We’ve all dug out our boardshorts and packed the picnic rug, so it can only mean one thing: Spring is officially in full swing.
And because this sunny season has some of the best celebrations on the social calendar, there are plenty of reasons for you to crawl out of hibernation cave.
From the race that stops a nation, to milestone birthdays and picture-perfect proposals, we’re rounding up the top seven Spring celebrations that are certain to put a spring in your step.
1. Ding, dong, ding – the wedding season begins!
If you’ve noticed an influx of invitations into your letterbox over the past nine months, and your social calendar is choc-a-block in the weeks to come, there’s a very good reason.
We love this time of year. Love is in the air, everyone is winding down from a big year at work, and the general consensus is that folks are ready for a big knees-up party. Read on to find out if a Christmas Day wedding could be everything you've ho-ho-hoped for.
Thinking of getting married at the most festive time of the year? You're not alone - well, certainly not historically. In the UK during the 18th and 19th centuries, Christmas Day was a very popular date for weddings, with churches holding specialty nuptials every 25 December. While this may seem like a romantic choice, it was usually more of a necessity - according to findmypast.co.uk, Christmas and Boxing Day weddings occurred predominantly because it was the only day young, working-class couples could ensure they were allowed off work.
In many large cities like London, churches often offered free weddings and baptisms on Christmas Day, making it a cost-effective option, too.
When you are planning a wedding in the near to not-too-distant future, the holiday season can be either a help or a hindrance. For some of us, it offers the ideal opportunity to test-drive different family dynamics and crowd combinations before the main event. It can also provide a much-needed break away from your usual schedule to dedicate to planning your big day. But for others it can be a source of frustration - suppliers are busy or closed and it may prove a stumbling block to your wedding planning momentum.
We examine how to use the holiday season to your advantage on your journey to the aisle.
Road testing crowd combinations
You don't get a lot of opportunities to get friends and family together before the big
So, you've decided to host your wedding in the holiday season? While the halls are decked with boughs of holly and Santa begins appearing in the stores, you're shopping for bridesmaid dresses and attempting to book catering staff at Christmas time. Was it momentary madness that led you to book your wedding date during arguably the most hectic time on the social calendar? Or in fact a stroke of genius that allowed you to capitalise on Christmas cheer for your nuptial celebrations?
We examine the pros and cons of hosting a wedding during the holiday season to find out.
Pros of hosting a festive season wedding: More time for prepping and partying
For couples who enjoy extra time away from the office at Christmas, getting married
The holiday season is about elaborate ornamentation, the coming together of family and friends, cheer and the spirit of togetherness. These beautiful meanings can be incorporated in your special day with personalised favours and decorations. Adding a little Christmas cheer to your wedding theme will make it all that more exciting and an even bigger celebration for all your guests. Let the champagne pour and the music play! I have got some great ideas to put a little festive spin on your day. Change up your traditional bouquet and have a spray of pine cones and baby's breath bush or add a dash of red and green foliage.