Okay, I only wrote the above headline because I'm a sucker for a good (bad?) pun. And to be clear, the brides I've worked with so far this month (i.e. March) have been nothing short of delightful. But since I've mentioned the name of a particular month of the year, perhaps this is a good opportunity to muse somewhat randomly on why people choose the dates they do for a wedding.
To begin with, much like climate and high fashion, weddings have a "season". This season is the result of the period of the year when the majority of weddings happen, and approximately falls on the warmer months, although the weeks prior to Christmas seem to be less popular due to the exigencies of end-of-year work and school and present-shopping. My limited data set suggests that January to March is the peak of this season, which roughly correlates with meteorological happy fun warm-times.
Then again, New Zealand summer can be rudely interrupted by bursts of cold/wind/rain/hail, and no particular date is safe from this possibility. And is warmer necessarily better? Mid-winter weddings offer their own suite of aesthetic pleasures, such as the cosy feeling of being inside with friends and family on a crisp winter evening, plus the magical early sunset light that makes otherwise-professional photographers squee with delight.
This year, the month of March that we are still in, while technically Autumn, has produced some whoppers of the heatwave variety. We've also had the odd torrential downpour. Which serves to prove precisely no point at all really, except perhaps that weather is a fickle mistress.
Another consideration is what else is going on at the particular time of year you're looking at. This applies to travel and accommodation if you have guests coming from out of town; there's also touristy things to consider if you're honeymooning. March in these respects has an appeal, being likely quite warm while also not in the holiday season.
One final thing to think about, and maybe this is a shallow one, but the date you have your wedding will become the date you celebrate your anniversary. And if that date is nicely separated away from other events in the year like Christmas or birthdays, you'll allow it more space to be made special. Or, failing that, maybe just do what the Queen does and observe your anniversary on a different date to when it actually happened. Rules are made to be broken! (Just make sure that you both agree on the same date, or else things could get messy...)
I suppose the short version of all the above is that whenever you choose to have your wedding is a good time to have your wedding. And if that time happens to be March, well, we'll all just have to be extra careful around you I suppose.
Beware, beware the brides of March
of August, April, June or May
Their dresses fair and white as starch
Their smiles bright on any day.