5 Factors to Consider When Planning a Spring Wedding Published in Martha Stewart Weddings

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While not quite as popular as summer or trendy as fall,  spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year to get married, insists Kristine King, president and lead event director at Kristine King Events. This is particularly true for lovers of flora. With flowers and trees beginning to blossom, says King, "We always envision lots of beautiful blooms—in the hair, lining the aisle, even fresh flowers on the wedding cake.” But there's more to think about than just the abundance of fresh flowers. Here, King and Laura Weatherly, a wedding planner at Engaging Affairs share more factors to think about for a springtime celebration.  

April Showers

There's a reason that saying exists. While spring can be a delightful time for outdoor vows—"It's typically not too hot and no longer freezing cold," says King—there's always a rush of rain. If you choose an outdoor venue, make sure you have a plan B. "There are rental companies that allow you to tentatively reserve their tents," says King, "and if the day before your wedding, you decided you don't need it, you can cancel the reservation, just foregoing the small deposit." Even if you're only planning to pop outside for photos, keep an eye on the forecast. You may want to order umbrellas or pack your rain boots for portraits.

Unexpected Weather

Although couples choose spring wedding dates because of the milder temps, know that there is a chance of unseasonably cold or warm weather. Sure, rain is your biggest weather concern, but snow storms and heat waves aren't unheard of at this time of year. With temps not quite reaching summertime heights, it's a good idea to invest in heat lamps for chilly evenings, or to have a plan in place for renting fans should it be unusually warm that day.

Not So Solid Ground

While diligently checking the weather for signs of rain (don't worry, every bride does it), keep a look out for any wet conditions in the days preceding you vows. "Grassy areas can require a week or more to dry out and get firm, which is a problem if you are trying to host a reception in the grass,” notes King. To work around the issue, she says, "I always recommend installing a floor in the tents. Create a solid foundation in the event of wet and muddy ground, so you can prepare for any challenges that may arise."


Wet weather can attract mosquitos, so if any part of your nuptials will be outdoors, says Weatherly, "be sure to have lawns sprayed for bugs before the big day." Providing insect repellent for your guests is also a nice touch, suggests King. "You can place it in a cute basket with a fun DIY sign such as, 'Be Smitten, Not Bitten.'"


All of the Flowers

Rejoice—it's not all bad news. Many popular wedding stems are in-season during the springtime months, notes King, which means you'll get more bang for your buck. For a spring wedding, King suggests these flowers: the ever-popular peonies, calla lilies ("Beautiful wrapped in a soft, satin ribbon"), ranunculus ("They really pop when added to floral arrangements"), and tulips, which "are so fresh looking when placed in twos or threes in tall glass vases." Weatherly adds that since flowers are more affordable, a spring wedding date is a good excuse to go bold with a handing installation.  

-Sarah Grossbart, Martha Stewart Weddings https://www.marthastewartweddings.com/630396/spring-wedding-planning-factors-to-consider

Kids' Corner: How to Entertain Your Tiniest Wedding Guests


Weddings are a family affair, which means most times, children are going to be in attendance. Adults are entertained by the gorgeous details, lush flowers, open bar and a great band but kiddos could care less - so we’ve included some tips on how to keep them happy and entertained during your wedding reception. We want to make sure the kiddos feel just as special as the adults, and we all know that if the kids are happy, the parents are having fun!

Below, our team has included some fun tips on setting up a kids table and entertaining our tiniest wedding guests:


- Entertaining Your Tiny Guests At A Kids Table -  We suggest setting up a kids table at a wedding where all the little ones can sit and have fun! Providing coloring books, activities, and games will keep them engaged and busy during your reception. You can cover the table with paper instead of linen so that the entire space can be an art table and get as messy as art project. Art supplies (colored paper, crayons, markers, stickers) UNO games, puzzles and books are our go-to's for keeping our busy bee's happy and entertained during dinner time. 

- Serve Kid-Friendly Foods - If you're having little ones at your wedding, we suggest creating a separate kid-friendly menu to please their palates. Your catering team can help coordinate the menu which could consist of chicken fingers and fries, sliders, fruit on a stick, veggie cups or PB&J rolls. Theme your food and have fun with the menu and make it memorable for them!

- Consider Hiring A Baby Sitter - Depending on how many children will be at your wedding and their ages, you may want to consider hiring a sitter or two for the evening. The sitter can be there to oversee the kids table at the reception and following dinner can watch the kids in a separate room. We suggest booking a separate hotel room or party space at your hotel or wedding reception venue where your sitter(s) can keep a close eye on the little ones. Having a movie night theme, kids music and dance party, toys, games and fun snacks will keep the kiddos busy and having fun while their parents do the same on the dance floor! 

Tip: Care.com is a trusted and reliable babysitting service we have had great success with for our weddings. https://www.care.com

Happy Wedding Planning!

<3 KKE