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Five reasons to plan an off-season wedding

From off-season discounts to amazing pictures, Surrey wedding photographer Fiona Kelly, gives us five reasons why an off-season wedding is great - and it's nothing to do with Covid.

Surrey wedding photographer Fiona Kelly has attended more weddings that most, capturing the special days of hundreds of couples – so she’s pretty close to being an expert on all things nuptial. Here she talks about why an off-season wedding can be a great choice.

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Firstly, let’s talk about the ‘wedding season’. The typical wedding season in the UK is from May to September as the British weather has a better chance of being nice. If you’re having a destination wedding then, of course, this will change depending on where you’re getting married. The busy-ness picks up again in December as a Christmas wedding is increasingly popular but it’s also a popular time for Christmas and holiday parties.

1. IT’S OFTEN MORE BUDGET-FRIENDLY

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Now I know the wedding budget isn’t the sexiest point to start off with, but we all know how easily wedding planning can go off on, shall we say, tangents. The list of ‘must-haves’ grows and grows, and suddenly you’re insisting on an elaborate day on a tight budget. Stop right there. If you choose non-peak times of year you can check if your venue has a special offer available, as many do. Speak to your wedding suppliers to see if they too offer any options on packages.

2. YOU DON’T MIND ABOUT THE WEATHER

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Of course in the UK the weather is unpredictable at best. We like summer weddings because the weather is more likely to be decent, but there is no guarantee. If your wedding is entirely inside you may not care about the weather, as it will be gorgeous no matter what the weather.

3. YOU ACTUALLY PREFER THE COOLER WEATHER

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What’s this, a second point about the weather? Yes, really. Some people prefer the cooler weather and there are many reasons for this, so if this is your preference, don’t listen to the naysayers, you do you!

4. THE PHOTOS CAN BE INCREDIBLE

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Of course, I may be biased in this, but if you have an off season wedding it really can produce beautiful photographs of your spring, autumn or winter wedding. You can get THE BEST sunsets in Autumn! The light is different at different times of the year and the right photographer can help you capture the most beautiful memories of your wedding day.

5. BECAUSE YOU WANT TO!

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Needless to say, you don’t actually need a reason. If your wedding has been postponed because of Covid, everyone will simply be glad that you’re having a wedding and be happy for you.


Fiona Kelly is a photographer based who specialises in natural, beautiful and creative photography – for weddings, engagement and family shoots. She also does commercial work. fionakellyphotography.com

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