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You’ve found the perfect life partner, and now it’s time to choose the perfect wedding date! Picking a season isn’t just about what kind of weather you prefer; seasons can dictate wedding attire, price, decor, venue availability and the number of guests that can attend.
Below, we’ve listed all of the pros and cons for fall, winter, spring and summer weddings to help you prioritize your wants and determine the best fit for you!
If you want to create a festive and cozy atmosphere, an autumn wedding is a great option for you. The rich red, yellow and orange hues create a stunning backdrop for photos, and the cool temperatures are ideal for outdoor ceremonies. The moderate weather also gives you and your guests the option to wear full-length gowns comfortably.
Fall weddings are also perfect for those looking to incorporate a warm color palette, harvest-inspired decor or a Halloween theme. Some venue owners set up their own seasonal decorations for autumn that you can use, saving money and time in the long run.
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September and October are two of the most popular months to get married. This can make it difficult to find photographers, videographers, vendors and venues for your special day. Autumn also brings Halloween, Thanksgiving, and football season, which can cause additional conflicts.
The inconsistent weather patterns at the beginning of fall means it can be warm or cold any day of the week. These unknowns make it difficult to choose your wardrobe and commit to an outdoor ceremony space. With fall also comes shorter days, so you’ll have to plan your photos and ceremony around the sunset.
Lastly, your dream floral arrangements may be harder to find since many flowers are out of season.
Snowy backdrops, glowing candles and hearty cuisine make winter a romantic time of year to tie the knot. Winter is also the best choice for couples looking to have a black tie event since long gowns and heavy suits are more comfortable in colder weather.
While you can choose any theme for a winter wedding, you also have the option to incorporate beautiful winterscapes, ornaments and wreaths into your decor. Some owners already have their venues decorated for the holidays, which is great for those on a tight budget.
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Since winter is the off-peak season for weddings, you can book venues and vendors at a lower rate. Venues will have more time to dedicate to your special day since they won’t have to balance as many events. Additionally, there may be flexibility when it comes to extending your celebration if the venue isn’t booked for back-to-back weddings.
There also tends to be low travel and hotel rates after the winter holidays, which is ideal for family members attending from out of town. Your loved ones will also appreciate that your wedding isn’t conflicting with all of the summer weddings they have on their schedule!
While a snowy winter wedding is beautiful in theory, this season has the shortest days of the year. Icy roads and heavy precipitation may infringe on your guests’ ability to travel to and from the location, and low temperatures rule out outdoor ceremonies in most states. Cold weather can also impact indoor event spaces as well, so you may need a coat for your sleeveless dress if the venue isn’t well-heated.
Weddings in late November and December also come with their own set of challenges. Not only are you competing with the holidays and holiday parties, but you’re also dealing with a price increase for flights and hotels. This can be hard on guests who already spent money on holiday gifts and traveling to celebrate with their families.
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Springtime symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings, making it the perfect time to start your life as a married couple! This season has the most flower options available, so if you’re dreaming of a vibrant landscape for your ceremony, or an indoor reception hall decked out with flowers, spring is your best bet.
Spring’s temperate conditions make it perfect for both indoor and outdoor weddings. The favorable weather is also suitable for any style of dress. Longer daylight hours also give you ample time to enjoy your festivities and take photos without worry.
Since spring isn’t a peak vacation time and there are no major holidays, people are more likely to be available to attend your wedding than in the summer.
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If you don’t want to risk pollen-covered decor and sneezing guests, an outdoor spring wedding might not be the right move. Allergy season has amped up over the years, making even the most picturesque ceremony spaces unpleasant for susceptible guests.
Spring weather conditions are just as unpredictable as fall. It’s impossible to tell whether it will rain or shine on your big day, so you may need a plan B in place for outdoor events.
Lastly, late spring is heading into peak wedding season, so venues and vendors are in high demand. You’ll need to secure your location as quickly as possible in order to make your wedding dreams come true.
One of the most popular wedding seasons is summer due to its long, sunny days and flexible theme options. June is traditionally the most popular month to get married because the weather is warm, but not as hot and humid as July and August.
With more sunlight hours, you have a longer time frame to hold your ceremony and take photos. The green foliage and blooming flowers will set a great scene for outdoor weddings, and fresh summer fruits and produce allow for more menu options. More of your guests may be able to attend your wedding because they have more vacation time and school isn’t in session.
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If you choose a wedding date in late summer, the heat may take some of the joy out of your special day. Melting makeup and swarming bugs can make daytime weddings uncomfortable, so an evening wedding may be the way to go.
Since summer is such a popular wedding season, competition is high, and you may not get your first choice in location. Higher prices also mean you can’t stretch your budget as far as you can in off-peak months.
Summer is a high-time for vacation, so you’ll need to send invitations well in advance to make sure everyone can attend. There are only so many weekends in the summer, so there’s a possibility that your loved ones could have other weddings to attend, as well.
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