Selecting Your Wedding SEASON
Choosing the date for your wedding in Nashville ranks up there in importance in the wedding planning process, along with choosing your wedding planner, venue, photographer, and caterer. The time of year you decide to tie the knot will dictate how the rest of your wedding planning will go and will stick with you for the rest of your life (on your anniversary!). In the Greater Nashville area, spring and fall months are typically thought of as "wedding season" making them the most sought after, but there is so much more to it than that.
Deciding on which season to have your wedding might have you a bit frazzled. They each have pros and cons, and if you don’t have a specific date in mind then you’re left with a whopping 365 options to have to choose from, so to shed some light on this fairly important decision read on for our tips to the four seasons to help you along.
We recommend that you use the process of elimination. If you can’t take the heat or don't do well in the cold then avoid choosing the winter or summer at all costs. With the more mild temperatures in fall and spring, be realistic about your specific needs and comfort level and opt for one of those two seasons.
Think about when you are at your happiest. Is it at a bonfire in the fall, at a barbecue in the summer, or playing in the winter snow? It's all about what you love and what makes you happy.
You also need to consider the weather. If you are highly sensitive to attendance and punctuality then having a winter wedding with the increased potential for inclement weather, late guests or last minute cancellations, winter isn’t a wise choice. On the other hand, prices are often far more reasonable during spring and summer with their local lack of popularity so they might be the perfect option for those on a tight budget. In some areas the fall and spring tend to bring heavy rainfall and the potential for tornadoes. So unless you're choosing an entirely indoor venue or a venue with an excellent rain backup plan, the spring and fall months run a higher risk of foul weather than the rest of the year.
Make sure your season fits your venue. For instance, a perfect outdoor location looks even better in the spring and fall, however, it may be too hot in the summer. Take all that you have envisioned into account and figure out which season will best capture your vision of what your wedding should look like. Is it outside and warm, or is it cold and cozy? Also will the most important people in your life be able to make it on the selected date? These are just a couple of questions you should consider first and foremost.
Another way to easily determine the right season for you is by selecting what colors, flowers and decor speaks to you. The design lines are often blurred, but if you like a darker palette with neutrals, a fall or winter wedding might be for you. If your heart is set on bright pink peonies, you'll want to choose spring. Although resources are wide ranging, we always suggest going with the season for the freshest and most affordable florals. After all, every season has its ideal color palette, mainly determined by the outside surroundings and flowers in season at the time.
Keep in mind the dress code. While dressing for the occasion is always key, this rule also works the other way around. If you have a vision of what you, your wedding party, and even guests will wear, choose a time of year that is appropriate. While black tie is seasonally universal, we simply cannot recommend it for an outdoor wedding in July. However, if you're in love with a lightweight strapless gown and you envision your bridesmaids in tea length dresses, the warmer seasons are best for you.
March, April, May
March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. April showers bring May flowers. These are the traditional sayings that correlate with the lovely spring months that we love so dearly. Emerging from the cold of winter, spring is such a welcoming time to choose to host your special day. The snow is gone, trees are budding and flowers are beginning to bloom. Some people consider this to be the most beautiful season of all, and it’s thought to be a season of rebirth, growth and purity. Without many conflicts, St. Patrick's Day, Passover, and Easter are the only holidays in the spring, your guests are likely to be available to attend. And after the drab, loneliness of winter, your friends will probably be busting at the seams to get out and celebrate with you!
The warming temperatures give way to a plethora of seasonal flowers at your fingertips. Envision tulips, crocuses, hibiscus flowers, daffodils and peonies, just to name a few. The chance for rain on your wedding day is relatively high in spring, and you could even get a freak snowstorm, so it’s best to plan your spring reception indoors just to be safe. A partly cloudy springtime sky, however, makes for some of the best photos whereas bright summer sunlight can cause harsh shadows and squinting guests.
Spring always seems to be a gamble though simply because the weather is so unpredictable! Will it be sunny and warm, or is a cold snap going to hit? Even still, the gamble may be worth it because if you can land one of those quintessential spring days, your wedding will be utterly perfect. In the spring, however, you might begin to encounter the raising of vendor prices and competition with other brides for vendors and venues.
Fun fact: In some cultures, rain on your wedding day is considered good luck and a sign of future prosperity.
June, July, August
These hot months offer long days full of sunlight and vacation time. Many of your wedding guests will be able to get away from their busy lives to attend your wedding thanks to more relaxed work schedules and school breaks. Far removed from the holidays, your guests are more likely to have a little extra room in their budgets for nice wedding gifts; not to mention, almost every variety of flower is in season so your bouquet options are practically endless not to mention all the lovely fruits and veggies that are in season, so you will have countless decor options and a buffet table full of the most delicious edibles.
