Choosing the Best Season for a Wedding | Wedding Weather, Lighting, and More
Choosing the best season for a wedding is key to making your vision unfold seamlessly. Is the winter better than the spring? Is June really the best wedding month? Today’s blog will help you come to the conclusion that is right for you and your wedding.
Weather is a huge part of this decision and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Ensure that your guests are comfortable, because it isn’t preferable for them to be cold or hot. I’ve photographed weddings where the guests were miserable- sweating and shading their faces during the ceremony. Trust me, you don’t want this. And I’ll mention that fans and a water station don’t exactly eliminate the discomfort.
If it is extremely hot out, there’s a large likelihood that you’ll be uncomfortable in your wedding dress, your makeup won’t last as long, and the men will get overheated in their suits. Consider reserving area coolers or heaters in the winter if you do decide to have your wedding during some of the hottest and coldest months of the year. This way if extreme weather ensues, you have the perfect solutions to weather problems and you and your guests will appreciate the temperature relief.
For winter weddings, the sun will set much earlier than in the spring and summer. If you decide to get married in the winter, the sun sets earlier and you might need to have an earlier start time for the ceremony than you originally envisioned. You want to make sure the light is ideal so that you and your photographer have plenty of time to get the best photographs of your ceremony and portraits as possible.
Winter is a season where I even more highly recommend having a first look. Otherwise, you might have a ceremony at 3pm-3:30pm and the light disappears by 4:15pm. That’d leave you with only 45 minutes for family, bridal party, and bride/groom portraits.
For my wedding, I chose April because the sun would set later in the evening than my other potential month, October. I wanted there to be sun for the entirety of cocktail hour with it setting over the course of dinner. It was perfect!
If you want a specific flower and color scheme, ask your florist if your ideal flower or color flower is available year round or only during a specific season. Certain flowers may be much more abundant (and less costly) during one season than the other. This way you can be sure that you have the flowers and theme you imagined, rather than having to go over budget or forgo what you wanted.
For our wedding, colorful flowers in spring and summer tones were a must. April flowers have so much vibrancy and variety that it truly is one of the best months for flowers!
By taking many of these things into consideration, you’ll be equipped to pick the best wedding season for your wedding!