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Spring Wedding Themes and Ideas

Updated on December 12, 2012
Spring is here!
Spring is here!

Spring is the most popular wedding season, so it's important to have a good idea of the different spring wedding themes. Here you will find all kinds of ideas for a beautiful spring wedding, including colors, wedding dresses and other attire, decorations, themes, menu items, flowers, favors and much more!

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Beautiful spring scenery
Beautiful spring scenery

When is Spring?

Spring in the Northern Hemisphere starts on March 20th (the Vernal Equinox) and ends on June 21st (the Summer Solstice).

Spring in the Southern Hemisphere starts on September 22st (the Vernal Equinox) and ends on December 22nd (the Summer Solstice).

Both hemispheres might give or take one day depending on the year since the season changes sometimes differ based on the earth's rotation.

Spring Themed Wedding Invitations

One of the first steps in setting the mood for a spring wedding is sending out spring themed wedding invitations. Typically, wedding invitations with a spring influence have spring flowers or spring scenery on them. And although many newlyweds are opting to send pocket invitations these days (very popular), there are still quite a few who want to make their wedding truly unique.

There are a ton of different wedding invitations with beautiful flowers on them (many of which can be found in the "spring flowers" section below).

Or in order to save some money, some couples might choose to get the less expensive, more affordable wedding invitations. This way, they can have more money to spend on the spring wedding decorations!

Spring Themed Wedding Attire

The Wedding Dress

Part of the reason why spring weddings are so popular is because of the wonderful weather! Of course this depends on where you live, but generally speaking, spring weather is great.

Because the temperatures are typically not too hot and not too cold, there are a lot of options for the wedding dress. It is best to choose a more versatile dress that can suite you in both warm and cold weather. (Maybe try to find a dress that is light but that can be paired with a wrap.) This is especially important if you live in a fluctuating climate where Spring temperatures could vary 30 or so degrees Fahrenheit (10-15 degrees Celsius).

Here are some good fabrics for spring weddings:

  • Batiste (an opaque fabric that is very light)
  • Charmeuse (a good satin-substitute although it doesn't hold a shape well)
  • Crepe (a thin fabric available in a wide variety of fibers and finishes)
  • Damask (made of various fabrics and has patterns/designs woven into it)
  • Duchesse Satin (a lightweight hybrid of rayon/polyester and silk)
  • Georgette (another lightweight fabric with a crepe surface frequently made with polyester or silk)

Spring weddings also allow room for adding an elegant touch of color to the wedding dress. Today, many brides choose to have a sash or embroidery of a different color on their dresses. There are certainly quite a few unique and stylish spring colors to choose from! See the spring color palette below.

Wedding Party and Guest Attire

Today's weddings are becoming more and more colorful. Pulling from the color palette below, one could come up with a unique color pattern for both the bridesmaids and the groomsmen. Guests could also come up with creative, tasteful outfits perfect for that spring wedding.

Here are some good ideas for a spring wedding outfit:

  • Sleeveless top
  • Spaghetti strap
  • Tea length dress
  • Cocktail dress
  • Skirt and top (rather than full length dress)
  • Strapless top/dress

Keep in mind that darker colors absorb the sun's heat but do a better job of reflecting rays. Likewise, lighter colors don't absorb as much heat but don't reflect UV rays as well. If it's an outdoor wedding, lighter colors are highly recommended! Again, stick with the colors below and you should be good to go.

Popular Spring Wedding Colors

Spring wedding color chart (click to enlarge)
Spring wedding color chart (click to enlarge)

Some good two-color combinations could be:

  • Light blue and chocolate
  • Light blue and ivory
  • Light blue and pastel green
  • Light blue and white
  • Pastel green and ivory
  • Pink with any green
  • Lavender and yellow

Some good three-color combinations might be:

  • Ivory, lavender, pastel green
  • Ivory, pink, sage
  • Ivory, lavender, sage
  • Pastel green, pink, lavender
  • White, chocolate, pink

Since spring colors are so soft, it's actually hard to find a combination that doesn't work well! Talk with your wedding planner or friends and family to get a second opinion if you're unsure about several colors together.

