Has the Coronavirus changed your destination wedding plans? We'll help you decide which month to get married in the UK
Whether your wedding date decision is based on availability, budget or you’re hoping to hold your wedding on a sentimental date, here are the pros and cons for each month of the year, to help you decide the best month to get married in the UK.
Best Months to Get Married in the UK
Reasons to get married in January
Only 1% of couples choose to get married in January, so its great month to pick if you want a wedding with a difference that will lighten everyone’s January blues – you’ll definitely have plenty of choice when it comes to dates! January's weddings are often cheaper, so you’ll get more for your money. You could even bag a last-minute deal.
The downside? Your guests might be pinching the pennies post-Christmas, so may be less keen to travel for weddings / book accommodation. Plus, lots of people could be on new year health kicks, or doing dry January. At least your bar bill would be cheaper!
Reasons to get married in February
Arguably the most romantic month of all, what could be more perfect than a Valentine’s Day wedding? If you had a Valentine’s proposal, it’s a great way to mark the occasion, and you could go wild with a red heart themed day.
The downside? There’s no denying that February weather is an acquired taste – you’ll need to wrap up warm!
Reasons to get married in March
Spring weddings are popular for a reason; March is the month that sees the first sprinkling of daffodils and crocuses. Only 4% of weddings take place in March, so venues could be persuaded into offering a discounted deal – a wedding in the quiet season is an incredibly clever way to save money on your wedding. The weather in March is fresh but sunny – and it still counts as low season for many venues, making it a more purse-friendly option.
The downside? March clashes with lent, so many of your guests may have given up some little luxuries, such as cake or alcohol.
Reasons to get married in April
7% of brides choose to get married in April – which is usually the month Easter falls in, so your guests will benefit from the school holidays. April hits the balance of warmer weather without the sweat-inducing heat of high summer.
The downside of April weddings is April showers. While you can take some amazing wedding photos in the rain, a soggy wedding dress doesn’t fit into anyone’s dream day.
Reasons to get married in May
The month of fresh flowers and sunny spells, 13% of UK weddings take place in May, making it one of the most popular months to get married in the UK – if it’s good enough for Harry and Meghan, it’s good enough for us!
May is blessed with two bank holidays meaning you’ll need to take less time off work. The only issue is, your guests might also be making the most of them and have booked a holiday, thus not being able to make it.
Reasons to have a June wedding
With the longest days of the year, it’s no surprise June is a popular month to get married – 12% of UK weddings take place in June.
It doesn’t get dark until well into the evening, making June perfect for a marquee reception. The downside? It’ll be pricey, and many venues are booked up years in advance during June.
Reasons to get married in July
The height of summer, July is very popular with UK brides: a huge 14% of weddings take place this month, making it the second most popular month to get married in.
Beautiful July deserves a dreamy outdoor venue, and with new laws regarding weddings being proposed, it could end up being cost effective too!
The downside to July weddings is that your guests could end up with multiple invites for the same day, so be sure to get in there early with your invitations to avoid a clash.
Reasons to get married in August
August is officially the most popular month to get married in the UK: 18% of couples choose to tie the knot in this sun-filled month.
With school holidays and balmy weather, it isn’t hard to see why… Most children have the entire month off of school, so inviting families is a doddle. And it goes without saying, you can bank on perfect weather.
The downside? August is peak season for venues, so you’ll be paying their highest price.
Reasons to get married in September
September is often blessed with good weather, and has better availability than the summer months, which is why it’s one of the most popular months for a wedding in the UK. 13% of UK weddings take place in September. September isn’t in such hot demand as the May to August period, so your venue will probably have more flexibility.
The downside? September will forever be associated with the gloomy feeling of going back to school, but your wedding will perk up anyone’s month!
Reasons for an October wedding
Golden crunchy leaves and beautiful clear skies are both seriously dreamy wedding accompaniments – there’s nothing quite like an autumn wedding!
8% of brides agree, choosing to get married in October. All those red and yellow leaves are the ultimate ready-made photographic backdrop. The downside to October weddings? The nights start to draw in after the equinox, making an al fresco do tricky.
Reasons for a November wedding
Crisp cold and atmospheric, November is the perfect month for a winter wedding. It’s a great option for brides on a budget, with 27% of November brides citing the price as their reason for choosing the month.
With frost underfoot and maybe even a few icicles, November can be seriously photogenic. The only problem is, It’s a rather cold and dark month, so you’ll need to spend a lot of your budget on making your venue cosy and warm.
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Reasons to get married in December
There’s more than one way to have a white Christmas! A festive big day is truly magical, and a real way to make a style statement.
Be sure to give guests a good year’s notice as it’s the busiest party season of all. Working around Christmas weather can be tricky, and a snowfall can throw transport plans into chaos.
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