How To Pick Your Wedding Date: Pros & Cons Of The Seasons
Engagement season has just passed and congrats if you recently became engaged! One of the first questions everyone is going to ask you is, “Did you pick a date yet?” And you may have a special date in mind that you were already thinking of, such as an anniversary date, a long holiday weekend or maybe even the month and day of the week. But what if you’re undecided? How do you pick your wedding date?
My beau and I still aren’t engaged (although I sense it may be coming as I accidentally saw a search on his phone for where to buy engagement rings) – but we’ve already discussed when to get married, although we haven’t officially decided, we do have a general idea. May? No, too superstitious. August, too hot. December? Too close to the holidays. We’ve talked about the date so much that I thought a break down of the Pros and Cons of the months and seasons that we’ve thought of, so you can decide on your wedding date as well.
Spring Wedding Dates: March through May
- It’s usually not too hot, and not too cold. Of course March will be cooler vs the end of May.
- You can have a fabulous garden wedding if the temperature is right – with all the blossoming flowers
- There’s lots of pretty, soft colors to choose from for your wedding palette.
- It may be warm enough for the feel of a summer wedding – without it being too hot
- March weddings typically will be cheaper than May weddings.
- It’s windy season – remember March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. There’s been instances where it has snowed in March (even early April!).
- It’s rainy season – remember April showers bring May flowers. They say rain brings good luck on your wedding, but it also can dampen you’re guests’ mood.
- It’s allergy season, so if you’re a bride to be with seasonal allergies, you may want to skip these months or risk ruining your photos with itchy, pink eyes and a runny nose.
- May is the start of wedding season and begins to become competitive for dates. May is also known to be the most superstitious of months to get married in.
- Keep in mind to plan around the holidays (Easter, Passover, Spring break, Memorial Day weekend).
Summer Wedding Dates: June through August
- Warm weather in early June to scorching hot by August depending on your location.
- Long days and beautiful nights make these months perfect for outdoor weddings.
- Lots of foliage, flowers and garden landscapes to take photos.
- Beach season – if you want a tropical inspired wedding.
- Schools out for the summer, so everyone can attend.
- Friends and family may already have vacations booked and may not be able to attend.
- Hot weather is not your friend in heavy fabrics and makeup. Humidity is not your groom’s friend in a tux or a BFF to your bridesmaids hair. Your guests will be miserable if they have to be outside for long periods of time under the blistering sun.
- Summer is the most popular time for weddings so prices are high with little or no room for negotiation.
- Vendors may be booked. Locations may be booked too. Plan on 2 years in advance to make bookings for summer dates, especially Saturdays.
- Mosquitoes, bees, flies – bugs abound!
Fall Wedding Dates: September through November
- Still warm in September, but cools nicely as the season progresses.
- Green foliage in September and beautiful, multicolored leaves in October.
- The fall harvest brings lots of fresh produce and seasonal items: apple cider, pumpkin spice, maple!
- Friends and family won’t have vacations booked, but school is in session.
- The fall is just as competitive for wedding dates, vendors and prices as the summer months because it’s still warm enough, the scenery is beautiful and the season menu is yummy. November is probably your best bet for dates and prices.
- It could be warm one day and frigid the next, especially in mid-October an onward. You may not be able to have an outdoor wedding, unless it’s early September.
- It’s football season – which may make some groomsmen and guests groan. The World Series also occurs during this time, and if he’s like my beau, he would be sneaking in TV time on his phone. (Just gotta check the score, honey!)
Winter Wedding Dates: December through February
- The least competitive for dates, vendors and locations. Prices tend to be cheaper and you may have some wiggle room for negotiations or bonus add-ons.
- Winter weddings are so pretty – especially if it snows.
- You can have a beautiful rustic log cabin look, or go all out and deck the halls.
- New Years weddings are a hot trend, you can celebrate the new year with friends and family.
- You won’t have to worry about your flowers, makeup or cake melting.
- Winter wonderland weddings are amazing (but I am partial to snow)
- It’s cold. And there’s always a chance of snow, ice, sleet, slush – especially when you get deeper into the winter months. It could hamper driving, guests attending, even vendors from making it – imagine if there was a blizzard.
- It’s still football season. (see above)
- It’s holiday season – guests already have to spend money on Christmas / Hanukkah gifts. It may not work well with their budget or holiday parties.
- Shorter days means less daylight hours outside for photos.
Based on the pros and cons from this list, what months of the year have we decided upon?
- February – it’s our anniversary and I am partial to winter weddings. He isn’t a fan of the snow or the freezing cold. But we know that our budget may be better served during this month than others.
- June – he’s a fan of warm weather, long days and outdoor weddings. I’m not opposed and open to it. But I won’t have a wedding when it’s so hot that I’m going to melt. So early to mid June works for us.
- September & October – warm (but not hot) weather and pretty fall backdrops will be beautiful, these months are definite contenders.
- New Year’s Eve – I’ve dreamed of a New Years Eve wedding since 2006! Way before it was popular. I suggested the reception be in a hotel so our guests and ourselves can party into the night and not have to worry about driving home. He’s on the fence about it. We aren’t sure if guests will want to come, or rather spend the evening with their family. If our guests don’t want to bring their children, it will be hard to find a babysitter. Plus we aren’t sure of the cost, but this is one date we will explore further. Perhaps I’ll even throw the date out there when asked, “Did you pick a date yet?” and get some feedback that way before we decide.
What wedding dates are you looking at? Have you decided yet on a day, month or season? Let me know why you chose your specific wedding date – was there a pro or a con that won out? I’d love to hear from you!