After your wonderful engagement celebration, it’s time to start planning the big day! Wedding planning is a big task, with lots of beautiful details to consider – but one of the biggest things to decide first is when to host your wedding.
Here in South Australia, we have such gorgeous weather throughout the year, so it can be difficult to work out if a winter, spring, summer or autumn wedding is best. An insider tip: it doesn’t really matter which month you go for, since your wedding will be picture-perfect no matter when it’s held! Instead, it really all comes down to your personal preference. Do you imagine yourself as an ethereal, breezy summer bride, walking barefoot on the beach? Or do you prefer the vibrant reds and oranges of autumn, with that crisp chill in the air?
The seasons all have something special about them, but there are also a few considerations to be aware of with each one. To help you decide, here’s our guide to seasonal wedding planning in Adelaide.
What’s the best month to get married in Adelaide?
We find the most popular months for getting married in South Australia tend to be in February/March and October/November. This is because these months give us warm, temperate weather that’s not too hot or too cold – ideal for an outdoor ceremony, but not too chilly in the evenings.
If you’re planning a wedding in late summer or spring, we encourage you to book your venue and vendors as far in advance as you can. Weekend dates at that time of year can book out over a year in advance, and we don’t want you to miss out on the spot of your dreams!
How do we decide which season is best for our wedding?
Your seasonal choice all comes down to what works best for you as a couple. Which season is your favourite? Do you prefer those warm summer nights that seem to go on forever? Or are you drawn to spring and its beautiful blooms (i.e. the best time of year for a garden ceremony)? Perhaps you love the rich colours of late autumn, or the dark and moody tones of winter.
You might also want to consider your guests, especially if they’ll be travelling from overseas or far away. Are there certain times of year that would work better for their schedule? If you’re dreaming of a summer wedding, keep in mind that many people go on holidays in December and January, so it could be harder to gather all of your friends and family in one place.
Here are a few considerations for each season to inspire your wedding planning.
An Adelaide winter wedding can be fantastic for photography, especially if you love that dark, dramatic look! There’s something romantic about snuggling up by the fire and enjoying a drink with your closest family and friends, too. Also, because it’s a less popular wedding time, you may find more venue availability and possibly even cheaper prices.
Oh, and winter wedding fashion can be really gorgeous. For brides who love long sleeves, high necklines and heavier fabrics, the colder months can be ideal for this style. Since wedding dresses can be quite hot to wear, the colder weather in winter or autumn means you’ll be more comfortable if you’re wearing a heavy dress. Oh, and we haven’t forgotten the grooms – a full suit can get pretty stuffy in hot weather, so you may be more comfortable in winter too!
Bear in mind that a winter wedding does mean less daylight, colder weather, and an increased chance of rain. You’re probably safer planning an indoor ceremony and reception if you choose this season.
Love is in the air! Seriously, no other time of year screams love quite like spring. After a chilly winter, everyone is full of energy and excitement over the warmer weather and longer days.
An Adelaide spring wedding can be such a recipe for beauty. We can take some amazing photos outdoors among blooming bougainvillea, cherry blossoms or jacarandas. (That being said, if you or a lot of your guests struggle with seasonal allergies, a garden wedding might not suit.)
Remember that spring does still bring a chance of rain, so venues with a wet-weather option are best. It’s also the most popular time of the year for weddings, so you’ll have to book your favourite Adelaide wedding venue ASAP!
There’s nothing quite like an Adelaide summer! In the peak summer months, we have plenty of daylight that fades into a perfect sunset, so we can get great golden hour photos. The nights also tend to have a beautiful breeze, so they’re well-suited to an outdoor dance floor.
However, there’s no getting around the fact that South Australia can be a scorcher in the summer months, and for some people, the heat can be too much. You can definitely plan accordingly for your Adelaide summer wedding if you know high temperatures are expected, but it’s still something to consider – especially if your venue is entirely outdoors or doesn’t have air-conditioning.
Peak summer months also book out quickly, so be sure to lock in your venue and suppliers as soon as you can. It helps to be flexible, just in case your preferred date is already booked.
There’s really something magical about an autumn wedding! While the days are cooler, they’re still pleasant enough to sit outside, and you don’t need to worry about the mercury climbing too high.
With vibrant red, orange and yellow autumn foliage, the landscape of South Australia in winter can be a gorgeous backdrop for your wedding (and your photos!). We love an Adelaide autumn wedding from a photography perspective because the changing seasons create such striking and memorable photo opportunities.
Early autumn, when the days are still warmer, tends to be a more popular time for weddings than later in the season, once days are beginning to get shorter and the weather has gotten cooler.
No matter what season you choose, your wedding will be wonderful! If you have any questions about the best season or how seasonal lighting might affect your wedding photography, get in touch – we’d be delighted to chat.