Prosecco & Petals
Wedding planning guide
A wedding in any season will be magical, but picking the right one for you as a couple will make it extra memorable. Below is a practical comparison of the pros and cons for each season with tips to ensure you get the most out of the month you choose.
Winter wedding venues are often highly discounted and, compared to other seasons, there is a lack of competition for dates so couples can often get their first choice venue and suppliers. Suppliers and venues often have more time to provide personalised extras and are willing to do extra for good reviews ahead of peak season. Couples choosing winter weddings will also often notice that guests are less likely to be double-booked. Wedding planning and the lead-up events can often be a nice focal point in what can be a difficult season for many.
The major factor that prevents many couples choosing winter is the weather and lack of daylight hours: This goes against the stereotypical notions of what a wedding day should look like and, as such, many will instantly write it off. Winter is also the quietest wedding season so many smaller suppliers may choose to take breaks and the breadth of services can be slightly reduced.
Springs weddings are iconic due to the generally warmer weather and nature in bloom: Spring is often viewed as the optimum season for outdoor weddings. This season also benefits from multiple bank holidays, which enable couples to pick alternative days of the week to get married on. Couples choosing spring will have slightly less competition for suppliers than in peak wedding season and prices can be marginally cheaper.
Spring wedding temperatures can still fluctuate significantly and couples getting married in this season will need to have back-up plans in case of sudden showers. Budget wise, spring can be slightly cheaper for venues and suppliers, but the competition for dates is just as rife as summer. For the best prices opt for April dates.
Long daytime hours and warm, sunny weather make the majority of couples still opt for this traditional wedding season. As the wedding industry is designed around this peak season, all suppliers will be working, shops are full of wedding items and there is an abundance of choice for every aspect of your day. However, it is essential to book far in advance to get your favourite suppliers.
Summer weddings require diligent, forward-planning due to the competition for guests, venues and suppliers: This can create a lot of extra stress and spending unless you are willing to plan far in advance. Due to the popularity of this season, it is also common for there to be multiple weddings and more pressure to have the ‘standout’ wedding of the season.
The weather often gets better when the kids go back to school. Autumnal colours can also add extra romance to pictures, and this is the perfect season to include fireworks, sparklers and warming drinks. Prices in September are still relatively high but do tend to drop in October. There are often last-minute deals in this season for late planners too. For couples looking to take an exotic honeymoon, this is often the best time to travel.
There will be fewer daylight hours and, as such, wedding ceremonies should be booked earlier in the day and arrangements made in case of bad weather. It is also wise to pick photographers that have experience getting excellent autumnal pictures.
Christmas weddings are perfect for those who want a themed wedding as the decorations and entertainment can be as bold as you want to go. Most venues will often specially decorate for this season too and this can cut down additional costs on entertainment and catering. Wedding guests are also likely to be in a festive, party spirit and this can ensure that the evening reception is wild.
Christmas is a busy time of year and it is wise to expect that some guests will have plans far in advance or be limited by family events. Surprisingly, venue and supplier costs can also be more expensive (especially within the festive week) and competition for prime dates is on the rise.