This least popular month for weddings is also the least expensive

Out of all the weddings you’ll attend in 2020, there’s a good chance none of them are scheduled for the wintry month of January.

“January and February are the two slowest months of the year for those of us in the wedding business,” said Lauren Burns, manager of Windy Hill Wedding and Event Barn.

It’s a fact. According to WeddingWire, which publishes a yearly ranking of the most popular months for weddings, January is always the least popular month since outdoor weddings are not an option in colder parts of the country.

“Cold weather doesn’t really affect us since we have indoor heating at Windy Hill. But most couples prefer spring and fall for romantic outdoor ceremonies,” Burns said.

Still, January is a great time to get married for couples who are on a budget. Many wedding vendors offer discounts that can add up to real savings.

“We generally give people a break on the cost of our venue in January and February,” Burns said. “It depends on the number of people they invite. Smaller wedding parties are more likely to receive a discount.”

Getting married during the off-season also means there is a greater chance that popular vendors will be available on your chosen date. For example, top wedding photographers are booked months, even years in advance, but in January their schedules tend to be less hectic.

While January historically is a slow month for weddings, Windy Hill has found other ways to stay busy.

“We also do a lot of bridal parties and baby showers in January,” Burns said. “Windy Hill is perfect for those types of gatherings.”

One thing Burns wishes she could offer in January, but hasn’t been able to since Windy Hill opened, is a beautiful blanket of snow which would make for awesome wedding photos.

“The one time it snowed since we opened for business, it was on a weekday when no weddings were scheduled. I hope 2020 will be the year someone’s Hallmark wedding dream comes true!” Burns said.

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