When planning a wedding, setting the date is a decision that makes it all suddenly seem so real. From this point on you can begin to inform your guests of the special date and finalise all the finer details. It’s also one of the most important choices to get right. In this article we will explore the pros and cons of choosing different times of the year for hosting a wedding.
Every couple will have their own preference of when they would most like to get married. Some, for instance, may dream of a sunny beach wedding while others choose to opt for a snowy backdrop during the winter. The ‘best’ time of the year is also shaped by several other factors, such as location and individual circumstances. The questions to consider when searching for a date include whether you and your guests can book time off work, is your preferred venue available, does it clash with public holidays, and is there enough budget available.
Summer is perhaps one of the most popular seasons for a wedding. It’s a time when children are off school and several workers choose to book annual holiday, meaning that there’s usually not too many excuses for being unable to attend. The weather is also typically at its best in summer so you’re more likely to enjoy clear skies and sunny conditions, the perfect scenery for your stunning wedding photographs! However, a summer wedding can also be quite expensive. There is a greater demand for weddings in summer which can result in higher prices.
For a budget-friendly option, you may wish to prefer having a wedding during the winter months. With less demand, you will usually find most things to be cheaper when planning a wedding for winter time. The obvious downside is that the weather will be cold and potentially wet and miserable, but if spending most of your time indoors is the preference, then this may not trouble you. The festive atmosphere may also be appealing to you, but do make sure that you take into account the needs of guests if Christmas is right around the corner.
If summer is too hot and busy for you, or winter is too cold and close to Christmas, then autumn or spring may help you find the right balance. The early months of autumn are usually still bright with mild temperatures, while spring guarantees plenty of colour.
This just scratches the surface of when is the best time of the year to get married. There are several other things to consider, including days of the week. For example, Saturdays are the most popular day for a wedding, while weekdays also have their own pros and cons. Special events and public holidays can also complicate the situation. Ultimately, the best time of the year for a wedding is one that suits you, your partner and your guests.
Photos of Charlotte’s and Chris’ Wedding
We recently welcomed the lovely Charlotte and Chris to our Liverpool wedding venue to celebrate their special day together with family and friends.
Here are some of the best photographs of the day as captured by photographer James A Harkness. Follow James on Instagram to check out more of his work.