06 Mar 2013
The pros and cons on marrying in summer (between June and August) plus some seasonal advice on flowers and food.
The summer months, from June to August, are the most popular time for weddings to take place and this is often dubbed ‘wedding season’ for this reason. Theoretically, the weather is better and people are more in the mood to celebrate, but remember people’s diaries are often brimming in summer, so if you’re doing it last minute (why?) then be prepared for guests to have prior engagements. Suppliers, from venues to photographers, florists to entertainers book up early for the summer months as well, so be prepared to have to do a little more digging to find those perfect people to help you arrange your big day.
If you’re planning well in advance though consider the following:
• If you’re going for a marquee or barbeque for your nuptials, then June to August is the time to do it. The 21st June is the longest day of the year, so hopefully (weather permitting) you should be able to celebrate outside for longer.
• Consider drinks like Pimms or Kir Royale made with sparkling wine if you’re on a budget; white wine spritzers also make refreshing welcome drinks and are more affordable than champagne if you’re on a budget.
• If your wedding is taking place at the same time as a big event or festival make sure there are no road closures you or your guests need to be aware of; and let your guests know about other events so, if they are travelling from a distance they can book accommodation early, or leave longer for travelling time. You don’t want them bursting into the church at an inappropriate moment!
• July is consistently the hottest month of the year, so make sure reception rooms are air conditioned or there’s plenty of shelter for guests or young children who need to escape the heat.
• Avoid wedding meltdown with guests facing double (or sometimes triple) wedding invitations on the same day. Consider having a weekday wedding, Friday’s are always good as people don’t have to work the next day, but if you’ve got lots of children coming as well then make sure you plan things towards the end of the month to coincide with school holidays.
• With high temperatures in mind, think carefully about your cake and choice of desserts, especially if you’re planning a marquee or outdoor reception. Also beware buffets left uncovered too long.
• Choose glorious hydrangeas, lilies, gladiolus, gardenias and begonias for bouquets and table decorations.
• Artichokes, runner beans, strawberries, tomatoes, gooseberries, fennel, haddock, mackerel and lobster are all good choices for summer wedding breakfasts.