Without doubt there is a wedding 'season' in this part of the world, with most weddings taking place between October and April. Seventy five percent of these are late afternoon on a Saturday. It pays to think 'outside the square' sometimes. Popular celebrants, venues and photographers get booked quite early for the wedding season, and yet they may be available when things are quieter. I actually offer a 10% discount for Winter weddings; on its own that's a small amount of money, but if other wedding suppliers offer a similar incentive, we are talking real savings.
Then there is the matter of the weather. Summer weddings are predominantly outdoor affairs, yet the weather can turn 'bad' at any time of year. The disappointment of having your summer wedding rained out is often great. Planning a Winter wedding generally factors in the need for an indoor venue, and eliminates this stressor. Couples also often choose an outdoor ceremony location, with a solid 'back up' plan and indoor reception.
We have some divine indoor locations, some even with wood fires to set a special kind of ambience. Candles also create a great atmosphere after dark.
My main 'off season' trade comes from couples who are escaping to Tasmania from interstate to 'experience' a Tasmanian Winter, and enjoy a wedding that is different to their usual experience. I thoroughly enjoyed on 1 June, performing at ceremony for a Queensland based couple, and their ten guests, none of whom had ever visited Tasmania. By coincidence, the location, Islington Hotel, had just picked up a prestigious award in the Gourmet Traveller Awards, and the entire experience for this group left them with a deep longing to return to the state for a longer period.