Now, we have to come clean here and say that we don’t know when your other half is going to pop the question.

If that’s what you’re waiting for, sadly we don’t have a crystal ball that can foretell the future!

However, what we can talk you through is when is a good time to get married, in terms of time of day and time of year. So here’s what you need to know to make the decision about when you should get married.

A spring, summer, autumn or winter wedding?

Thinking about a spring wedding?

  • If you’re keen on having pastel shades at your wedding for example spring colours like lemon yellow, pale blue, mauves and soft pinks then March and April is perfect for you! If you’ve got a tight wedding budget then spring is also a good time to get married as a lot of spring flowers can be inexpensively sourced locally from markets, we’re thinking daffodils, hyacinths and tulips.

And a summer wedding day?

  • A summer wedding is a classic time of year to get married but unless you’re prepared to marry midweek or book your wedding well in advance, then you might struggle to get the venue and photographer you want. In addition, don’t count on the weather being perfect, sometimes autumn can produce a beautifully sunny day and rain in England in August isn’t of course unknown. On the other hand, if you marry in summer the temperature is likely to be reasonable so you can have a wedding outside in a marquee and perhaps go for a festival style theme if that’s more your style.

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An autumn wedding day

  • It’s may be important to you that your friends and family can attend your wedding day and in this case, an autumn wedding day can work really well. Children will be back at school and most people will have had their long summer holiday, so they will be able to come to your wedding. What’s more, it’s a glorious time of year to get married, the colours are rich. We’re thinking russets, oranges, soft browns and greens. An autumn wedding theme is a little bit different, you could use autumn fruits and root crops to decorate your tables such as pumpkins and squash.

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A winter wedding day

  • Time to cosy up. Weddings in winter aren’t that common so you’ll probably not suffer from wedding fatigue from your guests. Also, you may be able to negotiate a good rate with your wedding photographer and venue as they will probably be less busy at this time of year. As the dark descends early in December and January, you can lighten things up with romantic candle light on the tables and roaring log fires in entrance ways. Serve hot chocolate and mulled wine to your guests on arrival, to make a difference from champagne and sparkling wine. Don’t worry about flowers either, there are some beautiful floral options for a winter wedding. You can decorate your venue with boughs of berries and have flowers like hellebores in your bouquet. And of course, roses are always in season. As the bride, you can wear a beautiful long cape over your wedding dress and sweep down the aisle like a romantic winter princess.

What about the time of day?

In recent years, there’s been a move to have two parts of a wedding. Get married in the afternoon and have some guests and then have an evening party, inviting guests to both parts of the wedding day or just the evening celebration.

However, you can now get married in the UK at any time up until 6pm and so it’s worth thinking about getting married at the latest possible time if you’re on a strict budget.

Get married at 6pm and you can move straight into your evening reception. Get married at lunchtime and carry on until the evening and a) you’ll have to feed your guests twice b) your guests may get very weary by midnight, especially the oldies.

Have a think about all of the above, the time of year and the time of day and most importantly what will best suit the vision of your big day!