If you are considering the Red Sea as a wedding destination, this post is definitely for you. As a planner offering wedding services in Sharm el Sheikh, and now looking to expand to the wider Red Sea region, I regularly receive enquiries from couples who are thinking of tying the knot in Egypt during their pre-planned holidays. It makes my heart happy, because in all honesty, I can’t think of a better, exotic place to get married. You get the beach, the sun, no risk of rain, good value for money, and it is really accessible from the UK.
Having said that, there are certain times of the year where I personally feel the Red Sea is not the most ideal wedding destination. So, when is it a good time to get married in Egypt, and more specifically in Sharm el Sheikh and the Red Sea region? To answer this question we need to consider three factors: wind, heat and resources.
There is no point in talking about average yearly temperature, because generally speaking the temperature in the Red Sea region is between mild/warm to hot. When I talk about “mild” I’m referring to what in England is probably considered “summer” temperature – a balmy 18-22C can hardly be considered cold, and that’s more or less the coldest it ever gets in the day in this region. So when is a good season for a destination wedding in the Red Sea? Here’s a breakdown of what the seasons look like so you can make your mind up, and then 6 tips if you decide to go ahead with a summer wedding:
Weddings in the Red Sea between Christmas and end of February
Between the end of December and February the high is between 22-25C during the day, and 15-18C at night time (there are exceptions, of course); but, in general, in the winter months, Sharm el Sheikh is perfect for t-shirt and shorts in the day, and a leather jacket and jeans at night. The problem with winter months, however, is wind. I’ve experienced Sharm on days when the wind is so powerful that outdoor bars struggle to stay open. Should you have an outdoor wedding, you could be in a bit of trouble, particularly if your venue is not suitable for an indoor wedding. And not all are! If you decide to get married during this period, I highly recommend that you choose a venue with heated marquee facilities, which will allow you to stay warm at night if temperature drops below 18C. If the wind picks up, no marquee will be enough to withstand it, so you would also want to make sure that your venue has a suitable and equally beautiful indoor back up. You will also need to bear in mind that an outdoor ceremony could be a bit tricky. Decorations are not likely to stay in place so be prepared for a scaled-down version of what you had planned.
Weddings in the Red Sea between March and May, and October to December
March to May and October to first half of December are probably my favourite months of the year for a Sharm el Sheikh / Red Sea wedding. Temperatures are perfect: between 25-30C in the day and 18-23C at night. It feels dry and pleasant all day long and more importantly it is less likely to be windy for days on ends. While I can never guarantee the weather for my clients (if I could I’d be a very rich woman!), these 6 months are absolutely perfect for a beach or an outdoor wedding in Sharm el Sheikh and other Red Sea destinations.
Summer weddings in the Red sea
And then you have the “summer” months: May to September… Based on the requests I receive, these are the most requested months for weddings in Sharm, and that’s simply because that is when people take their holidays. However, having done a wedding there in June, there is one major factor you need to bear in mind: it is HOT. And when I say hot, I mean that it feels as if someone is pointing a hair dryer on you all day and night. It’s all well and good when you are walking around in a bikini and spending more time in the water sipping cocktails than out of the water. But, when you are wearing a wedding gown or a suit, it becomes a bit trickier to bear. The heat will also affect the kind of fresh flowers you can use and whether or not you can have a dessert table. So here are my suggestions if you are thinking of a summer wedding in the Red Sea: Read more…