The Best Month(s) for a Wedding in Chicago is…

September and October. Surprising? Not really.

The summer months of June, July and August were the popular season to get married in Chicago once upon a time, but with the change and shift in weather, the early fall months are now turning into the most popular time to host weddings in the Windy City. Both September and October have become great months to get married between the lingering warm weather from the summer and the cooler temperatures that come with fall without being too cold. Not to mention, the leaves changing colors is a bonus of beauty at that time of year.

In terms of events, there aren’t as many vacations, festivals and outdoor activities planned compared to the summer season. Besides a few holiday weekends like Labor Day, Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Halloween to consider, there are less calendar conflicts which makes for less crowds and better traffic scenarios in the city.

The seasonal options for food are endless. Pumpkin, squash, root vegetables, pears, figs, apples and more make for delicious and unique options. For example, instead of a cream of mushroom or minestrone soup, consider a pumpkin or butternut squash alternative. Instead of traditional wedding cake, think apple and pumpkin donuts. Instead of a champagne welcome, consider a hot cider bar to warm up guests. There’s a lot of fun to be had with a fall wedding menu.

There are so many options for florals during the fall. Besides the popular whites and greenery, shades of red, orange and gold are beautiful colors to incorporate into a wedding palette. Not to mention, adding natural elements like wood and bark goes perfectly with a September or October wedding. When it comes to weddings in Chicago, you can see why so many choose to get married in the months of September and October. If you would like to get married during one of those popular months, be sure to plan ahead and look at venues at least a year before (or more) as there are a limited amount of weekends available during that two month timeframe.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

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