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Iceni Magazine | May 11, 2021

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The most popular month to get married in the UK

most popular month to get married

Whether you’ve recently got engaged or you’re planning on getting hitched in the near future, you might be wondering when the most popular month to get married is – and how you can plan your perfect wedding around it. 

Unsurprisingly, August is the most popular month for weddings in the UK, with 37 thousand marriages taking place in this month. Of course, the other summer months are also popular choices as well as September. Whilst December and January are amongst the least.

Saturdays are our preferred dates to say ‘I do’, followed closely by Fridays. And just like Mondays and Tuesdays are our least favourite workdays, they also have the fewest number of weddings too.

With some wedding websites seeing an increase in traffic by 720 per cent recently, if you haven’t already started planning your nuptials, you might want to get a move one. 

How to pick the perfect wedding day?

So, you’ve got your dream engagement ring and now you’re after your dream day, but choosing the best month to get married isn’t as straightforward as picking an August weekend.

Wedding venues can get booked up in record time, especially during these popular periods, so you might have to be happy to wait a few years for your dream venue if it’s a non-negotiable.

Even if you’re not set on a particular venue, if you’re hoping to get married on one of the most popular wedding dates, so too might some of your friends, leaving your guests having to choose between happy couples.

The month you get married can also impact elements of your wedding, from your dress to your flowers  – and if you’re getting married on a popular date, it can even affect your budget.

Consider meaningful dates

Instead of following the masses, consider picking a meaningful date for you and your partner. This could be a year on from your proposal, that date you met etc.

You can also think about times of the year you both enjoy. If you love Christmas, what about a winter wedding?

Set a budget

Because the summer months are the most popular for weddings, getting married at these times can see prices soar. Setting a budget will help you decide on a wedding date, as places that are out of your price range will be eliminated.

Dates to avoid

It’s important to know if your potential wedding date could clash with any big events. For example,  the UK Government have just announced an extra bank holiday in 2022 to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee; we’ll now all be able to enjoy a four day weekend from 2nd – 5th June 2022. However, it’s meant they’ve moved the late May bank holiday from the 30th May which has seriously scuppered some couple’s plans. 

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