When a couple gets engaged or married is typically based on a number of factors. Holidays, breaks from work and school, and—perhaps most notable—weather, all play into the month that someone proposes or says I do. In fact, wedding season exists for these exact reasons.
However, this coming year, things are looking a bit different. While some of the most popular times to get engaged and married remain mainstays, we’re seeing new months on couples’ radars, as well as an overall shift in 2022’s projected wedding season. It’s official: Everyone’s getting engaged and married in these months. Read on for all of the ‘whens’ and ‘whys.’
While we’re beginning to see a revival of large gatherings and celebrations, many weddings are still being affected by the pandemic and will continue to be throughout 2022. This fact is perhaps most apparent in couples’ wedding planning timelines.
Consider this: According to Zola’s First Look Report, the majority of couples getting married next year actually got engaged in December of 2020. But, due to things still being so up in the air this last year, many chose to extend their engagement period from an average of 12 to 18 months and push their wedding dates out to 2022.
This pushback has made couples eager and excited to finally have their weddings, with 40 percent feeling more excited than ever and 42 percent noting that it’s more meaningful now to be celebrating with loved ones. That, plus a longer engagement period, means that we’re going to see an earlier wedding season this coming year (more on that in a bit). Engaged couples have been biding their time and are more ready than ever to make it official.
With that in mind, let’s start by looking at the months when people are getting engaged. This data hasn’t seen as big of a change, likely due to proposals being a more intimate experience. That is to say, not many couples plan on having all of their loved ones present for it.
More often, proposals involve the couple, if not a handful of close friends and family members. This has made getting engaged throughout the last year easier to manage, with the usual factors such as weather, time off from work and school, and holidays having the largest influence.
The holiday season has long reigned supreme when it comes to the most popular months to get engaged—and we can’t say that we’re surprised. December brings with it feelings of thankfulness and love. It’s the time that we’re most likely to be surrounded by loved ones, many of whom couples want to share these special moments with.
The pressures of everyday life also seem to cease some, with schools letting out for winter break and workplaces often giving a few days off for major holidays. With loved ones near, holiday cheer, and many towns decked out in festive decor, it comes as no surprise that December is such a beloved time to get engaged.
May lands in that nice place between late spring and early summer, with sunnier weather making an appearance in many places. Warmer days and the long Memorial Day weekend begin to coax people outside, making outdoor proposals much easier to pull off. Another plus to getting engaged in May is that it leads seamlessly into summer; a time when celebrating your engagement and beginning wedding planning becomes more manageable, due to summer break and people’s availability opening up.
With fall kicking off just a few weeks earlier, October is a prime time to take advantage of nice weather and beautiful changing views. Come mid-October, most of the US sees the arrival of fall foliage, a great excuse to drive into the mountains or take a surprise trip upstate. A backdrop of vibrant, gorgeous autumn colors makes quite the backdrop for a proposal, after all. Of course, we can’t go without also mentioning Halloween, as spirited couples who go all out find it to be an especially thrilling day to get engaged.
Late March marks the beginning of spring, a time representative of renewal, rebirth, and fresh new beginnings. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate the start of something new, especially with the return of warmer weather and new blooms. Spring break starts around mid-March, allowing couples with children to make a sunny escape full of adventure and relaxation. This month also has two holidays that provide fun engagement opportunities: St. Patrick’s Day (especially if you or your partner are Irish) and National Proposal Day, which takes place on March 20th. The latter even coincides with the Spring Equinox next year.
Summer is finally in full swing, and with it comes sunny skies, large family gatherings, and the chance to go on trips with your significant other. Many couples take advantage of the typically warm weather by spending time together at their favorite outdoor spots, whether near or far from home. Moreover, school’s out for summer, which means that couples or significant others with children can more easily involve them in the proposal. All of this provides ample opportunity for exciting engagements.
Though Valentine’s only lasts a single day (February 14th), the feeling of love permeates the entire month. Whether due to the anticipation leading up to the holiday, the giddiness thereafter, or both, it isn’t shocking that a lot of couples get engaged throughout. Valentine’s Day alone is an apt time for big surprises and grand expressions of love. It’s romantic and traditional, as well as pretty unforgettable.
