Congratulations on your engagement! I’m sure your friends and family have asked you by now if you've set a date! Believe it or not, there are many factors to consider when choosing your wedding date. Traditionally, your wedding is about a year following your engagement; however, as a wedding planner, A Day Tor Remember Wedding & Event Planning, LLC, we know a wedding can be pulled together in whatever time frame you want - stressful at times, but it can be done!
The two things to take into account before you decide on a date is your dress and the venue. A wedding dress can take about six months from order to delivery, but if you’re buying off the rack there’s no delay! It’s even trickier if you have your heart set on a particular venue, especially if it's a popular one; some of the most popular venues book 12-15 months in advance and even 24 months!!
Another way of picking your wedding date is based on symbolism. Maybe you want romance and or the special memory of marrying on the date you met, when you officially became a couple, Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve. Remember when it comes to Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve weddings, you will be competing with other celebrations happening on the same date. If you do choose a date that means something to the both of you, make sure you tell your guests of the significance so they can enjoy the meaning too!
Weather is also a very important player in wedding planning, especially here in the South! Most couples will opt for wedding season in the spring, but the trouble you fall into is that everyone else will be thinking the same thing. Your wedding style and the location will also affect what season you plan on getting married. If you’re after a colorful wedding with the sun playing a key role, stick with a summer wedding. If you’re wanting the indoor wedding with a cozy atmosphere and the all-white soiree, try your hand at winter. Maybe you have your heart set on rich colors and earthy tones and that will suit perfectly with an autumn wedding. The classic pastels and spring feel obviously lends itself right to the season too.
Budget is another deciding factor in choosing your wedding date. As every couple will be rushing to the popular months, you can save money by choosing a less popular date. June, July and August are considered the off-peak time for weddings and you can see some great savings as venues and suppliers try to fill out their bookings all year round instead of just in wedding season. You can see reductions in minimum numbers at venues on less popular days of the week so if budget is tight, consider a Friday or Sunday, or go really out of the box and pick a weekday....trust me it happens!
Also consider the people you feel you cannot get married without. You wouldn't want your sister to be on a holiday or your bridesmaid to be at a work conference on your wedding day. Talk to the most important people that you would want to attend and make sure there are no date conflicts.
As a wedding planner, ADTR loves the excitement of setting a date and getting things in order for the perfect day but what we do know more than anything else is that it’s not the date that matters, it’s the celebration of the love between the bride and groom and the start of a brand new chapter in your lives together. So choose a date that truly speaks to you and everything else will fall in to place!