Which season should you get married in?
Choosing which season you should get married in is not always as easy as it sounds. There are pros and cons for every season, some of which you may have never considered.
I’m grateful to live in Sydney, Australia. Here, we get to experience the full four seasons throughout the year. My personal favourite season is Autumn, or “Fall” to my North American friends, due to the vivid orange tones and the warm but breathable temperatures.
One of the first decisions you need to make when you begin planning a wedding is when you want to get married. Knowing the pros and cons will help you determine the kind of weather you would like to hope for.
It goes without saying, but I cannot predict the weather. These tips are supposed to be a framework to help you decide which season will suit your needs best. Rain, hail or shine, you’ll be guaranteed to have an amazing party if you have the right attitude.
Weddings in Summer:
Summer is often the first choice for most couples. It’s almost always reliably warm, however, there are plenty of things to keep in mind.
- Long sunsets with beautiful golden light.
- It’s warm enough that you can party into the long hours of the night.
- If people need to travel to the wedding, summer can often be an easy time to arrange time off.
- Perfect weather for an all-outdoor celebration.
- A late sunset can make it difficult to structure the timing of the day.
- The heat. And sweaty armpits. Not a good mix.
- Not to mention the potential for flies, particularly for weddings in the country.
- Makeup can melt easily.
- Sunburn is no one’s friend.
- People are often taking holidays in the summer months and may not be available to attend your wedding. (Early save-the-dates can help mitigate this issue)
- Flowers wilt quickly in the heat.
Weddings in Autumn:
Fun fact: March is the most popular month for people to get married in Australia.
Autumn is my favourite season to shoot weddings in Sydney, so I have nothing bad to say about it. However, there are still things to keep in mind.
- Everything about Autumn is beautiful (IMHO).
- Beautiful sunsets
- Beautiful fallen leaves
- Beautiful orange tones
- You get the point…
- It’s always busy busy busy! Be sure to book ahead.
- Venues and vendors may charge higher prices during peak season.
Weddings in Winter:
I always recommend winter weddings for one reason: they’re off-peak. Most vendors will have greater flexibility with dates and availability.
- Off-peak occasionally means venues and other vendors may charge less money. Do your research, and be respectful. There are still plenty of vendors who charge what they’re worth, regardless of the season.
- Sunset is earlier in the day, so you can do your sunset shoot before meeting your guests at the reception.
- Flowers last longer in the cooler weather and won’t wilt easily.
- The lads won’t get too sweaty in their suits.
- It’s COLD! But maybe that’s just an excuse to cuddle up to your brand new spouse.
- Sunsets are shorter and typically less colourful.
Weddings in Spring:
And now we get to Spring, the season of love. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blossoming, and the hayfever hits hard.
- If you are a fan of florals, this may be the best month for you! Spring is the ultimate time for variety and colour in your bouquets and decorations.
- The sky is bluer, the grass is greener, and there’s generally more colour everywhere in Spring.
- Pollen levels are high and hayfever is rife. Consider this carefully, especially if you or your partner suffers badly. The last thing you want is a red nose in your wedding photos.
- Spring is another popular time for weddings, so be sure to book things well in advance, or opt for a weekday wedding to avoid disappointment.
I hope this article has helped you make the decision on which season you should get married in. If you have any ideas I should add to this list, please leave a comment below.
Henry Paul is a Sydney wedding photographer. Head to the contact page to see if he’s available to photograph your wedding.