When's the best month to get married?


The typical stereotype of a warm summer wedding from 50 years ago is how many people envision their wedding day. However, are we avoiding times of the year which might suit a wedding better?

The weather in the UK is changeable at best. We all know this. However, there are clear trends and the years don’t change that much for each other, even though it sometimes feels like it.

Day to day you can’t guarantee the weather, but what do the weather trends show and how might that affect when you choose to get married?

If you long for a warm sunny Thailand in November for honeymoon, does that mean a late October wedding is a bad idea? Should you have the wedding in August and then wait? Or is August more likely to rain than the rest of the year?

And what about prices for venue hire – they definitely do change throughout the year!

Locations

The UK weather changes hugely from North to South, and even more so abroad.

A summer wedding in the North West can risk 20 days of rain in June, compared to a wedding photographer in London having to cope with only 13 days rain for the same period. The difference is lower in the winter though.

Most popular months

The most popular months to get married are still May, June, July, August and September with nearly half of weddings happening across those 5 months.

Couples still generally have a summer-sunshine filled day as their wedding vision, although the weather doesn’t always support that desire.

Winter weddings

The budget conscious couple, or those who prefer cooler temperatures, can choose a winter wedding, when the days are crisp and short. They’ve become significantly more popular in the last five years.

Winter weddings are often spent snuggled up indoors due to the cold, but the early darkness provides opportunities for night photography.

Locations

The UK weather changes hugely from North to South, and even more so abroad.

A summer wedding in the North West can risk 20 days of rain in June, compared to a wedding photographer in London having to cope with only 13 days rain for the same period. The difference is lower in the winter though.

Most popular months

The most popular months to get married are still May, June, July, August and September with nearly half of weddings happening across those 5 months.

Couples still generally have a summer-sunshine filled day as their wedding vision, although the weather doesn’t always support that desire.

Winter weddings

The budget conscious couple, or those who prefer cooler temperatures, can choose a winter wedding, when the days are crisp and short. They’ve become significantly more popular in the last five years.

Winter weddings are often spent snuggled up indoors due to the cold, but the early darkness provides opportunities for night photography.

Plan your ideal wedding month


Use the information below to see the differences throughout the year, in the UK.

Find out about popularity, temperature, rain, sunshine, cost, supplier bookings, honeymoon options and why you might choose each month.

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Best for snow

Best for budget

Best for bargains

Best for spring flowers

Best for pleasant warmth

Best for long nights

Best for good weather

Best for hot weather

Best compromise

Best for staying cool

Best for indoor weddings

Best for festive feel

Least popular

Popular

Most popular

Popular

Least popular

6°C

7°C

9°C

11°C

14°C

16°C

19°C

19°C

17°C

13°C

10°C

7°C

Rain
19 days
52mm

Rain
16 days
39mm

Rain
16 days
35mm

Rain
16 days
43mm

Rain
15 days
50mm

Rain
13 days
43mm

Rain
14 days
41mm

Rain
13 days
48mm

Rain
15 days
49mm

Rain
15 days
71mm

Rain
17 days
63mm

Rain
17 days
53mm

1 hour sun

2 hours sun

4 hours sun

5 hours sun

6 hours sun

7 hours sun

6 hours sun

6 hours sun

5 hours sun

3 hours sun

2 hours sun

1 hour sun

£

££

£££

££££

£££

££

£££

Can book suppliers late

Book suppliers mid

Must book suppliers early

Book suppliers late

Mid

Distant honeymoon

European honeymoon

Distant honeymoon

Spring weddings

Mar – Apr – May

The spring months are fresh and full of excitement for the arrival of summer. Early flowers will start to bloom.

Best month in spring

April; warm without being hot, more sunshine than March and less rain than May.

Opportunities

  • Beautiful early year floral displays
  • Sundown time allows for all photographs to be taken
  • Warm without being sweltering
  • Distant and European honeymoon destinations

Potential issues

  • Higher than average chance of a dull day
  • Higher than average chance of rain
  • Chance of quite a cool day in early spring
  • Miss out on long summer evenings
  • Might need to hire heating or provide wraps for the girls

See a flowery spring wedding

Mitton Hall
Jo & Andrew

Mitton Hall – Jo & Andrew

Summer weddings

Jun – Jul – Aug

The summer months are traditional for weddings, with slightly lower rainfall and long warm days.

Best month in summer

June; The longest days, usually not too hot and a low chance of rain.

Opportunities

  • The longest days by far (10pm in June)
  • Greatest warmth (up to 35 Celcius)
  • Lowest rainfall throughout the year
  • Beautiful floral displays, green grass and full trees
  • European honeymoons

Potential issues

  • Most expensive weddings
  • Need to book suppliers far in advance
  • Chance of sunburn if you have light skin
  • Might coincide with guests holidays
  • Hayfever at it’s worst

See a sunny summer wedding

Adlington Hall
Amy & David

Adlington Hall – Amy & David

Autumn weddings

Sep – Oct – Nov

The autumn months are a run down into winter, with a fair amount of rainfall, but the chance of an Indian summer.

Best month in autumn

September; typically warm, with fairly long days and low rainfall.

Opportunities

  • Cheaper wedding
  • Beautiful light as it beings to set
  • Outdoor lit photographs due to short days
  • European or distant honeymoon
  • Beautiful brown tones as trees change

Potential issues

  • Oct and Nov have higher rainfall and low sunshine
  • Chance of sunburn in September
  • Greater than usual chance of a large part of wedding being indoors.

See a classic autumn wedding

Thornton Manor
Rebecca & Sean

Thornton Manor – Rebecca & Sean

Winter weddings

Dec – Jan – Feb

The winter months are traditionally seen as cold and damp, but there can be beautiful light as it sets.

Best month in winter

December; the venue will have done some of the decoration for you as Christmas approaches.

Opportunities

  • Chance of snow / frost
  • Beautiful light at 4-6pm
  • Greater opportunity for outdoor lit photographs
  • Cheaper wedding
  • Distant honeymoon destinations

Potential issues

  • Cold (3-10 Celcius); wraps often needed for the girls
  • Slightly higher chance of rain
  • Short day (dark by 4-6pm)
  • Lower chance of sunshine
  • Weddings will be more indoors

See a Christmassy winter wedding

Inglewood Manor
Keren & David

Inglewood Manor – Keren & David

Contact


It would be lovely to hear about how you’re planning to celebrate your marriage, so please get in touch.