Best Time Of The Year To Get Married To Reduce Wedding Cost, Have A Beautiful Wedding And Seasonal Wedding Colors

This article on seasons and weddings helps you to answer the question of what season (spring, summer, autumn/fall and winter) or time of the year to get married in other to have a perfect weather, beautiful decorations, reduce wedding cost and decide on befitting wedding colors.

I decided to write about the four calendar seasons, natural events associated with each season and the wedding colors that is fitting for each season because I always get questions like "what month do this color fit in?"

This page will help you understand the four calendar seasons better including Nigeria climate seasons and taking advantage of that knowledge decide on the best season/month of the year to get married and which colors to consider for your wedding based on the season/month you decide on.

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This article is in two parts. This part is about the four calendar seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) and their appropriate wedding colors. For Nigerian calendar seasons and how it affect our weddings, see the part 2 of this article, best time of the Year to have a Wedding in Nigeria.

A season is a division of the year, marked by changes in weather, ecology, and hours of daylight.
During May, June, and July, the northern hemisphere is exposed to more direct sunlight because the hemisphere faces the sun. The same is true of the southern hemisphere in November, December, and January. It is the tilt of the Earth that causes the Sun to be higher in the sky during the summer months which increases the solar flux. However, due to seasonal lag, June, July, and August are the hottest months in the northern hemisphere and December, January, and February are the hottest months in the southern hemisphere.
Hot regions have two or three seasons; the rainy (or wet, or monsoon) season and the dry season, and, in some tropical areas, a cool or mild season.
- Wikipedia

Some countries have four seasons in a year; Spring, Summer, Autumn (also known as Fall), and Winter. And these four seasons are popularly known because it applies to major countries.

But in Nigeria, a country that can be categorized as a hot region has two seasons, the rainy season and dry season.

For the countries with four calendar seasons, summer is the warmest or hottest three months of the year and winter is the three coldest months of the year. While spring and autumn are the intervening gaps.

The four Seasons and their Natural events and How they affect a Wedding

Knowing what to expect with each calendar season helps you to plan ahead to make your big day perfect for you. You'll learn the benefits and or disadvantage(s) of having a wedding in each season as it relates to climate, cost, and decorations.

Spring months are March, April and May.

Summer months are June, July and August.

Autumn months are September, October and November.

Winter months are December, January, February.

Although differences exist from country to country. For example in normally snowless areas "spring" may begin as early as February (Northern Hemisphere).

Spring Season

During the spring season the hemisphere begins to warm significantly causing new plant growth to "spring forth," giving the season its name.

Many flowering plants bloom this time of year, in a long succession sometimes beginning when snow is still on the ground.

The weather during this period becomes much sunnier.

Benefits of having a wedding in Spring

  • Depending on where you are located, or where you are planning to hold your wedding, it's not usually all that hot in spring. At the same time, it's not as cold as it is during the winter.

  • If you are a superstitious person, spring is often looked at as a time for new beginnings.

  • You can have an outdoor wedding, but it rains in April. So if you do decide to get married in spring and have an outdoor wedding, the best thing that you can do is make sure that you have a backup plan if it should rain. But then if you're superstitious then rain on wedding day is lucky.

So you choose what's most important to you.

Some spring wedding colors are:

Pastel Purple, Pink, and Blue.
Aqua and white.
Lavender and green.
Pink, light green and white.
Olive Green and White.
Peach and Pale Yellow.

Summer Season

Summer is traditionally associated with hot dry weather, but as I've said, this isn't the case in all regions.

People take advantage of the warmer temperatures by spending more time outdoors during the summer. Summer everyone is outside.

And this is why weddings are very common in this season. And many choose to have outdoor weddings.

Benefits of having a Summer wedding

  • A big plus of having a summer wedding is that family and friends are able to attend because most people are on break from school and work during the season. And it could be the best time for honeymoon if your choice is to have a cruise to the Bahamas, which could be a bad idea in the fall-hurricane season, again depending on where you are.

  • You can have your wedding on a beach or mountain.

The Down side of having a wedding in summer

  • It's nice to have a wedding in the summer. But as it's always crowded, it's hard to get the date you want, more expensive and depending on where you are, no guarantee that there will be good weather too.

  • Summer weddings can be miserable because it's so hot especially if you're in a state known for super hot summers that last well into the night. Consider how you'd feel in a wedding party in dresses and tuxedos. Your cake may not survive such temperature especially if you wanted ice sculptures.

