When it comes to choosing a date for your wedding, some couples use purely practical considerations. Others prefer to select a date with personal significance; sometimes it's a combination of the two. Couples should remember to take into consideration the preparation time needed, which season is best and the special significance of certain days.
If you are planning a large wedding, you will probably want to allow yourself 9-12 months. If you want to reserve a popular venue, these event spaces can easily get booked up at least a year in advance. For brides who do not want to wait this long, the right wedding planner can help you achieve your vision in any amount of time. Determining the amount of prep time needed is fully dependent on the bride's vision for her big day, and how quickly she wants to walk down the aisle!
Season may or may not be important to all brides. If you want all or part of the day to be sent outdoors, you probably want to choose a spring or summer date when the weather is more predictably comfortable, even if you live in an area where it is warm year round.
Many couples, on the other hand prefer the idea of a fall or winter wedding when the air is crisp and clear. The holiday season tends to mean higher competition for venue space, but the cardinal rule of weddings is that anything is possible! Special holiday nuptials can be a great way to bring everyone you love together for a dual celebration.
Season can also play a factor in the style of your wedding. You can use it inspire color schemes, centerpieces, bouquet flowers, and overall décor. There are plenty of great wedding ideas that make the most of every season.
Day of the Week
They day of the week can also be a major factor in wedding planning. Sometimes locking in your dream venue means you choose a Thursday evening ceremony, or a Sunday afternoon celebration. There is no one perfect day of the week to have a wedding.
If your wedding priority is your venue or your photographer, or anything other than the date, then choosing a weekday wedding is the perfect way to make sure you get everything you want on your big day.
What if you want to choose a day that is special to you as a couple? Some couples marry on the anniversary of the day they met, their first date, or a significant date in their family's history.
Some cultures have traditional methods for choosing a date. Obviously, different religions favor different days for weddings. Similarly, some cultures also have certain dates or numbers that are good and bad luck. A little research or consulting important family members can help you choose the perfect day that you will cherish for the rest of your life.
Family and Special Friends
If there is anyone who must be at your wedding, such as close family members and best friends, it might be best to consult with them first. However, limit the number of people whose schedules you take into consideration. Remember, it's your wedding. If it's important to them, they will find a way to be there. Once you've communicated the must-have guests, pick a date and keep it.
The Perfect, Stress-free Day
In order to ensure your wedding day is as stress-free as possible, it is best to choose a date when you know you can be totally relaxed. If you're an accountant who busy season is in the spring, choose a date before or after this time of year to guarantee you are not preoccupied with work. You might also want to take into consideration times of the year when all of your attendees may be preoccupied, such as April 15th or Superbowl Sunday. Weddings are a time for everyone to relax, kick-back, and celebrate the joining of two families. Choose a date when you can really appreciate what your wedding means to you.
And just remember-it's your wedding! The date will be part of your life as a couple forever. It should be one that the two of you are happy with, and that is the most important thing to remember.