Easter is a wonderful time of year to plan a wedding, but it also comes with its own array of challenges; many churches will not perform wedding ceremonies over the Easter weekend, because of the religious services which they have to hold. A civil ceremony held at a beautiful wedding venue would, however, be obtainable.
The celebration of Easter sees the arrival of the spring season, with delicate spring flowers spreading sweet perfume, sunshine, chirping birds and it is widely thought to be the best season to be married. Selecting a theme for an Easter wedding should prove no problem; the colours of Easter are the colours of spring, with soft pastel shades of pinks, blues, lilacs and creams or striking yellows, reds, greens and oranges.
If you are planning an Easter themed wedding, the implementation of the theme should begin right from the beginning. Designing Easter themed wedding invitations which reflect the wedding colours with cute pictures of fluffy yellow chicks, baby rabbits, decorated Easter eggs or Easter flowers, can be enjoyable and also let your guests know your colour scheme and enable them to dress accordingly.
Younger family members could be entertained with an Easter egg hunt in the grounds of your wedding venue and having an Easter wedding means that guests often choose to incorporate your wedding into a long weekend staying at an alternative local hotel the night before and the night after the wedding day, allowing guests to let their hair down and really enjoy the occasion, knowing they can relax for a couple of days visiting the local area before returning home, and to work.
For an attractive and whimsical touch, mini chocolate egg filled Easter baskets as table centre- pieces would represent the Easter theme and may prove pleasurable for your guests, particularly the younger ones.
Flowers for the bridal bouquet at Easter, can prove to be sensational, with so many beautiful blooms, such as, Tulips, Lily of the Valley, Daffodils, Lilies, Freesias, Lilac, Hyacinth or Wisteria and bridesmaids will love a pom-pom posy or small basket filled with beautiful spring flowers.
When it comes to the wedding dress, the bride becomes the centre of attention for all and as such, her bridal dress should reflect this beautiful, delicate season with soft, floating materials such as silk, chiffon, georgette or organza. Brides having an Easter themed wedding could also decide on jewellery made of seasonal spring flowers or wear spring flowers in their hair.
So why get married at Easter? Easter symbolizes new beginnings with the re-birth of Jesus in the Christian faith, the dawning of Spring, and a time when all things in nature are rejuvenated, with the birth of Spring lambs, baby chicks and rabbits, the blossoming of flowers and the lengthening of daylight hours and milder weather.
The origins of Easter date back long before the Christian festival and is believed to have derived its name from Eostre the pagan Goddess of Spring who was honoured as the bringer of spring. It was believed, in those times, that the sun died in winter and was re-born in spring when days would increase in length and the sun's power would return.
Easter eggs have their origins in ancient times, when people would celebrate the start of Spring and give gifts of eggs carved from wood or precious stones. The first sweet eggs appeared in the last 100 years made from sugar or marzipan and since then, chocolate eggs have become the popular choice. In some countries, parents inform their children the Easter Bunny has hidden chocolate eggs and the children then go on a hunt to find them. Children in other countries decorate hard-boiled eggs at Easter time by painting them. One of the most well known events held in America at Easter is on the White House lawn where children and parents push eggs across the lawn with wooden spoons.
The Easter bunny also has its origins related to Eostre the Goddess of Spring, whose sacred animal was the hare, a symbol of fertility and the rebirth of nature following winter. As rabbits are comparable to hares and are very common everywhere, Christians changed the symbol to the Easter bunny.
The tradition of the Easter bunny leaving a basket of Easter eggs on Easter Day is common in America but not in Britain. The concepts of an egg-laying rabbit began in America in the 1700's when immigrants arriving from Germany told their children to make 'nests' before Easter out of their caps and bonnets so that the Easter bunny would leave them coloured eggs.
Getting married at Easter is considered lucky, as with the renewal of all nature it is synonymous with new beginnings and thought to bring happiness. When planning an Easter wedding, it would be a good idea to send your guests a 'save the date' card as soon as you have booked your wedding venue, to ensure that they have not already arranged a weekend break and are able to join you for your very special day.