Crisp weather, breathtaking colors, and cozy sweaters are all part of Boston in the fall. So are a multitude of events that allow you to absorb all the autumnal beauty our historic city has to offer. As longtime Boston lovers and residents, we here at Hampshire House selected several of our favorite seasonal activities to share.
Boston Fall Foliage Tours
Boston’s fall foliage is amazing, and you have several ways to enjoy it. One option is a guided tour exploring New Hampshire’s White Mountains. It’s a driving tour down the top 34 miles in the county for viewing the changing leaf colors. Learn more.
Additional fall foliage tours are offered annually, providing an array of options for experiencing the season in a way that suits you best. If you prefer heading out on your own or with a few friends to absorb the beauty, you can certainly do that too.
Three of the best areas to experience fall foliage in Boston include:
- The Public Garden, in the heart of Boston Proper
- Boston Common, a historic 44-acre plot that serves as a city center of activity
- The Esplanade, a long, narrow park abutting the Charles River, stretching from Beacon Hill to Back Bay and beyond
Boston Arts Festival
The city’s natural beauty is supplemented by artistic beauty during the annual Boston Arts Festival. Taking place over a two-day period in September every year, the event is an extravaganza of visual and performing arts at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park on Boston Harbor.
Run by the same people behind Artists Crossing Gallery and the Beacon Hill Art Walk, the Arts Festival also kicks off Boston’s Art Open Studios season. The festival features performances from local musicians and dozens of craftspeople and visual artists showcasing and selling their vast variety of work.
Boston Fall Cruises
Local cruises provide a different perspective of Boston, and many of them run well into the fall season. The Boston Whale Watching Cruise provides a three-hour experience that gives you a ship deck view of humpback whales, finback whales, and dolphins.
Enjoy a luxurious evening with the Boston Harbor Champagne Sunset Sail. The tour departs from Rowes Wharf and offers a stunning view of several waterfront landmarks at sundown.
Additional fall boat tours and cruises range from daytime sailing cruises to a ride in a historic yacht. Once again, the vast variety of options allows you to enjoy the season in a manner that suits you best.
Create Your Own Fall Event
If you’d prefer to experience an event that’s even more personalized, you’re always welcome to create your own. Perhaps you want to celebrate the change of season with an intimate, friendly gathering. Or you’d like to invite coworkers and friends to a larger gathering featuring an exquisite seasonal menu and drinks.
Whatever option you choose, it will be a memorable one if you hold it at Hampshire House, the premier venue for distinctive private events and corporate celebrations. Learn more or book your reservations by contacting us today.
At the Hampshire House we are surrounded by a lot of Boston’s history, from the walls within our building to the views of Boston Public Garden out our windows. This year we celebrate a very special part of our history on June 10:
We are celebrating 50 years of Thomas Kershaw’s ownership of the Hampshire House!
Throughout our half century of operation, the Hampshire House has become a beloved mainstay for Bostonian celebrations by hosting thousands of weddings, rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, corporate events, and personal celebrations. We are also the home to the beloved Bull + Finch Pub/Cheers restaurant, which has been operating on the ground floor since December 1969. Additionally, we have added a number of other cherished restaurants to the Hampshire House Corporation including 75 on Chestnut, a bistro at the flat of Beacon Hill; a Cheers at Faneuil Hall Marketplace; and 75 on Liberty Wharf.
“When you start a business when you are 30 years old and live to be 80, 50 years in the same business is a big deal,” said Tom. “I purchased the property in 1969 with the idea to keep the mansion’s original grandeur while accommodating Bostonians and tourists for special events that they would never forget. As we look back, I know that we have achieved that goal. Not only is the Hampshire House a key part of our guests’ most treasured memories, but the mansion is now a beloved establishment in Boston.”
To celebrate all of the memories hosted at the Hampshire House, from the blizzard of 1978 to last weekend’s wedding, we are hosting a social media contest for a chance to win two complimentary tickets to the private 50th anniversary celebration on Monday, June 10 at the Hampshire House.
