Wedding Weather

Forecasts and Planning Tips

By The Old Farmer's Almanac
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Wondering what the weather will be like for your wedding day (or any event day)? See our weather prediction tools—plus, learn all about wedding traditions and old-fashioned customs!

Weather Prediction Tools 

Weather is always a wild card, but you can be more prepared by knowing the typical weather of a date and the forecast for it. Check out our weather tools to help plan your wedding date. After choosing a setting, season, and date for your wedding, it would be great to have good weather! 

1. See our Weather History tool to get a sense of the typical weather for your location and wedding date.

2. See our Long Range Weather Forecasts to find out what kind of weather we’re predicting for your wedding date. We offer the next two months of forecasts for free online. (For a full-year of forecasts, pick up a copy of this year’s Old Farmer’s Almanac—available in print and online!)

Spring Weddings

The weather tools above will tell you if it might rain on your wedding day. Use the tools to find out what’s “average” for rainfall during that time as well as what’s forecasted.

If you’re planning an outdoor ceremony where spring showers are likely, you’re covered if you rent a tent large enough to accommodate the food, guests, and music!

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Summer Weddings

The trick to summer weddings is finding a day when it will be sunny, but not too hot and humid. Many people like to have their wedding on the Summer Solstice (late June).

Perhaps you’re dreaming of a romantic beach wedding? If so, you might want to consider the tide predictions so the ceremony doesn’t end up being all wet! See the high and low tides for your area with our Tide Predictions Calculator.

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Autumn Weddings

In many places, this is the season when Mother Nature puts on her most colorful show of the year and, with the cooler days, it’s the perfect season for a wedding. See our Fall Foliage Forecast to choose the best date for your ceremony.

The Autumnal Equinox (late September) is an especially popular time for fall weddings.

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Winter Weddings

What could be more beautiful than a winter wedding? As the days get shorter, it’s important to know when the sun will be setting, especially for photography. Plan memorable outdoor shots by using our Sunrise and Sunset calculator.

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Full Moon Wedding

Considering a Full Moon wedding or a moonlight ceremony? The ancient Greeks believed that marriages consummated during the full Moon were the happiest and most prosperous. See our Moon Phase Calendar and Full Moon Dates to choose a ceremony by the light of the beautiful Moon.

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Wedding Traditions and Customs

June is traditionally the most popular month to have a wedding. The custom dates back more than 2,000 years to when the ancient Romans named the month after their goddess of marriage and childbirth, Juno. It was thought that happiness and prosperity would come to those who wed during her month.

Why June Weddings Are Popular

Romans also preferred June weddings for practical reasons. By this time, the local wet season had ended in most places, so celebrants could usually rely on dry, comfortable weather—a fact for which the bride, whose intricate nuptial hairdo featured six locks wreathed in blossoms, must have been especially thankful.

Getting married in June meant that the first child would most likely be born during the following spring instead of in the dead of winter when times were lean. Plus, a spring childbirth wouldn’t interfere with the busy fall harvest.

Today, couples often do as the Romans did and choose a June wedding. Not only is the weather fairly predictable, but the days are also long, the festive aroma of flowers fills the air, and many schools and colleges are out of session, making it easier for families to attend.

Other Popular Wedding Months

After June, September and October are the most popular months to get married in. It’s said that more than 80% of weddings happen between May and October, so if you want a better shot at getting the venue of your dreams, you might try planning for an off-season wedding!

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Wedding Customs

Put marigolds in your wedding bouquet to keep your true love.

In many traditions, rain on your wedding day is considered good luck because of the freshness, cleansing, and new life it brings!

Here’s more Almanac advice that you may not find easily today! Find out the why behind some time-honored wedding practices and how they have evolved over the years. Make a unique statement by choosing which customs to include and which to leave in the past. Create a bouquet of flowers which hold symbolic meaning. See our articles:

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