Beautiful Spring flowers
Beautiful Spring flowers

Spring Flowers

You can save a lot of money on your wedding by purchasing in season flowers. In fact, you can save even more money if you can manage to work out a deal to use the church's flowers (if getting married in a church). Typically churches have lots of flowers for special Sunday services such as Easter Sunday.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of flowers that are in season during spring:

  1. Allium
  2. Anemone
  3. Bells of Ireland
  4. Boronia
  5. Cherry Blossom
  6. Daffodil
  7. Forsythia
  8. Hyacinth
  9. Hydrangea
  10. Lilac
  11. Lilies
  12. Magnolia
  13. Narcissus
  14. Pansy
  15. Peony
  16. Ranunculus
  17. Snapdragon
  18. Stephanotis
  19. Sweetpea
  20. Violet
  21. Wisteria

Pictures of each flower can be found below (courtesy of Century City Flower Market)

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AlliumAnemoneBells of IrelandBoroniaCherry BlossomDaffodilForsythiaHyacinthHydrangeaLilac (from english-country-garden.com)LiliesMagnoliaNarcissusPansyPeonyRanunculusSnap DragonStephanotisSweatpeaVioletWisteria
Allium
Allium
Anemone
Anemone
Bells of Ireland
Bells of Ireland
Boronia
Boronia
Cherry Blossom
Cherry Blossom
Daffodil
Daffodil
Forsythia
Forsythia
Hyacinth
Hyacinth
Hydrangea
Hydrangea
Lilac (from english-country-garden.com)
Lilac (from english-country-garden.com)
Lilies
Lilies
Magnolia
Magnolia
Narcissus
Narcissus
Pansy
Pansy
Peony
Peony
Ranunculus
Ranunculus
Snap Dragon
Snap Dragon
Stephanotis
Stephanotis
Sweatpea
Sweatpea
Violet
Violet
Wisteria
Wisteria

How can I have a Spring Wedding Reception?

Why stop at just making a ceremony spring-themed when you can do the same for your wedding reception? The theme of spring can be carried through to your reception with spring wedding favors, spring decorations and even a spring menu!

Spring Wedding Favors

There are quite a few spring wedding favors to choose from that embody the atmosphere of spring. From beach chair tea light place card holders to seashell placecard holders to lily pens in a gift box, it would seem that your imagination is the only thing that limits you from finding the most unique spring favors.

Other popular spring wedding favors are seed packets (to thank guests for their contribution in "growing" your love) or birds nests.

Video on Spring Wedding Favor Options

Or you could just release a butterfly yourself

Spring Wedding Decorations

Just like with wedding favors, there are a number of spring wedding decorations out there. Try purchasing decorations that are pastel blue, pink or lavendar. You could also put seasonal flowers up as centerpieces at the reception tables. Instead of having wedding guests throw rice or bird seed, you could have them release butterflies or throw rose petals.

When it comes to having a spring themed wedding, you are only limited by your imagination!

Spring Wedding Menu Ideas

The icing on the cake for a spring themed wedding could be your menu. Try serving fresh young vegetables such as sugar snap peas, baby carrots, baby asparagus or potatoes. You could even serve fresh carrot cake, yum!

Fresh fruits would also be quite festive. Consider serving strawberries, mangos, apricots or pomegranates.

Get out there and have a unique, spring wedding using some of these ideas! Remember, you are only limited by your imagination, so think of creative ways to make your wedding special and different from the rest! Have a spring wedding!

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      Kristalee 3 years ago

      Is it stupid to have a fire and ice wedding in the spring?

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      Maree Michael Martin 3 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Very helpful, just what I was looking for.

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      FiveStarRanchUtah 4 years ago

      Great info. Thanks!

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      Maree Michael Martin 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      I love how you pared the colors together. The flower selection is truly an inspiration! Wonderful wedding hub, with nothing left out. Thanks

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      I like this hub a lot. Thanks for sharing.

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      WedPhotoCards 6 years ago

      I haven't attended a spring wedding since before!

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      Wedding Planning Checklist 6 years ago

      Awesome hub and great ideas for spring weddings! I love the color chart. This is great!

      - Kelsey

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      jseven 6 years ago from Michigan

      Very beautiful hub! I love weddings.

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      bestforbride 6 years ago from Toronto, ON, Canada

      Liked the ideas. Especially for spring wedding decorations. Great hub.

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      jagandelight 6 years ago from Florida

      nice hub, good details.

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      eventsyoudesign 7 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      Great hub. I enjoy reading your hubs. Teresa

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      Wedding Invitations Designs 7 years ago

      I love the idea of a spring wdding. My favorite season for weddings! Pastels and soft, pale colors just work magnificently!

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      MadelynFinley 7 years ago from United States

      Wow, this is a comprehensive list. This is great for someone trying to decide on the season for their wedding as they can see the flowers available and great colors to use too.

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      wedding marquee 7 years ago

      I think spring weddings are the best (summer comes a close second). That new start feeling in the air.

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      brandyBachmann 7 years ago

      great ideas for a spring wedding!

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      WeddingConsultant 7 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Thank you everyone for your comments...hopefully I've sparked some creativity in each of you for Spring weddings.

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      AvalonLimousine 7 years ago from Chicago

      This is fantastic! I love this hub. Great hub for inspiration.

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      invita 7 years ago from Tampa, FL

      This is a very interesting and detailed hub. I liked the section about the invitations. We see a lot of floral invitations for spring weddings as you pointed out. And you're right pocket invitations are so popular.

