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Wedding ideas for spring celebrations

Spring is a popular time for wedding ceremonies, and it’s not hard to see why. The weather is warming up, the flowers are blooming, and the days are getting longer. Spring symbolizes a time of renewal and rejuvenation, making it the perfect time for a wedding and marking the beginning of a new phase of your life. We’ve collected some of our favorite wedding ideas for spring to help you design your dream celebration.

Spring is filled with pastels and pretty flowers, and you could certainly start there. There are many other unique wedding ideas to consider, though.

The return of wedding season

The Coronavirus pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the way we live daily life and celebrate momentous occasions. Birthday parties moved to Zoom socials and many long-awaited events have been postponed indefinitely or canceled altogether.

With limitations on gatherings and venues shuttered, couples around the globe postponed part or all of their wedding celebrations. Restrictions are lifting in many places and just in time for the spring/summer season. After more than a year of uncertainty and lockdowns, there is a lot to celebrate.

If you’re one of those couples who has had to delay your nuptials, you’ve likely had dreams of the day dancing in your head for quite some time now. Now that your wedding can finally happen, you may have so many ideas that it’s hard to pin down all of the details. We’ve put together a list of our favorite wedding ideas for spring to help you get started.

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Seasonal Decor

Spring is a time of freshness, blossoming, and new beginnings, so it’s no wonder it’s such a popular season to tie the knot. Drawing inspiration from gardens full of blooms, spring wedding decorations are cheerful, light, and natural. Let’s look at some elements of your wedding that can embody the spirit of the season.

Color pallette

Pastels are a clear choice for spring, with pops of soft colors drawn from floral blossoms and sunny days. Look to pastels for bridesmaid dresses, table dressings, and accessories to keep the light and fresh feeling.

Guest invitations and gifts

You can start the spring theme with the invitations, inviting your guests to get into the spirit before the day even arrives. Go for spring-inspired motifs and floral patterns. A great idea that appeals to both aesthetics and ecological approaches is to send invitations with wildflower seeds embossed inside of the paper. These plantable wedding invitations can be buried in the garden and deliver blooms to remind everyone of the occasion.

The same goes for thank you cards and memorial packages – seed packets can be a great way to take the spring spirit home. Make sure you choose seeds from local and native plants, of course.

Sip on spring

A great place to incorporate floral touches is in cocktails for your guests. Spring drinks are easy and fresh, using floral, herb and fruit flavors. Offer guests creative mocktails as well so your alcohol-free and younger guests don’t have to miss out on the fun. We’ve seen ice cubes with flowers inside and tiny edible blossoms floating on the surface for a fun spring twist.

Give your guests a chance at a tasty and Instagram-worthy entrance with a champagne wall. These decorative features stand as a welcome statement, lining glasses of champagne up for display. Nestle them into a living garden wall, or opt for clean shelving with color accents.

Table decor

Dressing up the tables can be one of the more fun parts of wedding planning. These aesthetics really set the tone for the reception, and there are seemingly endless possibilities. Of course, this doesn’t mean you need to go over the top with accessorizing. Keeping it simple is statement enough.

To start, you can set a nicely arranged centerpiece for your guests to gather around. The focal point of the table could go in many creative directions. Try building it around in-season blooms and greenery. Popular these days are bleached palms, which add a nice neutral yet textured background to pops of color.

Even with the longer days, your reception may outlast the sun. After nightfall, the lighting sets the mood and tone of the gathering. Pin spotting is a great way to keep a cozy atmosphere with dramatic effect. These miniature spotlights add focus to the center of your table while keeping a low-light ambiance for your guests.

Outdoor weddings

The pandemic has made many of us anxious to get to see our loved ones again, getting to look them in the eye without staring at a screen. It has also made many of us cautious about how we connect, including being indoors with a crowd.

Garden weddings are one of our favorite wedding ideas for spring. They have always been popular, and now they’re both beautiful and practical. Having an outdoor wedding means people have space to socialize without being too close. They’re also a great chance to connect with the essence of spring, immersed in a natural setting.

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Changes to catering

The days of open buffets and shared finger foods are in the past – at least, for now. Wedding catering has had to shift with the times, but that just means there are fun new ways to feed your guests.

Of course, you can go with a traditional approach with wait staff bringing plates to the guests. This table-service means guests are served individual plates, eliminating the risks inherent with buffets. Individual servings don’t have to be offered in the traditional sense, however.

Try creating small charcuterie boards for individual guests, rather than a big shared platter. Plates can also be served with unique dishware, such as glass domes covering individual portions.There are fun creative ways to restyle pre-plated meals, so find a caterer with some new approaches to offer.

Micro weddings

After spending more than a year in tight-knit “bubbles,” the idea of a huge soiree probably feels a bit overwhelming. Micro weddings are an intimate approach to the occasion. These ceremonies accommodate up to 50 guests who are likely to be the people who are the closest to you.

Micro weddings are nothing new, but they have definitely found their place in the pandemic landscape. These small gatherings ensure you’re feeling safe and surrounded by loved ones. With fewer guests on the list, you have more freedom to include all kinds of special touches. They’re also a budget-flexible option for those looking to have a beautiful celebration, while saving some money for the honeymoon.

Spring for a Package

If all of the above sounds great, but the idea of organizing it gives you cold feet, you’re not alone. Planning a wedding can be hard work – that’s why there’s a whole industry based around it! If you’re worried you may become a Bridezilla under pressure, consider a wedding package.

Wedding packages let you select your venue and have all of the essentials included in the price. Packages may include venue management, furniture, a prep kitchen, and parking for your guests. You could also add on extras like catering, bar service, DJs, and other amenities.

Choosing a package means you can pay once and have most of the major elements of your wedding taken care of. The venue often partners with caterers, florists and other wedding pros so you don’t have to find and book them separately. Your to-do list gets instantly shorter.

If you’re looking for an Austin garden to plant the first seed in the next phase of your relationship, Vuka has two venues to choose from. With indoor-outdoor flow and wedding packages available, we can help make your day memorable in all the right ways. Contact us today to learn more.

About Vuka

Vuka began as a small yet mighty idea in a warehouse off of South 1st Street in Austin. With a belief that everyone deserves the space and resources to wake up to their fullest potential, we began designing shared workspaces, programs, and event spaces that inspire and spark change. In Zulu, Vuka means to wake up. It's a verb the symbolizes resurrection and understanding. When we live a life that is more awake, we can be more connected to ourselves and to our communities. We at Vuka are inspired to create space where people can do just that; we provide the space needed to be inspired, to be connected, and to create a better world for everyone. That mighty idea has expanded to two locations in Central Austin that creates, cultivates, and provides dynamically-designed spaces for the community at large. Vuka exists to create modern-day community hubs that foster connection and drive impact. The dynamic spaces offered are used for public and private events, shared workspace, and offices, as well as Vuka’s own leadership workshops and business accelerators, focused on community and global issues congruent with today's evolving landscape.