Setting the Date: The Pros and Cons of Every Season for Weddings

Setting the Date: The Pros and Cons of Every Season for Weddings

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Taryn Williford
Jan 4, 2016
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So you're getting married. First things first: You'll have to set a date for your big day. If you're the type who's spent their whole life dreaming of a June wedding, then go get it, girl (or groom). If you're still a little, shall we say... undecided? Check out our list of the pros and cons of each season for weddings.

Here's what to do: Glance at the lists, then start to make mental notes of your priorities for your big day. For me, having a comfortable outdoor ceremony was at the top of the list, so I ruled out rainy spring, hot summer and cold winter for our Atlanta nuptials right away. Then, once you have a time of year in mind, you can make moves to mitigate the negative aspects of the season, like working around holidays or planning for rough weather.

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Spring pro: Peonies. Bouquet by Poppies Flowers, featured on Style Me Pretty.
(Image credit: Luke Simon)

Spring Weddings

Pros:

  • Great Goldilocks temperatures: Not too hot, not too cold.
  • Lots of fruits and veggies in season makes for a fresh menu.
  • So many beautiful flowers in season–tulips, peonies, take your pick.

Cons:

  • It's the rainy season.
  • It's also allergy season. While some people say rain on your wedding day is good luck, there's no such maxim about itchy eyes and runny noses.
  • You'll have to work around Easter, spring break and graduation.
Summer pro: Weddings so bright, you gotta wear shades. Photo by Jemma Keech.
(Image credit: Jemma Keech)

Summer Weddings

Pros:

  • Long days with lots of sunlight.
  • Lush greenery and flowers everywhere.
  • Kids are out of school, and it's a good time for people to take vacations for destination weddings.

Cons:

  • Guests might have summer plans already, including other summer weddings to go to. (It's a popular time of year!)
  • It could be really hot where you are.
  • Heat and humidity are not only uncomfortable, but also hell on wilting flowers and melting makeup. And wearing formalwear in the summer kind of blows.
  • Also, bugs.
Fall pro: All the donuts. These are from The Donut Snob, on Style Me Pretty.
(Image credit: Troy Grover)

Fall Weddings

Pros:

  • Mild weather.
  • Beautiful foliage.
  • Cider.
  • Donuts.
  • Pumpkin spice.
  • Everything is perfect.

Cons:

  • Fall is the new summer, and a really popular time for weddings these days. Expect competition and date conflicts for venues and vendors.
  • A cold snap can sneak up on you, so beware that the mild weather of Autumn might not be a guarantee in the later dates in October and November.
  • It's football season, which may or may not be a deal-breaker depending on your guest list.
Winter pro: Snowy pictures. From Benj Haisch and Green Wedding Shoes.
(Image credit: Benj Haisch)

Winter Weddings

Pros:

  • Wintry scenes can be really beautiful, with all that freshly fallen snow.
  • It's off-season for the wedding industry, which could yield good deals.
  • Fewer winter weddings also means little or no conflicts with vendors.
  • Your bouquet and centerpieces will hold up amazingly in the cold weather. It's like the outside is one giant floral fridge.
  • Winter wonderland weddings are amazing. Duh.

Cons:

  • It's COLD y'all. You can't have an outdoor wedding unless you are getting married in Florida or you hate your guests.
  • Winter storms are unpredictable, and ice and snow might make getting to your wedding a problem for you or your guests.
  • Shorter daylight hours makes scheduling tough, especially if you want to have enough time to take photos after the ceremony.
  • Could conflict with holidays/guests' holiday plans. You can steer clear of Christmas and Hanukkah with a quick glance at the calendar, but parties, travel and budgets might make things tough on your guests this time of year.
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