BY KAREN COOPER
To make your dream wedding a reality, many decisions have to be made. Two of the most important decisions are when and where the wedding will take place.
When you lock down your wedding date and venue, you’re also making a commitment to a wedding season. The season you choose will have pros and cons, so it’s important to think carefully and do some research to make sure you are making the choice that’s right for you. To help you get started, we have compiled a list of some advantages and disadvantages to consider.
Summer is ideal for night owls because you will want to avoid the hottest hours of the day. Stay mindful of your guests, and make sure to have plenty of water and other hydrating beverages available as well as shade and other areas where they can cool off. An evening ceremony with dinner served can be lovely at this time of year when daylight can last until almost 9:00 p.m.
It can be argued that summer offers the most theme options of any season…every kind of concept you can think of (except maybe a snowy, winter wonderland). Anything from country chic to a fancy garden party, ballroom glamour to beachy fun is on the table at this time of year.
It can be HOT! A sweating bride is not the most attractive bride (or the most comfortable bride), so high temperature is always something to be mindful of when deciding on a summer wedding.
Attendance can be tricky during summer months when people may have vacations already planned. Make sure to get your save-the-dates out early!
The leaves are falling, the temperature is cooling and your dreams of an outdoor wedding can still be fulfilled. Fall provides an amazing natural backdrop of brilliant colors and textures. Whether you are outdoors by a lake or indoors at a rustic barn-themed wedding, fall all on its own will make everything more vibrant and beautiful.
If you prefer a deeper and darker color scheme for your day, then fall is your season. Maroon, orange, dark purple, reds and greens are all wonderful selections with the natural surroundings.
The weather is fairly reliable in the fall which can make a huge difference on your wedding day. More often than not, you’ll get exactly the kind of day you’re envisioning.
Fall can be a difficult time for some people financially. Your guests may be strapped for cash following their summer vacations. School has just started, and they need to save money for their holiday plans. Out-of-towners may not be able to splurge on the airfare and travel accommodations necessary to attend your big day.
Creating your own Hallmark movie sounds pretty dreamy! There’s such a sense of romance in the air when you plan your wedding around the holidays, or even in January or February when it’s still crisp and cold outside. A warm, cozy indoor wedding with a fireplace, candles and dimmed lights can be very special. You may even luck out and have snow falling in the background.
Winter weddings allow more bang for your buck. There are not nearly as many weddings planned during winter months, so oftentimes, you can get discounts on vendors and venues that would typically cost far more during other seasons.
Winter allows for deliciously rich dessert tables, hot cocoa bars and comfort foods everyone loves.
Venues that come with an (almost) guarantee of snow on the ground also come with the risk of a terrible snow storm. You may be holding your breath until your wedding day if you choose this type of venue because guests and vendors may not be able to show up at all if the weather turns really bad.
While winter weddings allow a warm, cozy atmosphere, there are only so many hours of daylight during this time of year. Depending on the month and location of the ceremony, the sun sets pretty early, and the festivities need to start (and end) much sooner.
Spring has such natural beauty. It’s a time of rebirth with an abundance of bright blooms and lush green landscapes.
The timing of spring is ideal. There aren’t many major holidays and people are less likely to be taking vacations.
You really don’t have any weather-related restrictions when it comes to selecting your wedding gown. If wearing long sleeves is your preference, the weather is suitable for that choice…and if you have always seen yourself going sleeveless, that will work, too!
Weather may not cooperate. Anywhere you choose can have an erratic forecast, so you will need to have a backup plan.
Allergies can ramp up in the spring which can impact you and your groom for photos with irritated eyes and runny noses. You may also want to consider this for your bridal party and guests.
Pricing for venues and vendors will go up for spring weddings, so if you are on a tight budget, you may want to reconsider and plan something for winter.