When Is Wedding Season?
When selecting your wedding date, there are several different factors to consider. Your preferred season, for example, can help determine when to book your venue. However, there's another season you'll want to keep in mind: wedding season. It's the time of year when most weddings happen. Prices during this time period are typically higher, as there's more demand for vendors and venues. Prices in the off-season, on the other hand, are usually lower as less couples are getting married and there's more availability. But there's a reason why so many couples plan their nuptials during wedding season. The temperate weather allows more outdoor ceremonies, ensures guest comfort and practically guarantees gorgeous wedding photos.
So, is it better to get married during wedding season or the off-season? There's no correct answer—there are pros and cons to both. Below, we break down everything you need to know about wedding season (and the off-season) to help you and your partner make the best decision. Once you've narrowed down your options, we recommend heading over to The Knot to talk to nearby planners and get quotes for different dates.
When is wedding season?
Peak wedding season (aka the most popular time of year to get married) varies slightly from year to year, but typically, late summer and early fall are the most popular times to get married. According to our Real Weddings Study, 73% of all weddings take place between May to October. To be specific, the most popular wedding months are September (15%), June (13%) and October (16%).
For many couples, things like warm weather, an outdoor venue or fall foliage are important. But this is the busiest time of year for wedding vendors and venues, so costs will likely be higher. Pro tip: If you're planning a destination wedding, check with local planners to see when the peak and off-seasons occur so you can adjust your timeline accordingly.
Most Popular Months to Get Married
It's no surprise that fall weddings were the most popular among couples getting married. According to our data, 36% of all couples exchanged vows during pumpkin spice season. The cooler months offer temperate weather (not too hot and not too cold), pretty fall foliage and fun food and cocktail opportunities. According to our data, the most popular month to get married was October, as 16% of all couples exchanged vows then. Early fall continued to be popular among couples, as 15% of them also got married in September.
When is wedding off season?
In most parts of the country, the deep winter months (January, February and March) are the least popular for weddings. In fact, only 9% of weddings take place during winter, according to our study. Per our data, 3% of weddings took place in December, 3% took place in January and 3% took place in February. Don't let that deter you from booking your big day in the winter. Your wedding pictures will look absolutely gorgeous, and you'll have the chance to brainstorm some amazing cocktails and food ideas while wedding planning. Plus, your guests and wedding party likely have more availability during this time, as there are less weddings on their schedules.
Since there's less demand, you'll likely get quoted lower prices on your reception site, not to mention most of your other wedding services, like catering, photography and flowers (except around Valentine's Day and Easter, of course, when roses and lilies are at a premium because they're in high demand). So if you want to save money on your wedding—and don't mind a chance of snow or rain on your wedding day— try picking a winter wedding date.
Cheapest Month to Get Married
While you may automatically assume that December, January and February are the least expensive months to get married in, there are other factors to consider. December is a holiday month (New Year's Eve, for example), so many venues and vendors might be charging a premium for their services on your special day. Similarly, February can be a pricey month, as Valentine's Day occurs during the winter month. If you're concerned about your wedding budget, consider exchanging vows in January. Additionally, you can try two other less-popular months: November (which had 5% of all weddings) or March (which had 6% of all weddings).