Why Marry in May...

Posted: October 25th 2018

Why Marry in May…

What do The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Pippa Middleton and James Matthews, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick and Keira Knightley and James Righton have in common? Asides from being beautiful and famous, with undoubtably fabulous shoe collections (male and female alike) they all chose the month of May to get married.

Despite the old superstition “Get married in May rue the day” (which dates back to the Roman empire when they held their festival of the dead in May, so we can safely say is a dated theory) May has traditionally been one of the most popular months of the year to get married.

At Holkham it is one of the prettiest times of year on the estate, the purple wisteria flowers are in bloom, adorning the arches and doorways around the Walled Garden where you can put up a marquee and have your own country garden wedding like Marina and Jack.

Spring is prime time when it comes to wedding flowers, you can quite literally have the pick of the bunch, whether you want wild country flowers, modern styles or traditional arrangements. Pastel colours might be more commonly associated with spring weddings; pale pink peonies, candy-coloured sweet peas, garden roses, but bold, deep hues are also available in the form of tumbling tulips and ranunculus, among others.


It’s not only the flowers that are in full bloom. You are more likely to find fresh food in season. Nature in spring is, in general, lighter, brighter and full of life. Following the spring equinox the days are longer and the sun shines more, nature is awake, birds return from the south and there are baby animals everywhere.

While May might be a popular month to get married in, it’s not as popular as June and July, which means you’re more likely to snag the guests and suppliers you want before they get booked up. Plus, your guests won’t have wedding fatigue - you get the excitement that comes with one of the first weddings of the year.

Not only that, but May can often be a more affordable month for your nuptials. Some suppliers report 20% savings on weddings in spring compared to peak summer months. And the same goes when it comes to your honeymoon. Places closer to home are perfect in May, the Amalfi Coast for example or the Greek islands, before all the school holidays start. Flights are cheaper, as is accommodation and the weather warm enough to revel in long languid lunches by the beach and romantic sightseeing sessions, but not so hot that you can’t move.

England’s summer season tends to be jam-packed with sporting events, from Royal Ascot to football fixtures. In general, you’re safer in May. With one major exception: The FA Cup Final on 18th May. But if it was good enough for Meghan and Harry then it’s good enough for you and if you choose that date you can either embrace it – think TV screens and football themed decorations – or try and avoid it completely by holding your wedding well before or after kick off.

Holkham Hall has some late availability for May 2019, with excellent special offers to be had, email weddings@holkham.co.uk to find out more.

Photo credits: Katherine Ashdown and Tori Hancock.

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