Picking Your Wedding Date

‘Tis the season for romantic holiday engagements! Over 25% of dating couples get engaged during the holiday season that spans between Thanksgiving through New Years, making it the most romantic time of the bridal season!

Once all the tinsel and wrapping paper settles, newly engaged couples will be faced with a number of decisions to be made leading up to the big day. Once you’re engaged, it is time to start planning your wedding. One of the first major decisions is picking the wedding date. If you are looking to invite 300 guests and say your vows in front of a six foot ice sculpture, you’re going to need to give yourself a little bit of time to plan all of it. On the contrary, if you’re looking to go down to your local courthouse with a few close friends and family, a few months may be all you need. Selecting the date is a huge commitment and will set the timeline for the rest of your engagement. This delicate decision is different for each couple, but a year-long engagement is often about right. It gives you time to get your dream wedding dress and your dream wedding reception venue, yet doesn’t drag out the engagement.

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Don’t worry. You have time. No one is going to rush you to the altar. Take the time to truly consider what you want this day to be like and to talk to your soon-to-be spouse. One of the first things you need to do is pick a wedding date that works for you. This doesn’t just mean closing your eyes and pointing to the calendar. Instead, you need to think about everything from the weather and the time of year to important dates in your life, and the schedules of you and your loved ones. With enough time and consideration, you can choose the perfect date for one of the most important moments in your life.

First off, take the time to sit down with your loved one and talk about how quickly you want to get married. Weddings are expensive, even small ones, and the two of you may need time to save the necessary funds. Additionally, you may not want to leap from an engagement right into a wedding ceremony. Be honest with your loved one about the length of this engagement. Additionally, the bigger and more detailed your dream wedding, the more time you will need to plan. You also want to give loved ones the time to make traveling plans. You can get married in a year’s time or you can take a few years to really wrap your heads around what you want for this big day. This is hopefully a once in a lifetime event: Take the time to plan it right.

Always think about important dates or anniversaries from your relationship. This may be a way to make your wedding date that much more personal and unique. For example, you could marry on the anniversary of your first meeting, date, or kiss. The more meaningful the wedding date is, the more likely it is that your big day will feel special and memorable to you. How romantic would it be to marry on the date your eyes first met, on the date you officially became a couple, or on your grandparents’ anniversary? Some cultures use traditional methods to choose a date; Japanese families use, an ancient astrological calendar, to pick the most propitious day. You may not be able to marry on the exact day that you want, the venue you want may be booked or that special date could fall on a Monday. Make sure you tell your guests about any significance of the date you choose.

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Next, think about how the different seasons or times of year. Getting married in winter is vastly different than getting married in the summertime. Think about your favorite times of year, possible wedding themes, and how the weather might be during certain months. This will help you and your loved one narrow down your options so that you choose the best possible date for your wedding. Always consider both your likes and dislikes. If you hate sweating, you may not want to marry in July or August, but if you love the changing colors of the leaves, fall may be a definite option. Weather not only affects your wedding’s style and location, but may set a completely different mood. If it’s snowing outside, or it is 90 degrees, people will behave differently. Consider your wedding personality, and then choose your season accordingly. Free-spirited fun, sun-dappled settings, wild and sweaty dancing: Stick with a summer wedding. Opulence, snowfall, holiday sparkle: Try a winter wedding. Rich colors, nostalgia, and mulled apple cider: A fall wedding is for you. Freshness, pastels, and a daffodil bouquet: A spring wedding is your thing. Many couples choose to get married in the summer for a variety of reasons, namely the ease of travel, the gorgeous blooming flowers and the sunset wedding photos, but other seasons hold many benefits too. Wedding photos in the winter time are simply stunning, providing a one-of-a-kind glowing, white backdrop. Winter also lends itself well to more elegant, full-length gowns while summer lends itself nicely to light, airy and even shorter dresses. Venues are typically going to be much more expensive in the summer time, simply because of the demand. As the demand slows in the winter months prices tend to decline. If you’re looking to save money on the venue, choosing a wedding date in the “off season” might be a great way to save a couple thousand dollars.

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If you’ve always wanted a Nutcracker wedding, or you’re hot for a heart-covered wedding cake, sounds like you’re a holiday wedding couple. If you’re Irish, opt for March, when everyone is already in the St. Patty’s Day spirit. Try a wedding party in pastels and an Easter egg hunt in March or April. Have a Fourth of July celebration with flags, barbecue, and fireworks. A plus: Some holidays fall on long weekends, which might make it easier for out-of-town guests to attend. On the flip side, some guests may not want their holiday weekends upended by a wedding, so take that into consideration as well.

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Cake Topper Save the Date Magnets Give a lasting memory of your special day with personalized cake topper save the date magnets. Note cards with envelopes sold separately.

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It’s also not advised to have your wedding on a specific holiday. It’s quite a lot to ask someone to skip their yearly 4th of July family reunion to attend your wedding. Plus, other holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving or New Years are often the only time some people even get to see certain members of their family. Consider possible conflicts when choosing a wedding date. You may want to steer clear of holidays because this is generally a busy time in people’s lives. Additionally, take the time to consider people’s work lives and engagements. Your loved ones will want to attend your wedding. Picking a weekend date will make it easier for loved ones to attend your wedding because it will make it easier to get away from work. Getting married on a Wednesday? Don’t expect a lot of your guests to be able to make the trip. If you’re planning on inviting a lot of people, you have to make it somewhat convenient for them. A weekday wedding means they are going to have to take off work not only for the wedding itself, but on the days before and after for travel.

Also keep in mind what kind of atmosphere you want to have. If you’re hoping everyone will be enjoying the “refreshments” and dancing until the wee hours of the early morning, planning your big day on a Sunday is going to make that difficult. Likewise, if you’re having a dry wedding, a Sunday brunch would be lovely, as most guests won’t even miss the alcohol.

Tips:

  • Consider marrying on the day your grandparents did (go with sentimental if you can).
  • Be flexible and don’t pick a date until you have to.
  • Give yourself a big window.
  • Consider the discounts that apply to weekday or Sunday weddings.
  • Consider your wedding personality:  flip flops, pick summer; for cider, pick fall
  • Remember that you will never please everyone.
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