Before you can begin the actual planning of your wedding you need to pick the date…easier said than done. There are a lot of things to keep in mind before settling on the date and this “how to” will be the perfect guide to get you there.
1. What season do you want to get married in?
The season will directly impact your budget as well as playing a key role in the theme of the wedding.
2. What day of the week?
Again, your budget can lead you to a date. (Fridays and Sundays are less expensive than Saturdays)
Keep in mind approaching holidays when picking your wedding dates. Long weekends make travel plans easy for guests but can have a higher price tag attached to them. Also, on holiday weekends guests are more likely to have other plans. Look up all the holidays approaching in your wedding month target including Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day or New Year’s Eve.
4. Religious Holidays
Religious Holidays can be tricky. In some cases you might not be able to get married on that day due to restrictions at certain places of worship. You also want to be mindful of holidays that have food restrictions, as some of your guest may not be able to enjoy the festivities. Some holidays to be mindful of include: Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.
5. The “Other Holidays” – Don’t forget about the “Other” Holidays, Halloween, Valentine’s Day and even Super Bowl Sunday. Surprisingly enough there are a lot of guys who would not be thrilled to have a wedding on Super Bowl Sunday, so keep in mind that might not be the best day!
A few more things to be mindful of when picking your wedding day is if you have friends or family who are engaged! Be respectful of when their wedding days are, as you wouldn’t want to pick a date when your best friend will be on her honeymoon or a day too close to a cousin’s destination wedding in Los Cabos.
Last but not least, pick the day you’ve always dreamed of as it is your day! Did you dream of a June wedding? Go for it! Did you want to get married on the same day as your great grandmother? Absolutely! Wedding dates should have meaning and if it means spending a bit more then find a way to work that into your budget.