bird-friendly alternative to the old tradition of throwing rice at the departing couple. You could even give your guests miniature bottles of soap bubbles to blow as you leave.