And I know what you’re thinking. With a blog title like that we’re talking Christmas! But wait, not so fast. Even though all the major retailers are decked out for the holiday, doesn’t mean I’m going there.
But I kind of am.
But just not Christmas. Stick with me, here. :)
So, it’s true. The holiday books are out in full force. Christmas books come out starting October, maybe some earlier. It’s a full readerfest of amazing Christmas stories. So many to choose from, all kinds of settings. It is a wonderful time of the year for love.
But so is Valentine’s day. Right?
My friend Ciara Knight and I used to host a Love Our Readers Luncheon around Valentine’s Day. It’s the holiday dedicated to love and those in love. So, Valentine’s Day is a wonderful time of the year too. Right?
But wait! The Hallmark Channel has introduced to us June Weddings. June brides. How often have we’ve heard that term. Visions of summer flowers, blue skies, warm weather, white dresses and so much sunshine. June brides are a tradition that we’ve come to look forward too, and I know I watched several of the June Wedding movies. Did you? Don’t you think of June weddings when you see this photo?
I do. And I know June is a sought after time of the year to get married. In doing some research though I found that the month of June is no longer the most popular time of the year to get married. Nope.
Welcome to Fall! Yes, October, followed by September are the most sought after dates for marriage.
I had to add my cover here for my novella, One Autumn Love. It’s the perfect picture of fall. Golds, soft lights, coats and leaves on the ground. So this is the time of year that now calls to brides. Maybe it’s the cooler temps. Maybe the tradition of June has departed with the reasons for the popularity. (Didn’t it have to do with harvesting or something?)
The colors of fall are brilliant. Oranges, yellows, deep purples. Beautiful wedding backdrops.
As an author we have many seasons, holidays, popular times of the year to set our stories. But what are your favorites?
Here’s your chance to weigh in on your favorite love story time of the year. There are more than I’ve talked about so feel free to add a time I haven’t mentioned. Settings and seasons are pivotal in creating a story readers love.
I’ll pick one commenter to receive an E copy of my Christmas novel, Rich in Hope.
Hi Lindi, I love Christmas, and autumn would be my favourite season. June here in Australia is winter, so not a particularly popular time to get married- that would be over the summer holidays which coincide with Christmas. My husband and I got married in December, as did my sister and brother-in-law, plus many other friends.
Wemble—Christmas weddings are beautiful. And yes, you would be in the warmer weather at Christmas. So it sounds like December is a popular wedding month. Do you like reading winter wedding Christmas stories? Where it’s cold?
I do enjoy reading winter Christmas stories- and I think it would be fun to be in the Northern Hemisphere for Christmas one year to experience a white Christmas.
We had a white Christmas in Georgia one year. Rare for sure, and not tons of snow, but a nice small layer that added winter to the season for sure. I’ve been throwing frisbees outside wearing no coat at Christmas before. You never know here.
Lori R says
I like stories set in fall or at the magical time of Christmas. I think Christmas is a really romantic time of the year , especially with snow and carriage rides.
Lori–what a great point to bring up about the snow and carriage rides. They are very romantic. And I think we do associate them with Christmas time, and warm clothes and blankets. Maybe some hot chocolate?
Hi Lindi! Interesting poll. Hallmark does a great job with their wedding movies. In our resort town with a summer weddings the photo shoots are often taken on our bluff with our historic lighthouse and Lake Michigan as a back drop. Fall weddings are more common and several vineyards have wedding venues. While hubby and I got married in June was because of college graduation being end of April. My oldest son and his wife will be celebrating their 19th Anniversary on Monday, October 28. I have also attended several Christmas weddings, which saves on decorating a church. Best wishes.
Renate–I have heard so many beautiful things about Michigan and the lakes. How beautiful!! And I love that you’re a June bride. :) And yes to the Hallmark wedding movies.
