Easter is a great time of year to get married. The winter is coming to an end - despite the snow - and it’s the first public holiday since Christmas. The symbolic nature of springtime and Easter is of rebirth and new beginnings, which echoes the idea of a couple starting their married lives together. Above all though, Easter is fun and hits the motherload when it comes to wedding theme ideas...
The first ingredient in your Easter wedding theme mix has to be your wedding venue. Gaynes Park in Essex is the perfect location for an Easter wedding. It has stunningly beautiful gardens filled with spring flowers and just the right balance of indoor and outdoor space for your wedding to be wonderful no matter what the unpredictable March/April weather is doing.
Easter wedding ideas
To give us an overview of styling an Easter wedding we turned to none other than Alexandra from The Bijou Bride. As a fashion stylist, international wedding planner and image consultant, Alexandra’s work has featured in top magazines and blogs such as Wedding Ideas, Vogue Australia, Rock n’ Roll Bride and Ruffled.
It goes without saying that Easter conjures up a vision of pretty pastels for you to play with. Pastel shades against white always look fantastic whether you pick one or a mix of them all.
Easter is a fantastic theme given there is so much available on the high street for you to take advantage of as well as heaps of DIY options. You can be literal, with fun coloured rabbit centrepieces and chocolate Easter egg favours or slightly more subtle, with small wooden hanging decorations and pretty baskets to hold your Order of Service, confetti or wedding cards. I created this whimsical egg box table plan for a spring wedding, which would be an easy DIY project for Easter brides and grooms.
The obvious Easter flower has to be the Daffodil, which is abundant at this time of year and affordable! Other popular Spring flowers include Lilies, Hydrangeas and Tulips. If you prefer a rustic look, display flowers in vintage milk jugs and jam jars. A birds nest inspired table piece is great for those seeking to make a more whimsical statement (this one was created by Crazy Daisy Flowers).
Expose the competitive nature of your guests both young and old, by asking them to partake in an Easter egg hunt challenge. Younger guests will also enjoy egg painting and bonnet decorating games.
Paint your own Easter egg kit by The Contemporary Home
Fun Easter Favours
Handmade biscuits are a great alternative to chocolate favours for Easter. Biscuiteers offer a completely bespoke service that allows you to design your very own collection of favours to reflect your wedding. Have your favours placed in individual cellophane bags and tied with ribbon, or give your guests a favour in a beautiful illustrated gift box.
You don’t have to have a full on eggs-and-bunnies theme in order to give a nod in Easter’s direction. Bespoke wedding stationers, Paperthemes, suggest having fresh and colourful stationery to match the spring season.
Easter Wedding Cakes
OK, so you’ve nailed your Easter colour theme, decorations, favours, stationery and entertainment - but what about your cake? We asked Ben “The Cake Man”, who trained in top London hotels alongside some of the world’s best chefs, for advice:
Easter is such a versatile theme and your cake can really be a part of it. For instance, this Easter, I have made a cake covered in chocolate rabbits and a huge egg shaped cake with the bride and groom inside!
Easter wedding cake flavours and colours
The bride’s flowers usually decide the colours of the cake, with yellow, ivory and green being the classic choices for Easter weddings. A nice touch is to take your colour theme right through your cake by having layers of coloured buttercream inside. In terms of flavours, ginger, lemon, carrot and raspberry ripple are fresh, fruity choices that are perfect for spring.
An alternative Easter cake
If you’d like something a little different for your Easter nuptials, try a Croquenbouche. This design is easily adaptable and makes an amazing focal point at any style of wedding venue. It can also double up as a dessert!
We hope you enjoyed the first instalment of Styling An Easter Wedding. Thanks a million to our experts for their brilliant advice. Please join us tomorrow for part 2, for advice from top experts on wedding dresses and bouquets.