Spring is a stunning time for a wedding. Not only can you choose from a bounty of beautiful blooms and lush greenery, but you’ll face less competition for the best venues and vendors.
Spring is also a time for new life and beginnings. What better way to start your life together than with a season that’s all about fresh starts?
Planning the perfect spring wedding celebration starts with your invitations. There are many lovely options to pick from, and we’ve put together this guide with some of our favorites. Keep reading to learn more about:
Spring weddings are the perfect symbol of new beginnings. If you’re a couple that’s big on symbolism, then spring is a good choice for your celebration. Some of the other things we love about spring weddings include:
Another wonderful thing about spring weddings is that they usually come at a time when most families don’t have many other things planned. There are fewer major holidays and other travel occasions to conflict with your wedding, so more people will likely be able to attend your celebration. Your invitations will give everyone something to look forward to after the long, cold winter.
Ordering your invitations is a crucial step in the wedding process. It puts all of your wedding planning and ideas into print for everyone to see. It has a feeling of finality that can be both exciting and a little scary. At Zola, we understand that feeling well, which is why we try to make ordering invitations as seamless as possible. When you order your invites from us, you can expect:
We’ve listed our 10 favorite spring wedding invitations here to inspire you.
Spring is all about new growth and the color green. Stark white backgrounds with bright, bold green leaves bordering the card will make a great choice for a modern-style wedding. Creamy linen with pale green foliage makes lovely classic invitations. If you’re planning a rustic celebration, try an open meadow with fresh, green grass.
Whichever you choose, green is an excellent starting point for a spring wedding invitation.
If you’re looking for more color, try some of the fabulous spring flowers for your invitation design. There are too many alluring spring flowers to list here, but some of our favorites for invitations include:
As you can see, every color you can imagine can be found in spring flowers. The ways to incorporate flowers into your invites are also endless. You can try:
If your big day is going to be in the countryside and you’re going for a more rustic look, nothing is cuter than baby spring animals. Lambs, bunnies, chicks, kittens, and many others will look adorable incorporated into your invites. If your wedding is close to the Easter holiday, you can work in popular Easter elements as well. Think eggs, fancy hats, and baskets.
Spring weddings are meant for soft, pretty colors. Dusty pastels fit the bill perfectly. Some magnificent spring colors include:
You can use these shades as the background for your invitation with dark inked text. Or, try a white card with muted florals. Many of these will also be complemented by a touch of foil stamping. Furthermore, many bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen accent pieces are available in dusty pastels, so you can carry the look through the wedding party.
The sounds of birds singing outside your window are often one of the first signs that spring is finally here. After a long winter of cold and snowy weather, opening your windows to the songs of your local birds is refreshing. Along with heralding the start of warmer weather, birds are simply beautiful.
Adding these lovely specimens to your invitations evokes a natural and woodsy feel perfect for rustic weddings. Some of our favorite delightful spring birds include:
One nice thing about birds is that they can be a theme on their own, or you can use them as additional embellishment for your other spring theme ideas. Birds can work well with floral, greenery, animals, and more. You can use birds to add a pop of color or they can be foil stamped for a more subtle look.
Classic spring weddings are the perfect venue for airy fabrics and lace. Lace pairs perfectly with pastels and floral designs. Some of our favorite ways to use lace on your invitations include:
Brown craft paper and twine can be combined to make a charming invitation perfect for a springtime countryside wedding. White or pale pink accents will make this look shine.
Barnwood also makes an attractive backdrop for sprigs of spring flowers and lace. Other elements that are ideal for rustic invitations are:
Photo invitations are a magnificent way to let your guests see your happy faces on your invitations. The possibilities for creative photos are endless. For spring wedding invites, we recommend these locations:
You’ll want to pick a spot representative of your wedding venue and style, but one thing you’ll notice about our suggestions is that they are all outdoors. Even if you aren’t going to have an outdoor wedding, setting your invitation photos outside will get your guests excited for your upcoming spring ceremony.
