Pros & Cons to Getting Married in Spring
Updated: Apr 13, 2020
Many couples have been faced with the heartbreaking decision of postponing their 2020 wedding in this time of Covid-19 epidemic.
Wedding professionals have been suggesting to consider moving to 2021. With so many weddings already booked for 2021 and in the 'high season,' we thought it would be pertinent to share insights into the benefits of a Spring 2021 wedding.
So as couples are faced with the decision to set a new date for their wedding (and yes we may have 365 or 366 days a year) but often the only seemingly suitable timeframe that creeps up in conversation is Summer.
Yet Summer may be the best time of the year if you live in countries where the warm and pleasant weather is suitable only from say May to August months. Now for the all important revelation.
Spring is equally a wonderful option to choose to get married in, especially if in the South of France.
Our destination photography friend, David Christopher Photography, shared his insights being UK based, on how a destination wedding abroad in warmer climates in Spring is appealing.
A SPRING WEDDING IN SOUTH OF FRANCE
Spring is a wonderful time of the year to get married in Europe, South of France specially as it is a sought-after destination for couples coming from abroad.
Many couples choose this time of year. Majority of venues incentivise off-peak weddings by offering lower rates on their packages, offering couples better value for money.
AVAILABILITY OF VENUE
If you have fallen in love with a venue but they don't have much availability in peak season, it is worth being a bit more flexible with your wedding date if it means being able to book your dream wedding venue.
The weather may be unstable in parts of Europe, especially northern Europe and the UK where sunshine is not strictly guaranteed. Therefore, if you are considering marrying in the Spring and sunshine is top of mind, it is worth looking into a destination wedding in warmer climates such as South of France, Italy and Spain.
THE TIMINGS ON DAY
Make sure you factor in the daylight hours when planning your schedule. We recommend moving the ceremony to earlier in the day if you are worried about it, so make sure you discuss this with your planner, celebrant and venue to make necessary arrangements.
Don’t forget to discuss the plan with your photo and video team too so they can plan out the best shots in daylight and after dark. It’s worth booking a professional who will be comfortable with all types of lighting and will achieve beautiful results with off-camera flash techniques as well as natural light.
IN CASE OF UNPREDICTABLE WEATHER
Where places have temperamental climates, the weather may be rainy at times during Spring, but it still makes for a great season to get married in. From late March onwards tends to be warmer and the trees are in full bloom, creating a fresh and romantic atmosphere.
Provence is a popular area couples tend to look for their weddings as there are many amazing choices, from stately homes, vineyards to country estates however, one of the most important things to remember if you’d like to set a date for a Spring wedding, is having flexibility with your chosen venue.
For instance, if a venue allows you to have the after-ceremony drinks outside in the fresh air, it’s great to also have a ‘Plan B.’
Stay prepared in case the weather takes a turn for the worse on the day - look out for venues with indoor space options to have flexibility and discuss these arrangements in advance with the venue and your wedding planner.
SPRING COLOUR PALETTE
Fresh pastels and neutral tones with splashes of bright florals work best in Spring and photograph very well. Add a bit of luxurious sparkle by accessorising your outfit with a statement hairpiece that will really catch the light as you walk down the aisle and dance the night away.
EXTRA ADVICE FOR A SPRING WEDDING
If the venue has beautiful gardens, it’s great to take the couple out for stunning portraits in natural light! When everything is in bloom, us photographers get pretty excited about all the beautiful floral backdrops. It really sets the scene for a Spring wedding.
David Christopher Photography | Photographer Jérémie Bertrand | Photographer Thomas Audiffren | Photographer Christophe Serrano | Bridelux London | Venue Château Saint Martin & Spa | Mandarin Oriental London | Private villa South of France