Tying the knot during a transition month? You'll want to be prepared for just about anything.

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Choosing to tie the knot during a transition month-or a month that lends itself to two different seasons-often means that you have your pick of the best seasonal produce and flowers. A November wedding date often means you can pull ideas from both fall and winter while a party in March means you can be inspired by both winter and spring. Similarly, tying the knot in May offers opportunities for details that nod to both spring and summer while a September wedding date means you can utilize the best of both summer and fall. Although there are some downsides, like weather that may be less predictable, the payoff you get when you capture the beauty of two seasons is almost always worth it. Here's how you can plan the perfect wedding during a transition month.

Go with what's in season.

If you're comfortable with an element of surprise, let your florist and chef know that they have freedom to make last-minute changes if the best in-season options are different than what you initially agreed on. This often happens during transition months, as flowers and produce that peaks between seasons tends to be less predictable but full of great surprises. Peaches may come in early while peonies may be late to bloom. Roll with it and let your vendors guide you toward whatever looks fresh, healthy, and bountiful.

Negotiate your hotel blocks.

Most hotels offer in-season pricing and off-season pricing, but don't always give a shoulder season discount. Depending on local events and whether the between season is still a busy time of year in that region, you may have some room to negotiate your hotel rates.

Be prepared for the weather to swing.

It's not uncommon to have unexpected weather come through during a transition month. You'll want to have a plan in place in case the weather threatens. If it looks like your wedding night will be chilly, ask a friend to head to a local shop and pick up some throw blankets. You can also bring in heaters or fire pits if your venue will allow it. Be prepared for the weather to swing in the opposite direction, too.

Have a backup option for your attire.

Keeping abrupt weather changes in mind, it's probably a good idea to have a coverup, shawl, or something to keep you warm if your arms will be exposed. As well, you may want to let your bridesmaids know the night could bring chilly weather so they come prepared. Better yet, surprise them on the day with a beautiful embroidered shawl or playful denim bride tribe jacket.


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