You’ve got the rock. You’ve got the love of your life next to you. You have a million and one wedding ideas that need channeling. Are you picturing an outdoor ceremony nestled in a vineyard? Or maybe an indoor affair in an industrial setting, complete with juxtaposed florals? Timing is everything when deciding when to get married, and I want to help you tackle this decision by equipping you with the knowledge of the best months to get hitched in and around Charlottesville.
I like to call this list The Big Three, as in the superior choice among a pantheon of other great options. The truth is that Virginia, and Charlottesville in particular, is always a pretty spot to get married, so if your venue is not available during The Big Three, try not to fret!
Without further ado—The Big Three:
Spring meets Summer in late May here in Virginia. Planning your wedding for late May allows you to take advantage of two floral seasons and avoid the cloying heat of the later summer months. Location is everything when you begin planning a wedding. Now late May is a glorious time to get married regardless of venue but should be a serious consideration for any bride hoping for an outdoor wedding that doesn’t leave guests perspiring. You’ll be able to offer your guest ample entertainment without worrying about university foot traffic. You and your guests can catch a polo match at King Family Vineyards or enjoy the pedestrian only Downtown Mall. The only drawback to planning a late May wedding is the chance of rain. May tends to have a slightly elevated levels of rain, so I would caution you to making sure you have a backup plan when planning an outdoor occasion.
What’s to say? June is a perfect month to get married just about anywhere, but there is something special about Charlottesville in early summer. You completely avoid all UVA stragglers. Wine tasting season is in full swing. Gardens are in full bloom and you can’t drive 10 miles in any direction from Charlottesville without spying a pick-your-own fruit experience (I recommend Carter Mountain or Chiles Peach orchard for June Picking). Not only is the weather still tolerable, but the area is bustling with friendly locals, farmers markets, and ample activities for you and your guests.
Leaf Peepers flock here for a reason. The autumn foliage, the rolling vineyard hills, the weather has cooled. Autumn in Charlottesville is right out of a postcard. Take advantage of the area and enjoy Skyline Drive at its prettiest. Harvest season means the city and country are humming with life. Have your photographer take advantage of a picture-perfect Autumn golden hour! Enjoy your choice of vineyard, estate, or cityscape for your wedding.
There you have it! The best times in the best city to get married! If you want to know more about how to choose your venue check out this blog post.
Once you know the time in and place, drop me a line and inquire on the website so we can start planning your celebration together!
What a smart blog. I love choices, but not a million choices. The three distinct choices are clear and helpful in helping me choose a date that best suits my ideas. Thank you Brooke.
So happy you found it useful!
The ideal wedding would take place on May 31st, and proceed long enough into the night to end on June 1st, ensuring that two of the three months could be secured.