There’s something magical about springtime. The world shakes itself awake after winter, sprouting new growth and opening its arms to meet the sun. Warm, bright, and flower-filled, spring is revered as a romantic season. Even Shakespeare agrees in As You Like It: “Sweet lovers love the spring”—and who are we to disagree with the Bard?
If you’re looking at a calendar and trying to determine the right date for your wedding, spring might be the first season that comes to mind. But what does a spring wedding actually entail—and is it a good time to have a wedding? Below, we’re providing some pros and cons to keep in mind as you decide whether a spring wedding is right for you.
The Pros of a Spring Wedding
Your Decor Will Be Lovely
Spring, of course, provides everything you need for a pretty backdrop. Whether you opt for an indoor or outdoor wedding, take advantage of the natural beauty of the season and incorporate some blooms. You can even do some research to see which flowers are in season for your location.
Attendance Probably Won’t Be a Problem for Most
If you have a summer wedding, you have to worry about your bridal party and VIP guests already having travel plans. But with a spring wedding, vacation season isn’t in full swing and it’s likely that you’ll be able to get on the calendars of everyone you really, really want to be in attendance.
You Have More Options for a Wedding Dress
If you or your soon-to-be-spouse plans to wear a wedding gown, you have more options for style than if you were marrying in the dead of winter or the heat of summer. This means when you go dress shopping, you won’t be limited by the style restrictions of other seasons, such as needing sleeves to stay warm.
Your Guests Will Actually Look Forward to Your Wedding
If you’re in a stage of life where lots of friends and acquaintances are getting married, you may already know the feeling of wedding exhaustion. See if this sounds familiar: You’re happy for your friends, you love celebrating with them, but it can be taxing to hop from one wedding to the next during “wedding season.” Well, if you tie the knot in the spring—before wedding season kicks into high gear—it’s likely that your guests will be a little more enthusiastic about celebrating with you.
You Can Opt for Soft, Romantic Colors
If you dream in hues of pastel, a spring wedding might be perfect for you. Soft and pale colors are oh-so-romantic and are appropriate for a spring wedding.
The Cons of a Spring Wedding
The Weather Is Hard to Predict
Depending on where you live, spring weather can be a toss-up. Consider if you’re willing to gamble on good weather. And if you’re doing an outside ceremony, make sure to be prepared with an indoor back-up plan.
It Might Be More Expensive
Late spring leans toward “wedding season,” so the cost of your venue and vendors will likely be higher this time of year than in the off-season (like November). And don’t forget that vendors will be booking up more quickly in spring than in the off-season, so if you have your heart set on a certain venue, caterer, musician, etc. then you’d better secure them quickly!
Allergies May Affect You or Your Guests
When you envision the glorious, romantic moments of your wedding day, you probably don’t see you and your spouse with red, itchy eyes and stuffy noses. If either of you deals with bad spring allergies, you may want to select a different season (or be prepared with plenty of Allegra!) This is especially a consideration if you’re having an outdoor wedding, or are doing outdoor photos before or after the ceremony.
There Are Lots of Holidays that May Cause Scheduling Conflicts
This isn’t a non-starter, but it’s something to be mindful of when selecting your wedding day. Consider Easter, Passover, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and other significant days, like spring break, before locking down a date.
Bottom line: there’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to a springtime wedding. It all comes down to what you and your partner feel comfortable with, and your shared vision for this special day.