In order to enter for a chance to win a ticket for you and a guest, you must:
- Follow @HampshireHouse on Instagram or @HampshireHse on Facebook
- Share a post of your favorite memory at the Hampshire House using the hashtags #HampshireHouse50 and #OurHouseYourStory
Each Friday between now and Monday, June 10, we will choose one winner per week, who will be notified via direct message. To be considered, you must be 21+ years old.
We are excited to celebrate this anniversary with you on social media and cannot wait to see what personal memories you share with us!
Cheers Beacon Hill
Cheers Faneuil Hall Marketplace
75 on Liberty Wharf
Treat Mom to the Best Mother’s Day Brunch in Boston at the Hampshire House
Join Hampshire House on Sunday, May 12 beginning at 11am for a traditional Mother’s Day brunch. The ticketed price of this three-course brunch is $70 per person excluding taxes, gratuity, or beverages.
What better way to spoil mom than with a perfectly curated brunch done the Hampshire House way? Our menu is filled with the most delectable regional and seasonal dishes to delight mom. This year, our offerings include elevated favorites, original new creations, and plenty of classics, ensuring that there’s a dish for every preference and palate imaginable. Explore the complete Mother’s Day menu to see exactly what we’ll be whipping up for moms this year or peruse our sneak peek below.
What’s on the Menu: Mother’s Day 2019
This year’s three-course, plated brunch menu includes your choice of a starter, main dish, and decadent desert, all of which have been paired to create a flavor experience like no other. Here are some examples of what you can expect at this noteworthy brunch event:
- First Up — Whether you start with our famous lobster bisque, clam chowder, or a fresh salad, this year’s starters will set the stage for a delectable menu and hint at what’s to come. Fresh vegetables, fruits, and seafood make up the bulk of this course.
- Next Up — For the main course, choose between indulgent classics like grilled beef tenderloin medallions or stuffed French toast, or opt for something on the lighter side. Favorites include our New England lobster omelet and smoked salmon benedict.
- Finally — Top off this noteworthy brunch experience with the Hampshire House Chocolate Trilogy featuring Swiss chocolate maple soup, a chocolate mousse tartlet, and bitter sweet chocolate crème brûlée. It’s sweet enough for even the sweetest moms!
- Complete the Meal — Complement this memorable brunch with one of our carefully crafted Bloody Marys, mimosas, or glasses of wine (not included), and offer a toast to mom.
Enjoying a Classic Boston Mother’s Day
Set in the heart of Boston, Hampshire House is a grand, turn-of-the-century Georgian revival mansion offering sweeping views of Boston Public Garden coupled with lavish interior décor that’ll truly make mom feel like royalty. After brunch, head across the street for a stroll through some of Boston’s finest public lands. Take in the bursting display of tulips and roses at Boston Public Garden or enjoy a meandering afternoon through the enchanting, cobblestone streets of one of Boston’s most charming neighborhoods, Beacon Hill.
Please note that the ticketed price of $70 per person doesn’t include taxes, gratuity, or beverages. Validated parking is available in the Boston Common Garage for easy access to Hampshire House and all its surrounding sights. To make a reservation, click the link here. We look forward to helping you make Mother’s Day a truly memorable occasion and hope to be a part of your special annual tradition.
Wedding design and décor is as unique as the couple being joined together. Some may prefer a more traditional setting, while for others, it’s a chance to express themselves and share their personalities with beloved family and friends. However, year after year, from floral arrangements to wedding décor to fashion, certain design ideas will become so popular that it becomes a trend. If you’d like to see what’s sparking the imaginations of brides and grooms in 2019, read on for trendy wedding tips!
Darker and Moodier
Some couples are moving away from the traditional romantic soft pastels in favor of darker, edgier colors. This includes dark accents, such as black candlesticks, which add dramatic flair to a table setting.
Then there are those who are traditionalists at heart. Another popular trend harkens back to the classic sophistication of a fully embellished ballroom wedding, with elegant table settings complete with silver candlesticks and long tapers, crystal stemware, and monogrammed napkins made of linen.
