Which Season is Best to Host Your Wedding? Review the Pros and Cons

As soon as wedding bells start to ring− and that shiny rock has found its new home on the left ring finger− there are a few vital decisions that need to be made before you call the caterer. Before a dress can be chosen, or a menu or even a theme, one factor needs to be decided on…when will the wedding take place?

The traditional idea of a spring wedding is being chased by new ideas of enchanting fall ceremonies and majestic winter receptions. With such great wedding potential in every season, deciding on the ideal time to make your fairytale come to life can become a challenge. To help sort out the commotion, we’ve broken down the pros and cons of each potential wedding-hosting season. Hopefully this can help you and your beau decide on the best time of year to get hitched!

P.S. Don’t forget to scroll down to our list of important dates to take into consideration when planning your big day.

Winter

  • Pros
    • Embrace the Natural Theme Having a wedding in the colder months means you’re gifted a winter wonderland theme. Welcome the season by having cozy décor with features such as big windows and a fireplace. Put your guests in the season’s mood by serving hot cocoa and giving out candy canes as favors.
    • Discounts on Venues and Vendors Because winter tends to be the off-season for weddings, many venues and vendors offer discounted prices for their services. If you’re looking to save money on your celebration, winter may be the best time to host your wedding.
    • Take Advantage of Shorter Days Winter tends to feel gloomy because of the limited amount of daylight. Turn this into your benefit. Shorter days mean you can have your wedding begin earlier in the day and go longer into the evening, without it ending too late.
  • Cons
    • Holiday Chaos Because of the proximity to all the holidays that happen in the winter months, you may need to accept that some guests may not be able to attend.
    • Weather Winter storms can be unpredictable. Even those who RSVP “yes” may be forced to miss or be late to your wedding due to inclement weather. Just something to keep in mind.
    • Winter Theme People come to expect a winter wonderland theme for winter weddings. If you don’t provide that, some people may be put off.
    • Indoor Restrictions Some couples may try to be daring in the winter and host some sort of outdoor aspect to their wedding. However, your guests may not be so keen on braving the cold.

Spring

  • Pros
    • Happy People Usually, spring brings out better moods in people because of things like better weather and blooming flowers. These good moods will be the cherry on top to your wedding.
    • Ideal Temperatures Some argue the best thing about spring is the climate.  Not too hot or too cold. Perfect for an outdoor wedding.
    • Open Dates For a spring wedding, it is best to schedule the date during spring breaks when family and friends may be more likely to attend.
    • Fresh Harvest Something that may be overlooked is the wonderful season of harvest that spring brings. Many fruits and vegetables are in-season which can be nicely incorporated into your menu.
  • Cons
    • Sniffle Season Spring also brings on allergy season, which may be problematic for guests attending an outdoor wedding.
    • Peak Prices With the peak event season comes peak prices. To get the venue you want at a better price, you may have to sacrifice a weekend day for a weekday.
    • Peak Wedding Season The majority of weddings, and many other events happen during the spring. Guests may have other weddings/milestone events to attend.

Summer

  • Pros
    • Picturesque Scenery Beautiful weather and backdrops make for great outdoor weddings in the summer.
    • Venue Availability With the wedding rush season being over, there may be more desirable venues that are available for summer nuptials.
    • Extended Celebrations Longer days and more sunlight can mean a longer celebration.
  • Cons
    • Vacation Time Summer is the time when many people, especially those who have children, decide to go away on vacation. This may threaten the number of guests that are able to attend your wedding.
    • Hot Temperatures Because of hot temperatures, makeup can run and threaten the outcome of pictures. Wearing formal attire can be uncomfortable to the wedding party and guests that need to run around in hot weather.
    • Higher Hotel Rates Summer is peak travel season. If you’re having a wedding in a location that requires guests book a hotel room for the night, rates may be much higher than expected.

Fall

  • Pros
    • Magical Foliage The changing colors of the leaves can make for an absolutely stunning back drop at an outdoor wedding.
    • Weather In early fall, temperatures are usually still ideal with warm afternoons and crisp evenings.
    • Varied Venue Choices The theme of fall brings the options of varied venues. Mountain resorts and state parks make for great places to host a fall wedding.
    • Dress Options Because of the weather, brides have more options of the kinds of dresses to wear. Longer sleeves, for example, are a great option for the big day.
  • Cons
    • Guest Availability Many people go back to school, whether it’s to teach or be a student. This may affect their decision to attend your wedding.
    • Short on Cash People may be short on cash after going on vacation over the summer. Instead of giving the happy couple the amount of money to cover their plate, your guests may feel it is better to miss the event altogether.

Here are some additional dates to keep in mind when planning your big day…

  • New Year’s and Christmas (Usually ranging between the 23th of December and the 5th of January)
  • Super Bowl Weekend (Usually early February)
  • Mother’s Day (early May)
  • Memorial Day Weekend (Last weekend in May)
  • First weekend in June (According to LJ Productions’ experience, this is the most common wedding weekend of the year)
  • 4th of July Weekend
  • Labor Day Weekend (Early September)
  • The World Series (Sometime in October)
  • Thanksgiving/Thanksgiving Weekend
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