Yay! You’re engaged! Next step is to pick a day – but what day? A good way to start narrowing down the days is to think of which season you’d like to get married in. When it comes to photography, each season offers something unique to your wedding day. To help you get started, here are a few tips to think about for each season:
Weddings in the Summer
Who doesn’t love a summer wedding? In the summer it’s easy to have the option of having an indoor or outdoor wedding, or even a combination of both. The weather is generally hot, the roads are clear and it’s easy for your guests to travel if needed. For photography, there’s so much daylight to work with all the way into the later evening. It’s always nice to plan for a few minutes where you both can slip out for a few sunset photos. If you’re having an earlier ceremony outside, keep in mind that it could be very harsh light which could lead to squinting and harsh shadows during the ceremony. If the weather is hot, for the ladies remember to bring along a makeup touch up kit just in case.
Weddings in the Fall
Fall weddings are so gorgeous as all the colors are changing. The late sun from the summer now changes very quickly during the fall, so keep in mind when the sunsets so we can ensure to have your photos finished before dark. Much like Spring, Fall weather can be unpredictable, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan, or bring along a shawl and different shoes in case of poor weather.
Weddings in the Winter
Winter weddings can be so stunning! However, it can require a bit more planning just because of the limited sun and cold weather. The sun will usually set around 4 PM – 5 PM throughout the winter months, which means all of your photos will need to be finished by then. If you’re wanting an evening ceremony, then you will most likely need to do a first look or find a venue with a nice interior space for photos. The weather can also be harsh – if it’s freezing outside you won’t be able to spend as much time outside as you would in the summer. Be sure to bring a nice shawl to keep warm. If you plan your wedding around Christmas, your venue might already have decor setup that you can use for your photos as well.
Weddings in the Spring
Spring weddings can be unpredictable. They can be wonderful and fresh with all the new blooms coming in, but with that comes allergies. Remember to keep some allergy medicine on hand just in case! Or it could be cold, rainy, and maybe even snowy! So be sure to have a backup plan, or be open to the possibility of anything can happen! The sun also changes quite a bit, early Spring the sun will set earlier, and later into the season the sun will stay out later. Be sure to make sure to think about the sunlight when planning your photos.
If you find yourself thinking what season should I get married in, don’t stress! Write down a list of what means the most to you, and narrow it down from there. If you’re nervous about the weather, have a backup plan in place to reduce stress. Not sure what to do for a backup plan? Utilize your venue, or a beautiful hotel lobby. If that isn’t a possibility Get creative! What do you like to do as a couple? Theater? Library? Coffee shops? Dance studio? Art studio? Greenhouse? So many possibilities!