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Choosing the right season to get married in

Selecting the season you would prefer to get married in will make your wedding venue search and booking a much easier process.

Below is a straightforward guide to the pros and cons of different wedding seasons.

Winter wedding season

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Benefits of getting married in winter: Early New Year (January to March)

Winter weddings are good for:

Discounts, not just from the venue but also from wedding suppliers. You will also feel that you are getting much more personalised service as this season is the quietest.

Most wedding guest will back to work after the Christmas period, and your wedding could end up being the highlight of a cold winter period.

Winter weddings are bad for:

This is unsurprisingly the sleepiest time of the wedding year, and many wedding suppliers choose to take breaks. The days are short, the temperatures can be at their coldest and most people, in general, are low on funds after Christmas spending.

Top tips for winter weddings:
  • Pick a venue with lots of beautiful and atmospheric indoor space
  • Have your ceremony early in the afternoon to capture some daylight

  • Select drinks and food that reflect the season to add extra cheer

  • Choose a photographer with experience of adverse weather conditions (particularly snow)

  • Make the most of the additional hours of darkness by adding fireworks, sparklers or glow-sticks
  • Spring wedding
    Why spring weddings are getting more popular (Mid-March – May)
    Spring weddings are suitable for:

    Warm temperatures and nature is in bloom, which will make your photos look extra romantic.

    This season also benefits from May bank holidays and couples will have slightly less competition for suppliers than in peak wedding season.

    Spring weddings are bad for:

    Bargain prices as most suppliers will have their peak prices in place from April onwards.

    Top tips for spring weddings:
  • Pick a venue with gardens and set the cocktail hour outside
  • Incorporate seasonal blossoms to lower confetti and flower costs
  • Use January sales to get all wedding gifts, wedding favours and bridal party accessories
    Spring wedding
  • Why getting married in summer can still be worth the expense (June – August)
    Summer weddings are suitable for:

    Long daytime hours and warm, sunny weather. Summer weddings allow couples to enjoy outdoor areas of their venue and enable guests to move more freely. As the wedding industry is catered around this peak season, all suppliers will be working, and there will be lots of choices. However, it is essential to book far in advance to get your favourite suppliers

    Summer weddings are bad for:

    Calendar conflicts; in peak season guests are more likely to be on holidays or at other friends’ weddings. Your wedding is also most likely to be sandwiched in between other weddings.
    Most venues will be booked up one to two years in advance, especially for June weekends.

    Top tips for summer weddings:
  • Plan at least a year in advance to avoid disappointment
  • Pick a venue that offers beautiful and picturesque gardens
  • Get your wedding save the dates out extra early to secure the attendance of your nearest and dearest Autumn wedding
    Autumn weddings (September, October)
    Autumn weddings are good for:

    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.

    Autumn weddings are bad for:

    There will be less daytime (light) hours. As such, wedding ceremonies should be booked earlier in the day and arrangements in case of bad weather made.

    It is also wise to pick photographers that have experience getting excellent autumnal pictures.

    Top tips for autumn weddings
  • Pick a venue with deciduous trees to maximise photo opportunities
  • Pick a venue with lots of indoor space that looks beautiful when it is all lit up
  • Autumn wedding
    Winter: Christmas weddings (November, December)
    Christmas weddings are best for:

    Lovers of the festive spirit and the lights, decoration, and merriment that comes with it. Most venues will offer themed packages for this season only.

    Christmas weddings are bad for:

    Calendar conflicts; as many guests may have long-held Christmas plans. Do to expect prices to be higher than Autumn as the popularity of Christmas weddings are on the rise.

    Top tips for winter weddings:
  • Pick a venue with lots of indoor space and roaring fires, which can be decorated for the festive period

  • Have your ceremony early in the afternoon to capture some daylight

  • Select drinks and food that reflect the season to add extra cheer

  • Choose a photographer with experience of bad weather conditions

  • Make the most of the dark evenings by adding fireworks, sparklers or glow-sticks

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