Seasonal Weddings are some of the easiest to plan. Everyone has an idea of what each season brings. For instance, spring weddings conjure thoughts of light breezy fabrics and soft pastel colors. A winter wedding on the other hand, makes us think of silver, white and blue. With the seasons, we also get a feeling. Fall is nippy, but cool. And Summer is hot! These ideas help us to choose flowers, decorations, and attire.
Once you decide to use a particular season for your wedding style, simply incorporate those colors and pick attire appropriate for the season. With this simple step you have already eliminated a lot of decision making, because it narrows the field of options.
The seasonal wedding will affect the hairstyles of you and your attendants and also the shoes worn with the dresses. Makeup may also be a big deal, especially in the summer when the heat can melt it right off your face.
Each season has its pros and cons, but with some planning and forethought, you should be able to have a fabulous seasonal wedding in any season of the year.
These choices also lend themselves to several options that will save you money if incorporated. Many things from nature can be incorporated. At a friend’s wedding, we decided to use a small backyard pond and some hay bales as the backdrop for the ceremony with beautiful success. The weather was wonderful for an outdoor wedding and the natural backdrop put the cost at almost nothing for ceremony decor.
So, if you do decide to do a seasonal wedding, think about what that season has to offer. Then think of what can be incorporated at little or no cost and try to use it in one way or another. Many do it yourself ideas can save lots of money too. For instance, in winter we have lots of pine cones on our property. If I were doing a low-cost winter wedding I would gather and use as many as possible. Perhaps I’d use some as natural, some painted silver, or some with glitter. There are also lots of berries and seed pods that can be used. Getting the idea? Flowers really do not have to be part of the decoration or the bouquet. Anything goes, so if you like the look, go for it.
For that same winter wedding, if it were after Christmas, I would shop sales and pick up lots of “Christmas items” for a very little price. There would be lots of silver items on sale and we oncepicked up cans of spray snow for $.25 a piece.
One last thought I’d like to throw out. Please do not try to have a summer wedding theme in the middle of winter or vice- versa. This is doable, if you really insist, but it gives a sense of being forced, of being out of place. For the best and most appealing options stick with the seasons in their perspective season. Here in Louisiana we can get away with combining the fall with the winter and the summer with the spring simply because we don’t have extremely contrasting weather. We could by no means have a summer wedding theme in the winter, or a winter wedding theme in summer. It just would NOT seem right. Now that you have the idea your imagination is your limit. So get creative and start jotting down all those ideas in your head. You can expound or eliminate each one later.
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