Are you and your fiancé planning an upcoming wedding? There are thousands of details that may need your attention, but one of the first decisions you need to make is when your ceremony and reception will take place. The two of you should sit down and determine what time of year will suit you and your celebration best.
For some, picking a season for their wedding is easy. This is especially true for couples who have already established a wedding theme that requires a certain ambiance. Others, however, may struggle with this decision. If you’re in the latter group, it’s important to consider each of the options available before looking for and scheduling a venue. After all, your choice will greatly impact many of your future decisions. To ensure you’re happy with your final wedding date, consider the various pros and cons of each of the four seasons.
Spring: Natural Beauty, but Unpredictable Weather
Many couples love the idea of a spring wedding. What better backdrop for a new beginning than a world waking up from a long, cold winter? Remember the following pros and cons, however, as you weigh the options.
- The natural beauty of spring is very romantic. Blooming flowers, trees, and bushes make stunning backdrops for wedding photos.
- It’s often easy for family and friends to travel during the spring. There are few holiday conflicts.
- You and your wedding party can wear what you want to. The temperature should be quite moderate, so you won’t have to worry about any specific restrictions or requirements for clothing.
- There will be plenty of bright light for photography purposes. Whether you want an indoor or outdoor wedding, most couples spend at least some time taking photos outside during a spring wedding.
- Early spring poses many potential issues with regard to the weather. If you’re planning an early spring wedding, it’s possible that a freak snow or rain storm could hit without any warning.
- Allergies can cause serious issues. If you or your significant other suffers from spring allergies, another season may be optimal. This is especially true if you’re considering an outdoor wedding.
- Venue and vendor prices may rise between winter and spring. This is because there is a typically greater demand during the spring for wedding venues. This can also impact your ability to book a specific date.
Summer: Ample Sunlight, but Busy Vendors
Summer is a very popular season for weddings. In fact, late summer is one of the busiest wedding times of the year. It’s especially appropriate for couples who plan to have either their ceremony or reception outdoors. Other important aspects to keep in mind include:
- You won’t run out of sunlight. Summer days can last until well into the evening, so you’ll have no issue capturing your big day on camera and film.
- There will be nearly an endless assortment of in-season flowers available. This can help keep your overall costs down when planning ceremony and reception decor and your bouquet options.
- Weather, especially during the evening, can be extremely pleasant. This will greatly depend, however, on where your venue is located.
- While evenings are generally very nice, daytime hours can be scorching. Humidity can also greatly impact hair styling and makeup and guest comfort levels.
- Summer vacations could get in the way of your big day. Always make sure all of your most important family and friends will be available before securing a date.
- It’s nearly impossible to find last-minute venues and vendors. Most companies are booked well in advance for summer weddings.
Autumn: Moderate Weather, but Guest Conflicts
Like late summer, early autumn is another very popular season for weddings. This is likely because the weather is significantly more moderate, which is a very appealing trait for couples planning outdoor festivities. Consider these other benefits or drawbacks:
- The weather conditions during the fall are quite moderate and predictable. You’re unlikely to run into unexpected issues. Additionally, falling leaves are absolutely beautiful.
- Fall is the perfect time of year for weddings with a dark color scheme. Deep shades of bronze, orange, red, and green suit the season perfectly.
- Despite days getting shorter, you will still have plenty of daylight hours to coordinate photos and outdoor events.
- Finances can be tight for both you and your guests. This is especially true for individuals who enjoy traveling over the summer or who are saving money for the upcoming holidays.
- The changing weather can cause skin issues. As the temperature cools down, humidity leaves. As a result, skin often dries much quicker.
- There may be work-related conflicts for some of your guests. Many people take time off during the spring and summer to travel. If they have no more vacation time available at work, then they may be unable to attend your wedding.
Winter: Romantic Scenery, but Holiday Conflicts
Winter is a personal favorite of mine. I think winter ceremonies and receptions are absolutely stunning. You shouldn’t take my word for it, however. Keep the following information in mind:
- Snow can be an absolutely stunning addition to any wedding weekend. A winter wonderland is the perfect setting for romance; it’s beautiful, dreamy, and oh-so memorable.
- Winter weddings are full of food and beverage options. Cooler weather doesn’t limit your selections; it actually increases them. Hot chocolate and cider, for example, aren’t nearly as appropriate during other seasons.
- There is almost unlimited decorative opportunity. Whether you enjoy rustic and modern themes, your decoration selections will fit perfectly into this diverse season. It’s particularly fitting for fireplaces, candles, glitter, and soft lighting.
- It’s not uncommon for venues and vendors to charge less during winter months than other seasons. In general, this time of year is less busy so you may be able to save some money.
- You may have to compete with guests’ holiday commitments. The holiday season can be extremely busy for many.
- Booking your venue early is essential. Because people make travel plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas in advance, it’s imperative to make reservations and send invitations as soon as possible so your out-of-town guests will be able to find lodging.
- Bad weather can be a problem. If inclement weather strikes just before your big day, it can make travel to and from your wedding impossible.
- There are fewer daylight hours. As a result, you will have to plan your photo sessions more strategically.
- Colder temperatures can impact what you should be wearing during your ceremony and reception. It can also be difficult to keep your wedding party warm.