The Hippo


Apr 25, 2019








Make your wedding blossom
Spring weddings are all about the florals

By Ryan Lessard

 Spring is a time of new beginnings, and wedding planners and florists say a spring wedding has the promise of being more colorful and floral than any other time of the year.

Peonies and price
While many flowers are available year round, you’ll never have such a wide variety and such low prices as you will during the spring. That’s according to wedding planner Beth Rolfe, owner of Fetching Events in Salem.
“Spring gives you a really unique opportunity to use florals that are not in season the rest of the year or are expensive the rest of the year,” Rolfe said. “When I think of spring, that’s the first thing I think of.”
She said each dollar spent on flowers goes a lot further in the spring.
“You’ll have extra money to spend on something else — impactful money,” Rolfe said.
Some of the more popular flower varieties in spring weddings include roses, hydrangeas and irises, according to Judy Pyszka, the manager of Chalifour’s in Manchester. Tulips are particularly popular in the spring, she said.
“It just represents spring in people’s minds,” Pyszka said.
Rolfe believes peonies are perhaps the most popular flower used in spring weddings right now.
Pyszka thinks that may be due to its color palettes, which work nicely in weddings, such as shades of white, pink, darker raspberry and coral.
Indeed, springtime lends itself to softer colors and watercolors, Rolfe said, noting the lighter shades of green in the awakening plant life often seen during that time of year.
She said some flowering branches such as apple blossoms have become popular in spring weddings as well. Pyszka adds cherry blossoms to that list. 
“[They’re] used more in ceremony pieces, reception [centerpieces],” Pyszka said.
Peonies are available from California or Holland in early spring, and they can also be available in later May if they come from more local sources.
While flowers may be more generally available and affordable in the spring, you still need to plan ahead — flowers are also much more in demand during the spring, when there are proms and graduations. 
Generally, people who get flowers for their weddings spend an average of $1,500 to $2,000, Pyszka estimates, but it ranges broadly between about $500 and $5,000.
Add layers
Rolfe said clothing options for wedding parties in the spring have an added benefit: the potential for layering. 
She’s seen weddings where temperature was not considered for outdoor spring weddings and the bridesmaids were freezing.
“If you are going to be looking at one of those outside locales, you have to figure out how to work in some warmer pieces, especially for your bridesmaids,” Rolfe said.
Rolfe thinks a cardigan to go over a dress is a nice touch. Capes are also trendy this year. The added layer also allows for the introduction of a few more color notes, and it can serve as a bridesmaid’s gift.
If you choose a muddy locale, Rolfe recommends the bride and bridesmaids wear rubber boots, at least for the photos.
“They look fun in pictures,” Rolfe said.
While colors need not match exactly with the floral selections, Rolfe said suits and dresses can pull from the same palette. These days, wedding parties are given more liberty and can use varying shades of a color or pick a color and find varying styles and cuts. 
Personal space
Rolfe said when it comes to where to host your wedding, the sky’s the limit, literally. Outdoor venues are popular in late spring, but spring showers and cold weather can force them indoors in early spring. A barn is a good compromise, Rolf said, because it provides shelter and doesn’t get too hot.
“The trend at this time is to use a barn, an outdoor facility, a family home. That’s a great trend and it really involves the couple because it’s very personal,” Rolfe said. 
While late spring offers fewer risks of rain and mud, it means more tourists in the Lakes Region, the Seacoast and campgrounds. Meanwhile, places like Boston tend to slow down closer to summer. 
Fiddleheads or derby foods
Spring weddings offer a number of unique food options. Rolfe said a great idea would be to incorporate fiddleheads, the foraged fern sprouts, into your wedding meals since fiddleheads are only available during a very short window of time in the spring.
“That’s … a very local, spring-specific vegetable,” Rolfe said.
She would also recommend a Kentucky Derby-themed brunch, with mint juleps, Champagne and cigars. Ladies would get fancy hats, and images of horseshoes and ponies could decorate place cards.
Ultimately, the food choice is up to the bride and groom; Rolfe said if they are big fans of more traditionally fall flavors like pumpkin, they should follow their hearts. 

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