The Best Time of Year to Get Married: A Comprehensive Guide

May 3, 2024

Wedding Season 101

What’s Considered Peak and Off-Peak? In the wedding industry, the seasons are generally divided into “peak” and “off-peak” periods based on demand and popularity. Peak season typically refers to the warmer spring and summer months, from around May to September. Off-peak then covers the fall and winter, from October to April.

However, it’s a bit more nuanced than that. The actual “wedding season” has become a longer, more spread-out period over the last decade or so. While June remains the most popular month, September and October weekends are also incredibly in-demand now.

Most Popular Months for Weddings and Why

According to recent data, the most popular wedding months in order are:

  1. June
  2. October
  3. September
  4. May
  5. August

June reigns as the top month due to the near-perfect weather across most parts of the country. Temperatures are warm but not scorchingly hot, and rain chances are relatively low. The atmosphere has a fresh, vibrant feel with gardens and landscapes in full bloom. Not to mention, it kicks off the popular “summer wedding” season for many couples.

October and September have soared in popularity lately as well. The cooler temperatures provide relief from summer heat, while the natural scenery is stunning as leaves change color. Many couples love the warm, cozy feel of a fall wedding. These months are also part of the peak season, but come towards the end and have fewer weddings than summer, increasing venue availability.

May makes the list as the start of peak season, offering beautiful spring blooms and comfortable temperatures in many regions. And rounding out the top 5 is August, the last full month of summer and peak wedding season.

Pros and Cons of Popular Wedding Months

Every month and season has its own unique advantages and trade-offs to consider for your wedding day. Let’s take a look at some of the key pros and cons:

May Pros:

  • Brilliant spring blooms
  • Mild temperatures in most areas
  • Venues/vendors have more availability

June Pros:

  • Desirable weather across most of the country
  • Lush, bloom-filled landscapes
  • Start of summer & “wedding season” excitement

September/October Pros:

  • Cooler, more comfortable temperatures
  • Beautiful fall scenery and foliage
  • Venues/vendors more available than summer

May Cons:

  • Chance of rain showers
  • Pollen can be an issue for some

June Cons:

  • Higher demand = premium venue pricing
  • Potential for humidity, at least in some regions

September/October Cons:

  • Unpredictable weather – potential for rain, wind, etc.
  • Some venues may be closing outdoor spaces

Embracing “Off-Peak” Seasons for Winter and Fall Weddings 

While June, September and October take the top spots, that doesn’t mean the remaining months should be overlooked. Winter and fall/late fall are considered the “off-peak” or “off-season” for weddings, but can offer some major advantages for the right couples.

November, December, January, and February are the least popular months for weddings by far. But this can actually work in a couple’s favor in several ways:

  • Much lower rates and fees across venues and vendors
  • Greater negotiating power and availability
  • Venues may offer incentives
  • More unique, cozier feel for the celebration

Of course, winter also comes with potential weather challenges like snow, ice, and harsher temperatures in many areas. But for couples who embrace the hygge vibes or have always envisioned a magical winter wonderland setting, an off-season wedding can be incredibly romantic, memorable and easy on the budget.

Fall is another fantastic off-peak option, especially for November brides. With the peak wedding season wrapped up, venues are much more open and often offer discounted pricing. And the rich, earthy tones and textures of the fall landscape provide a stunning natural backdrop.

How to Pick Your Wedding Date

With all of these seasonal pros and cons, how do you ultimately settle on the right date for your big day? Here are some expert tips to guide your decision:

  • Make a list of your priorities – is sticking to a certain budget most important? Or having your pick of venue/vendor? Or aligning with a certain seasonal vibe?
  • Consider any potential conflicts for you and your VIP guests with holidays, school schedules, etc. Avoid major holidays unless you want to do a holiday-themed wedding.
  • Think about how the season/scenery ties into your overall wedding vision and represents you as a couple. A crisp fall setting for bohemian vibes? Classic summer for a timeless, traditional celebration?
  • Stay flexible on days of the week. Saturday evenings are always the most in-demand, so a Friday or Sunday could save you considerably.
  • Work backwards from your ideal guest count and must-have vendors. Availability may be limited during peak periods.
  • Consider “shoulder seasons” like late April/early May or November for the best of both worlds between price and weather.

Finding Your Dream Private Wedding Venue

No matter what month or season you choose, finding the perfect venue that checks all your boxes is key. For couples with elevated tastes, private residential event spaces like those offered on can create your dream elevated, intimate wedding experience.

Cocoon’s curated collection of stylish and secluded properties provide an ultra-exclusive setting for ceremonies, receptions, bridal parties and more. With “Casa Managers” on-site to ensure every detail comes together flawlessly, and the option to utilize their “Super Concierge” team for planning and production, your wedding will exude exclusivity and refinement from start to finish.

    Your wedding day is a celebration of your love and commitment, and with proper planning, it can be everything you’ve dreamed of and more. Cocoon is here to support you every step of the way, from booking the perfect venue to managing all the details on your big day.

    Ready to take the next step? Book a call with the Cocoon team or request information about a venue today. Let us help you create the wedding of your dreams!

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