By Rebecca Murray
Make an informed decision on the timing of your specia lday.
• There’s a good likelihood of fine weather and a sunny day.
• Better weather offers a choice of outdoor locations for ceremonies and receptions.
• Summer weddings lend themselves to a variety of colours and themes.
• A hot summers day can turn sticky and uncomfortable for your guests. Ensure you provide shade and drinks.
• A popular season, Summer is super busy. You may need to book 2 years in advance for your preferred venue and suppliers.
• If you are getting married or taking your photos in a public place, expect to have a few spectators.
Best Tip: If there are no trees or manmade structures for shade, consider parasols. Cool bottled water will definitely be appreciated.
• Many couples favour the rich colours autumn heralds in, and use those within their theme or as a base for a colour palette.
• Chances are the weather will hold, and you’ll avoid the sweltering heat of a summer day.
• The weather can be a little more unpredictable. A brisk wind or light shower may affect outdoor ceremonies, so a back-up wet weather option should be considered.
• You may find a little less variety for your outdoor photos in terms of colourful or vibrant landscapes – everything will be gold, yellow and brown.
Best Tip: Make the most of the natural autumn landscapes in your photos. Stand out amongst the fallen leaves.
• You may find that you can get a discounted rate for a wedding as there are generally fewer bookings.
• You can really amp up the heat and atmosphere inside your venue with an open fire and tons of candles.
• Snow can make for great images.
• You can vary the colours from the warm tones of red and gold, to the icier blues and silvers.
• It’s cold! While you can use this to your advantage, getting your guests excited about it can be hard.
• There’s a distinct possibility of rain – your photographer may need to hang around for longer (as will your guests) while you wait for a shower to clear. And don’t forget the frizzy hair!
• You may not be able to get outdoor photos at all – have an alternate in mind.
• You may be restricted on venues that offer wet weather options.
Best Tip: Plan, plan, plan! If possible, have your ceremony and reception in the same location to avoid travelling and getting in-and-out of vehicles, and make sure you and your guests will be warm and comfortable.
• Fresh new grasses and flowers create a beautiful backdrop for ceremonies and photos.
• With so much new growth around, spring weddings can take on a variety of themes and colours.
• Venues and suppliers are less busy so you may not have to book so far in advance.
• The weather can be unpredictable.
• Outdoor ceremonies are a possibility, but make sure you have a wet-weather option on hand.
Best Tip: Take advantage of nature’s bounty and incorporate spring freshness into your theme.