There are tons of reasons to get married in any season. No one season is better than another, but if you’re thinking about a fall wedding, let’s talk about why you should get married in the fall!
As a wedding photographer I see lots of weddings and how the seasons affect each one. I also notice the pros and cons to getting married in every season. These are things you may not consider, and my intention is to help you decide which season is best for you to say “I do!”
First let’s talk about the pros and why you should get married in the fall!
The weather for fall weddings has been some of the most gorgeous weather I’ve shot in. With cool mornings, bright sun, and a light breeze; it really can’t be beat! September and October are usually perfect months for outdoor weddings, while November is probably best indoors. Granted, this does depend on where you live.
If you’re a fan of fall colors like I am, you may even play off of them for your wedding colors! But you don’t have to. At the very least, the changing colors of fall provide amazing texture and interest to your wedding photos. The colors of fall is one of the biggest proponents, in my opinion, for why you should get married in the fall!
Fall is full of activities, and these activities can be carried over into your wedding! Maybe have caramel apples or pumpkin pie at your reception. Or you could have cornhole or apple cider during your cocktail hour!
Vendors LOVE fall weddings
Fall weddings hold a special place in my heart! Fall (September-November) is often a CRAZY busy season for wedding vendors, but even though it’s busy we love it! The weather has cooled off, and we’ve recovered from the April-July wedding rush and we’re ready for more!
Vendors may have more availability
This obviously depends on the vendors and their schedule, but you may have better luck finding your dream vendor available during fall than during spring or summer.
Now that we talked about the pros, let’s explore why you may want to get married in a different season (aka, the cons).
Yes, the weather is a pro and a con haha! Just as the weather is beautiful, it can also be unpredictable, especially in the fall. There could be windstorms, rain, snow, lightning, etc. My advice is to not let this stop you, but instead, have a backup plan in case you need to make last minute changes. Also, a great vendor team will help with this!
There’s already a lot of weddings happening
Fall is a popular season for weddings, and you may feel like a “basic white girl” for wanting a fall wedding, but you shouldn’t! Your wedding is yours no matter the season! But I know it’s hard when a bunch of your friends are getting married, too, and they all chose fall dates.
You don’t like fall colors
Though I’ve never met anyone that thinks fall is ugly, I understand if mustard, orange, red etc. aren’t your colors. Maybe choose spring if you love blooming trees, or summer if you like tall grass.
An earlier sunset
An early sunset is probably the biggest reason to NOT get married in the fall. If your ceremony is planned for later in the afternoon, and you aren’t doing a first look, you will likely run out of sun light for your pictures. Talk with your photographer about your timeline options, but also please understand that we don’t control the sun. 😉
Besides the pros and cons, here are some other things to consider as well.
My husband and I got married in October and there was a huge local college football game that day. I actually had people ask me if we would be streaming the game at the reception, or how long the reception would go so they could watch the game after. So, just remember that people LOVE their football, and having a fall wedding may mean catching a few guests watching the game on their phones haha!
Family having to travel
Usually summer is the best time for traveling, and a lot of family members will coincide a wedding with their vacation plans. So, getting married in the fall may make it harder for some family members to celebrate with you, especially with school and work.
Finally, some tips to make your fall wedding a huge success!
Plan for all kinds of weather.
Have a jacket, flannel, shawl, etc. for pictures if you get cold.
Do sunset pictures! Fall sunsets are stunning!
Plan activities for your guests during cocktail hour.
Consider a bonfire after the sun goes down.
Have a warm drink option (coffee, cider, tea, etc.)