It goes without saying your budget is a major consideration when planning your wedding. And it’s no help that another important factor, the wedding venue, is often the budget buster. Be kind to yourself and your bottom line by planning an off-season wedding—you’ll stretch your “dream venue” dollars and bundle all kinds of savings, from flowers and catering to your guests’ lodging and dream honeymoon. Keep scrolling to map out your game plan!
When Is an Off-Season Wedding?
The most popular, and therefore expensive, months to get married are May, June, September, and October. January, February (except for Valentine’s Day), and March are the most affordable months to get married, and a holiday-heavy month like December falls in the middle of the spectrum.
- Low demand for weddings during the winter months gives you, the savvy budgeter, the ability to shop off-season deals and negotiate venue and service prices.
- Planning an off-season wedding also lets you to bundle deals for airfare, lodging, and rentals.
- Destination weddings can be planned at a fraction of the price.
- Wintery décor can double up as party favors, like packages of homemade marshmallow at your hot chocolate station and throw blankets that guests can take home.
- Unpredictable weather conditions might put a damper on your off-season wedding, so be sure to book an indoor venue, or backup tent in case of rain.
- Consider weather-contingent problems like accessibility, mud, ice, or general chilliness.
- You favorite blooms may be out of season for your winter wedding, so speak with your florist about availability and possible substitutions.
- Though the off-season tends to be slower, some guests will find it inconvenient to travel during winter, so plan accordingly!
- Even if you’re having an off-season wedding, reserve your officiant early, or you’ll have slim pickings the month before.
You won’t be competing with your guests’ peak-season plans, like vacations or other weddings. Think of your off-season nuptials as a cozy, inviting fire in a serene winter landscape!
More winter-wedding inspiration for the chic, romantic bride:
Rustic Winter Wedding in Colorado
Purple Winter Wedding with Vintage Details
Vintage-Inspired Wedding at the St. Pancras Hotel
Nine Palettes for a Fall Wedding