WHAT DO YOU WANT?
Before you can even start looking at venues or booking vendors, you need to set a date for your wedding. For some couples, it’s a no-brainer, with their wedding planned to coincide with a significant date, such as the anniversary of their meeting. But for others, it can be a difficult decision, with numerous pros and cons associated with each season.
So to help you decide when to wed, we thought we’d share our take on the best times of the year to have your wedding, season by season.
With long days and bright, blue skies, you might think that summer is the best time of the year to have your wedding. But while there are some distinct pros (long days and warm evenings to name just two), the heat and bright light can also be a drawback.
If you’re planning an outdoor ceremony, it’s important to avoid the middle of the day when the heat can be intense. Aside from making both you and your guests sweaty, if it’s a really hot day, sunstroke is even an issue. Also, you should keep in mind that the humid conditions can wreak havoc with your makeup and leave your hair in a far from perfect condition.
That being said, a summer wedding gives you a few extra hours of light that will allow you to be much more flexible with your schedule (and capture a lot more portraits). You can also wear that strappy dress you’ve been dreaming about, without worrying about being cold!
If you’ve got your heart set on a summer wedding, you’ll probably want to plan it at a venue that offers air conditioning so your guests have some relief from the heat. But you’ll need to get in early! Early summer tends to be one of the most popular times to get married, before the heat of the season sets in. So if you want to say “I do” in June, then get in as soon as possible!
With the sun starting to relent a little but the days still long and warm, fall is an incredibly popular time of the year to get married. The changing color of the leaves can be a beautiful backdrop if you’re having your ceremony outdoors while you don’t have to worry about sweating or freezing. The almost perfect weather conditions mean you can focus more on the style and aesthetic you want to create, rather than what’s practically possible.
September and October are the two most popular months for getting married in the United States, with around 38% of couples opting to wed during the fall. What that means is you have to plan well ahead of time if you want your preferred venue and vendors who’ll get snapped up months (and even years) in advance.
If you’re on the East Coast, September might be a month to avoid if you’re planning an outdoor wedding, with hurricanes occasionally sweeping through. There are also no guarantees that the rain will hold out during the fall months, so having a back-up plan for outdoor events is always a good idea.
If you’re planning a last-minute wedding but have your heart set on a particular venue, then a winter wedding could be for you. The increased availability means you’ll have a much better chance of getting the venue you want on the date you prefer, perhaps even with an off-season rate thrown in.
If you want a festive-themed wedding, then winter is an obvious choice, with decor that includes Christmas trees, baubles and mistletoe. However, the festive season means that many of your guests might already have travel plans, so you should get your invites out as early as possible.
Winter weddings are ideal for couples who want a cozy atmosphere but you should keep in mind that the chilly (or should we say freezing) temperatures aren’t for everyone. Due to the short days, you’ll need to be strategic in the way you schedule your day to ensure there’s enough time for portraits, with a first look being a good idea to make the best use of the available light.
Also, keep in mind that the availability of flowers can be limited during the winter months, so you may need to be open-minded and flexible in your choices. If you’re somewhere that’s prone to heavy dumps of snowfall, take this into consideration when planning how your guests are going to get to your wedding in case the weather’s less than favorable.
Spring is another popular time of year to get married, with fresh and crisp days that are gradually lengthening as the winter chill starts to thaw. Garden wedding venues tend to be at their most beautiful, with flowers in full bloom and greenery lush following the winter rains.
But March and April can be decidedly wet and aren’t the best months for planning an outdoor wedding. May, however, tends to be much drier and, combined with its warm weather, is one of the most popular months for couples to get married in the United States.
May kicks off the “peak wedding season,” which extends through until October, with both wedding venues and vendors in demand. So while you’ll have longer days to create a more flexible schedule, you’ll have to be ultra-organized and get in super early if you want your first pick of venues and vendors.
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER
A few other things to consider when planning your wedding date is to avoid major holidays or religious festivals that are of significance to your guests. You want your wedding to be a day that’s remembered in its own right, not because it coincided with Mother’s Day or a major sporting event.
It’s also worth keeping in mind the additional costs associated with a holiday wedding. Whether it’s the exorbitant price of roses around Valentines’ Day or the hiked up cost of flights and car rentals that your guests might have to meet.
As you can see, the best time of year to have your wedding is a highly personal choice and depends on the aesthetic and style of wedding you envision. If you love the feeling of sun-drenched days, then a summer wedding might work for you while winter is a definite winner for those who love that cozy feeling of being rugged up with your loved one beside a fireplace. For some brides and grooms, they’ll be more than happy to do the hard work and foreword-planning that’s required for a spring or autumn wedding to take advantage of the best weather conditions.
An amazing experience – thank you Kraig, Chris and the team!
You definitely created the experience we wanted and made everything so easy from set up, picking the layout to tunes. Nothing was too difficult. On the day the dance floor was always packed – we (and all of the wedding party) had an amazing time – I think the pictures prove!
Thank you for being part of our special day!”