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Hot topic: Spring weddings

Top tips and inspiration for spring weddings from local experts

Spring chic

Spring chic

Q. What seasonal wedding dress styles, shapes and colours are currently on trend for spring weddings.

A. Charlotte Reeves says: Spring has sprung and not only are the flowers going to look beautiful, so too are this year's brides. In the search for the perfect dress for their shape and personality, many are looking for romantic and classic wedding dresses, created with beautiful lace and a little sparkle. And let's not forget those gorgeous plainer fabrics; georgette, chiffon and crepe, ideal for the modern bride and the warmer weather. Lara from the San Patrick collection by Pronovias is proving very popular. It has beautiful buttons on the back and shows off a bridal silhouette perfectly.

Keep your eye out for off-the-shoulder draped-sleeve gowns and beautiful lace details, such as our Eddy K (EK1200) gown which includes a little sparkle on the skirt – perfect to catch the sunshine and make you shine.

Illusion, higher necklines are also a big favourite; not only sophisticated, but guaranteed to make you look and feel stunning all day.

Bloomin' beautiful

Bloomin' beautiful

Q. Spring is our favourite time of year and we want to celebrate it on our wedding day with plenty of gorgeous seasonal flowers. What would you suggest?

A. Anna Johnstone says: If you're tying the knot in spring then you're in luck when it comes to choosing seasonal flowers to decorate your day! Some of the most popular varieties are at their peak at this time of year, our favourite being the frilly peony! They hold up really well in bouquets and table decorations and there are so many colours to choose from including this year's Pantone Colour of the Year Living Coral. Paired with other spring flowers such as tulips, ranunculous and sweet peas, you have the perfect seasonal bouquet. As well as spring blooms, you can add an extra splash of colour with floaty trailing ribbons. Our personal favourites for spring are shades of pink and purple with a pop of yellow. Don't forget the foliage either, it can be just as important as choosing the flowers! Our most frequently requested type is eucalyptus because of its incredible scent and gorgeous dusky green leaves, which work really well against a colourful palette. We also love thlapsi because of its delicate floaty stems, the perfect touch for that country-meadow feel.

Your day, your way

Your day, your way

Q. We're having a spring wedding and are hoping to tie the knot outdoors. We want the service to reflect the season, our lives and loves but don't know where to start.

A. Dawn Rees says: I'm used to couples using the seasons to complement their big-day theme; everything from pumpkin-filled Halloween weddings to summer festival-themed celebrations. The joy of having a humanist celebrant of course, is that we can accommodate all the little details to reflect who you are as a couple. For example, this spring, I'm officiating at a wedding for a couple who want to involve their children in the ceremony. The four little ones will be walking in with their mum, each holding a small posy of apple blossom, narcissus and greenery, which they will present to her as she arrives alongside their dad. Another couple are having a small, intimate ceremony in their garden – just 20 people encircled by a bluebell heart they planted last year.

These ideas illustrate how flexible and inventive a non-religious humanist ceremony can be, incorporating your ideas and your personalities into a one-of-a-kind event. A good celebrant will take the time to get to know you and to write a ceremony that is tailored to you as a couple.

Table manors

Table manors

Q. How can we bring the outside in and create a fresh, natural look with a touch of glam for our May wedding?

A. Serena Flack says: Sage and gold are a popular combination for spring weddings combining gold and clear tea lights scattered in clusters across the tables with gold cutlery and candlesticks. Eucalyptus works well for the centrepieces and bouquets. Sprigs of foliage can also be included in the individual place settings, tucked neatly into napkins.

Decorative props such as coloured chiffon backdrops, foliage table runners and swags add the wow factor, along with organza ribbon-tied bunches of foliage and white floral sprays on chair backs. Wooden signage for table plans and wedding table numbers could also be included.

For a fresh seasonal colour palette, we're noticing a lot of spring tones being mixed with greenery including rose pink and mauve that mix well with clean crisp green hues such as mint.