Picking your wedding date is a big responsibility. It needs to fit with your schedule and your fiancé’s schedule. The weather needs to be perfect. Your sister is giving birth in October so you can’t do it then. Your soon-to-be brother in law is graduating from college in May so probably not then either. The list goes on forever… We know there are a lot of things to consider when choosing your wedding date so we’ve laid out the top 8 things to think about to help you narrow down your choices.
Time to Plan
Choosing the length of your engagement is an important aspect to consider when choosing your wedding date. Longer engagements are easy to work around, but if you want to be engaged for less than a year there may be slim pickin’s on available dates.
Pick a Season
Picking a season can really help narrow down dates to choose from. If you love warm tones and hot drinks you may be a fall gal, while bright colors and fun cocktails may mean you’re leaning more towards summer. Consider the weather in whatever part of the country you are getting married in and how that will affect not only your wedding, but also your honeymoon.
Don’t Forget Holidays
Whatever season you’ve chosen, be sure to mark national holidays down when considering a specific date. These holidays may be a positive or negative factor when pondering dates. Maybe you’ve always wanted a Christmas wedding or maybe a December wedding is too busy of a season for you, everyone is different just make sure you are viewing your possible dates from all of the angles.
During certain times of the year venues and vendors are going to be more expensive than others. Months like June, September, and October are going to charge a premium because these are the most popular months of the year to get married. If your budget is tight, consider having an off-season wedding and you’ll be sure to get the best deals.
Before you fall in love with a venue, check their availability. If it’s a super popular venue they may not have an opening in October for the next two years and you may not be willing to wait that long. Or if you have already fallen in love with your dream venue and you aren’t willing to change it, you may have to be willing to change your dream date. When it comes to weddings you can rarely have it all so you have to be willing to make sacrifices for the things that are most important to you.
Consider Local Events
If you are planning to have your wedding in a big city or super touristy area make sure you are aware of local events going on. If there is a big sporting event, music festival, or local holiday hotel rooms and many other amenities are going to be at a premium for you and your guests.
We all have our busy times of the year when work takes up more time than usual. Trust me you do not want to be the bride who plans their wedding in April when their accountant husband is about to pull his hair out. Make sure you schedule your wedding when both you and your significant other aren’t in their peak season. It will be less stressful and more fun for both of you.
We don’t say this often, but consider your VIP’s when picking a wedding date. Most of the time, weddings are all about the couple, but this is a small exception. If there are certain people who absolutely have to be there or you refuse to get married make sure you double-check your dates with them before you set a date in stone.
This post was written by Warrenwood Intern, Jessica Wingo.
Photos in the post were taken by Lyndsey Boyd Photography.
Sources for this post include Wedding Wire, A Practical Wedding, and The Knot.
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