So you just got engaged and now what?
First things first, you need to decide what year and time of year you want to have your wedding. Although there is never a bad time to get married, there is a great time and it changes couple to couple. Rather than tell you what time of year I believe is the best for Toledo, Ohio, I hope to provide some things to consider when making that decision.
Let's get this out of the way first, if you live here, you know how whacky the weather can be. It's important to remember that as you plan which month of which season you want. For example, if you want a winter wedding with snow, you may want to have your wedding in Late Jan-Feb for the most optimal chances of snow on your wedding day. Sorry, Nov & Dec may not cut it... I know, Dani & Noah's wedding featured in this blog took place Nov. 2oth, leaves still on the trees and accumulating snow. It was still cold though.
Avoiding the Holidays
I know what you're thinking, a NYE wedding would be so COOL! Or even the 4th of July! It would be, but... It might come with it's logistical nightmares. Hosting a Holiday wedding can mean a couple things.
- Higher vendor fees
- Limited vendor availability
- Expensive flights/ accommodations
- Higher flight cancellations for out of town guests
Just to name a few, and although I support Holiday weddings, it's possible it might steal some thunder.
What you plan to wear
That July, summer Toledo wedding sounds awesome right?! WRONG. Unless you are wearing shorts and a tshirt with your feet buried in the lake erie sand during your wedding. What you want to wear can largely impact the time of year you want to get married, meaning that if you want the guys to wear full suits with multiple layers, you better have plenty of water, air flow and shade. The ladies might be better off but the same applies for the ladies in the winter, the guys will be comfortable because they are layered but the ladies will not be.
If you are budget conscious & want to get the most bang for your buck, I recommend getting married during "off season" which is Nov.-Mar., and better yet, on any day of the week outside of Saturday and Sunday. Having your wedding during these days and months gets you vendor specials you may not get any other time of year.
Although this may not be super important to you, but as you might already know. Flowers bloom at different times throughout the year, meaning the colors and specific flowers might not be available when you want them to be. Please correspond with your local florist to have that discussion with them.
Plans after the wedding
Once you're married, maybe you want to start a family right away and the time of year after is important. Or, you want to go on a honeymoon to Banff Canada, but Banff is only accessible a few solid months out of the year. Keep your after plans in mind when choosing the date of your wedding.
It really doesn't matter which time of year you choose so as long as you consider the variables above! Let me know, what is your favorite time to get married in Toledo?
Check out Dani & Noah's November wedding below!
Dani & Noah Wedding
Q. What are you most looking forward to on the day?
A. Relaxing at the venue. We're excited to be able to dance and play games!
Q. What inspired your wedding décor? Did you have a theme in mind?
A. 70s Bohemian, Vintage
Q. Tell us about the food/drink at your wedding.
A. BBQ through City Barbecue. We'll also be having a friend hand out drinks as our personal "bartender". Drinks will be based on our pets
I had an absolute blast photographing Dani & Noah's Wedding, although cold and windy which you could never tell by the photos because they and their wedding party was awesome. We powered through and made a great day of memories together and none of it could have been possible without their other vendors present!
Florist | Ella Flora
Bakery | Natalie’s Cake
Dress | David’s Bridal
Hair | Salon 308
Dj | Dj Diamond Lee