Choosing a wedding date is one of the biggest wedding planning decisions you’ll make. But if you’re planning a destination wedding in England, it can be difficult to know which month to pick. After all, the British weather is notoriously unpredictable! Peak ‘wedding season’ is still during the summer, but there are advantages to getting married in other seasons too, including venue availability and cost. So when IS the best time to get married in the UK?
Spring Weddings (March, April & May)
Spring is a wonderful time to get married – it’s the season of new beginnings and the start of longer days and warmer weather. Another advantage of a spring wedding is that you’ll be able to enjoy all those beautiful spring flowers!
March is still a less usual choice, with only 4% of UK weddings taking place, which also makes it a good time to snag a bargain on your venue as it’s still technically low season. The weather is generally fresh but sunny, but can be cool and overcast. April is a little more popular with warmer weather and Easter holidays – although bear in mind that the school holidays can make flights more expensive for guests if it’s a UK destination wedding. May is a great choice, often boasting lovely sunny weather (although there is a higher chance of rainfall). No wonder it’s popular for royal weddings! With two bank holidays, it’s also more convenient for local guests. But take the advice of this destination wedding planner and make sure you send out your Save the Dates well in advance to ensure they haven’t already made travel plans!
Summer Weddings (June, July & August)
If you’re dreaming of an outdoor wedding, then these are among the best months to get married in England – and having grown up in the sun, my personal favourite months. Although do bear in mind that there can be a big difference in weather based on location. As a wedding planner in Essex and London, I only have to cope with around 8-10 rainy days in June, while a couple marrying in the Lake District might expect several more.
June (the month of my own wedding many summers ago!) offers long days, while July and August are often best for hot weather. This is the time of marquee receptions, Pimms on the lawn at beautiful country house wedding venues, and dancing til late under the stars. However, with the summer months comes a steep increase in prices and a decrease in supplier availability so you’ll need to book well in advance for the peak season, and you may also find your guests having to contend with multiple invites and school holiday plans. And while a sunny English summer wedding is glorious, be sure to always have a Plan B for rain as you can never count on the British weather!
Autumn Weddings (September, October & December)
Autumn is my mothers favourite time of year (she still lives in the desert and misses the changing colours of this season!) and a wonderful time to get married, with cooler temperatures making it more comfortable, and the beautiful backdrop of changing leaves. It’s wonderful for wedding photography! September remains popular, playing host to 13% of UK weddings, and sometimes boasting Indian summer weather. Venues may also have a little more flexibility on dates, and with schools back, the cost of flights and accommodation begins to drop. If you’re looking for a good compromise, September may be your best bet!
In October and November, prices drop considerably, but shorter days and cool to chilly weather call for an indoor wedding. The best idea is to embrace the season, and find ways to make your guests feel warm and cosy with treats like hot chocolate and mulled apple cider with some added thought to some indoor entertainment. Now’s the time to think outside the box – the sky is truly the limit and one of my all time favourite weddings did just that with a personalised interactive escape room mezzanine which saw every guest embrace the competition, team up with fast made friends and giggle the night away!
Winter Weddings (December, January & February)
Winter weddings have been growing in popularity in the UK over the last few years, and they can be absolutely magical! Plus, if you don’t mind the colder weather, you can enjoy some great prices, and less competition for your chosen dates. December brings that lovely festive feel (there’s nothing quite like a Christmas or New Year wedding!) and the chance to dress up your venue with hundreds of candles or twinkling lights.
Of course, the off-season can have it’s own challenges. Guests will need plenty of notice and may have family or work party commitments during the Christmas season. (Some venues may also be booked up with events during this period.) Snow – while gorgeous in photographs if you’re lucky enough to get it! – can cause travel chaos and strand guests at airports or unable to reach your venue by road. January also brings a feeling of post-festive frugality, where guests may be less willing to pay for travel or accommodation, or may be observing Dry January or a new year diet but if you plan ahead you could add in some healthy options and fun activities to kick start their year as well as yours!
Ultimately, the month you choose to get married in the UK will depend on the kind of wedding you want, and there are advantages and disadvantages to every season. Whatever you have in mind, I’ll be happy to help you navigate your wedding planning!