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Pros & Cons: Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter Wedding?

What is the best wedding season? Wondering what time of year to set the date for your Portland wedding? There are important things to consider for each season. We’ve rounded up the main info you’ll need to think about in order to make the right choice for you!

SPRING (MARCH – MAY)

Pros

  • Fresh florals
  • Possibly cheaper vendor pricing because it’s not yet busy season
  • Cloud coverage = better lighting for stunning photos

Cons

  • Weather is a toss-up and will likely still be rainy
  • Height of allergy season
  • Possible scheduling conflicts with Spring Break, Easter, Passover, graduations, etc.

SUMMER (JUNE – AUGUST)

Pros

  • Highest likelihood of sunny weather, and longer hours of sunlight
  • Seasonal florals and seasonal produce for menu & bar
  • Guests more likely to be able to travel in the summer months

Cons

  • Busiest season = most expensive pricing and less first-choice vendor availability
  • Possible scorching temperatures
  • Insects at outdoor venues

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FALL (SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER)

Pros

  • Arguably the most beautiful time of year in Portland
  • Lots of ideas for autumnal inspiration – colors, décor, drink & menu options
  • Lots of venue choices – mild weather is appropriate for both indoor and outdoor weddings

Cons

  • The weather is still a gamble, and will most likely be chilly if not rainy
  • The sun sets earlier, so will have to schedule photos earlier in the day
  • More difficult for guests to travel – may conflict with school schedules and Fall holidays

WINTER (DECEMBER – FEBRUARY)

Pros

  • Slower time of year = less expensive pricing & more vendor availability
  • Can play up the cozy vibe with candles, dim lighting, fireplace, etc. 
  • Can serve richer food, desserts, and drinks in colder weather

Cons

  • Limited to indoor venues only, as many outdoor venues don’t book weddings during winter due to the weather
  • Can conflict with winter holidays and travel
  • If it snows, this could create huge complications for your wedding day – Portlanders are notoriously bad/anxious drivers when it snows!

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This Tips & Advice piece was submitted by Dana Barbar, a trusted local wedding professional and talented writer.