Wedding Planning

What Are The Most Affordable Months To Get Married?

September 15, 2022

Selecting the perfect wedding date is one of the first and most thrilling decisions you’ll make as a newly engaged couple! There are several factors to consider when choosing the perfect date for your wedding; our team at Updos For I Dos is here to help you and hopefully make your planning process just a little easier! 

Let's explore some key elements to consider when picking your wedding date, and if you’re looking to plan the most affordable wedding day, we’re also diving into which are the most affordable months in which to say, “I do!”

When is Peak Wedding Season? 

On the East Coast, peak wedding season runs from March through June, and then again from September to November. During these peak times, demand for vendors like Updos For I Dos is high, which can mean higher prices. If you're aiming for a more budget-friendly option, consider tying the knot during slower wedding months, such as July. During these times, you might find reduced rates or special complimentary additions available!

For couples eyeing their dream date during peak seasons, it's crucial to plan well in advance and secure vendors as soon as possible. Popular months, such as October, often require bookings up to a year and a half or more ahead. This early planning not only ensures availability but also offers a wider selection of providers for your special day!

The Most Affordable Wedding Months

January & February

January and February are actually considered the engagement season, rather than wedding season! On the East Coast, wedding vendors are usually slower during these months and availability is much more flexible, which gives couples more options to choose from during this time! January and February are typically colder months, so definitely keep that in mind if you choose to get married during these months. If you are tying the knot up north or have guests traveling from up north, you should also keep in mind that winter storms could affect travel plans! 

July & August 

July and August are definitely slow wedding months; this is typically the busy trial season for our team at Updos For I Dos! July and August are great months to get married if you and your partner are looking to plan the most cost effective wedding day. A lot of vendors, especially in the south, run promotions and offer deals during these months! In addition to discounts, you will also experience a wealth of options to choose from as far as vendors go. 


December is a truly fabulous month to say, “I do!” Depending on when you are wanting to be wed in December, there may be some more affordable date options. While December is not typically a busy month for weddings, there is one date that is incredibly popular every year, and that is New Years Eve! Additionally, vendor availability may be a bit more limited during December due to vendors traveling for the holiday season. 

When Should I Book My Wedding Vendors? 

The timeline for booking wedding vendors varies greatly, depending on the size and scale of your celebration! If you're planning a larger than life and lavish affair, it's pertinent that you secure your date one and a half to two years (AKA as soon as possible) in advance to have the widest range of vendor options. On the other hand, smaller, intimate weddings can typically be organized within a shorter time frame, like eight to two months! (Keep in mind, this will be a crazy couple of months if you decide to go this route!)

In short, the earlier you lock in your date, the more choices you'll have when it comes to wedding vendor options. This ensures not only your preferred venue but also your perfect team of professionals, including photographers, videographers, and, of course, our talented artists at Updos For I Dos! Early bookings pave the way for a smooth and stress-free planning journey, giving you the best opportunity to create a wedding that perfectly reflects your vision!

When Is It Most Affordable To Get Married? 

When deciding on your wedding date, you and your partner should consider several factors before locking it in! If you are mostly focused on planning a budget-friendly affair, we highly recommend considering tying the knot during a month that is outside of the peak wedding seasons. By planning a wedding outside of peak wedding season, you can expect to not only save some money but also have a wider range of options when it comes to selecting your wedding vendors! Additionally, keep in mind factors like weather and any potential conflicts with holidays or other significant events. Once you've weighed all these considerations, you'll be well on your way to choosing the most perfect date for your most special day! 

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Cover Photo Credit: Sarah Murray Photography