My wedding falls just at the end of summer, along with what seems like every other bride in the world. For certain, summer is a popular time to get married, so much so that many couples try to go the unconventional route with a wedding in the fall, winter or spring.
While I have encountered a few disadvantages of having the big day in the summer, there are countless advantages to a wedding held in the summer months. The weather tends to be more consistent. People have time off to attend your wedding. You can wear a wedding dress without need for a coat to cover it all up.
Even if you think a summer wedding has been done and seems overcrowded with brides, it has a number of advantages. If you are still mulling over whether to have a summer wedding or not, here are 7 reasons why it is a good idea.
1. More Friends and Family Can Attend
If you give your guests enough notice, summer weddings tend to have higher turnouts than those in the fall, winter and spring. Couples who want their friends and family to be able to attend their wedding should consider a summer wedding for this reason. You don’t have to worry as much about conflicting school schedules or busy work times of the year.
However, as I have learned with my own summer wedding, you should try to schedule your wedding in the heart of summer, rather than at the end or the beginning. Many guests might still be tied to those school schedules or they are just beginning the school year.
2. The Weather is More Consistent
In most parts of the country, summer is a more consistent time for the weather. Spring can be unpredictable with cold fronts and tornadoes. Fall can be beautiful but it can also turn into a snowstorm before you know it. Winter weather cannot just be difficult for the wedding party but also for guests. Those flying in could face problems with delays due to bad weather.
For the summer months, the weather does tend to be more consistent. While you can’t always plan on the weather, if you do a search of the average high temperatures and average low temperatures for around when you want your wedding, you will notice one thing, consistency.
For example, for my August wedding, the temperatures in Colorado remain in the mid 80s for highs and 60s for lows. Sure, you can encounter the occasional shower and bad day, but most parts of the country have consistent weather in the summer.
3. More Outdoor Options for Wedding Events
Many couples want to incorporate the outdoors into their wedding. While it is possible to have an outdoor ceremony or reception in the fall and spring, it is a gamble. You never know if you will have to go to a plan B in case of rain or even snow.
In the summer months, this is less of a concern. You can usually incorporate the outdoors in some way. For my wedding, cocktail hour and dinner will be held on a patio over looking the mountains. If there is a light sprinkle, we have an overhang that will shade guests. At the same time, my wedding guests will get to be outdoors, something most appreciate at a wedding.
4. The Flower Selection Tends To Be Better
From June to August, there are a number of flowers at their best that you can’t really get in throughout the rest of the year. While you can usually find any flower you want, expenses can go up if they must be shipped in from tropical locales or grown in a greenhouse just for your wedding.
Brides in the summer months can capitalize on the fact that more flowers are in bloom than any other time of the year. If you want a beautiful bouquet, your flowers stand a better chance in the summer.
5. Bright Colors Don’t Look Out of Place
For winter weddings, the color palettes tend to be more subdued to look right with the season. However, most brides want to use more cheerful and bright colors for their wedding. In the summer, the sky is truly the limit in this regard. You can pick bright hues and not worry that they won’t look right for the season. Summer brides tend to have more wiggle room in the color palette department.
6. Honeymoon Options Abound
While places will be there no matter the season, in the summer months, you stand the best chance of having a honeymoon under optimal conditions. For example, my summer wedding will lead to a honeymoon in Greece. We are arriving to Greece right at the tail end of the summer season, when many hotels, transportation services and towns in general are shutting down for the low season.
The same can be said for Caribbean locations during the fall hurricane season. If you want to experience certain parts of the world, summer is usually the best time to see these places without bad weather or non-existent services due to it being the low season.
7. You Can Dodge The Long Engagement
If I had another month to plan my summer wedding, I might go crazy. Sometimes too much time can be a bad thing when it comes to a summer wedding. According to a 2011 poll of 18,000 brides by The Knot and The Wedding Channel, the most popular month to get engaged is December.
If you don’t want a long engagement, six months out puts you at having a summer wedding. Getting engaged on or around popular holidays like Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day lends enough time to plan a wedding and book vendors without having too much time on your hands to over think things.
Have you had a summer wedding? What advantages did you uncover to getting married in the summer months?