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WEDDINGS and ELOPEMENTS:

Which is the best season to get married in the Lake District?

Of course I may be biased, being Lakes born and bred, but the Lake District really is magical all year round. That said, there are definite pros and cons to each season from a wedding or elopement point of view. Some are obvious, others only become apparent after years of working in the wedding industry in this area.

In this blog I’ll share a few thoughts and tips on how to choose which season and how best to prepare for the beautifully unpredictable nature of England’s largest National Park.

SPRING

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SPRING – PROS and CONS

Of course ALL seasons in the Lakes come with unpredictable weather and a high chance of rain. After 17 year’s experience of wedding photography, I’d say that Spring is the most unpredictable. Temperature in particular can be hard to plan for – even on the same day you can have hot sun then icy winds and showers. Early in the season you can expect Wordsworth-style daffs, by May you’ll enjoy a plethora of flowering plants – fruit blossom, wisteria, bluebells…the list is endless and beautiful.

  • Cheaper rates in early spring
  • More availability (early spring)
  • lots of local flowers (both in situ at venues and for your wedding florals)
  • unpredictable weather
  • bank holidays are busy
  • Footpaths/lake areas can still be boggy and muddy

SPRING: TOP TIPS

  • pick a venue where you’d be happy to have ceremony/photos indoors
  • prepare for a wide range of temperatures
  • don’t get your heart set on certain flowers being in bloom at your venue – they can vary by a few weeks either way each year

SUMMER

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SUMMER – PROS and CONS

Long warm evenings…cool dips in the lakes and rivers, nights under canvas…summer in the Lakes is magical. For that very reason, it’s also super busy! The school holidays in particular lead to big crowds – the May half term holiday is always my busiest week of the year.

  • LONG DAYLIGHT HOURS
  • if it rains it should still be warm and not too muddy underfoot
  • great for spending time outdoors and using all the lakes has to offer
  • THE BUSIEST TIME IN THE lakes
  • if you’re travelling ANYWHERE on the day allow for delays
  • peak season for venues and suppliers so discounts unlikely

SUMMER: TOP TIPS

  • choose a venue with private lake access if you don’t want to battle through crowds for photos
  • check if your venue has aircon or good ventilation in case of a heatwave
  • consider if there are areas for group shots in shade/shelter if need be

AUTUMN

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AUTUMN – PROS and CONS

I love autumn in the Lakes. It’s as if the whole area breathes a collective sigh of relief as the crowds subside. There’s still a chance. of warm weather, but also the option to include cosy elements like knitwear, candles and tweeds into your wedding vibe.

  • beautiful colours as the bright greens give way to muted browns
  • summer crowds subside
  • perfect time for both twinkly indoor portraits and outdoor landscape shots
  • october half term can be super busy
  • reduced daylight hours towards the end of the season
  • Footpaths/lake areas may have become be boggy and muddy

AUTUMN: TOP TIPS

  • avoid the last week of october if you can (busy half term)
  • plan for an earlier ceremony to make the most of daylight
  • outdoor ceremonies become less likely so make sure you’re happy with any indoor spaces

WINTER

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WINTER – PROS and CONS

And then we come to winter…again unpredictable! There’s the chance of a true white wedding, but it’s more likely you’ll have a backdrop of soft fog, gentle drizzle, or crisp winter sun – all look beautiful and often dramatic!

  • Cheaper rates
  • More availability
  • lower expectations for good weather
  • many venues have festive decor
  • unpredictable weather
  • access could be an issue in extreme weather
  • Footpaths/lake areas may be boggy/flooded/muddy
  • limited natural daylight

WINTER: TOP TIPS

  • pick a venue where you’d be happy to have ceremony/photos indoors
  • consider access to the venue in snow/stormy weather
  • an earlier ceremony time will allow you to make the most of natural daylight
  • shorter dresses are easier to manage outdoors, fabrics with texture tend to be more forgiving to any rain/mud
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Still

can’t decide?

Feel free to get in touch if you’d like my opinion on which season might suit you and your shortlist of venues.