Updated: May 14
You may be pondering which month to choose for big day, or you may have your Wedding booked in 2020 and need to postpone to later in the year due to Covid-19. If this is you, then have you thought about still celebrating on your 'would have been' Wedding day, then moving your actual day to winter? Download our free guide here with ideas on how to celebrate!
In today’s blog, we have covered the venue and ceremony, taking into consideration the weather and costs to show the differences of winter and summer Weddings, plus giving you tips for each along the way!
When looking for a venue, knowing the season you are opting for is pretty important. For summer, outdoor weddings are on the rise, with many couples booking tipi and marquee style weddings, some even hiring a piece of land and starting from scratch. While these venues and beautiful, and great for a summer wedding, they may not be the best option for a winter wedding, even if you can get a heated marquee. The sound of rain can be very overpowering in a marquee, and majority of marquees/tipis will be situated on grass which guests will need to walk across and can become water logged and muddy.
If you are thinking of a winter wedding and would like the outside feel, why not look at a barn building; you will still have a rustic theme with boho chic vibes, but in a building which will not be affected by the weather. If you are thinking more of a classic style in a castle or country house, or a hotel venue with contemporary styling and a minimalistic feel, then either a summer or winter wedding would work perfectly in these style venues. There are some perfect winter style wedding venues in the UK, which have low lighting, and a wintery feel; opt for plenty of candles, a warm fur shrug, mulled wine on arrival and you will create a beautiful warm ambience to your day - an opposite to the cold air outside.
Always be mindful to check that the venue has indoor areas for photos, you never know when rain will come!
Take into account the time of year you are looking to get married, you will find that a wedding in months such as November, January, February, March, many venues and suppliers will offer you a lower cost. The reason we haven’t included December is that many venues will have Christmas parties, so will be busy during December weekends – this isn’t the same for all venues - for venues who just offer Weddings, they may also offer a lower cost during December.
When looking at peak months on peak dates, especially during school holidays on a weekend, you will find that costs differ, this doesn’t necessarily mean the cost is higher, just that this is the set cost and discounts are offered out of peak season. If you are looking to stick to a lower budget for your day, looking at a winter wedding may be a perfect option for you!
You also need to take into consideration any events that are happening in the area, for instance, if you choose a peak weekend when a large event is happening in the local area, hotel costs will be considerably higher.
For any guests who are coming from abroad, flight prices will also be higher during peak months.
The weather in the UK is majorly unpredictable and you definitely need a plan B regardless of which month you decide on. Think about getting some beautiful umbrellas which look great in your photos, Clear umbrellas also work really well so images can be taken through them.
If you had decided to book a marquee or tipi style venue in a peak summer month, you will need to take into consideration that these style venues can become extremely warm.
Think about this when choosing your favours (chocolate melts!) and your outfits; you may even need to look into the option of a cooling system/fans for the guests as you don’t want them to feel uncomfortable. Make sure your wedding cake is stored in a cool area and only put out on display at the last possible minute.
Is the weather forecasted to be a really hot, sunny day? Why not purchase sun cream to have dotted around the tables.
Also make sure your caterer is well equipped to have plenty of water flowing and encourage guests to drink water in between their alcoholic beverages to avoid people suffering from sun stroke. It would also be a good idea to check with your venue if there are many shaded areas for children and people (like me!) who burn easily.
For weddings in winter, make sure you have a logistical plan for snow, flooding or extremely bad weather, especially if you have guests travelling. It may be best if bad weather is forecasted to secure a deal with a local hotel so guests can travel the day prior, so you know that they have all arrived safely.
Check with your venue before booking a winter wedding whether they have had historical problems with flooding and what their policies are on bad weather and snow.
Booking an outdoor ceremony for summer is lovely, but just make sure there is a plan in place as to where the ceremony would move to in bad weather, whether you would move it or have a stash of umbrellas, what the registrars or celebrants rules are on rain and when the decision will be made. The decision will generally be made last minute, as it could be sunny in the morning and rain hits you just before the ceremony, or vice versa!
For a winter wedding, think about having the ceremony and reception all in one location
If the venue also has accommodation, then even better! This saves guests having to travel around in rain and bad weather. We would also advise for the Bride to stay at the venue or nearby the night prior so you also don’t need to worry about wind and rain in your beautifully styled hair!
Still unsure which season would be best for you? You can book a complimentary 1-1 consultation with us here!