The date you choose for your ceremony might be based on any number of criteria, such as an anniversary, timing of holidays, availability of a venue or travel for important guests. But how many couples choose a date because of the season?
Spring is the most popular season to get married – the days are getting longer and warmer and flowering blossoms can make a perfect addition to your ceremony setting. It is a busy season for celebrants, so make sure you book in early.
Summer is the season of long sunny days and warm and balmy evenings. You can take advantage of the glorious weather for outdoor weddings, which may include lawn games and other outdoor activities as part of your day of festivities.
Autumn is another popular wedding season – the days are cooling down after the heat of summer and the trees are looking spectacular with their vibrant colours.
Winter, while not as popular a wedding season, also has its benefits – like warm and cosy fires to enhance the mood of your celebrations. Depending on your ceremony location, you can also have some beautiful and dramatic backdrops for your photos.
Regardless of the season, if you are planning an outdoors ceremony, you should always make sure you have a back-up plan. While your ceremony will always be special, a back-up plan will ensure that regardless of the weather – be it hot, cold or wet – everyone will enjoy the ceremony.
Choosing the Location for Your Ceremony
Where are you holding your ceremony – at a beach, a vineyard, a garden or in a bushland setting? Or do you have an indoor location such as a community hall you can decorate yourself and then use for your reception, or a spacious room in a heritage building, or is your ceremony location part of the reception venue?
You might have a very clear idea of where you want to hold your ceremony, but if not, these questions might help you to consider some options.
- Is your ceremony to be held outdoors or inside?
- What are your options if weather on the day prevents you from holding an outdoor ceremony?
- When do you advise guests if the location needs to change at the last minute?
- Is your ceremony to be held during daylight hours or at night?
- Will the space accommodate the number of planned guests?
- Do you need approval from a local council, or other permission, for your ceremony location?
While celebrating your love is the focus of your special day, consider how the choice of ceremony location may impact on your guests:
- Will they need to travel long distances between the ceremony location and reception venue?
- Will there be seating available?
- Will extremes in weather be an issue?
- Does your location mean that guests should consider appropriate footwear?
- Are there clear directions to the location for your guests?
A visit to your planned location may also give you an idea of what to expect on the day in relation to conditions such as lighting or noise, and may prompt thoughts about other considerations including the proposed time for your ceremony.