(Closed) Choosing a Month – – Chance of Rain versus Cost

posted 9 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: What monthw ould you pick?

    March 2012

    May 2012

    September 2012

  • Post # 3
    2441 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I voted for September 2012.  But if it is really important to you to be married sooner bite the bullet and marry in May.  Having an outdoor wedding in March makes me really nervous.  

    Post # 4
    11163 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    First where are you getting married?? Of course that plays a huge part in the temperment of the weather.

    Our wedding is in May 2012 with an outdoor ceremey and indoor reception and we have back up just in case mother nature doesn’t cooperate. My cousin is getting married in late March 2012 and is hoping for an outdoor ceremony and reception as well. I have told her to thoughtfully look into the costs of tents as it very well could rain in San Diego during that time.

    I would recommend finding a venue first and then see what your options are. It may be that your venue has a back up already in place (mine did) and then your March concerns are over. Tents can be fairly expensive so choosing March for the lower cost might not be financially saavy if you have to invest in tents as well.

    Post # 6
    21 posts
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I had the same dilemma and we ended up choosing to pay more for guaranteed good weather.  Our ceremony will be outside and the venue is a winery with an outdoor terrace option for the reception which I preferred.

    I agree you should narrow down the venue and the figure out what works best.  If your heart is set on outdoors and you don’t want to chance bad weather, I’d pay a little more.

    Post # 8
    15203 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’d suck up the cost if it could guarentee me a perfect sunny day.

    Post # 10
    1116 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    I think September is a great time for a wedding…but I’m biased πŸ™‚  I’m up north, but I think generally on the west coast, the weather through mid-september is nicely warm and dry.  We ended up with rain on the 20th, but literally every day of September up until the 19th was lovely!  With an outside wedding, I’d also prefer a chance of hot, rather than too cold. 

    That said, there are no guarantees with the weather, no matter where you live or what day you pick.  I’m glad to see your venue has an indoor option, just in case.

    Post # 11
    6890 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I’m not familiar with the weather in California in these months, but for us March works because it won’t be hot and humid yet. Where we live, it gets too hot for comfortable outside weddings towards the end of April/beginning of March and I refuse to sweat on my wedding day, lol. It stays hot until well into October. That was my personal reasoning, but like I said, not sure what the weather is like there.

    Just wanted to say – keep in mind that the weather can be bad any time of year, no matter how well you plan for it or try to avoid it. I hear rain on your wedding day is actually lucky. πŸ˜‰ I didn’t vote because I would’ve voted March because, well, I’m biased. Lol.

    Post # 13
    4581 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

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    @Captain013: That song is on my must play list and I’m getting married in October. πŸ™‚

    I’m torn between May and September for you. I love fall, so the end of September would probably be nice. But May would probably have been my second choice if I couldn’t have a fall wedding. All my favorite flowers bloom around that time. πŸ™‚

    Post # 15
    11163 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

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    @Captain013: Ha ha really? I’m getting married in May 2012 near Sacramento (Walnut Grove), small world huh?

    I would say if March means that much to you and your venue has indoor and outdoor options then go with it. If it should rain than you have back up and I’m sure it will be just as amazing.

    If you really want an outdoor ceremony and can afford the added expense go with May, less than an inch of rain typically in Sacramento.

    In My Humble Opinion Sacramento is BRUTALLY hot in September so unless your outdoor wedding is in the evening your guests will be baking.

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