Once you have the perfect photo, you can pick the best layout for it on your custom invitations. It can be the centerpiece or one-half of the card. You also can make your photo transparent and use it as the background. If you can’t pick just one photograph, don’t fret. It’s possible to include several in a tasteful and visually appealing manner.
While many people associate spring with pastels and light, frothy fabrics, that doesn’t mean you can’t challenge the norm. If you’re looking for a more glamorous and modern look, try going bold with your invites. Some of our favorite striking spring design ideas include:
Bold invites set the stage for some interesting decor design choices as well. They open the door for bright tablecloths, flowers, and clothing that will turn heads and create a memorable atmosphere.
We’ve included some more tips for spring destination weddings later in this guide, but first let’s talk about some delightful invitation ideas. If your dream is to get married somewhere far from home to escape the potential for cold and rainy weather, your invites should showcase your destination.
Beach weddings are popular and they provide a stunning backdrop for photographs. An invitation with an artsy photo of your location will make your guests run to their computer to RSVP.
If you’re instead planning a woodsy or countryside getaway, a lovely image of a flowery meadow or a green forest is a perfect choice.
One thing you’ll want to be sure to include on your invites for a destination wedding is instructions. The dates, location, accommodations, and other details should be very clear for your guests. A wedding website is a must for destination weddings, because it will help you manage all of the necessary information in one convenient spot.
Once you know what kind of invitations you’re going to go with, there are still a few other things you’ll need to consider. If you’re ordering your wedding invites from Zola, we include free envelopes so you can cross those off your list. We can also match your save the date cards, RSVP cards, and any other stationery to your invites for an appealing unified look.
We’re big fans of save the date cards, because they let your guests know what to expect. They can also help you gauge how many people are going to likely be able to attend your wedding. They’re a nice courtesy, especially for people who will need to take days off work or travel for your wedding. Typically, these should be mailed three to four months before your expected wedding date.
We know you’re probably anxious to get your invitations in the mail and out to your guests. However, proper wedding etiquette dictates that you should wait until six to eight weeks before your wedding to send them out. You should give your guests until two to three weeks before the wedding to RSVP, so that you have enough time to finalize your guest list.
People get busy and sometimes a trip to the post office to mail back an RSVP falls by the wayside. You’ll get more replies and be able to better plan for your guests if you use a wedding website to manage your RSVPs. All your guests need to do is check a few boxes. Zola’s easy-to-use wedding website builder can match your website with your invitation design for a cohesive look and gives you a place to manage all of your wedding details.
Spring weddings, while lovely, can be tricky to plan. It’s tempting to have an outdoor celebration where you can take advantage of the warming weather after a winter indoors. However, much of the country gets a lot of rain in the spring.
If you have your heart set on an outdoor wedding, we suggest finding a venue that also has an indoor space just in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. Zola has a list of prescreened wedding venues in your area. You can browse through and find the perfect place with all the necessary accommodations for your celebration. To make sure your venue matches your vision and budget, you can even filter by:
Spring can be a nice time for a destination wedding under the right conditions. Many couples like to use a spring wedding as a getaway, especially if you live in a colder climate where winter doesn’t seem to want to release its icy grip. A few things to consider if you’re planning a spring destination wedding include:
Travel Difficulties: While early March or April may be the perfect time to escape from a cooler climate to a picturesque spring paradise, you may face travel difficulties. First, snowy storms and heavy rains can wreak havoc on flight plans. Second, some of your guests might have trouble taking time off from work in the spring if they’ve planned to use vacation time at a different time of year.
Weather in Your Destination: We know you probably selected your destination because the weather is typically nice at the time you’re planning your wedding. It’s still wise to do a little research on weather trends in the weeks around your wedding date. If there’s a possibility of rain or colder weather, make sure you have a contingency plan that won’t leave you and your guests out in the cold.
Spring Breakers: Spring break season runs throughout March and April. The last thing you want interrupting your wedding celebration is a bunch of rowdy college students. Spring break crowds can also drive up the prices of hotels and other activities near your wedding. If you’re planning a spring beachfront affair, don’t select a location that is popular with spring breakers.
