A Little Introduction To Our Article 'The Best Month To Get Married In Australia'
I'm guessing you landed on this page because your significant other has popped the question and now your trying to decide on the best month to get married in Australia? If that's the case, before we get started, Lonely Hunter Weddings would like to say congratulations!
Trying to decide on a specific time of year or month to get married will be one of the most important decisions you will make. This decision usually comes well before picking a venue, the type of dress you're going to wear or any vendors who may be involved in your wedding day. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to planning your wedding, so it's important to make the right decisions upfront.
As a full-time wedding photographer, I feel I have quite a bit of experience when it comes to weddings. This experience can be very useful when asked: "what is the best month to get married in Australia"? Because I've been asked this question numerous times, I decided to write an article about it. In this article, I'm not only going to list the best month to get married in Australia but i'm also going to rank them in order of preference. Knowing this information will not only help you pick the month but also the best time of year or season to get married.
Starting With Seasons
Before we get down to the nitty-gritty of which month is our favourite, let's look at the different seasons. To evaluate the seasons, Lonely Hunter Weddings has summarised the following information by using a list of pros and cons. Regardless of whether you are a seasoned wedding attendee or you are yet to experience one. The following pros and cons list will help when it comes to planning your wedding.
Without a doubt, as a wedding photographer, Autumn is our favourite time of year to attend and photograph weddings. There is so much going for this season that it's easy to see why it's our favourite!
- Comfortable temperatures - Guests won't be freezing or sweating during Autumn
- Incredible light - There is something incredible about the light during Autumn that always has us drooling
- More sunsets - Similar to the point mentioned above, we find that there are far more sunsets which occur during Autumn
- The colour palette - Because of the changing seasons there will be a vast array of new colours available to use in your wedding photos
- Rain in Autumn can be a little more frequent!
- Peak wedding season - Because of the pros listed above it can be quite busy in Autumn. This means it may be a little more difficult to book your desired venue or vendor
- Public Holidays - There are lots of public holiday in Autumn and your guests could already have other plans
Don't be put off by the colder temperatures, if you dress appropriately, a Winter wedding can have some big advantages!
- Cosy feels - Mulled wine and open fires, winter can help to create a really nice atmosphere for your wedding
- Guest can wear suits or jackets comfortably - You can always put more layers on to warm up. Unfortunately, in Summer, there are only so many layers you can take off to cool down
- Longer reception times and no interruptions - Because the sun sets earlier, it means your reception can start earlier and you won't have to duck out to catch that sunset like in the Summer months
- Savings - Some venues and vendors may be open to offering discounts during the winter months as it's normally the low season
- Honeymoon opportunities - Places like Europe will be in their Summer months. This can be the perfect time to take your honeymoon
- Lowest average rainfall - The winter months tend to have some of the lowest average rainfall
- Sunsets occur earlier - Because the sun sets earlier in the day, there is a very likely chance you will get those magical sunset photos
- The light is softer - The suns light is softer in winter because the sun is lower in the sky. This will improve your photos if you're getting married earlier in the day
- Fewer florals - Fewer flowers will be in season, so you may have a little less to choose from when it comes to styling your reception
- Cold weather - Unfortunately, it isn't everyone's cup of tea
Much like Autumn, Spring is also one of our favourite seasons for weddings. It really is hard to pick a favourite when it comes to these two seasons.
- Mild Temperature - Much like Autumn, Spring also has quite comfortable temperatures
- Outdoor Ceremonies - Because the temperatures are mild, outdoor ceremonies can be a hit
- All the flowers will be in bloom - This means your florals and wedding photos will be on point
- Food - There are a lot of different foods in season during Spring, which means your menu will be quite fresh
- It's peak season - So you will need to book your venue and suppliers quite early to avoid disappointment
- No savings - Because it's a busy season for weddings there won't be any discounts
- Busy location shoots - If you headed to a public location for photos there may be other bridal parties there
The Summer months can be a good time of year for weddings if you like the warmer temperatures. But for the reasons listed below, we feel the other three seasons have a lot more going for them.
- Plenty of florals to choose from
- Balmy evenings - This means you don't need to rug up at a certain point in the night
- Extended daylight hours - Because the sun sets later, couples will hold their ceremonies later in the day (if outside). We find this shortens the overall wedding time and in turn, cuts down the amount of time you get to spend with guests
- Harsher light - Due to the Summer sun, the light for photography can be much harsher. This is because your getting married further away from sunset which means the sun will be higher in the sky
- Reception interruptions - If you want to take advantage of the sunset you will need to leave your reception for 15-20 minutes
- Hot temperatures - We find that guests struggle during outdoor ceremonies when it's sweltering. We also find that bridal parties tend to lose energy much earlier as high temperature can make things uncomfortable.
- Hair and makeup will deteriorate quicker - You want to look your best all day but sweat and humidity can affect hair and makeup
- Flowers will deteriorate much faster in the heat
- No Jackets - Weddings can be a formal occasion and it's nice to dress up. However, in Summer, guests don't get the option to wear jackets as it's too hot.
- Summer is still quite busy for weddings - So you will need to book venues early while looking for establishments with aircon
- The Northern Hemisphere will be in its winter months, so you may need to pick somewhere closer to home for your honeymoon
So what is the best time of year for a wedding in Australia?
Now that we have discussed the best seasons to get married in Australia it's time to narrow it down a little further. If you're still wondering what the best month to get married in Australia is, then here are our expert opinions. The months listed below are in order of our favourite (1) to our least favourite (12)
It's probably no surprise that we recommend both Autumn and Spring as the best time of year to hold a wedding. But did you think Autumn would be higher than Spring? Or the Summer months would be our least favourite time of year? Before deciding on the best time of year to get married it's important to weigh up the pros and cons of each. This is because everyone has different tastes, requirements and circumstances.
We hope you got something out of this article 'The Best Month To Get Married In Australia'. These are our expert opinions which have been formulated after photographing weddings week in week out.
It probably goes without saying, but I would love the opportunity to discuss your wedding day with you. So if you would like to speak with us, get a copy of our pricing and package list or simply discuss your wedding day with Lonely Hunter Weddings then please get in touch via our contact page or the contact form below. At Lonely Hunter Weddings, we aren't limited by our location. We love to travel for weddings, so wherever you are located (domestically or internationally) please don't hesitate to get in touch. If you would like to check out our photography from recent weddings, then why not take a look at this Glenworth Valley wedding.