Post # 1
I’m hoping that someone might have some insight that I haven’t thought of that will help with this decision…whether to have a spring, fall, or winter wedding! Summer is out because I don’t handle sweat and humidity well 🙂
My FI and I have a thing for butterflies, so we’re going with butterfly-themed no matter what. It’s either going to be blue and purple in spring or winter, or orange monarch butterflies in fall with yellow bridesmaids dresses.
Blue and purple have always been our colors, but I’m also drawn to the warmth of yellows/oranges of fall– and the butterflies will add the personal touch of “us” in whichever season we pick….I’m just so torn! So many pros and cons of each season…
WINTER: could do a cozy winter brunch, cheaper venues, but possible bad weather and dreary outside pics (Maryland winters aren’t usually too cute and snowy, more like gray and muddy) — more time to save $!
SPRING: could do blue/purple color scheme AND still use the outside venue– this might be the best of both worlds, BUT this would make our engagement the longest! …which means more $ saved but also more waiting! and spring weather can be so rainy and iffy.
FALL: could do outside ceremony (our church has a great little courtyard but we’re not committed to a church wedding) and the fall colors would look amazing in that venue!! also better weather..but we’re losing the blue and purple which was our initial plan…and less time tosave $!
Anyone have any advice? I’m hoping for an epiphany where I’ll just KNOW what to pick 🙂 So far nothing is definitive because I’m easy-going and have liked just about all the venues we’ve seen! Help is greatly appreciated 🙂
Post # 3
It sounds like you’re leaning towards winter or spring based on the colors. I think with weddings you often have to go with your gut, otherwise risk regret or second thoughts.
If you go with early spring (March or early April) many venues still offer off season winter rates, so you get that winter benefit. Late sping probably has more stable weather, but really you can never predict that. In early spring you get those outdoor photos when trees are just starting to bud, flowers and grass are starting to poke out of the groud. I think it gives this whole vibe of new things starting, everything blossoming. Seems like a fitting time to start a marriage to me*
*I’m an April bride so I may be a bit biased 🙂
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I would go for early spring. You can usually still get venue discounts in this area in early April.
Post # 5
summer and fall are the height of the wedding season- i believe it spans may-mid october.
i would go spring. some venues offer discounts during the off-season. plus, i think the butterfly theme would work well in march or april (:
Post # 6
I think you are a spring bride.
Post # 7
You kind of sound like me lol. When we were trying to pick our date the first thing we ruled out was summer… Its too hot and people like to go away on weekends. We really wanted fall, but got engaged in the fall and to do the wedding the following fall didn’t give us enough time financially and to wait until the fall after that just felt like we would be waiting forever! After that I literally went through each month from January-May and made a pros and cons list of what would work and what wouldn’t. I honestly never thought picking a date would be so hard!
Personally, I like the idea of a spring wedding. If you guys like butterflies, spring is when you see them start to break out of the cocoons andnew life begins. If you’re into symbolism, spring=new life and new beginnings and a marriage is a the beginning of a new life too. If you want an outdoor wedding, depending on the month you pick its still possible. Also, you still stand a good chance of getting your venue at a winter rate. From what I’ve seen the winter rates usually last until mid-late April.
Post # 8
Go for spring. I used to live in DC and fall there, as you know, can be wet, rainy, and hot well into September.
Post # 9
@beeintraining: I know exactly what you mean! If we go for fall, it will definitely be late October or early November because it stays hot so long some years. Ugh, DC/Baltimore humidity!
@TKG83 & @PositiveThinking: I love the idea of spring, too! Only downside is we’d have to wait for spring 2015 (no way am I trying to squeeze in a wedding by this spring! We’ve only been engaged about 3 weeks at the moment)….and that would be about a year and half engagement, or even a little more. I guess that feels long but it will probably fly by! 🙂 Hmm, strongly considering 🙂