D.C. area brides know that there’s always something to do in D.C., no matter what time of year. However, the constant string of celebrations, political demonstrations, concerts and festivals could make for some tricky wedding planning. Brides who wish to have a less overcrowded, more laid-back vibe to their D.C. area wedding should know there are some key times of the year to avoid in order to have a spectacular, stress-free wedding day.
Winter brides, take note: on the weekend of Friday January 20th, 2017, getting married in the D.C. area could be a bit rough as it is Inauguration Weekend. Security will be extra tight and many hotels and restaurants and most importantly, potential wedding venues could be very overcrowded. Hotels like the Liaison on Capitol Hill could be booked already — or close to it.
Picturesque pink blooms as far as the eye can see and the early spring sunshine beaming down sounds perfect for a springtime D.C. wedding, right? Perhaps — just beware of deciding on a wedding during the weekend of the cherry blossom parade in late March or early April, as there are a lot of road closures and selfie sticks (read: tourists) everywhere. The major bonus to the National Cherry Blossom Festival is that it takes place over the course of a few weekends, allowing for the perfect vibrant, cherry blossom-filled, tourist-free wedding day well after the parade passes through.
Memorial Day Weekend is another difficult weekend for planning a wedding in the D.C. area. With the area’s multiple memorials and monuments, there are many solemn ceremonies and events that happen over the weekend (including the National Memorial Day Parade, which is held along Constitution Avenue), making it difficult for photos and transport to happen seamlessly.
Also worth noting in May: Many of the area’s colleges and universities hold their graduations, making for potential gridlock if guests are staying at hotels around the schools.
Brides who are jonesing for a festive, patriotic wedding in the country’s most patriotic city may want to think twice about getting married on July 4th. The Fourth of July festivals in the D.C. area draw very large crowds, once again making it difficult to book hotels or wedding venues without a major hassle.
It is best to avoid D.C. in August altogether. Many of its residents escape for the month to area beaches and to cooler climates, as the temperature often soars well into the 90s with heat indexes in the upper 90s to low 100s (humidity not included). For the lucky brides who don’t sweat profusely during humid temps, the city is yours for the month!
There is only one key weekend in December that could make for things being a little crowded in the city. Held on the first Thursday in December, the National Tree Lighting is a fun holiday event and tradition for many residents and tourists. The president and the first family are always on hand to light the tree, recently replaced in 2012. Hotels like the Willard Intercontinental — a cozy escape from the cold — are often crowded around holiday time, so if you're set on a winter wedding, make sure to check about room blocks far in advance.