Happy anniversary to your son and daughter in law. :)
Sherri G says
I think Spring is the most romantic. After all, it’s the time of renewal and new beginnings.
Sherri—I love the spring. Fall used to be my favorite time of the year, but now it’s spring. And it’s for the reasons you listed. I also love the smell of spring.
Lori Smanski says
Welcome. You are so right. I eagerly anticipate each season and holiday. So yes for me all year is one huge great holiday. And my house shows it the way I decorate. I start sewing and buying for Christmas in February. LOL
Lori—I admire you. I am not the best decorator. Should I even admit that? I love to go to people’s houses though where they decorate. It’s so beautiful! I bet yours is amazing.
Margaret Nelson says
I voted for “Other” because of Easter and Jesus’ resurrection!!
And I think June weddings started when colleges got out in early June, and couples who were waiting to graduate got married as soon as school was out.
Margaret—I have to say that Easter is my favorite holiday. I love Easter Sunday so much. And good point about the June weddings. I hadn’t thought of that.
I voted for other because I love winter!! I love books that take place at any time of year, though!! Weddings are for any time of the year, too, as far as I’m concerned. I have one sister that married in December, a nephew married in January, and others are scattered throughout the year, mainly in Spring, though, if I remember correctly!! I look forward more to Easter and Thanksgiving than any other time of year, other than Winter, when FL finally cools off!!
Trudy— A girl for all seasons. I love it. I’ve imagined having a January weddings. I’m thinking long dress with long sleeves–red roses. I mean, I’m already married so it would have to go into a book. You must be in North Florida—such a pretty area.
Actually, I’m on the Space Coast, not too far from Kennedy Space Center. I can stand outside and watch the launches, and usually do!! Sometimes, the shot looks better on TV, though!
Awesome. We were down that way earlier this month. Waving hi–a bit late. I’ve never been to a launch in person. That must be fascinating. Even though the television gets the better shot at times, I bet just seeing it gives a thrill.
The night launches are the best!! They show up so bright!! I love to watch all of the launches. The only problem is you can tell really quick when something’s gone wrong, since I’ve watched them all of my life.
I love Christmas stories I think partly cos most are set where its colder and a white Christmas is a foreign concept for me. Here it is normally HOT. Like Wembly a lot of weddings I have gone to are in our summer or Spring. Even Autumn although I have been to one June wedding which was quite cold. Easter is another time a lot of weddings take place. Mum and dad got married at Easter and I have been to a few others at that time. Several of the Jan Weddings were school teachers so they could have a honeymoon while the summer holidays were on.
I think a wedding set where there is snow would be so cool. (not that I like winter but to see snow would be worth it)
Ausjenny–Another vote for Easter weddings. We have snow here in Georgia, but not a lot and not every year. So it’s okay when we have it. I’ve lived where there’s a lot of snow in the winter, and boy, it’s tough. But I hope you can see snow some day. You’ll have to plan a trip–maybe Canada? Or Iceland–I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland.
I Love Canada and saw old snow but not fresh snow. I think I could handle it for a day or so but not much longer. I would love to see the northern lights
Ausjenny—Yes, old snow is not nearly as beautiful as fresh-falling snow, And I want to see the Northern lights as well. We were thinking about planning a trip with another couple, but the gal was reading about how you can see the Northern Lights in the winter months only. She didn’t want to brave the cold. I think I would. No plans to go there right now, but in the future, I’m not counting it out. :)
I was married 44 years on August 29th, he was to leave for Oklahoma to work and I was in Alabama. Long story, we never made it to Oklahoma, his work took a different direction.
For me anytime of year is good depending on what the couple wants, one of our daughters wanted outdoor in a park up on bluff, March 23rd was a beautiful day that year. It worked with his school break, he teaches in Jr. college system. Our youngest married in May, outside morning wedding, not recommended in AL – HOT.
So when it is best for the couple in your story to marry, time of year can vary and give us as readers different look as to venues, flowers, style of dress, etc…