How to choose the best month to get married in England infographic
Did you know that, in 2013, August was the most popular month of the year to get married with 15% of weddings. The top five being:
1. August 15%
2. July 14%
3. September 13%
4. May 11%
5. June 10%
Followed by October, April, December, March, November & February and January coming in last place. Source: Office of National Statistics.
Have a look at our infographic then read our thoughts and conclusions below:
As Billy Idol sang “it’s a nice day for a white wedding” but which month would he be singing about if he was in England? And what makes it “nice”? Is there such a thing as being too hot? Is a winter wedding too risky? Will an autumn wedding be a washout? Questions, questions, questions!
Good news, we’ve looked at some statistics and summarised the pros and cons of the months-to-get-married for England in our infographic (don’t worry, we are working on the same for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland!). Statistics source: Wikipedia.
THE BEST TEMPERATURE?
“Surely it never gets too hot in the UK?” or so you may well exclaim! Actually for most this is not true – just ask a wedding photographer how often a bride has said “it’s so hot I can barely breathe!”, remember it’s not every day you wear something as gorgeous and elaborate as a wedding dress and they are designed for form not function!
We think the ideal temperature for a summer wedding is a sunny day between 17C to 20C, which means May to September are preferable, although July and August run the risk of being too hot.
THE DRIEST MONTH?
As Alanis Morissette pointed out to “rain on your wedding day” is not great… and as this is England having some umbrellas close to hand is always advisable! As to how to mimise your chances of wetting at your wedding, well, whilst most people might look at the amount of rainfall in each month (shown in our infographic in blue), we think that a better statistic is the amount of days with less than 1mm rainfall (in green on our infographic).
The surprise here may be that May and September actually beat June for dry days! NB: November is not looking great with the least dry days!
THE MOST SUNSHINE?
Photography is a huge part of weddings these days, so whilst we are looking at the sunniest months here, take note:
… CLOUDS CAN HELP!!
Yes, it’s true, however typically the bride will be robed in a stunning shiny white dress and the groom clad in a darker suit meaning bright highlights (the bride) against dark shadows (the groom); bright direct sunshine exaggerates this! Furthermore, different months can result in different moods in photography – June, July and early August provide a hazy summer look with May and September more likely to give crisper, fresher scenes.
When it comes down to it, nobody want to be photographed looking chilly on a grey day so the real question is: which months offer the most sunshine hours? Unsurprisingly July and August are looking good but once again the surprise month might be May which statistically offers more sunshine than August!
First and foremost remember that we are talking about UK weather patterns so there will never be any guarantees, but hopefully this give some food for thought and help give you peace of mind when you choose when to have your wedding. Of course there are plenty of other factors that come into play too, but to answer the question “What is the best month to get married in England?” it depends on your priorities, but here’s our summary:
Glorious Summer wedding: Whilst July and August are the classic summer months, give some consideration to May and (especially early) September.
Spring Nuptials: April comes in ahead of March, with more sun, warmer temperatures and less rain.
Autumnal “I dos”: October has to be the winner, it’s simply warmer, drier and sunnier than November.
Wintery Wonderland: Possibly the hardest to predict but if it’s snow you are after, the most snow tends to fall in January & February, but remember that if it’s not snow that’s falling it’s likely to be rain! So our winner is February – it’s drier and brighter than January.Tags: Inforgraphic, Planning, Weather, wedding Insurance