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Bridal Club Magazine

Summer Or Winter Wedding?

Wedding ceremonies have become increasingly informal and it is possible to have almost any style you wish, depending on the season you choose.

Summer can be a wonderful time of the year for weddings.  The increased daylight hours of summer give you more options for both the wedding and reception.

You could choose a traditional church ceremony, picturesque in a stylish building, or you could exchange your vows in a garden, on the beach, in an orchard, on a hilltop, or any scenic spot you choose.

 

...A dawn ceremony in a beech forest with a simple wedding breakfast in a glade is unorthodox and romantic...

The greater variety of seasonal summer fruits, vegetables, shellfish, flowers available give you almost endless scope for your reception and decorations.

A dawn ceremony in a beech forest with a simple wedding breakfast in a glade is unorthodox and romantic; a very informal back garden barbeque reception, with a cold collation and a whole beast on a spit, can work extremely well when suited to the style of the wedding.

For those who tend to come alive at the other end of the day, a dazzling dinner dance beneath the stars may be the perfect way to end the festivities - the limit is your imagination!

The heat can pose a problem though, which may require extra thought in your planning wedding hats become functional as well as beautiful and your makeup should incorporate a sunscreen.   Guests will need shelter from the sun and an indoors venue must be well ventilated.

There are however some very good reasons for marrying in winter.

Often lifestyle or career constraints dictate the choice of season.  Dairy farmers, for instance, traditionally marry in winter when they are freer to leave the farm for a while.

There are fewer functions in winter so you will have a greater choice of venues and the rates may be cheaper.

If you are planning an overseas honeymoon a winter wedding can mean escaping the cold for the warmth of a tropical paradise.

The traditional bride opts for a spring wedding - the season of new life, with blossom in abundance and the promise of growth and renewal. But remember and plan for the spring rains.

An autumn wedding means settled weather, gorgeous colourings in the countryside and a relief from the high heat of summer.

The choice is yours - plan your wedding around the season that best suits you.

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