You meet the one, you start dating, you get engaged ... but now, when will you have your wedding?
There are abundant factors that play in to whether or not your big day will go off without a hitch — including weather, pricing and available vendors — making it extremely important to pick the perfect day.
To help you choose which day will mark a milestone for the rest of your life, we’ve broken down some key aspects that might make a specific time of the year the perfect time for your big day.
Spring — March, April, May
While May is one of the most popular wedding months, according to Wedding Wire, spring is the perfect time to set your wedding date if you’re looking to avoid high prices, according to Martha Stewart Weddings.
The merge from winter into spring allows for freshly blooming flowers and welcoming warm weather. According to wedding information website Zola, this time of year also boasts few calendar conflicts with the only holidays being St. Patrick’s Day, Passover and Easter. The warms weather brought by spring also provides a feeling of renewal, which is perfect for a wedding day.
Nevertheless, in warmer parts of the country, April and May can be considered the beginning of peak season, meaning these months may be more affordable in regions with longer winters — especially since some some venues and vendors charge more during the peak season, according to Wedding Wire.
Summer — June, July, August
By mid-May, wedding season is in full swing, according to Zola, meaning you’ll need to plan far in advance to book your desired vendors.
June, specifically, is one of the most popular months of the year to get married, with approximately 13% of weddings taking place in this month, according to The Knot’s 2016 wedding statistics.
While this season is popular for a reason — the weather is great and more flowers and fruits are in season — since less vendors and venues will be available, prices will be significantly higher.
Rising temperatures are also something to looks out for, as they can prove to be uncomfortable for guests, according to Zola.
While vacation plans or other weddings may conflict with yours when it comes to guests’ attendance, guests will also be more likely to get away from their lives to attend your wedding, due to more relaxed work schedules and school breaks.
Fall — September, October, November
Fall wedding dates have significantly risen in popularity in recent years to the point where and 2017 report from Pinterest found that fall weddings were up 280%.
As fall wedding dates have become more and more popular, the season has become the most expensive of the year, according to Martha Stewart Weddings.
This time of the year also comes with conflicts, such as Halloween and Thanksgiving, and, since less flowers are in season, you might have to rethink your ideal floral arrangements, according to Zola.
Nevertheless, this season brings cooler temperatures, a cozy aesthetic and changing leaves, guaranteeing a beautiful scenery and happy guests.
If you’re worried about temperatures being a little too chilly, though, then September is your perfect month, as it provides that fall feeling without the low temperatures, according to Wedding Wire.
Winter — December, January, February
According to Martha Stewart Weddings, if you’re not afraid of colder temperatures and the chance of snow, then this season is perfect for you.
Since less couples get married in this season — with January being the least popular month of the year to host a wedding — vendors are more available and prices are more easily negotiable, according to Zola.
This season also comes with a cozy atmosphere that can include snowy landscapes and warms fires.
While this season could provide for an aesthetic theme and decorations, it is important to remember that, since there is less greenery outside, pictures could come out as less than picturesque, according to Zola.
This time of year also conflicts with Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Day, making travel more difficult and more expensive.