By rights, your wedding should be the best and most important day of your life. Unfortunately, the big day is usually preceded by many stressful months of planning.
This is especially so for a summer wedding. Many-a-bride will be disappointed to find their dream venue for their special day will also be the same dream venue for hundreds of other brides at the same time, too. The competition is fierce.
Alternatively, couples can go for an option that will not only make planning less stressful, and your wedding day cheaper, but also more unique. Some may think it's mad, but a winter wedding is a perfect solution to many woes that face brides-to-be.
1. Weather is actually not as great of a concern as you'd think
In summer, there is always the worry that you will be unlucky and plan for the one day that turns into a tropical thunderstorm.
In winter, both you and your guests will be prepared for the worst of the weather that December, January and February bring. You can even hope for snow.
In winter, both you and your guests will be prepared for the worst of the weather that December, January and February bring.
There are also many benefits to having a wedding in the midst of the holiday season. For one, you are more likely to get all your friends and family together, as many will have this time off work and school.
Although winter is usually associated with dreary skies and little sunlight, it can also be one of the most romantic times of the year. January offers the symbolic opportunity to start a new life in the new year, and February is about Valentine's Day.
2. You'll have a wider choice of venues
June, August, September and October were voted the most popular wedding months, according to The Knot.
Due to the demand associated with the warmer months, finding your dream venue in the height of summer or early fall can be a nightmare. But you might be surprised how many country houses become available during the winter.
No matter how grand or intimate you want your wedding to be, it's likely that marrying during this season will mean that your dream venue is available.
3. You can make your money stretch
According to Brides.com, spring and fall tend to be more expensive and the winter months are cheaper.
Since venues are less likely to be booked up during this quiet period, they are more likely to respond favorably to price negotiation. The same can be said for pretty much every other professional service involved in the wedding — from the photographer to the caterer.
4. You'll honeymoon in paradise
Many idyllic honeymoon destinations enjoy their best weather when your hometown endures its worst.
Whether you and your other half want to spend your honeymoon surfing in Australia, indulging in South East Asia's gluttonous street food or relaxing in the Maldives, with a winter wedding, you really can have your cake and eat it, too.
It may also be cheaper to fly to most destinations if your honeymoon falls on a — admittedly unromantically named — "dead zone"; those times of the year that air travel is particularly quiet.
This way you can enjoy the availability of luxury wedding venues, the cheaper costs and romantically cosy nature of a winter wedding and still have that summer honeymoon!
Citations: Wedding Details: Are There Off-Season Wedding Months? FAVORITE (The Knot), What Are the Most Affordable Months to Book a Wedding Venue? (Brides), The Pros and Cons of Hosting a Winter Wedding (Glamour)