People get married every month of the year, but there are special seasons when weekends are meant for weddings and local families come together for cakes, flowers and vows. Unless you’re someone who likes the drama of winter weddings, chances are that if you’re currently engaged, you’ll be walking the aisle several months from now.
When and Where
According to a study conducted by bridal website The Knot, 78 percent of weddings in the United States take place between May and October. Nationwide, the most popular months are June, September and October.
Spring and summer are the most popular seasons for weddings at the Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills. The hilltop venue hosts intimate parties of 50 individuals up to 500 guests, with indoor and outdoor accommodations for ceremonies and receptions.
The Odyssey has both rooms and private patios available, and wedding events typically include all food, beverage, staffing, table/place settings, linens and a dance floor. Staff members help wedding planners attain outside vendors for floral, décor, music, cake, photo booths and other amenities.
The garden at Le Chene Restaurant in Agua Dulce can accommodate up to 300 guests and the banquet room can host up to 100 people in attendance. Le Chene is a popular site for Angelenos to hold many special occasions – it’s not just limited to weddings. It is frequently chosen by residents for birthdays, anniversaries, business functions, holiday parties, celebration of life ceremonies, etc.
Weddings at Le Chene are particularly popular because brides are attracted to the lush greenery of the gardens to hold the ceremony and the banquet room, which comes with its own bar and dance floor, for receptions. Many of the indoor weddings at Le Chene include DJs with music for dancing on the 12-foot by 12-foot dance floor.
Here in Southern California, outdoor weddings are always in style. The most popular season for weddings at Reyes Winery in Agua Dulce is March through July, though September is a great target month for local beauty. As an event venue, the winery has a huge range of options in terms of size. The average wedding at the site hosts about 150 guests, though Reyes can accommodate from 12 to 350 people.
As far as style goes, the surroundings, including rows and rows of grapevines at the base of the Sierra Pelona Mountains, offers the backdrop most of their clients desire. One of the weddings at Reyes Winery included a ride down the aisle on horseback.
Bloom Ranch in Acton is a new local venue hosting the largest number of weddings in the spring and summer months, particularly April through July.
“The fruit trees are in full bloom in April, and full/green for summer months,” said Heather Puett, who is on the Bloom Ranch management team with owners Chris and Barbara Ziegler. “We do not host weddings August through early October, due to peach season.”
As resident event manager, Puett handles bookings and coordination. Her background in wedding coordination gives her an understanding of what couples need, and her services are available for clients of Bloom Ranch if they choose. So far, clients of the new event venue have chosen a range of styles from “simple and quaint, country inspired to rustic elegant,” she said. “There have been hay bales and sunflowers, while another featured chandeliers, linens and candles. I would best describe our venue as rustic elegance. The diverse landscape and backdrop options lend themselves to many different styles and personalities.”
Bloom Ranch features peach/pear orchards, lilac fields, and two historic homes, complete with a rustic barn and hand-cut stonework. Clients have the freedom to choose the caterer of their choice, as the event site does not provide in-house catering.
Many local caterers and wedding venues such as the Odyssey offer customizable menus. The restaurant offers all-inclusive packages with signature cocktails as well.
One of the latest trends, said Beth Heiserman of Reyes Winery, is the request for vegetarian and vegan fare. Wedding planners can use the onsite catering service or hire an outside firm.
Like the changing tide of runway couture, wedding fashion is never stagnant. Generations of brides may hold fast to a particular sleeve or fabric for a time, but there’s always another style waiting in the wings. According to a review of the 2020 Bridal Fashion Week collections, wedding website The Knot says that rather than sleek and sexy, body-hugging styles, the current rage includes huge, exaggerated sleeves on ball gowns. For brides, tiered skirts are top trends, ruffles are romantic and fullness is fashion forward.
Bridesmaids are in spring pastels and even floral print dresses. For the wedding as a whole, The Knot says that color is coming. Guests can expect to see “neo mint,” “not quite pink” an earthy, rich hue of yellow and faded denim.
For men, there’s much more than black in the palette.
“Blues and charcoal grays are going to be big this spring and summer,” said Jeannie Johnson, manager/buyer at J. David’s Custom Clothiers in Valencia. “The blue looks so good in pictures – when it’s clear outside it looks fantastic.”
If you’ve been to a wedding in the last two decades you’ve probably noticed a shift from formal tuxedos to sensible suits.
“The reason why, I think … is they’re going to have more occasions to wear that suit,” Johnson said. “Some are very young and they’re just out of college and are going to go on job interviews.”
J. David’s, which was opened by David Gunther in 1983, provides menswear for rent or sale, meeting needs that far exceed wedding wear.
“A lot of guys for the awards shows that are coming up are going to be in a solid black tuxedo, going a little more classic. And a lot of people are using burgundies with black lapels for the Oscars and Golden Globes,” said Johnson, who also has the style of her prom customers pegged. “It’s the younger group that’s going to go more wild. I’ve got a white tuxedo right now with a small, black pinstripe on the outside of the lapel and a lot of guys are going to do that.”
Today’s prom customer is tomorrow’s bridal party member and there’s an industry built around predicting their style. Some of Santa Clarita Valley’s businesses are paying attention … or they should be.