Photo credit: Lisa Boggs Photography
The weather is getting colder, the holidays are upon us, and couples are getting engaged… it’s getting to be about that season! The wedding “off season,” that is. I was talking recently with Janice, owner of Bellwether Events, about the wedding off season. It got me thinking – is there really a wedding “off season” in the Washington, DC area? And, if so, what does this mean for local couples?
For most areas of the United States, November through March is generally considered the off season for the wedding industry, or the time of year that couples aren’t celebrating their weddings. This is typically a time for holidays and cold weather. It’s also when most couples will get newly engaged. Does this mean that business is slow for wedding vendors in the Washington DC area and they might be willing to cut a deal for a wedding during this time of year?
With the endless stream of political and corporate events taking place in the Nation’s capital year-round, I have a hard time believing that there is actually an off season, or time that wedding vendors aren’t busy. Many of the same vendors that service the wedding industry also service the corporate and political sectors in the Washington, DC area. This means that when a hotel isn’t booked up with a wedding, it might still be booked up with another event. Same goes for a caterer, florist, the list goes on. But even if a vendor doesn’t have a corporate or political event on the schedule, chances are they’re busy with consultations and preparations for the weddings they have coming up in the spring or summer.
Couples planning an off season wedding in other parts of the country might receive a discount or special rate. But the “off season discount” that you may have heard of isn’t necessary applicable for the Washington, DC area because of the amount of activity and other non-wedding events going on year-round.
The biggest advantage that a couple has in an off season wedding is that they have more vendors to choose from because they aren’t competing for popular wedding weekends. However, they are competing with a vendor’s need to take a break and other non-wedding events going on in the region.
What do you think? Is there a wedding off season in the Washington DC area? Should a vendor give a discount to couples getting married during their slow season?