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This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB – we share a wedding budget tip every Tuesday to help you save money on your wedding! You can also see past posts at this wedding budget tips page for your convenience and future reference.

Wedding Budget Tip #3: Choose a wedding date during off-peak seasons.

Wedding Budget Tip #3:

Choose a wedding date during off-peak seasons.


Did you know that choosing a wedding date during the off-season can save you tons of money on your wedding?

It's a simple fact of supply and demand. More popular months for weddings get booked faster and are more in-demand – so many venues will charge a premium for those most desirable dates.

What those peak months are can vary depending on geographic location, but the most popular wedding dates tend to fall between May and October. The most popular months for weddings are May and June in the spring, and September and October in the fall. If you have your heart set on having your big day during these months, you may end up spending more than if you chose another date. Plus, you'll also have more competition when booking your venue and vendors!

Choosing a winter wedding date can save you some major cash, as most venues don't do as many events during that time. In fact, choosing an off-peak date can save you money on your other vendors as well – so be sure to inquire about seasonal discounts!

Hotels often have off-seasons, too. Choosing to have a winter wedding could also save your out-of-town guests some money on their accommodations. It's like a big win all-around and I'm sure your guests will appreciate it as well.

It's also worth mentioning that winter weddings can be pretty magical! Just think about all the beautiful wintry accents you can incorporate in your day. If you're looking for winter wedding inspiration, we've published a few absolutely GORGEOUS winter weddings you simply must check out: magical DIY winter wedding portraits

Magical DIY Winter Wedding

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One thing to note – be sure to steer clear of major holidays to ensure those savings! Valentine's Day can significantly drive up the price of flowers and New Year's Eve can have a big impact on hotel room availability. These are definitely things to keep in mind if you're considering a winter wedding!

Have you considered choosing an off-peak wedding date for your big day?

Want more wedding budget tips? Come back next Tuesday for the next post in this series.



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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • Sydney

    I work at a hotel and I just wanted to share that most hotels will have very high minimums for the month of December because they will book Holiday Parties and even in the beginning of January for that same reason. Months like February (minus Valentine’s Day weekend) and March are the least popular and cheapest to book. The Saturday after Thanksgiving and the Saturday after Christmas will give you some of the best deals because most people don’t want to get married so close to the Holidays.

    • That’s great advice, Sydney!! Thanks so much for the insight — that’s great info to know.

  • Emily

    That’s great info!

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