Springtime. The flowers are in bloom. Everything is so GREEN. Winter is over — phew. It’s a beautiful time of year, which is exactly why it’s one of the most popular seasons to get married. However, spring can always bring a few surprises with it that can make or break your special day if you’re unprepared for one or all of them. Preparing in advance will make anything that actually does happen on your big day okay. Like mum always said, “Prepare for the worst; hope for the best.” Here are three things to think about for your spring wedding:
Rain, rain, go away! Some people say it’s good luck for it to rain on your wedding day. Most brides will take regular luck over good luck if it means that nothings going to rain on their parade, though! But seriously, if you’re planning an outdoor wedding (or even if you’re not), you should have a rain plan. Stay calm and don’t panic. Here are some really helpful tips from PlanYourPerfectWedding.com:
- Buy some pretty umbrellas for your wedding party – birdcage-style ones are the best bet for protecting your hair and make-up.
- Ask your photographer to bring some tarpaulins for you to stand on if you’re doing any outdoor shots on wet ground – it’s a good way to protect long dresses. Also scout out some great indoor options.
- Buy a pair of wellies to wear under your dress when you go outside. They’ll look fun in photos, plus you won’t risk ruining your wedding heels.
- Make a feature of the bad weather in your pictures. Pose with fun props like wells and bright umbrellas for unique shots that will make you giggle in years to come!
- Check that your venue has a contingency plan. If you’re hoping for an outdoor ceremony, find out if it can take place under a marquee, or make sure there’s room for all your guests in an inside room.
- Invest in a good waterproof mascara, and take some extra make-up with you so you can touch up your look if you get rained on.
Allergy attacks. There’s nothing more annoying than the irritation that occurs with spring allergies when it happens to you on your wedding day. Red, itchy eyes, itchy throat and runny nose? No thank you! Hay fever affects one in five people in the UK — from March to April, tree pollen is the trigger, while from May to July, grass is the main culprit. So, how to avoid an allergic reaction on your wedding day?
- For one thing, talk to your doctor — do this a month or as far in advance as possible. They might recommend a nasal spray that can help minimise allergy symptoms, but you’ll need to start it a few weeks before allergy season for it to kick in.
- A spoonful of honey — apparently, some folks swear that a daily dollup of the sweet stuff that’s made in your area helps stave off the allergy sniffles.
- Other things to do: Keep the windows closed when pollen count is high, take an extra shower if you’ve been romping around in the great outdoors, and pop an antihistamine (just be sure it doesn’t make you drowsy!).
It’s cold outside. You knew this was a possibility, but were hoping and praying for a hint of warm weather for your spring wedding. Oh well, what are you going to do? A little shopping, that’s what.
- Find some pretty shawls to give to your bridesmaids and wedding party.
- Make sure the venue is heated or provide some shareable blankets for guests while they are sitting during your ceremony.
- Order some heat lamps if necessary for the cocktail hour and reception
- And be sure to find a cover-up that looks amazing over your dress, such as a white, faux-fur stole. Done!
Were you prepared for your spring wedding? Do you have a great spring wedding story? Shoot us a note in the comments section below — we’d love to hear about it!