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Why You Should Consider a Shoulder Season Wedding

Most people like to picture their wedding happening on a perfect day –– not too hot, not too cold, not too windy, DEFINITELY NO RAIN, and so on. And we totally get it –– with all the special guests, vendors, and so many moving parts, every couple wants their special day to be worth all the time, money, and effort that goes into it. That’s why in Montana, summer is usually assumed to be the safest bet for good weather.

With so many summer weddings, the shoulder seasons are often overlooked. But have you ever seen fall colors in Montana? Breathtaking. And nothing says “romance” better than the dramatic spring clouds in the sky, brilliant sun, and green fields. Aside from beauty, did we mention that shoulder season weddings are often more cost-effective? Here are a few of our favorite reasons why you should consider making your wedding even more unique by hosting it during spring or summer.

1. You’ll have fewer scheduling conflicts.

Because of the number of weddings, traditional wedding season can be a little overwhelming for some. Because of the predictably hot and dry weather during most of July and August, local couples tend to shoot for an outdoor wedding during those months. Additionally, the summer months are full of outdoor activities, camping trips, and holidays that bite into the availability of lots of guests. Planning your wedding during spring or summer means guests can actually focus on your big day.

2. It’s more cost-effective.

Everything –– from flights and hotels to the dress and the invitations –– is going to be less expensive during the shoulder season. More importantly, you’re going to have your pick of photographers, caterers, and venues. These vendors will be much more likely to work with your budget, make special accommodations, and give your wedding their full and undivided attention. And for your destination wedding planners, flight costs tend to decrease during these times as well.

3. Spring and fall in Montana have endearing qualities.

It’s true that spring in Montana can be unpredictable, but you can always count on May being a stunningly photogenic month. The golden plains and valleys of Southwestern Montana momentarily become an endless sea of emerald green and the hills come alive with oranges, purples, and bright yellows as native wildflowers bloom in every direction on the Headwaters Ranch property. Rain rarely lasts more than a few hours and leaves the land smelling incredibly fresh.

Early fall arrives with a bang. Here on the banks of the Missouri River, the moody umber tones of native cottonwoods, willows, and aspen trees compliment the deep blue mountain ranges in the distance to create a remarkable backdrop for photo opportunities. The weather from September to October can still be quite warm during the days, and cool and quiet at night.

4. Your wedding will be memorable.

Let’s face it: the majority of American weddings don’t stray too far from convention. By choosing a more unusual time of year, you can allow yourself to be inspired by seasonal colors that can open up entirely new color palettes. Also, the chance to add extra layers can add a whole new layer of fun to the fashion and decor. There are a ton of great ideas out there for fall wedding dresses and seasonal suits for the groomsmen.

5. Winter is considered a shoulder season, too.

Still dreaming of a white wedding? Winters in Montana are quite breathtaking. Once the first heavy snow falls, a beautiful hush falls over the land, and the ever-azure mountains become dazzling snow-capped peaks. A Christmas wedding in Montana conjures notions of pine cone decorations, tantalizing smells of cinnamon and evergreen boughs, and sipping hot chocolate by a roaring fire. Pretty romantic, right? Besides, it’s no secret that the Bozeman area has some of the best skiing and snowmobiling terrains in the world.

Regardless of what the weather decides to do, the Round Barn at the Headwaters Ranch is a fantastic place to wait it out. Contact us now to receive our shoulder season pricing.