The art of choosing the perfect date for your outdoor wedding

Decisions, decisions, decisions! The first of many decisions you’ll need to make when you are planning a wedding and probably the most crucial, is selecting the date. This decision on dates is even more important if you’ve opted for an outdoor wedding. From weather conditions to logistical factors, here’s everything you need to know to choose the ideal date for your dream wedding in a marquee under the stars.

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Consider the Season

The season in which you choose to tie the knot will significantly impact your wedding experience with each season bringing its own unique ambience and considerations for an outdoor marquee wedding:


Pros  – Ever hopeful with its blooming flowers, mild temperatures, and vibrant greenery

Cons – Unpredictable weather, potential for rain showers. Reduced selection of flora and food in season


Pros –  Long days, warm weather, and ample sunlight for evening celebrations

Cons – High temperatures, increased humidity, and potential for summer storms

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Pros – Stunning foliage, comfortable temperatures, and a cozy atmosphere

Cons – Variable weather conditions, shorter days


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Pros – Snowy landscapes, festive ambience, and potentially lower costs

Cons – Cold temperatures, limited daylight, wet ground and potential travel challenges

Weather Considerations

While you can’t control the weather, you can certainly plan around it. Research historical weather patterns for your desired wedding location to get an idea of what to expect. Make sure your marquee supplier has sufficient back up plans in case of poor weather such as heating, boarded floor options, extra cover and a person available on site on the day if needed. Conversely, if the weather is dreamy and you don’t need that extra ceremony cover, then make sure they are flexible enough to remove that from your booking if not needed in the run up to the wedding day.

Venue & Supplier Availability

Popular wedding venues often book up quickly, particularly during peak wedding season. If you have your heart set on a specific location or wedding marquee supplier for example, it’s essential to secure your date well in advance. Flexibility with your wedding date (or even year!) can increase your chances of securing your dream venue. 

Guest Considerations

Keep your guests in mind when selecting your wedding date. Consider any significant events or holidays that may conflict with your guests’ availability. Holidays and long weekends can be convenient for travel but may also result in higher accommodation costs for out-of-town guests. Additionally, be mindful of extreme weather conditions that may pose challenges for guests, particularly elderly or those travelling long distances.

The personal touch

Add the personal touch to your wedding date by choosing a date that holds special meaning for you as a couple. Whether it’s the anniversary of your first date, the day you got engaged, or a date with cultural or religious significance, tying the knot on a meaningful date adds an extra layer of sentiment to your celebration.

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Choosing the date for your outdoor wedding is a significant decision that requires careful consideration. By weighing factors such as season, weather, venue availability, guest considerations, and personal significance, you can select a date that sets the stage for the perfect wedding. But remember, whatever date you choose, the most important thing is celebrating your love surrounded by family, friends, and the beauty of nature. 

If you’re thinking about choosing a Wills canvas and pole marquee for your wedding (and we hope you are!) then we’ll make it even easier for you to choose a date because our season runs from April to the end of September, making the most of the best of the Great British weather, flora and food!

We have lots of advice on planning the ultimate marquee wedding here or if you would like us to cost a marquee wedding for you with all your finishing touches choices, then please do get in touch, we love chatting about all things weddings and are ready and waiting to put together a layout and proposal just for you. Just remember to tell us the perfect outdoor wedding date that you’ve chosen and enjoy your wedding planning journey!


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