While the most popular month of the wedding season is February due to the hot and sunny weather, there are so many merits to getting married out of season. Aside from the fact you are far more likely to find a venue with availability, many vendors offer discounts for winter, early spring or late autumn dates.
Autumn (March - May)
Obviously the leaves make for an amazing backdrop for an outdoor ceremony in autumn, and there are still plenty of warm sunny days at this time of year.
Take inspiration from nature when theming your reception space, you could use wood rounds to add height, introduce autumnal elements into your flowers such as berries and mini pine cones, a great (free!) idea for biodegradable confetti is to hole punch fallen leaves!
Make sure you have a plan B in case of inclement weather and if you are planning an outdoor wedding, mention it on the invitation so that guests can dress accordingly!
Winter (June - August)
Particularly in the alpine regions of the South Island, winter is arguably the most stunning time of year. With snow-capped mountains, frosted trees, and a lack of tourists, it's a wonder that more people don't choose winter weddings. Long sleeved wedding dresses look super sophisticated and there are some really stunning faux-fur jackets and shawls to keep the bridal party all snuggly!
Something to keep in mind if you are choosing an alpine wedding in winter is to have a plan for getting your guests to the venue in case of a snow storm. For the adventurous couple though, why not head to the slopes for some photos, or even get married on skis!
Spring (September - November)
The hills still have a dusting and the flowers are blooming, spring is my personal favourite time to get married. It's the start of the wedding season so all of your vendors have had heaps of time to spend with you over the winter period and are raring to get back into a busy season.
The temperatures are warming up and it is still quiet on the tourist front! Some vendors may still have low season or shoulder season specials on.
You should always have a Plan B in case the weather doesn't play ball but if you are feeling adventurous, ducking out in the rain makes for some incredibly romantic photos!
The most important thing is to embrace the day and whatever it throws at you. No wedding is perfect but it is your attitude towards the imperfections that will have you looking back on your day with the fondest of memories. Happy nuptials!
With love, Amanda xoxo