Wedding Cakes that Make a Fashion Statement
These days, it isn’t just the bride stepping out in grand fashion — it’s the cake as well. While dessert displays were all the rage last year, in 2019, there’s a step back to having the traditional wedding cake as the main focal point. Big, bold and eye-catching cakes with a lot of color are now coming back in vogue.
Cherished Floral Memories
Rather than just choosing seasonal floral arrangements or traditional wedding flowers like roses, calla lilies and tulips, brides planning a personalized wedding are opting for flowers that have special significance, such as favorite blooms from their childhood or family garden.
Vellum Paper Invitations
Vellum is a translucent paper that can be used as an overlay on wedding invitations and envelopes, or with calligraphy for wedding place cards. Event designers predict that other unusual materials will be used for weddings, such as leathers, suedes and acrylics.
Build Your Own Welcome Bag
Rather than offering the usual gift bags at the hotel check-in desk, some couples are choosing to include a gift bag station at a special welcome party, where guests can design their own collection of goodies, based on personal preference.
Personalized Place Settings
For a smaller wedding, consider personalized place settings for each guest. Even just handwritten notes instead of standard place cards add an unexpected personal touch that say how special each guest is to the couple.
Simple and Refined
Classic and simple, with refined elegance, will be the theme of choice for many weddings in 2019. Depending upon the couple’s sensibilities, some prefer a more minimal décor and an airier feel. This may be expressed with white plates and linens, simple glassware, pink hues and other pastels, and simpler floral centerpieces.
The Sophistication of Velvet
Velvet is always sumptuous, adding an air of refinement and luxury to the décor. One may think only of heavy dark velvets for autumn and winter use, but lighter materials and colors can be just as appropriate for the warmer months.
Lucite Elements for a Contemporary Design
Sleek Lucite vessels can be found for candle holders, name cards, flatware, table numbers, and chargers (presentation plates). It’s a clean, streamlined look that’s extremely modern and sophisticated.
Foliage and Greenery with a Touch of Glamor
When you bring elements of nature such as fresh seasonal greenery and foliage to your table design, along with contemporary metallic touches, it creates an atmosphere that is both formal and homey. Another popular trend is to use loose rather than structured floral arrangements for your table décor.
There is no finer or more enjoyable and relaxing way to celebrate your Easter holiday than in the cozy and elegant splendor of the Hampshire House. Located on historic Beacon Street in Boston, with a stellar view of the Victorian style Boston Public Garden, it is the perfect setting to enjoy a fine spring day while you partake in a gourmet Easter Brunch to envelope the senses, overseen by our President and CEO, Chef Markus Ripperger. His menu selections merge the very best of his European pedigree with classic New England cuisine.
Dine and Relax in New England Style and Elegance
There are traditional favorites such as clam chowder, smoked salmon benedict, grilled lamb chops, and lobster omelet, in addition to wholesome choices for our more health-conscious guests. All our expertly crafted dishes are enhanced with seasonal vegetables such as asparagus, sweet peas, snap peas and fava beans. While you enjoy our exquisite cuisine, relax in our turn-of-the-century Georgian revival townhouse, where generations of Boston’s elite dined in grand style. The mansion is lavishly appointed with carved oak paneling, Italian marble, Palladian windows, and crystal chandeliers — it’s the height of elegance, yet with cozy New England appeal.
Starters to Excite the Taste Buds
To begin your Easter Brunch, you can choose from classic favorites such as traditional New England style clam chowder and Maine lobster bisque. Our refreshing spring salad features seasonal vegetables such as baby arugula, fava beans, asparagus, and sugar snap peas, with dried apricots, almonds, and lemon vinaigrette. There’s a fresh fruit medley of seasonal fruit and berries, as well as our gulf shrimp martini with crisp vegetable spaghetti and tomato olive relish.
Our Luscious Main Dish Options
For your main dish, we offer traditional eggs benedict with maple cured Canadian bacon, smoked salmon benedict, or Florentine benedict with sautéed spinach. Our benedicts are made the classic way, with a fine herb hollandaise sauce and served on an English muffin. Other breakfast selections include the Healthy Librarian (an Egg Beater® omelet with spring vegetables), New England lobster omelet, and stuffed French toast with cream cheese, raspberry preserve, and fresh berries. For meat lovers, we recommend our grilled beef tenderloin medallions or wood-grilled lamb chops with black olive tapenade. We also have char-grilled chicken pasta and herb-crusted salmon with spring vegetables, couscous, and mint mustard vinaigrette.
