Continuing with my series of wedding posts (huge apologies to those who couldn’t be less interested, btw) I thought I’d write a quick post on why getting married in October is AWESOME.
Because it IS awesome.
And yes you CAN have an October wedding without orange bridesmaid dresses, brown bouquets or a Halloween theme. (Just don’t rely on the mags to tell you that, because for some inexplicable reason they really like to push the “fall wedding” idea. Mmmmmmmm rustic leaves).
So here are just a few reasons why a UK wedding in October is ace!
1. More availability.
Without a doubt this was the number one thing for us. It’s not just your dream venue that needs to be available on your chosen date, it’s the band, photographer, florist, vicar, car rental company….the list goes on and on. We were able to book our first choice of supplier for everything. EVERYTHING. Having watched friends struggle to get things booked for summer weddings, I know how lucky we were to not have to worry about this.
2. You won’t be relying on the weather.
You’re not going to plan a big outdoor drinks ceremony or marquee for an October wedding, which means you don’t have to spend the lead up to your wedding fretting about 21 day weather forecasts or contingency plans. Sure, we still wanted to have nice weather at our wedding for walking from the car to the church and so on, but our wedding and reception was all planned for inside. Bad weather couldn’t really dampen anything. (Lol at my weather pun).
3. Guests are really up for it.
We all reach an age where the wedding invites start coming in thick and fast (if that’s you this summer, my thoughts are with your bank balance) and whilst attending weddings is ALWAYS fun, they do get expensive and going to one after another after another can be a bit exhausting. Chances are your guests won’t be going to a load of weddings in October, so they’ll all be available to come (yey!) and they’ll all be really up for it (double yey!).
4. You’ll get better deals.
If you want to get married on a Saturday then you’re unlikely to get any good deals for summer weddings. An October wedding gives you more opportunity to haggle every step of the way.
5. It’s a great time of year to go on honeymoon.
Would you rather go on the best holiday of your life in August, when everyone is on holiday, or in October, when you REALLY need to get away from the doom and gloom of the UK and you can come back with a crazy out-of-season tan? Not only is October/November a great time to flee the country for sunnier climes, flights are way cheaper than in the summer too.
6. It’s a great time of year for an anniversary.
It’s not just about your wedding day itself of course. When it comes to celebrating your anniversary in the future then October is a great time of year to have one. It’s out of season (good news if you want to celebrate anniversaries with impromptu weekends away) and it gives you something to look forward to after the summer. Basically your back half of the year will look like this: Summer > Anniversary > Halloween > Bonfire > Christmas. AND HOW GOOD IS THAT?!
7. It’s good timing for stag/hen weekends.
If you’re going away for your hen/stag weekend, then doing this in September/October is significantly cheaper than doing it in July/August. Plus you can take advantage of Ibiza closing parties, if that’s your thing.
8. Half term can be helpful for guests.
Half term falls in October which may be helpful if you have guests with children travelling a long way for the wedding.
9. Beautiful natural light.
Have you been outside in October? IT’S BEAUTIFUL. The evening light is like nothing else. (That being said do be aware of when the clocks go back, as it’s usually towards the end of October and may impact when you take your pics!).
BONUS 10TH REASON: You don’t have to worry about getting all sweaty and hot!
Thanks to @elliq on Twitter for reminding me of this key point! Wedding dresses get WARM very quickly, at least in October you don’t have to worry about being a hot mess. No frizzy hair or make-up slippage to deal with, plus you get the option of wearing a lovely long sleeve dress and generally covering your arms 🙂
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