When you start planning your wedding, the very first thing you need to do is choose your wedding month and date. In fact, it’s one of the most crucial steps, right up there with choosing a venue, a caterer, a photographer, a wedding dress, etc.
What makes this step so important is the fact that the time of year you decide to have your wedding in will determine the rest. Not to mention it’s something that you’ll remember every year on your anniversary. In the US, the wedding season runs through the late spring and the early fall, but there are other options to consider!
Before we move on to discussing the months and the seasons, you need to know that geography is an important factor to consider when choosing the month for your wedding. We will be discussing the seasons generally, but of course you’ll need to factor in your location when you choose your wedding month.
Spring – March, April, May
Spring weddings are very common, as mentioned above. Because we’re leaving the cold winter behind, spring is a welcoming time of the year and it doesn’t have that many holidays to maneuver. This means a spring wedding will ensure most, if not all of your guests will attend. In fact, after the winter and the cold weather, they will be thrilled to have a celebration to look forward to.
However, the months of March, April and May are often unpredictable in terms of weather. One day you are warm in the company of the sun and the next day you feel like winter is coming back. But the gamble is worth it because if your wedding happens to land on one of those sunny, flowery days, it will be magical. The real drawback here is that the prices rack up and the competition with other brides will get real.
Summer – June, July, August
In Mid-May, the wedding season is at its busiest, but June is the most popular month for weddings in the US. June, July, and August are the hottest months and with them come longer days and tons of vacation time for everyone. In fact, that’s the biggest advantage of a summer wedding, because it means your guests will be able to make time for your wedding as they won’t be dealing with work or class schedules. Another great advantage is that your guests will have a little more room in their budgets for travel, if you’re having a destination wedding, and wedding gifts. Yet another great advantage is that the summer season provides many flower options and fruits are also in season.
However, a summer wedding is not all roses. The biggest drawback is the heat and the rising temperatures are definitely something you should keep in mind. Summer days are gorgeous, but if it’s a hundred degrees outside, you will sweat, your groom will sweat, your wedding party will sweat and everyone will sweat. Another important drawback is that venues and vendors will not only be harder to book, they will also be more expensive because of the great demand. Not to mention that vacation plans and other wedding invitations may conflict with your guests’ plans, which can make it difficult for some of them to attend.
Fall – September, October, November
Fall weddings are incredibly beautiful and they’re also very popular. The changing of leaves, the wonderful colors and the cool weather make for a magical ambiance that’s perfect for a wedding. The fall season means the weather is nicer, there are less bugs to worry about, and you’ll be less stressed about factors you can’t control. With the fall season come many festive and unique themes that can make your wedding day special.
The months of September, October and November are great options, but the fall season offer a few possible conflicts, such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the start of a new school year. A common drawback for brides and wedding planners is that there are fewer flowers in season, which means you might have to change your vision for the floral arrangements.
Another conflict to keep in mind is that if you and your groom are football fans, then you’ll have to keep the game days in mind. You won’t want to miss any match and you also won’t want to accidentally plan your wedding on an important match-up. That is, unless you want a football-themed wedding!
Winter – December, January, February
A winter wedding can be a wonderful thing. The cozy environment that fireplaces help create is wonderful, the evergreen trees are quite something, and the snowy winter landscapes are a wonder to behold. Another great advantage of winter weddings is that the prices drop dramatically and both vendors and venues are readily available. What’s more, winter weddings are super romantic.
Even so, there are some conflicts and drawbacks to consider. Winter varies greatly depending on your location, so you’ll definitely need to keep that in mind. In some areas getting snowed in is a real possibility and winter can be harsher in some parts of the country. Another drawback is that winter time makes for less picturesque, green landscapes outside, which means your photos will look better in an indoor setting. There’s also the conflict of the holidays, not to mention that everything will be more expensive.
As you can see, every season has its own advantages and disadvantages for a wedding, so the one you choose will depend entirely on what you want for your wedding day and on what you can deal with. Remember that you can’t control the weather, so consider the kind of wedding you want to have before you choose your wedding month.