A Perfect Finisher
Chocolate lovers will delight in our ultra-special dessert — a tantalizing trilogy of swiss chocolate maple soup, chocolate mousse tartlet, and bittersweet chocolate crème brûlée.
The Hampshire House Easter Brunch is served on Sunday, April 21, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For further details, download our Easter Brunch menu or call us at 617-227-9600. You can make a reservation online. Our Easter Brunch is extremely popular, so we highly recommend that you make your reservation today!
Hampshire House welcomes the renewing, revitalizing days of the brighter half of the year with our spring/summer menu items that represent the very best of the season. Incorporating seasonal ingredients into your spring event will enhance the uniqueness and enjoyment of your special occasion, honoring the first blooms.
Hot and Cold Hor D’Oeuvres and Appetizers for Receptions
These special dishes, created by our award-winning chefs, feature such spring favorites such as asparagus, English pea, Chantenay carrots and fava beans, in elegant and delicious presentations. Asparagus, English Pea and Fava Bean Soup is served with a mint-cream fraiche, and our Fried Wellfleet Oysters are prepared with smoked salmon remoulade. You’ll also find beloved summer staples in refreshing pairings like shrimp and avocado, watermelon and feta, and chicken brochettes with yogurt sauce or Asian spices and curry sauce. Sweet Pea Ravioli, Beef Tenderloin with Chimichurri, and Grilled Salmon with fava beans, asparagus, leeks, and mint pea puree are miniature appetizers that will thrill the senses.
Spring and Summer Specialty Stations
Our specialty stations, prepared by an in-house chef in your private room, have also been designed to highlight seasonal ingredients. There’s our tapas bar featuring many delights such as serrano ham crostini with Manchego cheese and quince paste, shrimp a la plancha with saffron aioli, and crab meat stuffed calamari. Our traditional New England Clam Bake includes lobster, steamers, PEI mussels, BBQ chicken breasts, and all the expected accompaniments. The La Taqueria Station lets you and your guests create gourmet tacos.
Pastry Chef Atelier will satisfy the most discriminating sweet tooth, with the opportunity to design your own delicious indulgence. Choose from starters like miniature vanilla cannoli shells, lemon scones, and chocolate whoopie pies; dessert fillings such as chocolate mousse, mango sorbet, and seasonal berries; and garnish it with toppings like Chantilly cream, slivered almonds, and berry puree. Enhancements include petit fours and miniature pastries, lemon squares, and crème brûlée.
Four-Course Plated Dinners
Begin with our spring-inspired asparagus, English pea and fava bean soup, potato leek crostata, or spring vegetable risotto. Our exquisite 2019 Spring/Summer Plated Dinners brings together the finest entrees – Roasted Halibut, Chicken Supreme, Lamb Rack, or Fricassee of Lobster – with perfectly complementing appetizers, salads, and desserts, for an elegantly prepared feast that’s bursting with the fresh, exciting flavors of the season. Choose from fresh and imaginative salads, and finish with the sweet satisfaction of peach melba, strawberry vanilla rhubarb tart, lemon meringue tart, or chocolate raspberry mousse.
Enhance the Atmosphere with Spring Florals!
As you choose the menu for your spring event, consider adding spring-inspired floral arrangements to your tables to celebrate the beauty of the season. Flowers that bloom in the spring include tulips, peony, hyacinth, daffodils, azalea, bluebell, crocus, lilac, primrose, pansy iris, allium, snowdrops, freesia, and anemones. In addition to a glorious rainbow of colors and scents, each brings its own significance and symbolism.
