What is the best time of year to get married?

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Congratulations on your engagement! Once you’ve said “yes” and told all of your friends and family, the next step is to start planning your big day. Below, we’ve rounded up some tips on the best time of the year to get married – read on and you’ll soon be ready to book a venue.

Consider Spring

One of the best times of the year to get married is in spring, as it’s the season of rebirth and new beginnings. The dark nights are lifting, the weather is warming up, and you’ve got the rest of the year to enjoy married life together. Of course, the drawback of spring is that you can expect rainy and cloudy days from time to time – if you’re adamant about an outdoor wedding or want to take pictures in the garden, then this time of year is probably not for you.

Cool for the summer

Without a doubt, the most popular time of the year to get married is in the summer. The sun is shining brightly, the grass is green, the flowers are in full bloom, and most of your friends and family can take some vacation from work to celebrate with you. Summer weddings also mean that you can host part – or all – of your big day outdoors, which is great fun. What you should know, however, is that summer weddings book fast – act now if you’re set on a venue.

Christmas weddings

Winter is perhaps the busiest time of year for corporate events, but weddings are a whole different kettle of fish. As winter weddings aren’t popular, you’ll likely find that venues and suppliers lower their prices, meaning you can afford the wedding of your dreams on a budget. December is one of the most magical times to get married because everyone’s in the spirit of Christmas, and you might even get some snow. January, too, is a nice time to wed – it’s the start of the year, and your guests will have already had their holiday festivities.

The day of the week

Something else to consider when planning your wedding is the day of the week you choose to get married. The most popular day of the week is Saturday, as guests have time off work and you’ve got Sunday to travel home and recover from a hangover. That said, weekdays are more affordable and encourage guests to take a week off work to make a mini-vacation.

Choose a day that’s important to you

Another way to choose the right date and time of the year for your wedding is to look at your personal memories. You might decide to get married on the day you met, or the anniversary of your father’s death. Having said that, you should also think about your close friends and family – will your aunt want to travel to your wedding in another state if it’s her birthday? Take time and ask around before settling on a date; you don’t want to leave anyone important out.

Follow tradition

If you’re struggling to agree on a month for your wedding, follow tradition. The Celts placed great emphasis on adhering to the rhythm of the old pagan calendar, and as such, there are better times to wed than others. In their traditions, one half of the year is “bright” and the other half of “darker,” meaning it’s considered bad luck to get married between May Day and Halloween. The best dates, according to them, is between May 1 and August 1. Check out this infographic from Claddagh Rings offering further insights on Celtic wedding traditions

Celtic Wedding Traditions

Has this guide helped you set a date? Let us know and check back soon for more advice.

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