Why Autumn is the most popular month for weddings ♡
Part of your wedding’s story is the season you’ve chosen to be married in.
Naturally, some months are more popular than others. Not as many people get married in December, June or July. While the majority of couples get married in March and April, which is Autumn in Australia.
Every season has a different feel, but one thing they all have in common is unpredictable weather. It’s something that can cause some worry, that’s for sure!
But the one thing you can be sure of with the weather is that you can’t change it. So, you’re better off to go with it, because everything will usually work out if you have a backup in place.
This article talks about the 4 seasons, the effect it can have on your wedding pictures, and the Plan B you should have.
Why is Autumn the most popular season to get married?
- The main answer is that the weather is more temperate and more predictable. This means its less likely to be hot, and hopefully less likely to rain!
- The light is also softer than Summer, which means its easier to make beautiful wedding photos. There’s nothing like the soft golden glow of an Autumn day.
- The natural world world is also alive with change in Autumn. Some trees and plants begin to change with the season with yellows and orange, and for the most part everything is still green after summer’s rain.
- Many couples like to avoid the Christmas rush and having to interrupt holiday plans, so Autumn is the next in line.
- School and work schedules are usually not as busy, so people are more able to take time off.
- One massive bonus is that the temperature is usually cooling but not yet cold until night, which is great for formal wear and beautiful wedding dresses.
- One thing to consider about Autumn is that there is a lot of competition for vendors, like wedding photographers, celebrants, planners, and venues. This means you’ll need to get in early to get your first choice of vendor.
Winter and your wedding –
- The most gorgeous time of year for making all kinds of photos! Especially wedding photos.
- The sun is at it’s best in winter. The light is golden and magic hour is beautiful.
- It’s our favourite time of year to photograph weddings, even if it isn’t the most popular.
- You’ll have a much easier time getting lovely photos no matter who takes them.
- Because of the sun’s position shadows are much softer and more manageable, so the light is more flattering.
- Not very popular because it can be cold depending on your location. But the flip side is that you won’t get hot in your beautiful dress and/or suit for the groom.
- Usually clear blue skies, which makes for lovely horizons and sunsets.
- Little chance of rain due to lower humidity levels – this is a huge plus in our eyes.
Getting married in Spring –
- Can be absolutely beautiful! Gardens grow, flowers bloom, birds chirp, and the temperature is usually moderate.
- But the weather isn’t always predictable – the sunlight itself can be bright and can be hot.
- Or the day might be cool depending on the weather, location and month.
- Humidity is on the rise so rain is more likely.
- Better for mid-to-late afternoon ceremonies – around 3PM-4PM latest depending on the venue and it’s available lighting options.
- Shade is not as important as summer but still needs to be available.
Summer weddings are HOT –
- Tropical is the word! The vibe itself is reason enough. Beach side is a plus.
- Can be quite hot in formal dress/nice clothes. For some, this is an opportunity to dress down and make their event less formal.
- Late afternoon ceremonies a must unless held inside, at night, or in full shade. The sun is quite harsh, strong and very hot. Sunscreen required.
- The strong summer sun makes very defined shadows, which can be difficult at certain times of the day. Wait for the sun to get lower in the afternoon to minimize this effect.
Clouds + Rainy day wedding photos –
- Not always a disaster, promise!
- Rainy days have beautiful, soft and diffuse light.
- The light is whiter. While pictures on a cloudy/rainy day are “cooler”, as in they have less yellow in the light, this same effect makes them special in their own way.
- Shadows are very soft and can be almost nonexistent.
- Colours can pop when handled correctly.
- A little bit of rain can also provide some nice shine and gloss to surfaces which were previously matte, like grass, leaves, walls etc.
- Better to avoid standing in the rain if possible – take a rain break and resume when it stops.
Really hot days –
- Hopefully we’re all at the beach! Or at least in air conditioning, or photographing in the late afternoon/early evening.
- Make sure there is plenty of shade and/or diffuse light (see through shade providers).
- Cold beverages are essential. Administer repeatedly.
- Some venues have large fans or air con. If not consider asking your wedding planner to bring some industrial fans along to create a breeze.
The Plan B! B is for backup –
- The first rule of Plan B is to make sure you have one that can accommodate everyone and keep the good times rolling.
- Most dedicated wedding venues will have some kind of backup spot available, but you have to be sure that Plan B location is suitable for your event. Be sure to check what it is well before the day so you have time to organise either way.
- Certain kinds of venues don’t need a Plan B. They might be indoors, under a shelter, or a marquee. But this has a trade off – outside weddings are lovely. Sometimes the risk is worth the result!
- For unexpected cloud – see if there is a different spot you could have the actual ceremony with more light. If not consider that you might want to wait for the light to come back as it will make for better photos. Factor this in to your schedule.
- Umbrellas – get some. They are life savers when it’s raining or when it’s super sunny.
- Consider having some anti-frizz treatment on hand for any wet hair mishaps.
- If you’re really serious about a Plan B, you might make alternative arrangements for another venue and let your guests know in advance of the venue change.
- Have fun with it! Sometimes you can’t help what life throws at you, so its better to just go with it and just smile about spending your life with the one you love.
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