Tulips signify happiness, good wishes, attachment to another person, and perfect love, making them great for an engagement party. The peony, which is native to China, symbolizes prosperity, honor, a happy marriage, good fortune, and compassion. The daffodil is the flower of rebirth and new beginnings. Pansies symbolize love, admiration, and remembrance, while the lilac signifies confidence and renewal, and are often associated with graduation ceremonies.
If you have any questions or would like assistance in planning your special event, please contact our event professionals at Hampshire House by calling 617-227-9600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hampshire House Engagement Celebration Jan. 24
You are cordially invited to attend the annual Hampshire House engagement celebration! The premier Boston engagement open house will take place on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. We welcome all brides and grooms to come an experience our warm and welcoming Beacon Hill mansion as they get ideas and inspiration for their big day.
This is the perfect event for future brides and grooms who are at every stage of the wedding planning process, whether scouting the top Boston wedding venues or looking to interact one-on-one with potential vendors. During this exclusive two-hour event, you’ll be able to explore the mansion, taste some of our favorite wedding menu items, and interact with other brides and grooms from the area. It’s all about helping you envision the most special day of your life!
Meet and Greet with the Best Boston Wedding Vendors
One of the main reasons why engaged couples flock to this engagement event is because we bring all of the area’s finest wedding vendors together in one place, including:
- Entertainers, Musicians, and DJs: Groove Events, C-Zone Entertainment, The Gilded Harps
- Photographers and Videographers: Person + Killian Photography, Johnson Photography, Tatiana Blanco Photography, Generations Cinema Stories
- Florists: Jeri Solomon Floral Design, Artistic Blossoms, New Leaf Flores
- Officiants: Barbara Kahn, JP Liz, Joseph Gagnon
- Rental Items: PEAK Event Services
- Invitations: Invitations & Company, Lynn Graham Designs
- Wedding Planners: Unique Weddings by Alexis, We Tie the Knots
- Makeup Artists: Katrina Hess Makeup Studio
This handpicked selection of providers helps you check off many of your pressing wedding-related to-do list items, including finding all of your key vendors. If you have special requests, want to check your date, or are simply tired of scouring the web for the best options, you’ll be happy to meet and greet with these top wedding professionals.
This boutique event differs from others in Boston and the surrounding region because we are highly selective with who we invite to exhibit. Only vendors we personally recommend and prefer are invited to this event. The result is a well-curated grouping that doesn’t overwhelm already stressed brides and grooms.
More Reasons to Attend
In addition to meeting with the experts who will help you flawlessly execute your special event, you’ll also get a chance to speak with the wedding and event coordinators at Hampshire House. Our wedding experts will be on hand to answer any questions and discuss open dates and special requests. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll also be invited to taste the many delectable flavors of Hampshire House, from carefully crafted cocktails to yummy local desserts. Come hungry!
How to Attend and RSVP
To RSVP, please visit our weddings page or give us a ring at 617-854-7628. You can also see our official invitation for additional information. Each individual is invited to bring one guest, such as a spouse, friend, parent, or anyone else you’d like to share the experience with.
Save the Date: The 2019 Engagement Celebration at Hampshire House
Kick off your wedding planning process the best possible way with the annual engagement celebration at Hampshire House, one of Boston’s premier wedding venues. We invite you to come and mingle with fellow brides and grooms, to tour our exceptional turn-of-the-century mansion, and to meet and greet with several of the area’s premier wedding vendors and suppliers. It’s truly the wedding-planning event of the year for the Boston betrothed!
The Details: This year, our engagement open house will take place on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. To RSVP, please visit our weddings page or call 617-854-7628. You can also see our official invitation for more info.
Why Attend This Special Event
- Envision Your Big Day — If you’re thinking about having your wedding at Hampshire House, there’s no better (or easier) way to envision your special day. You’ll have the opportunity to meander through each character-filled room and soak up the ambiance, peer through the windows of our floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Boston Public Garden, and to see every exquisite detail with your own eyes.
- Speak with Industry Professionals — Not only will we help you secure your picture-perfect wedding backdrop, we’ll also help connect you with some of Boston’s top wedding professionals, including florists, photographers, videographers, bakers, designers, musicians, DJs and other entertainers. With all of these premier professionals in one place, you’ll be able to check off many of your most pressing wedding tasks all in one day.
