Few decisions about your nuptials are more important than the one of when they are held. Different seasons unquestionably bring different advantages and disadvantages, so you will need to carefully consider which time of year will best suit you and your beloved’s preferences and requirements.
Here is our run-through of the merits of the four key seasons of the year for tying the knot.
If you are fortunate enough to book your ceremony and reception for a day that sees snowfall, you may end up being treated to a truly idyllic winter wedding backdrop.
When much of the background of your wedding photos is rendered white, you can expect almost any colour palette that you have chosen to truly ‘pop’, on account of the neutralising effect of the snow.
Nor does winter necessarily deny you the opportunity to choose from romantic chateau wedding venues such as our own Château Bouffémont.
That’s because, even if the weather is too adverse for you to make the most of our spectacular manicured French gardens, you always have the option of simply remaining indoors with your guests amid our refined interior decor, including crystal chandeliers across multiple prestigious suites.
On the other hand, the much shorter daylight hours associated with winter can create extra stress as far as planning is concerned, given the need to fit key activities into a smaller bracket of time. A winter wedding may also compete with other Christmas holiday plans that your invitees already have, so you will need to notify them of the date in good time.
There’s no question of the natural beauty of spring – just think of all of those floral, pastel, soft colours that will help to lend your wedding photos that perfectly muted, but idyllic tone.
A spring wedding can also make great sense in logistical and practical terms, given that your guests are unlikely to have any big travel plans at this time of year that could clash with the date.
Unfortunately, however, spring is also the allergy season. You will therefore need to consider whether there is a chance of anyone in your wedding photos suffering from a persistently runny nose or eye irritation.
Furthermore, with many other couples also choosing to hold out through the winter for a spring ceremony, you may face greater competition than you anticipate for major vendors. Again, careful forward planning and enquiring early are vital.
The gastronomic options that are likely to be available to you for summer nuptials can be especially wonderful, encompassing ripe and harvested fruits, fresh meats and local cheeses.
The extended daylight hours that characterise the summer – with the sunset potentially not occurring until 9pm – also grant you considerable flexibility with regard to the scheduling of your ceremony. Comfortable evening temperatures allow for some creativity as to how this later part of the day is spent, such as a reception under the stars or continued partying into the small hours.
Floral availability is also at its best at the height of summer, with flowers able to be found in perfect bloom to match every conceivable colour scheme.
However, the higher temperatures in the middle of the day can also pose some problems at this time of year, such as guest discomfort or the bride sweating off her makeup. The lighting in your wedding photographs may also be harsher, and people who you were hoping to invite may already have summer holidays planned on the opposite side of the world.
The autumn months may not be the ideal time of year for many potential guests from a financial perspective, with many of them likely to be either recovering from summer holiday overspending or saving money for Christmas.
If you have an exclusively indoor wedding venue in mind, these can also be difficult to book for the autumn. That’s why you may be interested in considering a French chateau property in an enchanting rural setting, such as Château Bouffémont.
However, an autumn wedding also presents you with a decent range of time in which to schedule your activities on the day before it becomes too dark. This may mean that instead of being forced into a 3:30pm ceremony, you can schedule for 5pm, immediately followed by dinner and dessert.
Temperatures are also more hospitable during this season, which lends itself beautifully to a deeper and darker colour scheme, encompassing earthy oranges, bronzes, deep purples, greens and reds.
Would you like to benefit from further guidance on how to plan the ideal overseas wedding? If so, peruse the One Fab Day website’s advice on what you should consider when organising your nuptials abroad.