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Selecting a Time of Year for your Wedding


Photo by Idalia Photography

As engagement season approaches, we wanted to revisit a previous blog post that we did about picking a time of year for your wedding. There is a lot to consider when planning your wedding but what month and time of year is one of the first things that you are going to want to think about. Here are some of the top things to think about when selecting a time of year for your big day.

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!

Photo by Laurie for Emily Wren Photography

Your Décor

If you love pumpkins, apples and rich fall colors and envision including these touches into your wedding décor, you probably shouldn’t go for a July wedding. 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.

The Weather

It feels like every year, there is at least one weekend in November where it is unseasonably hot and we think about how 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.

Photo by Endless Wave Studios

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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