Best Time to Get Married in New York: The Ideal Season and Month for an NYC Wedding

When figuring out your wedding date, you may be wondering about the best time to get married in New York. What’s the best season for a New York wedding? What’s the best month to elope in NYC? Here, a monthly breakdown of the best time to get married in New York.

 

1. Fall: September, October, November

Fall in NYC has so much to offer: mild, comfortable temperature; little rain; and if you time it right, autumnal colors in late October and early November. Moreover, it’s not a mega-popular tourist time like summer or the winter holidays, meaning you’ll likely have an easier time photographing at the more iconic locations.

Dates to note
  • Mid-September: Spring/Summer New York Fashion Week takes over Bryant Park
  • Mid October: Brooklyn Marathon shuts down certain streets in Brooklyn
  • Late October-early November: peak autumn leaf-changing season
  • Late October-early January: Bryant Park Winter Village, a holiday marketplace, takes over Bryant Park
  • Early November: the New York Marathon shuts down some streets and certain areas of Central Park
  • Mid-November: Queens Marathon shuts down certain streets in Queens
  • Late November: the Macy’s Day Parade shuts down certain streets on the Upper West Side and Midtown
Weather

September averages: High 76° F, low 61°; 7 days of rain
October averages: High 64° F, low 50°; 6 days of rain
November averages: High 55° F, low 42°; 7 days of rain

Fall Weddings in NYC

Stylish City Hall and Brooklyn Bridge Park Elopement
Box House Hotel Wedding in Brooklyn
NYC City Hall Wedding and Golden Hour at Brooklyn Bridge Park

 

2. Spring: March, April, May

I think spring is the second-best time to get married in New York. While March can still be a little frosty, it’s a good transitional month to take advantage of if you want to beat the spring crowds. In late March and early April you’ll see an amazing burst of cherry blossom trees in select locations, like the Brooklyn Botanic Garden or Central Park (there’s a part of the park named Cherry Hill for a reason!). April can be a little bit rainy, but on average it’s no wetter than other months of the year.

Dates to note
  • Mid-March: the St. Patrick’s Day parade takes over Fifth Avenue
  • Late March/early April: Cherry blossoms are in bloom in various parts of the city (e.g. Central Park’s Cherry Hill, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Green-Wood Cemetery)
Weather

March averages: High 52° F, low 36°; 8 days of rain
April averages: High 64° F, low 45°; 8 days of rain
May averages: High 76° F, low 61°; 7 days of rain

Spring Weddings in NYC

Spring Central Park Elopement at Cop Cot
Lakeside Wedding at Prospect Park Boathouse
Brooklyn City Hall Wedding with Portraits at Greenwood Cemetery

 

3. Summer: June, July, August

Summer is for the couples who want plenty of sunshine. Though it can get humid, the warm summer nights more than make up for it, making it the perfect time for late-night outdoor dance party receptions and ceremonies on Long Island and the Jersey shore.

Dates to watch out for
  • Late June: the annual Pride parade shuts down certain streets
  • All summer: music festivals like SummerStage, Celebrate Brooklyn and Lincoln Center Out of Doors will affect certain public areas
Weather

June averages: High 80° F, low 64°; 8 days of rain
July averages: High 84° F, low 69°; 8 days of rain
August averages: High 84° F, low 69°; 7 days of rain

Summer Weddings in NYC

Beach wedding at Mantoloking Yacht Club
Outdoor Summer Garden Wedding at Frankies 457
Jewish Wedding at Dyker Beach Golf Course

 

4. Winter: December, January, February

Winter is a great time for fewer tourists, potentially cheaper pricing, and wedding photos in a blanket of snow. You can also benefit from the Christmas decor that pops up all over the city by early December. Typically, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting happens at the beginning of the month, and can make for very festive Christmas in New York wedding photos. Note, though, that the days tend to be shorter in the winter, so if you’re planing an evening ceremony, expect an early dinner to follow.

Dates to note
  • Late October-early January: Bryant Park Winter Village, a holiday marketplace, takes over Bryant Park
  • Early December: Rockefeller tree lighting
  • Mid-December: SantaCon is a one-day event where revelers dressed up as Santa Claus go bar-hopping all over the city
  • Late December: New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square
  • Early February: Fall/Winter New York Fashion Week takes over Bryant Park
Weather

December averages: High 44° F, low 31°; 8 days of rain
January averages: High 39° F, low 26°; 8 days of rain
February averages: High 43° F, low 29°; 7 days of rain

Winter Weddings in NYC

Gapstow Bridge Central Park Elopement at Christmastime
Stylish Winter City Hall Wedding
NYC City Hall Wedding with Portraits at The Beekman

 

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