I know that I’m speaking for most of us when I say I’m glad this summer is over. This was the hottest, most humid summer I can remember. Yet, we did at least one wedding every weekend from May through August. My own niece’s wedding (which I was so looking forward to) was on the hottest day of the year.
So when considering the type of wedding you want, you’ll want to imagine the scene in each season. The weather will have an undeniable impact on the tone of the occasion.
SPRING: March can be a very wet and unpredictable weather month. April—especially late April—is an incredibly romantic month, with all the year’s loveliest flowers available: lily of the valley, tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, even peonies and blooming branches. May is a pretty safe month weather-wise, but you may not be able to get some early-blooming branches like quince, forsythia, dogwood and pear blossoms. But, you’ll be sure to have the wonderful peony, which was voted the most asked-for flower in 2012, beating out the rose for the first time in decades.
SUMMER: Probably June is the most ideal month weather-wise: Gardens are still crisp and maintained; and the most romantic of all flowers, the rose, is available in profusion. The legend behind the ‘June bride’ goes back to ancient Rome, where the goddess Juno vowed to protect all those who married in this, her month. A big problem is vendors: If you don’t book them early enough (up to a full year in advance), you may not be able to get all your preferred vendors on the same day. But being a June bride is so classic, it may be worth all the planning.
Some couples who want a summer wedding, and are unable to get all their ‘favorites’ coordinated, might go into July or August. This is a great time to get all your family and friends together, as most people can get off school or work during these months.
AUTUMN: Fall is for lovers—there is that special crispness in the air that evokes romance. September and October can be mild and sunny, and the foliage and the scenery can be spectacular. All the colors of fall are fiery and rich with harvest motifs, wreaths, fruit and grain available (I particularly like bittersweet). Another advantage to a fall wedding is that honeymoon destinations can be less crowded, since schools start in late August and September.
WINTER: What is more romantic than exchanging your vows in a candlelit chapel with the snow falling outside? With holiday décor usually already in place, clubs, hotels and restaurants can be lavishly decorated and you may be able to save on decorations. Wreaths can be used at home after the ceremony and some evergreen arrangements can last for weeks.
Irish lore has it that the last day of the year is the luckiest day to get married. However, the Scots swear that January 1 is the best.
A word to the wise: Be careful when planning weddings on holidays, especially Christmas Eve and Valentine’s Day, as most of your caterers, florists and reception sites can be booked as far out as several years in advance.
I think after this summer, we all may be a little reluctant to plan summer weddings, but hope is eternal and summer 2013 could be the most perfect ever. Right now, I’m very excited about the fall weddings coming up. After the miserably hot summer, some cooler, crisp weather will be heaven-sent.
John Sullivan has a fine arts degree from Kansas City Art Institute. He has partnered with Ken Miesner for the past 25 years at Ken Miesner’s Flowers at Plaza Frontenac, where they have done flowers for more than 1,000 weddings!