You’re getting married… congratulations! Now it’s time for the really fun part - choosing the perfect wedding venue for you and your partner to get married in.

Before you start exploring wedding venues in your area, you’ll first need to think about when you’re going to get married. Whilst summer remains the most popular month to get hitched, winter weddings are becoming increasingly more desirable. If you’re struggling to decide which season to say ‘I do’, here’s a few things to consider before you make your choice.

Summer or Winter – Which Should You Choose?

  • Summer weddings.

In summer, you’re far more likely to have sunshine; which is especially great when you’re getting married in Ayrshire, where there are plenty of great beaches to visit after your big day. Summer weddings also offer more options for your wedding dress – as you won’t have to worry too much about keeping warm!

However, you can expect to pay more for a summer wedding, as it’s still the most popular season to get married in.

  • Winter weddings.

If you get snow or ice-blue skies, your winter wedding photos will be spectacular. The festive season also adds a distinct sense of atmosphere to a wintry wedding, and it’s possible to tie in your special day with Christmas or New Year’s Day. 

One big advantage of getting married in winter is that prices are generally a bit lower – plus there’s more likely to be availability at your chosen wedding venue.

Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue for the Season

Once you’ve discovered the ideal season to get married in, you’ll need to find a wedding venue that reflects the season perfectly. Here’s a few things to consider:

  1. Surroundings. When you’re choosing a wedding venue, explore the surroundings and consider your photo opportunities. Which venue will capture the magic of the season, whilst allowing you and your partner to shine in the natural surroundings? 
  2. Season-appropriate guest areas. Think about where you and your guests will spend time during the day. For example, if it’s cold outside, look for a venue which offers comfortable, opulent space inside, for guests to stay warm and relax. If it’s a sunny day, look for a wedding venue with pleasant outdoor areas.
  3. The right food. The wedding meal is a major aspect of your day, and it’s important to choose a menu which reflects the season. Ask the team at the wedding venue what options they have. Fresh fruit, fish and salads are perfect for summer weddings; whereas winter wedding are more suited to hearty comfort food, such as roast beef, haggis or chicken.
  4. Décor. When choosing the perfect summer or winter wedding venue, you’ll need to think about how the décor works with the season. Glamourous, opulent surroundings are perfect for elegant winter weddings, for example; and pristine white furnishings reflect the freshness of summer perfectly.

Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue – The Dumfries Arms Hotel

If you’re trying to find the perfect wedding venue and aren’t sure where to start looking, come and visit The Dumfries Arms Hotel! Our luxurious, sophisticated venue is ideal for summer and winter weddings, and we offer a range of wedding packages to suit your individual needs. To find out more, just get in touch. We will be happy to answer your questions.