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This Is the Most Popular Month for Weddings

Redbook logo Redbook 4/25/2017 Caralynn Lippo
This Is the Most Popular Month for Weddings © Getty This Is the Most Popular Month for Weddings

It's generally understood that, for most brides and in most places in the United States, June is one of the most popular times of the year to get married. The most obvious reason why? Well, it's warm. But not hot. And not too humid. July and August, on the other hand, are most definitely both of those things, in most places across the country. And even if you're not having an outdoor wedding, nobody wants to suffer potential heat stroke to get married - and they definitely don't want to risk their guests running that risk just for the pleasure of watching them tie the knot.

The 2002 Old Farmer's Almanac wrote that "June is the most popular month to marry, followed by August, July, May, and September," thanks to what that month traditionally signifies, dating all the way back to the Romans: "The goddess Juno was the protector of women in all aspects of life, but especially in marriage and childbearing, so a wedding in Juno's month was considered most auspicious."

In the 15 years since, the tide for June weddings has turned. #SorryNotSorry, Goddess Juno and your various auspices. Instead, more people are choosing a much later season to get married in: the fall.

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According to The Knot's 2016 wedding statistics, 16% of of couples choose to get married in October and September (a tie!), with June in third place at 13%. The same data shows that fall has overtaken summer as the most popular wedding season, with 40% of couples planning fall ceremonies (that percentage has steadily increased from 30% in 2009). Pinterest's 2017 wedding report found that searches for fall weddings were up 280%.

Interestingly, despite September and October taking the top month spots, the most popular day to get married in 2016 was June 18 (in 2015, that day was October 10).

According to Priceonomics' look at 2015 data, 80% of weddings happened between May and October. During that timeframe, a little over 4% of all weddings took place the week of Columbus Day weekend, making it the most popular week to get married. Three-day weekend weddings are great in general because of the extra day off to unwind from weekend wedding festivities - and because they give you the option of picking a Sunday date rather than the traditional (and pricier) Saturday night wedding.

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There are obviously a number of personal factors going into when couples choose to get married - work schedules, wedding budget and savings timelines, and out-of-town family travel availability, just to name a few - but one probable cause of the shift from June weddings to those later in the year is likely the changing weather. October 2016 smashed hot weather records in dozens of cities across the U.S., and October 2015 was literally the "warmest on record for the globe and greatest above-average departure from average for any month," according to the National Centers for Environmental Information.

While that's not particularly great news for our planet, there's little doubt that warmer-than-average expected temperatures later in the year (in what's still technically considered "off-season," or at least not peak season, for some vendors and venues not as up on the latest wedding trends) encouraged brides across the the country to abandon their June wedding dreams for the new favorite month, October.

So forget the summer fairy lights and start pinning rustic fall foliage wedding inspo ASAP.

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