At this point of your wedding venue searching, drooling and stressing, it probably comes as no surprise that the date and time you pick for your special day can affect costs — dramatically.
In fact, the date and time you pick can affect all of your wedding costs; from venue and catering to photography and video billings.
If a priority of yours is to stay within a tight budget, then understanding the off-peak dates and times available to you can massively help. To lend you a helping hand, we’re about to pinpoint exactly when the cheapest time to get married is!
We’ll begin with the obvious, outlining the more expensive months available for weddings and the reasons behind them.
Predominantly May, June and September will always be the most popular wedding months of the calendar year as the weather is usually hot enough for a perfect, picturesque wedding and there’s much less likelihood of rain. Of course, this is the United Kingdom we’re talking about however and so that isn’t a certainty.
These months are usually hot enough for most to enjoy but not too hot that makeup will be melting down the faces of bridesmaids or displaying sweat patches of nervous family members. Perhaps also important for some, it’s during this period that school’s break up for summer and workers prefer to book time off work, ready for plenty of time in the sunshine.
Other than these three months, the prospect of hot weather also comes in July and August – meaning these are snapped up quickly, with some stragglers booking in October having not secured a time in the most desired months and remaining optimistic.
As far as months without the possibility of sunshine are concerned, the other contenders quickly booked up are December and February. February is seen as the most romantic time of the year for the majority of couples with Valentine’s Day soon on the horizon…
While December weddings are seen as slightly less desirable due to the other expenses that the festive period brings, although this doesn’t necessarily make the month a low-priced alternative. Simply because, the majority of wedding venues will often open themselves up to work dos and the hosting of Christmas/New Year’s parties, resulting in less availability for wedding booking.
With all these months taking precedence as the more expensive options; January, March, April and November are your best bets for a cheaper option.
The most desired and therefore expensive day of the bunch is a Saturday. Due to it being on the weekend and sandwiched in-between Friday and Sunday, it’s ultimately seen as the day of less hassle.
It’s typically cheaper to rent ceremony and reception venue spaces on weekdays as a result, and this isn’t always a bad choice.
If your wedding is booked far enough in advance and guest list small, it shouldn’t be a problem for guests to get time booked off and prepared in time. If your guest list is slightly larger, this could be more difficult but with enough warning in advance, it’s still doable.
As well as this, hotel rates are usually lower and less popular from Sunday’s through to Thursday’s, meaning increased availability and ease for guests who need to book additional accommodation, or more cost effective for you if you’re taking care of accommodation for guests.
Which time of day?
Something that often slips through the net is the varying price depending on the time of the day that your wedding takes place on.
It’s not always a huge amount of money saved but when put into perspective – it can make your budget go a long way and also become a low-priced day when deciding what needs to be catered for.
The traditional wedding reception includes dinner for each guest and on top of the meal, you’ll probably also need to include drinks and some money behind the bar for the remainder of the night. Food and beverages can quickly add up to be one of the biggest expenses during your wedding if you’re not careful.
This doesn’t have to be a disadvantage however and can be turned around in your favour dependant on the time of day you choose. For example choosing breakfast, lunch and lighter meals over a large dinner, subsequently brings a cheaper drink bill as guests tend to drink less during daytime gatherings.
During summer months something becoming more widely held is a morning ceremony followed by an elegant brunch. This is done to shield the wedding from the heat that sometimes comes in the afternoon but also because breakfast food is much cheaper and can still be filled with elegant appearing sustenance such as fresh fruit and delicious pastries.
Another fast-becoming popular wedding trend is having an early afternoon service that concludes with lighter food, cake and champagne reception or cocktail party rather than a full meal serving.
If you get the timing right, you can still give your guests a great experience whilst also cutting down on the price you pay – making it well worth taking the month, day and time of day into account.