It’s usually assumed that the vast majority of weddings take place in the warm summer months when there’s little (ok, less) chance of rain.

We thought we’d take a closer look at this and with the help of data from around 2,500 sales of wedding insurance made through CompareWeddingInsurance.org.uk, we were able to build up a very clear and accurate picture of those months that are popular for weddings, and those that aren’t.

Graph showing percentage of weddings in each monthPerhaps unsurprisingly, some 40% of all weddings take place in the traditional ‘peak’ summer months of June, July and August, the latter being the most popular month of the year for a wedding.

‘Off-Peak’ Weddings

What was surprising though was the number of weddings taking place outside of the peak summer season.

Many couples appear to be opting for out-of-season Spring or Autumn weddings, perhaps in an attempt to save some money and reduce their overall wedding spend.

As well as the ‘peak season’ appearing longer than expected, with large numbers of weddings in April, May, September and October, there are still significant numbers of weddings taking place in true ‘off peak’ months from November to March (20% Nov to March).

Christmas Weddings

A significant number are also having December weddings. There appears to be a winter blip in December, with most of the December weddings taking place mid way through the month, or between Christmas and New Year. From this, we surmise the reason for the relative popularity of December could be for several reasons: being able to take a longer honeymoon by including Christmas bank holidays and taking advantage of an already decorated venue and a festive atmosphere.

Whilst the vast majority of weddings appear to be taking place in and around the summer months, there’s certainly more of a spread than we were expecting to see and I think more of a spread than there has been in recent years.

Wedding Insurance


InsurerUp down arrow Cancellation CoverUp down arrow PriceUp down arrow ExcessUp down arrow Link
Weddingplan
Diamond +
£17,000 £56.81 £25 Visit Weddingplan »
Weddingplan
Gold
£10,000 £36.15 £25 Visit Weddingplan »
Weddingplan
Silver
£7,000 £25.82 £25 Visit Weddingplan »
Debenhams
Gold
£10,000 £58.88 £50 Visit Debenhams »
Debenhams
Emerald
£15,000 £78.51 £50 Visit Debenhams »
Dreamsaver
Gold
£10,000 £37.00 £0 Visit Dreamsaver »
InsureForWeddings
Gold
£10,000 £35.99 £25 Visit InsureForWeddings »
Wedinsure
Tier 3
£10,000 £35.00 £25 Visit Wedinsure »
Wedinsure
Tier 2
£7,000 £28.00 £25 Visit Wedinsure »
Weddingplan
Diamond
£12,500 £46.47 £25 Visit Weddingplan »
Dreamsaver
Amber
£15,000 £57.00 £0 Visit Dreamsaver »
Wedinsure
Tier 4
£12,500 £45.00 £25 Visit Wedinsure »
Wedinsure
Tier 5
£17,000 £57.00 £25 Visit Wedinsure »

Please see the full comparison table for all levels of cover available from these insurers.

Whatever time of year you get married, we’d always recommend that you look into taking out a wedding insurance policy. In the winter months you could be at risk of snow disrupting your wedding plans and your wedding suppliers could go out of business at any point during the year.

Our comparison table lists a number of UK wedding insurance providers and can be sorted by both the cancellation cover provided and by premium.

Adam Leyton

A little bit about Adam Leyton, founder of CompareWeddingInsurance.org.uk

Adam has been working in the wedding industry since 2006. As a keen advocate of wedding insurance, he launched a comparison website in 2009. See his Google+ profile.