Post # 1
Just wondering when you think the best month for an English wedding is. Personally, I’d like to get married in summer, with a marquee reception and make the most of the (hopeful) sunshine. I always figured August was best but apparently July and August are worst for rain (I never realised this in all my life!). So now I’m thinking late June. Thoughts on best month for an outdoorsy summery wedding?
And if you’d prefer a different month for yourself, tell me which and why please?
Post # 3
Its one year today until my wedding. Its sunny right now, and it was blistering hot last year, so fingers crossed it will be in 2012 too. I thinkanytime June-August is a good bet, but you can never count on the English weather.
Post # 4
may and june always seem to be the best months weather-wise but we are having a Destination Wedding so we’re not taking any chances!!
Post # 5
The English weather is eternally unpredictable but I would say any time between June- August for an outdoor marquee wedding. Late May is usually good as well but it may be a bit chilly.
We got married first Saturday in July and had good weather, around 24 degrees and mixed cloud/sunshine.
But there are no guarantees so just make sure you plan a worst case scenario for rain. And get yourself some umbrellas (perhaps colourful ones) for pictures in case you have to take them in the rain!
Post # 6
@VickyAurea: well the last few aprils have actually been drier than the june my cousin got married in april this year and it was stunning day weird i know
i have picked august though as i need the warmth but with the uk weather its kind of pot luck lol
Post # 7
I would have said July/ August a few years back but I deff think the British seasons are shifting. The last two or three years these months have been very wet (and often muggy type heat). I’m getting married July next year but being a teacher I’m tied to school holidays if I don’t want to have to wait weeks for my honeymoon! We seem to have had great spring weather the past few years, especially May-ish time.
Post # 8
I’m getting married in May, and like some others have said May has been lovely the last few years as has april and quite often september. June, july , august are so hit and miss but i guess all british weather is.
Post # 9
Taking into account the recent weather why not go for October? I honestly think it’s no more likely to rain in October than August. Shame it can’t be more predictable 🙁
Post # 10
We are pretty screwed having an Irish wedding in November (ahhh!) but the date is important to us and the other options are worse (have until January on my visa…yikes!) Summer would be the best, I think, weather wise! I’m hoping it doesn’t rain TOO hard!!
Post # 11
Right, I am going to get back to you all in an attempt to spice the UK boards up!!! (see my other post about that)
@hana.schmitt: November can be nice. It may still be pretty with leaves….. maybe! And it’s definitely better than Jan, good luck!
@ladyartichoke: I would never bet on October. This is the hottest October on record (and it has rained every single day this week, with fog and grey skies…… no thanks!). I’m definitely a summer fan. And despite the freak summer a week or two ago, October is not usually like summer at all.
@meluk: Yeah, May doesn’t sound too bad. I used to think August but then I read it rains more in July and August so maybe I am a May/June kinda girl. But you often get belated April showers in May.
@FutureMrsMaher: I agree, there seems to be a shift, which makes it very hard to guess what the future will be. Typical of England eh?
@LauraBenbow71: April is hit and miss – it is supposed to have April showers so that would put me right off I think. Don’t want rain on my wedding day (as I hope to have it largely outdoorsy).
@The Unsuspecting Bride: I’ve seen umbrella pics before, and I think I would definitely incorporate them so I wasn’t taking too many risks. You never know here do you?!
@londongal: DW!!! The true guarantee of Sun! It wouldn’t suit my family situation but I agree it’s a brilliant idea for anyone who it suits! Are you going somewhere with a beach? 😀
@victoria.naughton: Oooh will yours be a Bank Holiday weekend wedding then?
Post # 12
April’s actually one of the driest months where we’re getting married in Scotland. You can’t really bet on weather at any time of year in the UK, so just go for a time of year that suits you.
You can get statistical data on the weather for the whole year for a particular location based on decades of readings if you look online, particularly if you’re looking at a rural area.
Post # 13
@SpecialSundae: Yeah, I have seen stuff like that online. I think it depends locally – a good reason to get married near our hometown rather than further North which is where we are based. Scotland, well…… I just wouldn’t know where to start! But at least if you can’t count on the Sun, you can count on beautiful, outdoor locations. 🙂
Post # 14
@VickyAurea: If the worst comes to the worst and it rains I can console myself with the old wives tale that rain on your wedding day is good luck!
If you worry too much about picking a date for perfect weather then you’re setting yourself for a high possibility of disappointment.
We’re having an outdoor ceremony (weather permitting) with a marquee reception and we have contingency plans for any weather disturbance.
Post # 15
@SpecialSundae: What sort of contingency plans?
Post # 16
@VickyAurea: For the ceremony part of the marquee can be turned into a ceremony room with two very scenic glass walls. We can hold the drinks reception in the castle itself while the room is turned around for the meal and there are lots of rain-friendly spots for photos.