Each season has pros and cons for weddings. We break them down for you.
When you picture your wedding, you probably have your mind set on a certain time of year. Some brides love having a summer wedding, where it’s warm and they can have bright colors and a strapless gown. Others can’t wait to have a winter wonderland theme, with snow in the background of their photos and deep, darker colors that make their white dress pop. The truth is, every season has its advantages and disadvantages. Here is a breakdown of what is awesome about each season.
Some may loathe the cold, winter weather. But some Brides of Long Island love it! The fresh snowfall on your wedding morning can make for a beautiful backdrop in photos. Usually, the colors of deep reds and greens really pop in photos and are a great contrast to white dresses and lighter flowers. If you get married around the holidays, venues are usually decorated, so you can take advantage of this as you plan your big day.
Plus, there’s something warm and inviting about the winter months. Guests get all bundled up, and when they walk into your venue it is warm and inviting. You can serve delicious winter themed cocktails – think eggnog in December or spiked hot chocolate. Bonus if you can find a venue with a fireplace that guests can warm up in front of while they sip their cocktails.
Something else great about a winter wedding? Those months are not usually considered ‘wedding season,’ so you might get a lower price-per-person.
Remember to keep yourself warm with a fur wrap.
The disadvantage of a winter wonderland wedding? The weather! Winters on Long Island can get very, very cold. And snowstorms can pop up at any time.
There’s something about spring that can be very uplifting. Most of Long Island is thawing out after a cold winter, flowers are in bloom AND it’s pre-wedding season! After hibernating for months, many people are just itching to get out of the house. Having a spring wedding can be the perfect time to kick off the season and get people out and mingling again. The sky is usually the limit when it comes to picking flowers and colors for a spring wedding. Still longing for a deep purple? That’s OK. Or if you want to usher in some lavenders, that’s OK too. And with things starting to bloom, they create an amazing backdrop for photos.
While it can still be chilly in the spring months, find a venue that offers heaters or fire pits for guests to enjoy being outside but allowing them to stay warm. And with wedding season just around the corner, you might be able to lock in a lower price at some beautiful venues.
Find a light shawl that matches your bridesmaids to keep you warm in cooler spring days and nights.
As with winter, though, the weather can be iffy. Another disadvantage, it’s allergy season. If you know your allergies act up in the spring, just make sure you have some meds on hand.
Think bright colors, refreshing cocktails and partying under the stars. Summer weddings open up a lot of possibilities when it comes to venues, colors, drinks, dresses and so much more! You are more likely to have better weather for an outdoor wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. Dreaming of getting married on the beach? Summer months are perfect for that. Warm sand in your toes, with the cool ocean breeze make an amazing backdrop for nuptials and photos.
Summer months are also great for some backyard weddings. Many BOLIs turned to yard weddings during the pandemic, and they were beautiful and just as fun and special. Summer months are the perfect time to plan those weddings.
While the weather is usually beautiful in the summer, sometimes it can get sweltering on Long Island. Keep this in mind when planning your summer soiree. Plan accordingly and provide fans for guests if you’ll be outdoors. And stay hydrated. Since it’s hurricane season, there is always the possibility of a rogue storm popping up too.
Another disadvantage is the higher price tag since it’s wedding season on Long Island. Think outside the box if you have your heart set on a summer wedding – choose a day start time or a Thursday night to cut your costs.
The air is a little crisper in the fall. Weddings outdoors are still possible with fire pits as a backdrop. Provide blankets to keep guests warm as you say your I Dos outside. The colors of the leaves changing are a fantastic backdrop for photos. Your colors can be warm and inviting. Think oranges, browns, maroon and so much more.
Warm your guests up with spiked apple cider or a boozy pumpkin spice anything.
And the décor! Think pumpkins, apples, fall wreaths and leaves. And you can even incorporate those fall holidays into your themes! Halloween and Thanksgiving themes can easily be incorporated into your festive fall fete.
While some of the fall months are still considered wedding season, you might be able to land an affordable deal for your autumn nuptials.
As far as the weather, while it’s not unstable like winter, the fall nights can get cold. And we can’t rule out a late season hurricane or early snow toward the end of the season.
As Brides of Long Island, we’re pretty lucky that we have four actual seasons with different types of weather. No matter what season you choose though, we know that you’ll have the most amazingly perfect day ever.
Written by Christine McGrath,