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Choosing a Time of Year for Your Wedding


Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

Congratulations on your engagement! As you look ahead to your planning process, one of the first things you may want to consider before you start looking at venues is what month or time of year you are hoping to get married. There are a lot of things to take into consideration and the length of your engagement is just one of them!

Budget

Many venues, especially those at the Jersey Shore will discount weddings that are held in “off season” months. Typically, November through March or April is considered off season. So if you have your heart set on a venue that might be just out of your budget, consider an off season wedding to cut 10-15% off your price!

Venue Availability

If you are looking for a summer or early fall wedding at the shore, you may need to show some flexibility on your date depending on how far out you are booking. Many popular Jersey Shore venues are booked for Saturdays a full year out. Often venues have availability on Fridays or Sundays though, which also tend to be discounted.

Time off from Work

Consider what type of job you have and your busiest time of the year. If you are an accountant, it may not be ideal to have an April wedding. If you are a teacher, you’ll likely want to consider having a wedding during one of your breaks. Either way, you don’t want to be thinking about work stress while you are trying to enjoy your wedding week!

Your Décor

If you love pumpkins, apples and rich fall colors, you might want to consider your seasonal décor when picking a wedding month. While you obviously don’t have to stick with a seasonal décor, it is good to consider the color pallets for the season and the colors you want to incorporate into your wedding party’s attire and your overall décor. You may also want to think about what flowers are in season during that time of year and how those can be worked into things like your bouquet and centerpieces.

Photo by Kaitlin Noel Photography

The Weather

Last November there was an unseasonably hot few days and all of the couples getting married that

weekend got extremely lucky! While you can’t predict New Jersey’s crazy weather, it’s good to think about whether or not you are hoping for outdoor photos with your partner and wedding party or maybe even an outdoor ceremony. If you are taking a honeymoon right after and have a particular location in mind, it doesn’t hurt to check out their weather around that time of year as well.

Your Guests Accommodations

If you have a lot of guests coming in from out of town, they will likely need to look for a hotel. While there may be plenty of hotel options, the costs during peak season tend to be higher and often hotels

implement a 2 night minimum stay. There are always other great rental options besides hotels though, especially at the Jersey Shore.

Overall, there’s a lot to consider when picking your wedding season, month and date so take your time and be sure to weight all of the options! Happy Planning :-)

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