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We’ve put together some practical tips and information that will help you decide which month might be the best option for your wedding… if in fact you have the option to pick any month you’d like! Some of you don’t because of military deployment, jobs, or other circumstances happening for you. Or maybe you’ve already set the date! No worries, you will still get valuable information here. First, we’ll run through each month’s pros and cons. Then at the end, we will present you with some more general thoughts and ideas.
- January is a fun month to start a new year, have a wedding, and start a new marriage!
Since January is one of the least busy wedding months, all vendors &
most guests are normally available. Some people have a 3-day weekend
available. Winter-themed weddings will benefit from all the
available cheap seasonal décor, such as lights, fake snow, snowflakes,
candles, holiday floral, etc.
- It’s the month known for love & you could have a nice
Valentine’s theme! There are usually some extra days off in Feb. There’s
the President’s Day 3-day weekend, and also many school districts in
our area do a mid-winter break in February. Guests are usually
fairly available in Feb, unless they’re gone for a mid-winter break
vacation. Keep in mind you’ll want to alert people to save the date
early in for February.
If you’re Irish, March could be fun! It's a great month for all vendors and
guests, however weather is spotty still in March. Some areas still
have snow. Very few flowers are blooming yet – maybe early tulips,
crocus and some daffodils. No major holidays to get in the way.
Honeymoons are still cheap – flights and hotels are normally priced
very well this time of year.
- April weather is getting better and is a very beautiful spring
month in the Pacific Northwest. Many flowers are in bloom, there
are no big holidays to clog vendors’ schedules.
Normally, May is a good weather month in the NW, and many native
flower choices are available. It tends to be a good month for
guest availability. The potential for outdoor weddings starts now
(maybe ☺). There’s the Memorial Day 3-day weekend you could take
Normally June is a fairly good weather month in the NW, with even a
few hot days here and there. Many native flower choices are
available. No major holidays will get in your way. Caribbean &
Hawaii tend to have lower rates now for honeymooning.
Usually July has very good, warm weather. Abundant flower choices
are available. No major holidays deter vendors in July. Sun
is up until late in the evening. The 4th
of July is a national holiday, which most people have off.
Actually, a 4th of July themed wedding could be quite fun!
One of the best NW weather months, but it can be hot. Near the
end of the month, evenings get cool. No major holidays deter
guests or vendors. Homegrown flower choices are blooming now!
August might be your best bet for an outdoor wedding.
Sept weather is nice and it's basically the last chance for an
outdoor wedding. The evenings are cooling down. Either a fall or
summer wedding theme works in Sept. No major holidays will clog up
vendors' schedules. The Labor Day 3-day weekend is available.
Weather is OK, but cool and potentially rainy. The Fall leaves are
gorgeous. No major holidays deter vendors, venues or guests in
October (except for venues potentially on the Halloween weekend).
If you love Halloween, you could have a costume-themed wedding.
Honeymoons are cheap (except Hawaii & Caribbean)!
Fall leaves are still out in force during the first part of Nov. A
3-day weekend for Veteran’s Day is available. Honeymoons are
cheap in most places unless it’s Thanksgiving week, then flight
prices will be significantly up. November is not a busy
wedding month, therefore scheduling vendors and venues won't be as
for a holiday-themed wedding. There are plenty of potential days
off at the end of the month if you need them. Beautiful seasonal
flowers are available. Ample decorations are available, and
many venues are already decorated for the holidays. Honeymoons are
cheap in the first half of the month, and more expensive the 2nd
half, due to Christmas
That wraps up our look at each month and their pros and cons. Here are a few more general things to consider: First, about the Northwest specifically, unfortunately no matter which month you choose, depending on where you live, having an outdoor wedding can be a gamble. Although certain months have higher odds than others for no rain!
Next, the availability of your wedding guests will always vary. It’s unlikely that you’ll have 100% of everyone invited in attendance, although your closest friends and family will make it no matter what day you choose.
Also, think about spreading out your family celebrations. For example, when is your birthday? What about your fiancé’s? If you celebrate Christmas, that’s always December 25th of course. Have you known someone with a December birthday before? It’s usually a bummer for them! It might be nicer to spread out these family events and special dates throughout the year. That may or may not work out for you but, it’s just an idea – just a thought.
If you work and might have difficulty getting time off for your honeymoon, consider getting married on a day near a holiday or a 3-day weekend. Use those bonus days off to extend your honeymoon if possible! And honestly, there’s really no rule that says you must have your honeymoon immediately after the wedding either. If there are extra days off a week, two weeks or even a month later, go then if you need to!
If you select a highly sought after date, you'll need to secure your vendors and venue early. Those dates are holidays, and in the Northwest most Saturdays between June and mid-Sept. It’s a novelty for people to have a unique wedding date. I’m sure you all remember 07-07-07 July 7th, 2007, and how amazingly popular that day was for weddings across the country. It was all over the news.
Some of you won’t have the option to choose just any month that seems good because of other circumstances in your lives, but at least now you’ll have an idea of what you can expect with your chosen month. Happy planning to you, and keep the main thing – the main thing. You’re getting married and your wedding is only the first day of the rest of your married life together. Remember that NWweddingplace.com has more information, resources and products available to help you plan your Northwest wedding and successful marriage. Be blessed.
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