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      Taylor Howard 7 years ago

      These ideas are are great. Another idea that we used that brides might like is a honeymoon registry. We used SendUsOff.com http://www.sendusoff.com for our honeymoon registry. Our guests loved it.

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      darntoothysam 7 years ago from Burnsville, MN

      Wow you put a lot of work into your hubs!! I need to learn from your example and dedicate more time to my own hubs, but on the other hand I've been thinking I should do more volume and not worry about getting super high hub scores instead.

      Thomas

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      Kerrie Giles 8 years ago from UK

      Love the advice on spring colour combinations, this hub is extremely well researched.

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      Maid Of Honor Toast 8 years ago

      What a great hub?! I got married in the fall but this makes me question that decision now! Thank you for the beautiful pictures.

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      JNCIA 8 years ago

      Nice Hub . I think attractiveness create by this.

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      Jen4Weddings 8 years ago from Canada

      Wow!! Very beautiful lens.

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      WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

      I'd have to agree. Spring weddings are my favorite :) Thanks for reading and commenting on my hub. And welcome to hubpages!

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      weddingdiva 8 years ago

      Wow, what a beautiful lens. Yes, spring weddings are naturally beautiful if the weather plays its part, and mostly it does.

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      WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Kate it's always good to see you. Thanks for swinging by and commenting.

      Are you going to have a "ring by spring" yourself? :)

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      alwaysabridesmaid 8 years ago

      Wow!! Wonderful Hub On Wedding!!

      Thanks.

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      WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Thank you Egiftscreations, and welcome to hubpages! Looks like we'll be writing based off of similar interests. Glad to have you here.

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      WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Very nice! Maybe you could post some pictures of it somewhere? I'd love to add them to this hub with your permission.

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      PayPerResults SEO 8 years ago from Bristol, UK

      Lovely hub which I was drawn to read as I myself have just got married in May. Flowers wise it was a little hardas the obvious spring flowers like daffs, hyasinths were already finishing by May and it was too early for a lot of my favourite summer flowers too. I had a a beautiful bunch of bright pink and orange gerberas in the end which were fab.

      Thanks

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      Ann Mason 8 years ago

      A beautifully decorated hub! Great ideas, and very creative. Thanks!

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      WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Thank you for reading Isela, and what a great bunch of wedding bouquet photos you have in that hub.

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      Isela 8 years ago

      Your ideas are beautiful and very inspiring. After a hard winter, especially this year, weddings, brides, and flowers make you want to smile again. Thanks for your inspiration.

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      chillingbreeze 8 years ago from India

      Fantastic hub! Those pictures are lovely. Your idea is great.

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      WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Thanks for stopping by and reading Dorset.

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      Dorset Catering 8 years ago

      Probably one of the best hibs i've seen, nice one.

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      WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Thanks for swinging by Gin and kiddee.

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      kiddee 8 years ago

      wow it's impressive. color and style is great

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      Gin Delloway 8 years ago

      great hub! I'm really impressed

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      WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Thank you Zsuzsy, glad you stopped by. No fun that you had no internet there for a time.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Awesome hub as always. I just got a chance to read some of the great hubs as I was away from anytype of Internet reception.

      Love the hub.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Well thanks charanjeet. And thanks for your fanhood :)

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      charanjeet kaur 8 years ago from Delhi

      Congratulations a welldeserved first prize, it has everything i could ever imagine for a spring wedding. Would love to be your fan!!

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      WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Thanks SweetiePie! It sure was hard work, I'll say that much. Hopefully I'll see you in future hubmobs.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Glad you won first prize. Great job and very informative for those planning a wedding.

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      WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Thanks for your comments k@ri and steph. Steph, congrats on being married for so long! Our wedding was also in the spring which made for some great outdoor photos. Maybe that's why I'm a little biased toward spring weddings.

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      Stephanie Hicks 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      We had a spring wedding.... 14 years ago! Yikes. It was lovely, and hot! Spring in May can be unpredictable. Great hub with lots of ideas. (and love your adorable avatar!) Steph

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      What a beautiful hub! Great ideas and lovely color combinations.

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      WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Glad you loved it. And hey, you never know when you might need it ;)

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      Abhishek87 8 years ago from India

      Loved it, great ideas... will keep them in mind for... whenever :P

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      WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Thanks everyone for swinging by. Yes, proud mom, spring is the most popular time for weddings. It's my favorite season!

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      Laila Rajaratnam 8 years ago from India

      Great hub..the spring wedding favors are unique!Thanks for all those beautiful suggestions!

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      octanmens 8 years ago

      nice hub

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      Purple Perl 8 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Beautiful hub as always,weddingconsultant!

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      Proud Mom 8 years ago from USA

      These are beautiful ideas! Is spring one of the most popular times for weddings these days?