When people think of the winter they automatically think of rain. However, there are actually quite a few benefits to having a winter wedding. Similarly, while the idea of a sun soaked summer wedding may seem perfect, the time of year does have some downsides.
So how does a winter wedding compare to a summer wedding?
When people think of summer, they think of sun. But this is England we’re talking about. No matter what time of the year, you have to expect the worst weather. Which means having a bad weather plan, so that you have a backup should the worst happen. With that in mind, from a planning point of view in some ways a summer wedding is no more convenient than winter one. Yes, the chances of bad weather at a winter wedding are higher, but if you still have to have a contingency plan anyway the plans for the two seasons are remarkably similar.
With summer being such a popular time for weddings, it’s not surprising that the best venues and photographers get booked up quickly. Being in such high demand they can also afford to charge more. You might find that your dream venue is actually cheaper in the winter, leaving you more money to spend on other parts of your ceremony, or just making you a saving.
And, if you want a festive wedding, you will probably find that your chosen venue will be decorated anyway in the winter. This means you can save money on making your chosen venue look special.
If you have your wedding in the summer, your big day will be competing with other people’s plans. Lots of people will be taking holidays and going abroad. In the winter less people will have made plans, and the chance to attend a wedding will be a nice reprieve from months of sitting around at home doing nothing. If you want to make sure that all your family and friends can attend, and that your wedding has a lot of guests, holding it in the winter could be a safer bet.
Your wedding is about you. When it comes to choosing when to hold a wedding, what you want is the most important factor. A winter wedding may be cheaper, but a summer wedding may be more idyllic. There is no ‘better’ option, simply what suits the two of you best.