What’s the Best Month to Have a Wedding?

If you are still deciding on a wedding date and are unsure of the best time of year for your special day, this blog post is for you. Each season and each month has advantages depending on where you live or where you will travel for your wedding ceremony.

By the end of this post, you might have a better idea of what season or month you want to have your wedding.

The challenge when trying to find the best month to have a wedding is thinking about so many factors, such as cost, venue availability, weather, design,

There are many options when finding the best month to have a wedding. Typically, people have a few things in mind that are non-negotiables, like the city where the wedding will take place or your venue. But if you’re open to considering the best month to have a wedding for cost or other reasons, Wedistry’s blog post is for you.

The sooner you can decide on a wedding date, the better. You will want to get some details set as soon as possible. The wedding venue is at the top of that list because you can’t replace your preferred wedding venue.

The wedding officiant is another person you want to get committed to your wedding as soon as possible. You may be able to find an officiant last minute, but what you want is for your officiant to be involved throughout the process, from counseling and writing vows to preparing for your wedding.

The good thing is that choosing your wedding date is something that you have control over, and it’s something that you can enjoy. You can think about what season you would like your wedding to best fit your preferences. Choosing your best month to have a wedding is unlike other wedding planning that you may not have as much control over, such as how much it costs or other factors.

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Best Month to Have a Wedding

January

For that reason, one of the more difficult months to have a wedding is also one of the lower costs months. If you are looking for a budget-friendly wedding that emphasizes a new beginning with your spouse-to-be and perhaps even takes advantage of a snow-filled dreamscape, this might be your month.

February

The obvious theme for February is Valentine’s Day. Still, you may or may not want to include this theme for obvious reasons such as being too obvious or your previous experience and feelings about that elusive holiday. It’s a ready-made theme, but it’s also still in the heart of winter, so this might only be your choice if you have a special story that includes Valentine’s Day.

March

In many locations, March is when winter weather finally breaks, and you have the opportunity for beautiful scenery, depending on your location in the US. As wedding season slowly begins in March, you will see the cost increase, and venues will become a little tougher to reserve.

April

As wedding season gets in full swing, you will see a difference in availability and cost starting in April. Although you may be clear of snow, you will want to be careful about one of the rainiest months and keep as many of your events indoors as possible if this month works best for you. This might require a little more creativity, but there are many ways to make the most of this month that are known to be troublesome regarding the weather.

May

Like October, May is a great month because it’s not quite as competitive as June but just as beautiful regarding the weather. You may prefer a little cooler temps from May to June. Some of the most amazing weather can take place in May, depending on where you live, so this might be your first choice if you are looking for the best of all categories. This might be your best month to have a wedding.

June

Our first month of the year is also one of the most popular; June offers beautiful weather and has the least conflicts with guests’ schedules, making this the perfect combination for this highly sought-after wedding month. When you don’t have to worry about conflicting school schedules, whether it’s little ones or college, it makes for a much less stressful planning experience.

And environmentally, you likely can’t beat the weather options. Whether you have the wedding during the day or later in the evening, it’s bound to have a much higher chance of a gorgeous day. Expect costs during June to be top tier, and if you are looking for a venue, plan to grab your venue at least a year, but if possible, closer to a year and a half to 2 years ahead of time. Getting your venue will be more work, but other planning items will be much easier this month.

July

July is also a peak wedding month for some of the same reasons as July, but with temperatures rising for the next month or 2, it might be slightly easier to get your venue, and the costs will still be high but not as high as in June. As we get closer to the hottest summer days, you must be a little more strategic about when your wedding events occur.

Please don’t take your wedding party to play beach volleyball the week of the wedding! You want everyone to be at their best and ready to take stunning wedding photos. We don’t need anyone getting heatstroke. If you have your wedding in July, you may want to have your ceremony later.

August

August is another peak month, but as summer comes to a close, you are in the danger zone regarding the possibility of having a shockingly hot wedding day. August is known to record some of the hottest days of the year, depending on where you live, so again, this is a month when you want to have events as late as possible. Don’t shy away from August, though. With a little planning, you will not compete at the same rate as other premium months, but you may still get everything you want in cost, availability, and weather.

September

September is the “other” premium wedding month, along with June. Some reasons for this are the gorgeous weather in many locations, sunsets, design possibilities, and more. Everything you want could happen in the perfectly placed September month. You have much less chance of troublesome weather, but everything else you want or need is possible.

For that reason, you will see some of the highest prices during September and have as hard a time as any month when booking your venue and vendors. If you choose September, be sure to book as far out as possible and keep your wedding planner and those helping, likely in your wedding party, aware that they might need to put in a little extra effort to help you with planning.

October

October might be a sneaky kind of good month if you want to keep costs down, not pay premium prices for venues and vendors, and still have beautiful weather but not too hot or cold. In October, you can go all-in on a fall design at just about any location in the country and have a beautiful wedding. This is another excellent choice for your best month to have a wedding.

November

November is not typically a peak month, but it may benefit your fall wedding, especially if you consider a backyard wedding. Consider the fall wedding design theme and how this date may suit you best. It will start to get cool, of course, so think about having your ceremony earlier in the day, or this is when you may need to ensure that all of your events are indoors. Even think about traveling and walking to your events because many places start to see snow and winter weather this time.

December

December can be another strategic choice because you can host your wedding during the holiday break without completely running your guests’ holiday plans. This might be a welcome choice, especially if most guests won’t travel for your wedding. If you can schedule your wedding early in the holiday season and avoid the actual holidays, you may have the winter wonderland wedding of your dreams, keep your costs down, and also be able to gather all of your loved ones for your special day.

Here is another great video about planning for wedding weather:

Now you’re one step closer to planning your wedding.

Next, remember to book your venue!

You can breathe a little easier now that you have found the best month to have a wedding!

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Aaron Smith
Hi, my name is Aaron! I’m glad to be the founder of Wedistry, a collection of tools and tips to prepare couples for their wedding day. I am currently the manager of the Wedistry Blog and Wedistry for Wedding Parties on the App Store. Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you find this content helpful during your wedding planning process.

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One response to “What’s the Best Month to Have a Wedding?”

  1. moretha Avatar

    Summer weddings are particularly lovely, especially because guests will be able to enjoy a meal before the sun sets. Like my friend’s wedding at Victory North Savannah (https://www.victorynorthsavannah.com/weddings) last summer.

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