Thursday, February 4, 2010

Best Month to Marry?

Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That and Go There
The last in my series on "Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon":
WHICH IS THE BEST MONTH TO MARRY? June. Okay, this very well may be the fuzziest answer in this book. But for starters, the Roman goddess Juno—June’s namesake—was given domain over marriage and birth, and at one time, that meant something to families who wanted their daughters to have happy marriages and lots of kids. For more practical reasons, the weather is warm and pleasant in June in most of the Northern Hemisphere, and school may be out, allowing families with children a better chance to travel to out-of-town weddings.
(Read all of my posts on this book here.)

Of course, this topic has been on my mind a lot lately. A June marriage has a lot of advantages, as described above, but it also falls victim to the peak load pricing. During the summer, there is more competition for venues, photographers, caterers, and the rest. All of these things will cost more at that time. If you can bear slightly colder weather, or you want to avoid having school-aged children at the wedding, getting married in the winter can save you a considerable amount of money.

I hope my commentary on the book has illustrated some interesting economic perspectives; it should not be construed as harsh criticism. "Buy Ketchup" has a lot of good practical advice and is very amusing at parts.


Josh Hattersley said...

It also depends on whether you're planning for an outdoor or indoor wedding. If you're going to brave the elements, June will be a rather hot month for your guests, as they'll be sitting still in a chair for the duration of the ceremony. Fall might be a better choice, though the closer to winter the higher the chance of inclement weather marring the occasion.