OK so lets start off by assuming that you’ve already decided on the date, church or registry office and reception venue for your wedding. That’s great, but there are a few seasonal considerations you may want to take into account especially if you’re having part or all of it in a marquee:
While marquees are a great option for a wedding venue, in mid winter you also need to consider how wet and cold it it’s going to be. Remember that if it’s put up on wet ground a few days before the event, the ground under foot will probably be sodden, not ideal for all the guests in their finery! In addition to this you’ll need to think about heating, because even as late as June it’s possible to have a frost at night, so heating could be essential. There are companies out there who provide everything including a boarded floor and heaters, so it’s well worth asking the question. You can see an example here.
First and probably the most obvious is the flowers. Your choice of flowers can help set the scene for the church, reception and the day overall. Now I’m not suggesting that just because you get married in March you walk down the aisle clutching a bunch of daffodils, however if you get married in church and the area where the photographs will be taken has daffodils you may want to consider incorporating them into the the flower theme for the day. After all you might look a bit odd stood surrounded by Daff’s and clutching onto a selection of roses or even worse, something tropical. That being said if you were to get married in a tropical setting the Daffodils would look equally out of place. Here are a few examples of seasonal flowers for each season but it’s best to take a look at a few examples of wedding flowers before you decide:
Carnations – although a classic they are very long lasting and always look appropriate
Forget me nots – short stemmed flowers with delicate blue blooms
Lisianthus – If you buy these out of season they can be rther pricey
Dahlias – available in a range of vivid colours to complement your chosen colour scheme
Hydrangeas – particularly large flower heads
Phlox – is ideral for a country cottage feel
Canna Lillies – a striking flower although the available colours will vary during the season
Iris – a popular choice despite it’s relatively short season
Marigolds – looks just like a big coloured daisy
Amarillys – a flower traditionally grown during the winter in the UK
Freesias – have a particularly strong scent
Peony – can be found growing right into November
If you are matching your big day with the seasons, you probably want to consider matching the wedding breakfast with the season too. Many caterers will be able to advise you on what great produce is available at the time of the wedding. This is also an environmental consideration too, because if you provide out of season products, they have probably travelled quite some distance to reach your plates. Plus you need to bear in mind that serving up salad in December or sprouts in spring may have your guests discussing the food at your wedding for quite a while after the event, for all the wrong reasons!
You’re probably thinking that everything above makes perfect sense, or at least I hope you are, but what does the entertainment have to do with the seasons? Well, unlike with the flowers and catering, the band or DJ that you want for the evening entertainment is probably going to play pretty much the same thing regardless if you book them in spring, summer, autumn or winter. But will they be available? Remember there are many more weddings and balls etc happening during the summer months and plenty of office parties in the run up to christmas, so just remember that during their busiest times all the best bands and DJ’s are probably booked up well in advance, so it’s best to get in there and book them as quickly as possible after setting the date.