Planning a Virginia Beach Wedding in Any Season

We've broken down the year to help you plan your Virginia Beach wedding no matter when it is.

Spring

Weather:

Spring is the most popular time to get married in Virginia Beach. Though rain showers are more frequent, the flowers are blooming and the temperatures range from 45 to 70 degrees. "But you must also keep in mind that, despite being spring, there is a chance for some really hot days," says Malissa Murphy of CMT Event Planning and Something New.


Best time of day to take photos:

"The ideal time for portraits is during what I call "the golden hour," says Jessica Smith of Jessica Smith Photography . "That's when you get the beautiful, yummy light that warms everything up. In the spring, it's between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m."


Look out for:

Spring is peak wedding season, so venues and hotels fill up quickly. Be sure to book well in advance and keep an eye on local events.


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"Pick out a 'just in case' umbrella that matches your color scheme and be brave enough to incorporate it into your wedding pictures," says Jessica Smith. Also, take advantage of those blooming cherry blossoms! Not only do they provide the perfect backdrop for photos, cherry blossoms are also lovely in centerpieces, bouquets and as cake toppers.

Summer

Weather:

With temperatures often in the 80s and lots of humidity, summer is a less popular season for weddings in Virginia Beach.


Best time of day to take photos:

The sun goes down later in the summer and you may be able to catch that natural light up until 7:30 p.m. "For family formals, you want to find a big enough spot in what I call 'open shade.' Look for a spot that is not directly in the sun, so you don't have to worry about squinting or shadows," says Jessica Smith.


Look out for:

Crowded beaches! This is probably the worst time for an oceanfront wedding. "It's tourist season. This makes it difficult for guests to get to and from the location and there is usually little to no parking," says Malissa Murphy.


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Fan programs will help keep your guests' cool. Also, consider your guests' comfort when planning the ceremony time. Later in the evening or even early mornings work best.

Fall

Weather:

The temps start to cool, and like spring, autumn is another popular season for Virginia Beach brides. The beaches are also more accessible, since most of the tourists leave the area around this time.


Best time of day to take photos:

The lighting in autumn is similar to spring in the fall, so sometimes you can get good photos as late as 7:30 p.m., but plan to have them completed somewhere around 7 p.m., just in case.


Look out for:

Keep in mind, though the weather can be nice, it's also hurricane season. Storms are especially prevalent in October. "The Neptune Festival takes place the first weekend of October, so I recommend staying away from those dates," says Malissa Murphy.


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Incorporate the season as much as you can in your photos. "Don't be afraid to sit right down in the middle of a pile of brightly colored leaves," says Jessica Smith.

Winter

Weather:

"Winter in Hampton Roads is moderate with little snow and temperatures ranging from the 20s to the high 70s," says Malissa Murphy. This is also a good time to negotiate group rates, since hotels see lower traffic this time of year and tourist traffic is at a minimum.


Best time of day to take photos:

The sun sets rather early in the winter, so plan on wrapping up your photo sessions by 4:30 p.m. between the months of November and February. Murphy suggests planning a "first look" session for your groom, so he can "ooh" and "ahh" over you when the natural light is at its best. "All of my couples that have opted for a 'first look' have said it was the best decision they made on their wedding day," says Jessica Smith.


Look out for:

Changes in the weather. There is a chance for snow during this time of year, but rarely is it enough to worry about cancellations or getting around.


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Take advantage of the holiday decor! Most sites are already done up for the holidays, giving you more wiggle room in your wedding budget. If the area does happen to receive a bit of snow, use it as a backdrop for truly memorable outdoor photos.

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