Congratulations! You’re getting married, and while you’re still recovering from either popping the question or saying “yes,” it’s time to start the planning process.

First thing first: set a date. 

Think about holidays, vacations, work commitments and anything else in your planner you’ve already agreed to. Make sure nothing overlaps and consider things like weather. Louisiana’s weather, specifically, is all over the map.

If you can’t decide when to get married and need a little inspiration, we’ve put together a seasonal wedding spread that would rival the boards of Pinterest. From color schemes to food times, read on to find your season for your special day.

 

SPRING

Flowers are blooming and everyone’s a buzz over your spring wedding. The Louisiana heat has yet to set in, so indoor and outdoor options are available. Opt for a “naked” wedding cake with fresh flowers.

Color Palette

  • Millennial Pink + Sage + Camel
  • Navy + Dusty Rose + All Shades of Green
  • Sandy Neutrals + Teal

Attire

  • Charmeuse or Chiffon
  • Dupioni
  • Seersucker

Pros

  • It’s gorgeous. Everything is in bloom.
  • Expect a “Yes” for RSVPS. Most people haven’t planned vacations yet.

Cons

  • Everyone gets married in spring, so your perfect vendor may not be an option.
  • Weather is always unpredictable.

 

SUMMER

Everyone wants to be a June bride, but did you know the tradition dates back to Roman times? Destination weddings are a good option, and the food options are endless.

Color Palette

  • Scarlet + Powder Blue + Mauve + Lemon
  • Light Blue + Kelly Green + Carnation Pink
  • Gray + Eggplant + Marigold + Cream

Attire

  • Silk-organza
  • Tulle
  • Lace
  • Cottons

Pros

  • Most all flowers are available.
  • Great time for people to vacation.

Cons

  • It’s hot.
  • Harsh lighting for photos.

 

FALL

There’s something about a cool breeze on a warm night that really sets the tone. Having an autumnal wedding is all about nature. Celebrate it with warm drinks and fall foliage.

Color Palette

  • Lime + Ocean Blue + Sugar + Tan
  • Jewel Tones + Earth Tones
  • Orchid + Peach + Violet + Fern

Attire

  • Brocade
  • Jacquard
  • Satin
  • Fur

Pros

  • Best time for an outdoor wedding.
  • Pumpkins.

Cons

  • Typically a time of year when people are strapped for cash due to summer vacations and school beginning.
  • Football season.

 

WINTER

It’s the most wonderful time of the year if you’re having a winter wedding. Not that it snows in Louisiana, but the option is always available. Stay away from traditional red and green, otherwise your big day will look just like another.

Color Palette 

  • Chocolate + Gingerbread + Snow + Slate Blue
  • Peach + Silver + Coral + Strawberry
  • Pine + Blush + Ashwood

Attire

  • Velvet
  • Jersey
  • Silk Satin
  • Corduroy

Pros

  • It’s the season for indulgence.
  • Often a slower time of year for weddings.

Cons

  • Competing with the holidays.
  • Not many hours of daylight.

Photography by Sheryl Finney.