The Benefits of Having an Off-Season Wedding
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.
Winter Wedding Color Themes
Winter Wedding Color Schemes
If you’re getting married in the winter, you might feel obligated to paint everything in swashes of crisp white, berry red, and icy blue. But the truth is that the list of colors we associate with winter weddings is ever-expanding, and there are fewer rules now than ever before. With that said, there are three endlessly popular themes of wedding colors du jure: plenty of shimmer, dusty colors, and all things rosy. Here are some of our favorite pairings using these favorites for on-trend winter weddings.
Winter Shimmer: Pops of Silver and Gold
- Gold, Black, and White — Everything, even a monochromatic motif, is elevated when paired with glammy gold. This trio is perfect for the winter black tie affair. It screams classic, sophisticated, and oh-so-formal, like an event held in our exquisite Beacon Hill mansion.
- Navy Blue and Gold — If you love the dressy feel of glimmering gold and a dark hue but find that black is a bit too harsh, you can soften things up by pairing gold with navy. This combo creates a bold, regal motif that offers a touch of whimsy and prep.
- Baby Blue, Silver, and White — Channel your inner ice queen with a scheme of icy blue, shimmering silver and white to create a winter wonderland wedding that looks like it was plucked straight from the pages of a fairytale. The key to achieving this motif in a trendy way is to stick to a pale or powder blue that doesn’t overshadow the silvery-white tones.
- Gray, Cream, and White — A trendier approach to the blue and silver scheme, gray and cream still provides soft, ice-like vibes but errs on the side of serious and sophisticated. Keep it earthy by adding in some sage or dusty rose.
Dusty Hues and Vintage Blues
- Dusty Rose, Dark Gray, and Cream — This is one of those unique wedding combos that seems to transcend trend and season. Coupling the eclectic and romantic vibe of dusty rose with winter-worthy dark gray and cream, this motif is equal parts bold and soft.
- Dusty Blue, Soft Pink, and Cream — Let the oh-so-trendy dusty blue-gray shade set the stage for this earthy and sweet color palette. The soft pink and cream lighten things up but still stays true to a wintery feel.
- Dusty Blue, Sage, and Deep Blue — Another great complement to dusty blue is sage. Pepper it throughout your décor with sprigs of dried sage, lamb’s-ear and dusty miller or use it as a backdrop with pretty sage-toned bridesmaid’s dresses. Couple the softness of dusty blue and sage with a more commanding blue for a balanced look.
Rose, Red and Romantic
- Red, Green, and White — Who says holiday hues can’t shine through on your wedding day? The key is to give the classic Christmas trio a bit of a trendy upgrade. Maybe swap the berry red for eggplant and the green for sage to give this grouping its own special twist.
- Aubergine, Gray, and Cream — As far as shades of red go, aubergine is one of the most beloved this season! The plum-like hue of deep purple pairs beautifully with a medium gray and cream, creating a stylish gradient effect that looks right in every setting.
- Plum, Rose Gold, and Sand — Speaking of plum… you can soften it even further when you style it with a sweet rose gold and earthy sand to create a look that’s trendy yet easy to match.