- Get a Taste of Hampshire House — You wouldn’t host your once-in-a-lifetime event without tasting the food. Our annual engagement celebration is one of the very best ways to get a taste of Hampshire House. You’ll be invited to sample some of the most delectable selections from our menu, including specialty cocktails and desserts.
- Show Your Family and Friends — We invite all soon-to-be brides and grooms to come and enjoy this extra-special event, and we encourage them to bring a guest of their choosing. Whether it’s your mother, father, best man, or maid of honor, you’ll be happy to have a fresh set of eyes help you navigate the wedding planning waters.
- Secure Your Date and Get the Details — If you’ve got a date in mind, you’ll get the chance to speak with one of our dedicated event planners to ensure that your desired date is in the books or to help iron out some of your specific questions. You’ll also get a chance to go over our great wedding package options and explore some unique ways to make your Hampshire House event all your own.
Can’t Make It? Book an Appointment
Whether you’re newly engaged or are looking for a spectacular setting for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, or bridal shower, we hope you’ll consider Hampshire House for all of your engagement events. If you can’t make it on Jan. 24, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us to set up a time for a private tour and consultation. Click here to RSVP.
The bridal shower is a timeless tradition that gives friends and family a chance to surround the bride-to-be with love and community. However, the typical bridal shower isn’t always a good fit for the guest of honor. If you know a bride who tends to have non-traditional tastes when it comes to her style, consider hosting your event at Hampshire House in Boston. Learn more about the many ways in which this historic venue allows hosts to add a personal touch to the bridal shower so that it’s a completely unique and utterly memorable event.
Classic High Tea
Do you know a bride who’d love to have a shower that’s a bit regaler than your typical cake and punch affair? If so, consider hosting a luxurious high tea gathering at Hampshire House. With unrivaled service in a majestic atmosphere, this type of bridal shower is fit for a queen. Pair elegant tea service featuring a selection of the finest teas with a variety of tea sandwiches, petit fours and patisseries to make this one pre-wedding event where the bride-to-be feels truly pampered.
For the bride with a sweet tooth, take advantage of Hampshire House’s distinctive dessert options to host a bridal shower that she’ll love. The guests will have a ball trying delicious bites from all kinds of specialty stations for donuts, flambé, miniature cupcakes, fruit cobblers and more. For the beverages, you can serve fresh brews from a custom coffee bar along with an assortment of teas or hot cocoa. Hampshire House also offers a variety of deluxe cordials, port wines and cognacs that can be served at the event.
Cozy Fireside Gathering
For an event taking place during the fall or winter, nothing sounds quite as cozy as a bridal shower hosted by the fire. Hampshire House offers several stunning rooms featuring ornate fireplaces. This sets the scene for an intimate and warm event where the bride can feel truly cherished by her loved ones. Consider selecting items from the venue’s hearty winter menus to complement the cozy affair, like a hot buffet featuring Maine lobster bisque, chicken Provençal, fresh baked rolls and more.
Since the traditional bridal shower is often a brunch or luncheon affair, why not switch things up with a snazzy cocktail reception? Give the bride-to-be a chance to get dolled up in a lovely cocktail dress and gather with her dearest friends and family. You can serve delightful bites from appetizer stations to keep the guests mixing and mingling throughout the event. Add a personal touch with a signature cocktail based on the bride’s favorite drink. Hampshire House has multiple bars, making it easy to host your event in any room of the venue.
With a wide variety of spaces available throughout Hampshire House, it’s easy to find the perfect fit for your gathering. In addition, our customizable event menus allow you to tailor the party to your unique needs. Make sure the bride-to-be enjoys a non-traditional bridal shower that she truly loves by hosting your event at this popular Boston venue.
One way to make planning a wedding a little less overwhelming is to schedule your event in the off-season. In many places, the months of May through September are considered the peak season for weddings. But from October through April, things slow down considerably for the wedding industry. That can be a major perk for couples who hope to make the wedding planning process as easy (and as affordable) as possible. Here are some of the top benefits of having an off-season wedding.
