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.
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.