However, these sunny wedding days are not quite that simple. The temperature is definitely something to take into account. While it may look like a glorious day outside, if it is 100 degrees, you are going to be one sweaty bride with a bunch of hot and sticky guests. The chance of rain spoiling your big day is minimal, but long, outdoor ceremonies can leave your guests hot, sweaty and restless. If you’re planning your ceremony outside then consider putting your program on a hand held fan and passing out cold bottles of water to your guests.
Fun fact: Summer Solstice, the first day of summer and the longest day of the year, is one of the most popular summer wedding dates. For those of you planning weddings in the next couple of years, Summer Solstice will occur on June 21, 2018 (a Thursday); June 21, 2019 (a Friday); June 20, 2020 (a Saturday); and June 21, 2021 (a Sunday).
September, October, November
The leaves are turning red, orange and gold, and the refreshing cool crispness has filled the air. Fall is such a romantic season, and the more mild temperatures can sometimes make for a more enjoyable wedding experience.
The colors of fall are somewhat all over the map and make for some of the most stunning wedding photos imaginable. Think yellow sunflowers, ruby red and gold leaves and bright orange pumpkins everywhere. However, autumn weddings in Nashville are so very loved! With happier party guests and far less bugs, a plethora of pumpkins and some very festive and unique wedding themes you can truly embrace the season. The only issue is that everyone else has chosen to embrace autumn as well.
In these months, the starting of school, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur could create some possible conflicts. There are also fewer flowers in season, so you may have to be willing to re-imagine your ideal floral arrangements. And if you and your man are a football fanatics, the fall will prove to be a difficult time to have a wedding with the potential conflict of game schedules. What if you accidentally plan your wedding in the middle of the biggest game of the season? You can just go ahead and count on venues and vendors to be harder to book with steeper prices because of all the competition. Autumn weddings can be costly. Because it’s peak wedding season, most venues and wedding vendors up their fees. And the main thing that would probably keep your guests away would be another wedding conflicting with yours.
However, if you’ve always dreamt of having a wedding outdoors, now is the time. With enough heat lamps, you could even host your reception outside. If you prefer to simply enjoy while the sun is up, however, we would suggest bringing the party inside for dancing and dessert when it starts getting chilly after the sun sets, and give your guests a heads up to bring jackets and wraps allowing them to enjoy the beautiful fall weather for your ceremony and cocktails.
Budget tip: Since autumn weddings tend to be the most pricey, plan to have your wedding on a day other than Saturday, which is the most popular day to get married. Opting for a Friday or Sunday wedding instead will save you money and because most venues tend not to get booked up on those days, you’ll have a better chance of getting your dream venue.
December, January, February
I don't think any five year old girls dream of a cold wedding day as they try on their mother's slip and high heels and trip down the hallway, pretending to walk down the aisle to their prince charming; however, I think these months are hidden gems not to be overlooked! Winter weddings are so romantic, and even a little magical. With the festive spirit of Christmas all around you, you can have one of the most romantic, joyful weddings, more than any other time of the year.
Cozy fires in fireplaces, evergreen trees, snowy winter wonderlands, less wedding competition thus the ability to negotiate prices, and more vendor and venue availability make winter weddings very appealing for brides and grooms. After all, Christmas is everybody’s favorite time of year, right? It’s always fun to add a little snowflake or snowman here or there, especially for December weddings. But there is no rule that states winter wedding must have or include a Christmas theme, so you can make it a Christmasy event, or not, it’s absolutely up to you.
There is just something so romantic about the sun setting earlier, wrapping up in warm coats and furs, and snuggling up to your date for warmth. But for all of the pros, there are still some cons to a winter soirée. There is a lot of dead foliage outside making for less beautiful landscapes and pushing pictures indoors. And Christmas. While it is such a good thing, it can create many conflicts for your special day. Traveling can be more expensive and difficult around the holidays, not to mention that money will most likely be a bit tighter for people, too! However, with winter being the wedding off-season, many venues will give discounted rates to fill the holes in their schedules. And there is always the chance that you could have more guests able to attend if you plan your wedding around the holidays (such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve and spring break) because most people take time off then anyway.
Fun fact: Flowers tend to last the longest in the colder winter temperatures so your bouquets and floral arrangements will keep their form throughout the day.
No matter when you plan to have your wedding it will be a special day you’ll never forget, so don’t stress about it. Just remember not to plan on it going off without even the slightest hitch. It’s those little imperfections that will make your wedding day a memory of a lifetime.
What’s the most popular wedding day of all time, you ask?
It was July 7, 2007 (think “7-7-7” the top jackpot on a slot machine).
More than 38,000 weddings occurred around the world that day!
Happy wedding planning!