Because there is less demand for wedding services during the off-season months, costs are typically lower. The reduced expenses can apply to just about every aspect of the event, including the venue, the food, the flowers and the photography. Some things, such as wedding attire, don’t usually change price according to the season. However, you’ll find that planning for an off-season wedding will net you significant savings overall.
Don’t forget that the savings may be passed on to your guests as well. Transportation and lodging costs are often lower during the off-season, which is a major perk for guests who will be traveling to attend your nuptials.
Less Competition for Vendors
Do you have your heart set on a certain wedding venue? Are you a huge fan of a particular wedding photographer? You are much more likely to be able to secure the vendors you want for your wedding date if you plan your wedding in the off-season months. Even popular vendors are less likely to be booked up already. And as mentioned above, you may be able to secure a lower rate by hosting your event during a portion of the year when it is sometimes harder for them to get bookings.
Don’t hesitate to ask if a vendor offers discounts during off-peak months. While not all vendors advertise lower rates like these, many are willing to give you a lower price in order to book up these dates when it’s typically harder for them to find clients.
Because more vendors are available for bookings during the quieter months in the wedding industry, it makes it much easier to plan your event in a limited amount of time. If you’re hoping for a short engagement, you’ll love that plenty of options are still available for the off-season even when you’re planning just a few months out. Many couples are able to get their first choice for venues, florists, caterers, bands, DJs, photographers and more by holding the event during these months.
If you tried to plan a wedding during peak season, on the other hand, you’d probably find that many vendors and venues are booked up well in advance. In fact, many popular vendors book up at least a year or even 18 months ahead, leaving couples who want a peak season wedding scrambling to plan everything in time or pushing their wedding date back in order to get the vendors they want.
Who says that you can only take outdoor wedding photos in the summer? With off-season events, it’s still totally possible to get beautiful outdoor shots at your wedding. Whether it’s a beautiful wintry scene blanketed in snow, a romantic, rainy spring day or the colorful leaves of autumn, there are so many ways you can get stunning wedding photos even if your wedding doesn’t take place on a warm, sunny day.
A good photographer will know how to work around any pesky issues you might face by having a wedding during the colder months of the year. For example, they might suggest that the couple find stylish coats to wear during an outdoor winter photo shoot, like an elegant trench coat for the groom or a luxurious fur stole for the bride. You might also bring along winter boots, rain boots, an umbrella or other gear to make sure you stay dry. Since the sun sets earlier, your photographer might plan to take most of the outdoor shots earlier in the day. You could even park your wedding limo or bus nearby so you and your bridal party can warm up in between shots.
If you absolutely love the holidays, why not incorporate that festive atmosphere into your wedding? Hosting your event during the holiday season gives you the perks that come with off-peak weddings along with the fun of having a themed event. Go all out with a Christmas wedding that incorporates beautiful reds and greens. You could even schedule a visit from Santa for the little ones attending your reception.
Another option if a New Year’s Eve wedding. Many people love having a special event to get all dressed up for on this day, so they’ll be thrilled to attend your wedding to celebrate. Keep the party going late and enjoy a big countdown to New Year’s along with a midnight kiss with your brand-new spouse. This kind of festive atmosphere is sure to make your wedding incredibly memorable.
With so many people planning weddings during the peak months of May through September, you’re more likely to experience scheduling conflicts if you plan your event during these months. When there are multiple other wedding invitations being received, guests have to make a judgement call about which event they’d rather attend.
By having your wedding during the months of October through April (or whenever off-season occurs in your area), you’ll probably get more RSVPs that say “Yes.” In the late fall, early spring and winter, guests usually have fewer events on their social calendar. Plus, many people plan their vacations during the warmer months, so you’ll also be avoiding conflicts with their travel schedule. When you combine that with the lower prices for air travel and lodging, the off-peak wedding months are your best choice if you want to prioritize high attendance at your event.
Your wedding will be wonderful regardless of what month you plan it for. But if you want to get lower costs, a better selection of vendors, increased attendance and other great perks, consider having your wedding during the off-season.