Finding the Right Season for Your Bridal Style

When are you at your best? In cool weather or warm? Choose a wedding season that speaks to you! See more pictures of laid-back brides.
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Ever attended a winter wedding at a snowy locale and the event colors were blush and pale yellow? What about a summer wedding on a beach where guests were decked out in formal attire (as the invite requested) and barefoot?

Probably not. That's because the time of year a wedding is held strongly influences all the details that go into the big day, like theme, colors and attire.

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As you gear up to organize your own wedding, pick the season before you set the date. The season will affect every layer of your celebration, so what better place to start planning? Nailing down the season will focus your options and allow you to make choices more easily.

Why the Season Matters

The season will resonate in all elements of your wedding -- from the venue and your color scheme to the bridesmaid dresses. Also, pricing and availability of things like food and flowers vary by season. For instance, daffodils in the spring are inexpensive, but if you want them for your bouquet any other time of year, they may not be available, or you'll end up paying a bundle more for them.

As you begin to imagine your perfect day, think big-picture first. How big of an event do you want? Do you envision your guests sitting outside under budding trees, or is everyone looking cozy inside a candle-lit chapel? You wouldn't pick out a necklace before you chose a wedding gown and know the neckline, right? Same concept goes here.

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Having trouble finding the right season or you? We'll help you determine what's important to you and the kind of experience you want your guests to have. First up, we've got fresh ideas for a warm-weather wedding in spring or summer.

Warm Seasons: Things to Consider

Spring fits you to a "tee" if you envision a ceremony on the greens.
Spring fits you to a "tee" if you envision a ceremony on the greens.
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Summer is undoubtedly a popular time of year to get hitched. Nearly 35 percent of weddings each year take place between June and August, according to The Knot.

And it's understandable why -- there are a lot of benefits to marrying in spring or summer! Days are sunnier, warmer and longer, which means more showy flowers than the rest of the year. You should have a lot of options to pick from (pun intended) for bouquets, table arrangements and decorations. Opting for a warmer month means you can comfortably don that strapless gown you've always dreamed of wearing for an outdoor wedding. Plus, you can tan away any winter pastiness for a light glow if you want.

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But high demand can translate to higher prices on all sorts of things, from venue rental rates and caterers to band prices. How costly your warm-season wedding is will depend on what's considered high season for your location. Summer's not the most popular time of year for weddings in Tucson, Ariz., for example, as temperatures remain uncomfortably steady in the triple digits. As thermometer readings rise, rates on hotels, golf and spas drop. So do rates for wedding venues. If budget is of paramount concern to you, find out the off-season for your locale, and use those discounts to your advantage!

Whatever your geographic region, the color palette of a warm-season wedding is usually made up of soft hues or cheery, bright colors. Cadet blue, melon or butter yellow are on target; steer clear of muted or dark colors. Depending on the tone and venue of your event, pick pastels or colors that pop, then work on using those colors in your flowers, linens and other accessories.

Cool Seasons: Things to Consider

If the idea of snow on your wedding day seems romantic, you're a winter bride.
If the idea of snow on your wedding day seems romantic, you're a winter bride.
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Remember, a winter wedding won't necessarily feel wintery. Location and time of year will heavily impact the vibe. Host your soiree in Miami in late November, and you'll enjoy highs around 80 degrees and lows around 67 degrees -- that's comparable to summer temperatures in places like Seattle or San Francisco!

On the other hand, if you want your cool-season bash to have an autumnal or wintry vibe, that's fine, too. Just select a geographical region or specific site for your ceremony and reception that fits the bill. Say you've got your heart set on a Valentine's Day wedding. Narrow down what possible venues offer in terms of atmosphere (formal versus casual), weather and ease of transportation for you and guests. If you're going for a tropical destination wedding on Feb. 14, you'll probably need to focus your search on coastal southern cities. But if you're after an ultra-romantic, cozy-by-the-fire feeling, any number of bed and breakfasts or lodges in northern states would work.

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Wherever you tie the knot, your wedding colors should match the tone of the season. Muted colors with black undertones -- like olive, cranberry or chocolate -- are appropriate. Shy away from vivid hues or pastels.

If you've always envisioned your bridal party in classic black, a fall or winter wedding would be ideal. Keep in mind that black is a more formal color. It's an easy way to make a room's ambiance or your clothing seem more elegant and upscale. Darker colors tend look richer, more formal and serious.

Here's something else to consider: Fewer flowers are in season during cooler parts of the year. That means you probably won't have as many flower choices -- or you'll pay more for the blooms you want. You can also get creative with the Christmas spirit by displaying seasonal greenery -- pine, fir and berries, for instance.

These guidelines should help you enjoy the planning process. Happy hunting for the best season for you!

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