When thinking of weddings, it is quite common to picture a bright, sunny summer day, and with almost 75% of weddings taking place between May and October, it comes as no surprise. This means only a quarter of weddings fall in the other half of the year, leaving it ready to be explored as an option for a wedding date. Here are seven reasons why choosing a low season wedding can be to your advantage.
7. Venues Prices are Reduced in the Low Season
Having a non-peak season wedding often means a discount in price when it comes to venues, vendors and photographers. Cherry Creek Estate is no exception; we provide low season weddings in our Purcell Hall at 25% off the normal price. The space can hold up to 90 guests so there's no need to compromise on your guest list either. Looking in the non-peak season for your wedding date can save you money without having to compromise on your vision.
6. Dramatic Flair with a Gorgeous Backdrop
Perhaps you've always envisioned wearing a bolero on your wedding day, or pairing a cape with your dress – with a winter wedding, you can do just that! Snow enhanced weddings are majestic when the bridal party wear fur-lined capes or incorporate muffs, and the look can be timeless. Adding colour can also be magical; there is nothing more stunning in a winter landscape than a bride in a coloured dress. As an added bonus, your groom, groomsmen and guests can wear three piece suits without any overheating issues.
5. Floral Arrangements Are One-of-a-Kind
Choosing a low season wedding doesn't mean compromising on floral arrangements. Many florists have popular flowers year-round such as roses and lilies, and if you are open to using seasonal flowers you can end up with a bouquet that is as individual as you are. You can use pussy willows, tulips and cherry blossoms for a unique dramatic effect in spring; dahlias, chrysanthemums and sunflowers in the fall; or snowdrops, Christmas roses and orchids in winter. The possibilities are endless and if you are open to trying new arrangements, your florals can be one-of-a-kind creations that elevate your day.
4. Unique Decor Can match the season
Like your floral arrangements, your decor can also benefit from a wedding set in the low seasons and give you a great starting point for choosing your colour scheme. Colours such as spring green, pinks and light purples are fantastic choices for spring weddings; reds, oranges and yellows look gorgeous in fall nuptials, and deep reds, dark greens and purples make winter ceremonies stunning. You can even incorporate seasonal offerings such as gourds and wheat for a fall wedding or evergreen boughs in winter to make stylized centrepieces that stand out and don't break your bank.
3. Unexpected Weather Can Lead to Unforgettable Moments
From a fresh snowfall in winter to raindrops in spring, unexpected weather can bring a magical feeling to your big day. With a little bit of preparation, these unpredictable weather changes are not to be feared but instead embraced. Imagine the photo opportunities such weather can bring! Having unpredictable weather can change your wedding for the better and create moments that will be remembered fondly for years to come.
2. Get Your First Choice of Date
Most venues start filling up their peak season dates one to three years in advance. The first weekends to quickly become unavailable are from June to August. By considering dates outside of this range, even by a month to May or September you can be saved a lot of heartache and stress. It is much easier to find availability in the low season, and on top of that, you get your pick of dates. By looking at the often overlooked colder half of the year it is more of a guarantee that you will get your first choice of wedding date even as little as six to eight months in advance of booking.
1. Shorter Days Can be Used to Your Advantage
In the winter months the sun sets earlier, so if you're planning a sunset photo shoot or ceremony you won't have to wait all night or leave your reception and the dance floor to go get those shots! Shorter days can be advantageous and once everyone is out on the dance floor, no one will care if the sun set early, they will be too busy dancing the evening away!
Are you considering a low season wedding? Cherry Creek Estate makes a stunning setting for your special day at any time of year. Contact us today to set up a tour or consultation and find out how you can save 25% by booking a low season or mid-week wedding.