A Go-To Guide For Choosing Your Wedding Season
It’s decision time, ladies! Once the initial excitement of your engagement subsides, you may find yourself day dreaming about your big day and bringing it to life through Pinterest boards because, let’s be real, we’ve all been there!
One element you might consider when pinning your inspo and visualising your dream wedding is just how important the decision of when to host your wedding is. From venue choice and theming, through to the design of your dress and plans for hair and makeup – the time of year you choose to celebrate could make or break your magic day.
This is where we come in - with the ultimate seasonal pros and cons list for weddings, giving you one less thing to stress about when planning your big day.
- Like walking on sunshine - *aaaanndd cue music*. With the sunny summer warmth and early rising sun, you’ll find yourself with higher energy levels and a greater ability to enjoy your (very long) blissful day ahead. If this is the best day of your life, we say a massive “yes please!” to more daylight (not to mention some great afternoon lighting for your photographer!).
- Perfect for outdoor weddings – If you’ve always dreamt of an outdoor wedding and a lingering after-party reception, summer is the perfect time of year to comfortably celebrate your love in the great outdoors, with no chance of complaints from guests around freezing cold toes or forgetting to bring a jacket.
- You can show some extra skin – if an elegant low-back or strappy dress is your dream style, a summer wedding is for you! If you’re keen to be a little more edgy, you could even opt for a fun, mini dress for your reception to help you can dance the night away with no restrictions.
- Things will be cheaper – Fru-gals unite! Flowers and fresh produce are generally cheaper during summer, so you can cut back on costs when putting together some of the essentials like your floral table centerpieces, grazing tables, bouquet and more!
- It will be melt-your-face-off kind of hot – Another duh, but beauty queens beware. If your ideal wedding makeup style is glamorous, with full-coverage makeup and loose, wavy hair, a summer wedding will not be your friend. Plus, your groom and every other male guest expected to put on their best suit and tie will be undoubtedly be sweating up a storm.
- Accommodation prices are alarming – If you’re looking to take your honeymoon immediately after the wedding, brace yourself for the premium pricing when locking down local travel – peak season equals peak expenditure. On the plus side, this could be your excuse to take your honeymoon overseas!
- Harsh lighting – other than being swelteringly hot, the middle of the day is also more likely to be BRIGHT. While yes, this means your highlighter will be popping, this also equals squinty-eyes and less than ideal lighting for photos pre-sunset.
- Your guests may have prior commitments – Given summer is the time Aussies generally jet off for holidays, there is a risk your travel enthusiast friends and family already have plans to be away. To avoid receiving more “apologies” than “attending” RSVPs (which is sure to trigger your bridezilla mode), ensure your nearest and dearest know exactly when to NOT plan their next big trip by sending save the dates, well in advance (we recommend 10-12 months before the big day!). We have a range of luxe Save The Date cards to suit every bride’s style, from whimsical and classic, to modern and sophisticated, which are sure to suit any wedding theme. Check out our full suites to get invitations to match too!
Spring and Autumn Weddings
- The weather is ideal – While temperatures will vary depending on where you host the big day, spring and autumn weddings are basically the equivalent to a rainy day snuggled in bed watching Netflix (aka: perfect).
- It’s called fashion, darling – Need we elaborate? But seriously, in both autumn and spring, fashion options for both your male and female guests are on point. These seasons are the perfect time of year to comfortably dress up, without either turning into goosebumps-central or sweat-city. Just picture how stunning your bride tribe will look in their cocktail frocks, and how handsome your partner will look in a tux, comfortable as ever.
- The world bridal shop is your oyster – If you like a life without limits then choosing a wedding dress appropriate for these seasons is sure to make your heart sing. With this happy-medium weather, your bridal style options are endless! Enjoy this shopping time with your bride tribe, as you trawl through the racks and try on all the options to find a style that suits your personal style, wedding theme and figure, with bubbles in hand… obviously.
- Think fresh and floral – spring and autumn are the best seasons for so many delicious fruits and beautiful flowers, which is ideal for ensuring a fresh menu and limitless choices when it comes to your floral arrangements on the day – think peonies, rose, tulips, Blushing Brides and more!
- Busy is an understatement – In Australia, everyone wants to get married in spring and autumn. This means very limited availability for venues and vendors, leaving what’s left more expensive and unattainable for your budget. If your heart is set on a particular location, photographer or celebrant, you may need to be open to setting a date one or two years in advance to make sure availabilities for all these vendors align.
- You’ll need to plan far in advance – Given the busy-ness referenced above, you will need to plan your wedding years in advance for an autumn or spring wedding. So, if you’re looking to tie the knot sooner rather than later, perhaps these seasons are not for you.
- Beware of March – the risk of rain is highest in March, and while a wet-weather plan can be a solution no matter how much you plan, it will likely put a dampener on one point of your day (pun 100% intended).
- It’s cheaper - Winter is the least popular time for couples to get hitched, meaning some of the typically exxy dream locations are more affordable. Saving on venue hire can either significantly reduce the cost of your overall wedding, or free up your budget for that dream honeymoon that would otherwise be out of your price range.
- There is HEAPS of venue availability - Meaning you are more likely to have control over the exact date you say, “I do”. This is also a great option for couples who don’t want to be stuck on a waiting list for years just to get into their favourite venue.
- The food options are endless (and delicious) – One of the best things cooler weather allows for is the boundless, rich catering options. Think hearty one-pot meals, creamy desserts and hot chocolates, and excessive amounts of comfort food. Your guests are sure to leave your big day with tummies as full as their hearts.
- Your reception can be extra cosy – Whether you want a DIY reception in the countryside with outdoor firepits and throw blankets or to host the celebrations in an intimate indoor venue adorned with fairy lights and candles, winter receptions are ideal for those in search of a more casual setting.
- Your dress can have sleeves – we repeat, your dress can have sleeves! Who doesn’t love a delicate lace long sleeve for the more traditional bride, or a flowing bell sleeve for a boho chic vibe? The number one benefit of winter for your dress is that you can embrace the sleeve without fear of sweating it off, bringing a stunning sense of both style and practically to your outfit.
- It will be cold – Hello captain obvious, right?! While this con truly goes without saying, a major downside to winter being, uh, freezing, is that you will need to think about how to combat this in terms of location, heating on the day and what you’ll wear. If you’re not a ‘winter person’ and are likely to feel unbearably uncomfortable once the temperature drops, perhaps don’t plan your wedding any time from June to August.
- There are limited daylight hours – Admittedly, Team BC are night-owls and know that even waking up with coffee can be a struggle. If this is also you, it is worth considering you will have a shorter wedding day in winter. Because of this, you may be stuck with a tightly packed schedule for getting glamourous the morning of your big day.
- Not all flowers are readily available – Flowers, just like fruits and vegetables, are intimately bound by the seasons and the bunch of hydrangeas or peonies you’ve dreamt of won’t be an easy find during an Aussie winter. In some cases, you may be able to assemble the bouquet of your dreams, though it will certainly come at a cost.
With all that in mind, once you’ve finally decided on the time of year and are ready to swing into full planning mode, check out Blushing Confetti’s bridal boxes and wedding invitations, to ensure your guests ‘ooohh’ and ‘aaahhh’ about your wedding from the get-go.