When Is the Best Time to Get Married?

December is by far the most popular month to get engaged, but as we all know, it’s not the most popular month for a wedding. From year to year the most common month to get married can change, but just because a month is popular for weddings doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best month for nuptials. Each season has its pros and cons, so let’s take a look at what makes them great and the challenges they present:

Spring

Spring brings the symbol of a new start, which is perfect for newlyweds. This symbolism makes it desirable to many engaged couples. You combine that with the first opportunity to get outdoors after a long, cold winter and it’s easy to see why it’s an exciting time of the year to plan a wedding.

Because weddings are more common in the summer and fall, some venues may be cheaper and have more availability in spring months. This is appealing to couples who don’t want long engagements because some popular venues have multi-year waiting lists.

Unfortunately, the weather is really unpredictable, which makes planning difficult. Temperature swings combined with the likelihood of rain makes outdoor spring weddings a gamble. You will likely need a backup plan if you’re going to have a spring wedding in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Summer

We love summer weddings because they’re so versatile. You can have an outdoor wedding at a variety of locations to enjoy the beautiful sights of a Michigan summer. Tying in with the summer’s favorite activities like camping, going to the lake, or visiting the farm with your venue is a wonderful way to enjoy the season while celebrating your big day. Barn settings and lakeside venues make for some of the most picturesque weddings in our opinion.

The sunny, hot weather also minimizes the need for additional expenses like heaters, which may make it more affordable than planning an outdoor wedding for a less convenient time of the year like spring or fall. Depending on your location and the size of your guests list, you may even be able to find an unconventional wedding venue like a public park to suit your needs, providing more date flexibility.

Fall

Autumn is another great choice for a wedding! Outdoor fall weddings in Michigan provide a gorgeous backdrop for nuptials with their vivid color palettes. No matter which colors the wedding party wears, they’re sure to look great surrounded by fall leaves.

Additionally, in the fall it gets darker earlier, which gives the feel of a nighttime wedding without requiring that the event go late into the night. This is convenient for families attending with you kids and older generations that may not want to stay out as late.

Cozy autumn comfort foods are another wonderful aspect of fall weddings. The scents and flavors of the fall can be incorporated into food and drinks to give weddings a memorable homey feel. These items can help warm up a chilly outdoor fall affair when paired with fires or heaters to keep guests warm outdoors.

Winter

While the winter creates a wonderfully cozy indoor opportunity for weddings, we love being outdoors. You can look for an indoor venue, but remember that planning a wedding during the winter means competing with private and corporate holiday parties. As a result, finding the right venue can be a challenge. This is one reason some engaged couples opt for an outdoor wedding inside a heated tent instead.

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