With long-awaited weddings and the ability to celebrate with lots of loved ones, 2022 will have an earlier wedding season than usual. Whereas summertime and early fall typically host the most weddings, next year’s couples have set the most dates between April and June, with May and June being the biggest months for weddings. While September and October, which were last year’s top wedding months, will still see a large number of weddings, this new wedding season is going to be much bigger than usual.
June weddings are well-liked for many of the reasons that we’ve already covered. However, the month is also steeped in history and tradition. For one, June is named after Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage and childbirth, and thus long considered a favorable month to get married. Moreover, its popularity dates back to the Celtic calendar. At the time, young couples would pair up around May Day (May first) with the intention of marrying in August. However, impatient couples would set their date for June, shortening the waiting period and ensuring the month’s early popularity.
Nowadays, June weddings are often sought after for more practical reasons. The beginning of summer has great weather, summer break allows for large gatherings and travel, and you can be flexible with your wedding venue (indoor vs. outdoor) and attire.
May weddings enjoy a lot of the benefits that June weddings do, such as nice weather and the flexibility that comes with that. However, as an added bonus, these weddings take place at the very start of summer. This means that they’re less likely to clash with other people’s plans, such as summer vacations and other weddings. On that note, guests won’t be suffering from wedding fatigue, which is possible during the busy summer wedding season.
Having a wedding in May also allows couples to enjoy the rest of their summer, rather than spend it worrying about last-minute details. Added bonus: For a lot of venues and vendors, May falls just outside of peak summer pricing. For couples that prioritize sticking to a budget, this month provides all of the perks of a summer wedding without the extra cost.
Although April can have unpredictable weather, this seems to be the only downside to having a wedding this month. That aside, April doesn’t have many calendar conflicts in 2022, with Easter on the 17th and Passover from the 15th through the 23rd. When it isn’t raining, couples and their guests can enjoy comfortable weather, with temperatures anywhere from the fifties to the eighties throughout the US.
April also has popular and traditional context that makes it a favorable month to get married during. It’s possible that weddings this month shot up in popularity some years ago due to the Royal Wedding between William and Kate, which took place on April 29th. However, looking much further back, it can be noted that the Romans considered April the Sacred Month of Venus, the Goddess of love and fertility.
The reasons why October sees so many weddings are similar to why it sees so many engagements. In many places it’s the perfect post-summer temperature (not too hot or cold for you and your guests), and vibrant fall colors have started to paint mountains, trees, and landscapes. Because of this shift in the seasons, there’s also an opportunity to use decor that’s deeper, moodier, or cozier than is usually seen in the spring or summer.
Autumn also opens the door up to fun and seasonal food and cocktail options. And we can’t forget Halloween, which gives couples who enjoy dressing up the chance to throw the ultimate themed ceremony and reception.
During the summer months, many people’s calendars are marked up with wedding dates and summer vacations. September, however, sees a decrease in packed plans, making it ideal for couples with longer guest lists. In early autumn, guests have more time and availability, so they’re more likely to be able to make it to your celebration. September also embodies that desired fall feeling that many engaged couples are after, while still offering some of the warm weather that was present at the end of summer. Add in the three-day Labor Day weekend and many are sold.
One of the first things that comes to mind with a mid-summer wedding is the high likelihood of fantastic weather. In many parts of the US there is a very low risk of showers or strong winds, which comes as a great relief for those who want an outdoor or outdoor-indoor wedding. This also lets you be selective when it comes to venue styles and what you and your guests wear. The days are longer, an abundance of flowers and fresh fruits are in season, and people are more willing to spend time traveling and socializing.
Speaking of travel, guests are more likely to do so because of relaxed work schedules and breaks from school. July weddings are also far from any winter holidays, meaning that guests have more freedom in their schedules and might have some more room in their budgets for travel.
Once you’re engaged and your date’s been picked, much of your wedding planning can begin. Great! Although, admittedly, this can be an intimidating thing to approach. Not sure where to start? Zola’s got you covered. By creating an account, you gain access to a number of helpful tools, like a customized monthly wedding checklist. Just sign up, tell us your wedding date and any special traditions that you’ll be following, and allow us to compile the rest. Come for the checklist and stay for the Wedding Website builder, online RSVPs, and more Expert Advice.