Your invites set the stage for alluring spring decor throughout your celebration. While decor can be quite extensive, we’ve included just a few of our favorite ideas here to get you started.
If you favor a modern look, your invitations likely include clean lines, bold colors, and simple accents. Your decor should also capture the same modern style you love.
Flowers: Bold colors in monochrome patterns will fit your modern style. Try bunches of bright red roses, dazzling orange tulips, or sunny yellow daffodils. All of these would make a perfect bouquet that stands out for its simplicity and color. You can use the same flowers around the venue to create a cohesive, modern look.
Table Decor: If you’re going with bold, colorful flowers, you can keep your table decor simple with white linens, plates, and classic silverware. Add touches of color with sprinkles of petals in the same shade as your wedding flowers or colorful candles.
Other Ideas: Instead of white, change things up and include surprising accents on your table with black napkins, red table cloths, or other bold statements.
For those of you in love with traditional looks, classic black tie, and silky white gown affairs give you ample opportunity to showcase your style. Some of our favorite tie-ins you can carry from your invites to the ceremony include:
Flowers: Nothing says classic like roses. If you incorporate delicate pink and white garden roses into your invitation design, they’ll fit in perfectly in your venue and your bouquet. Peonies and anemones are also lovely traditional spring wedding flowers you can add to your ceremony for a subtle, classy look.
Table Decor: Plenty of white linen and lace will set the perfect background for your classic table decor. You can bundle roses with ribbons and place them in crystal vases. Ribbons make charming additions to napkins and chairs for a dressier look. Clean, white china and sparkling glasses will complete your traditional table look beautifully.
Other Ideas: Instead of pink roses, opt for irises, pansies, or other spring flowers. You can mix and match them into unique bouquets and centerpieces for your tables to add an interesting pop of color while maintaining your classic look.
Rustic spring weddings are a wonderful way to put your full whimsical self on display. You can play with design, flowers, and themes as you likely favor less structure. An anything-goes approach to decor can give you some creative license to weave in unique, surprising elements.
Flowers: Mixed bouquets, single blossoms sprinkled around the venue, a variety of colors—all of these evoke a countryside setting for your rustic wedding. Baby’s breath and other tiny, delicate flowers can be turned into crowns for your wedding party and even for your hair.
Table Decor: You can get very creative with your table decor for a rustic spring wedding too. One idea we adore is bell jars tied with twine ribbons as vases for your table centerpieces. A handful of mixed wildflowers puts the finishing touches on these easy DIY jars. Tealight candles provide a soft glow without taking up too much space on your table. Pair these two simple things with soft white or pale pink linen tablecloths and you’ll have winsome and affordably decorated tables that your guests will love.
Other Ideas: Rain barrels, silver pails, barn wood, and hay bales are all charming inclusions for any rustic wedding.
It can be a tedious chore to pick the right caterer for your wedding. But we like to make it easier to find qualified, pre-screened caterers for every budget. Instead of spending time stressing over locating a reliable caterer, use Zola’s list of prescreened wedding vendors to get straight to food providers that won’t leave you and your guests hungry. Then, you can plan a delectable menu with spring favorites such as:
Often one of the most difficult tasks is deciding on the right menu for your wedding. You want to offer something to please every guest but, with picky eaters and dietary restrictions, it can feel impossible.
Including a space on your RSVP cards or your wedding website for guests to note any special food requirements they have can make it easier for you to ensure everyone can eat. It’s always a wise idea to include a gluten-free option and a vegan or vegetarian option.
We love all things spring and want to help inspire you to craft the perfect spring wedding. When you use Zola’s free wedding planning resources, the planning process becomes less stressful and more streamlined.
There’s no more worrying about the invitations going out on time, tracking your RSVPs, or finding a reliable caterer. Instead, you can relax and enjoy the process of planning your ideal spring wedding celebration. Let Zola start helping you plan the celebration of your dreams today.