Some summer wedding colors:

Summer calls for outdoor weddings, which calls for bold colors that may be a little much for chapels or other indoor locations.

Pink and green
Pink and Yellow
Light Gray and Pink
Blue and White
Yellow and Blue
Red, Black and White
Coral and Gray
Orange and Yellow
Several shades of one Color
Neutral Colors

Actually pretty much any color looks fantastic at a summer wedding (except maybe puce).

Autumn/Fall Season

Autumn, known as Fall in the US and Canada.

Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter.

In September (Northern Hemisphere) or March (Southern Hemisphere) when the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier. One of its main features is the shedding of leaves from deciduous trees as they pave way for further growth.

Autumn in poetry has often been associated with melancholy. The possibilities of summer are gone, and the chill of winter is on the horizon.

Autumn is associated with the Halloween season.

Benefits of having a wedding in Autumn

  • Besides the amazing hues autumn offers, there are countless other great wedding decorations that Mother Nature provides. Pinecones, pumpkins, conkers and woodcuts are all great decorations for a rustic-themed autumn wedding.

  • Unlike the steaminess of summer, autumn usually offers cooler, more enjoyable weather that's great for outdoor ceremonies and receptions.

  • Your wedding photos will look stunning with the most colorful season of the year as your backdrop.

Disadvantage of having a wedding in Autumn

People are not usually on break this period so getting days off to attend your wedding might be a problem.

Some autumn wedding colors:

Orange is such a dominate color in the fall season with pumpkins, fall leaves, and halloween treats.

Deep Purple, Red, and Green
Orange, Peach, and Green
Orange, Blue, and White
Red-Orange, Brown, and Green
Orange, Brown, and Red Orange
Light Green, and White
Yellow, Orange, and Pink
Red and Green
Yellow, Orange, and Red
Bright Orange, Light Green, and Purple
Rich shades of reds
Browns and orange
Purple and Orange
Brown and Gold
Green and Fuchsia
Yellow and Chocolate
Navy and Orange
Red and Copper

Besides being warm and cozy there is also a richness to autumn wedding colors.

Winter Season

In many regions, winter is associated with snow and freezing temperatures. That's why you hear of themes like winter wonderland theme, where it's all cozy and Icy wintery theme.

The Benefits of having a wedding in winter

  • Xmas decorations everywhere makes it beautiful.

  • Christmas weddings get everyone into the holiday spirit, and you may even be able to take advantage of your reception location's holiday decorations.

  • If you want a romantic wedding winter may just be the best time for you. The coldness of the weather naturally makes for romantic settings.

  • You could have a really nice wedding and maybe the hall for your reception can have a fireplace and Christmas tree. You could have Red and White candles and balloons, red and white roses or flowers, maybe you could even hire a horse and sleigh to get to the ceremony.

  • The contrast of the cold weather with the warmth of the venue and clothing will go perfectly together.

  • Winter provides perfect lighting for photographs and filming, which means you'll walk away with some beautiful snap shots, minus the squinting and sunburn!

  • A cooler winter day will leave your face looking fresh and flawless for longer.

  • You can jet off to a nice warm place for the honeymoon to make it even more better!

  • It will be cheaper to have a wedding in winter because there are usually few weddings happening.

The Disadvantages of having a wedding in winter

  • If you're superstitious winter is usually looked at as a time for endings.

  • The risk of snow compared to how many people would have to travel is the big concern for a winter wedding.

  • You may have to end your reception in time if it starts to snow. Depending on what you want for your big day, this could be a benefit.

  • Winter wedding may be a tad tricky in countries where snow and blizzards are inevitable.

  • Prepare for uncertainty as it relates to weather. For a worst case scenario, your wedding can get cancelled if it snows all through.

Some winter wedding colors:

  • Bold reds and classic shades of ivory to pale pinks and greens.

  • White and green

  • Pink and Yellow

  • Reds, Purples and Dark Pink (use red and decorate in shades of pink and purple)

  • Red, Plum and White/Silver Red and Green (gives a classic look for a December wedding)

  • Pink and white

  • Bold Pink and Red (classic romantic colors)

  • Ivory and Deep Brown (always in fashion especially Ivory)

  • Light pink and white

  • Shades of green, Pale Green, Cream & Brown

Of course don't limit yourself to these wedding colors combinations. You can use them as inspiration to choice your own colors combination.

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