Whether you listen to Punxsutawney Phil, Pierre C. Shadeaux, Chattanooga Chuck, or some other groundhog, spring is upon us (hopefully sooner rather than later). It’s a beautiful time of year for a wedding, but the weather is at its most unpredictable. However, you don’t have to rule out an outdoor wedding–all you have to do is plan ahead to avoid the problems of spring weddings.


April Showers

We all know that spring showers don’t happen only (or always) in April. Any spring wedding, whether inside or out, should have plans for rainy weather. Make sure to have some umbrellas on hand for providing cover as guests go from the car to your venue. If you’ll have any part of your event outdoors, spring for a tent rental.


Lion or Lamb?

March is known for windy days and while that’s fabulous for kite flying, it’s not so great for an outdoor wedding. Rethink short flowing dresses for your bridesmaids as well as long or sleek hairstyles for anyone; this is a great time for form-fitting gowns and loosely pulled-back styles (or even buns with some loose strands). If you’ll have outdoor lights or lanterns, make sure they’re extra secure. Place flowers in bottom-heavy or short vases, and protect candles with a hurricane glass.


He’s Hot & You’re Cold

Temperatures can also be unpredictable this time of year, and they can vary widely from afternoon to evening. You may want to consider lighter dresses (as in, no long sleeve, high-necked heavy fabric) and even a dress shirt with vest combo for the men. If it cools off, the men can don jackets and the women can add shawls—being both comfortable and attractive.


The Birds and the Bees

The birds are busy with new nests and new offspring…and they can make a mess if you’re in the wrong place. Look up when setting up any outdoor areas to make sure that you’re not underneath any nests, and look down to make sure you’re not standing in a bird-dropping area. Additionally, all the flowers are starting to pop, and we’re not the only ones who love those new beautiful blooms. The bees are working hard at pollination and can become a nuisance (and possibly a hazard). Ask your florist about flowers that are less likely to call to the bees. Of course, you could always go for an evening wedding when the most likely airborne guests are the romantically beautiful fireflies.


The Easter Effect

Spring starts with light colors like pale blue skies, dainty greenery, and pastel flowers, so it’s no wonder that spring weddings embrace soft color palettes. However, all those pastels often make us think more about the Easter Bunny than a grown-up wedding. You don’t have to ditch the pastels though! Change it up by pairing your pale colors with shiny metallic like rose gold, silver, or copper.