Save the Date!
So here it is… you have found” the one” and you have the ring. You have the perfect wedding dress in your head, and have asked your closest friends and family to be in your wedding. But now the hard part, you have to choose a date. When is the best time of year to get married? Well, there are many factors that you should consider while picking your wedding day. Check out the pros and cons of each season below before you save the date.
Winter can be a magical time of year, perfect for a wedding setting. With the snow and the twinkling holiday lights, romance is in the air. It can also be cheaper since it is the wedding off peak. You can find discounted prices on venues and some caterers. You could also save money on a northern honeymoon! If you love the holiday season and have a limited budget this could be the right time to plan your special day! Just keep in mind you may run into issues with snowy weather that may prevent out of town guests from making it.
Keep holidays in mind when planning. While a New Years Eve or Valentine’s Day wedding may sound romantic and exciting, some guests may not be able to make your wedding or may not want to come if it falls on a holiday. You should also consider other events happening such as the Superbowl… even your groom may not show up if you choose Superbowl Sunday for your wedding. Venues and vendors on a holiday may also have more expensive pricing.
Autumn provides lovely crisp weather and beautiful colors as a drop back for your wedding. One positive is that this time of year lends itself to earthy harvest inspired decor. Also you generally don’t have to worry about the weather being too extreme. For the most part, you can expect a moderately cool day ( though you can never be too sure). You can also find cheaper venues, especially after October. Keep in mind you may want to avoid the time around baseball playoff season. Fall is also a peak season in the Philadelphia region, so be sure to book your vendors early!
The weather starts to warm up and flowers start to bloom!Spring is a time of new beginnings and excitement. In fact,this is the most popular time of the year to get married. If you decide to have your wedding in the Spring, you have the best flowers to choose from, and fun bright colors for your decor. However, since most couples get married this time of year, you have to keep in mind that prices will be higher. You will also have more couples vying for the same venues and dates, so book early! Also Spring can be a rainy season. If you are planning something outside be sure to have a back up plan!
Many people dream of a warm outdoor wedding in the Summer. This can be a great idea but you have to consider that you can have very hot uncomfortable weather. This could put your guests in a foul mood and even put older guests in danger. However, many times at the beginning of the summer the weather is consistently nice, and chances are your event will go off without a hitch! However May and June are peak times for weddings, so you may find higher rates. If you are on a budget you may want to consider July and August which are considered off season. Summer can also allow for creativity when it comes to fun colorful decor. One added bonus? The month of June, it is named after Juno, the Roman Goddess of Marriage! This fun fact could add a little extra symbolism to your already special day!
As you can see, there are many good and bad aspects to each season. In order to narrow down the time of year you would like to hold your nuptials, think about what is most important to you. If keeping your wedding budget low is crucial, consider getting married in the off peak seasons. If you have a favorite season or memorable event, hold your wedding around that. Just keep in mind, you should allow at least a year to plan. Whatever season it may be, there is no right answer, only what is right for you!