One of the first questions you will be answering repeatedly after the announcement of your engagement is, “when is the big day?’ There are several factors to consider when choosing your wedding date. We have outlined that list below to assist you in finding the perfect date to say “I do”.
Time of Year. Is there a particular season that you are fond of? Do you want fresh fallen snow or to capture the changing of the leaves in your photos? Do you prefer the blooming of spring or the warmth of the summer? Depending on the part of the country you are in, look toward seasons and weather to play a factor in your date decision. Note: Peak season for venues is when the weather is the nicest in your area, so know that venue pricing may vary based on the time of year.
Length of Engagement. Discuss if the two of you have a preference for a shorter or more lengthy engagement. Your dream wedding may call for more time, but if you are flexible, a shorter engagement may be possible.
Special Dates. Some couples have important dates that have special meaning to them. Some examples include a first date, grandparents or parents anniversaries, or your own anniversary. Or consider an easy to remember date and play with the numbers such as, 10/10/2020 or 4/3/21 or even 1/2/21. Additionally, look at holidays that are important to you. You can almost guarantee that you will be off on your anniversary date if you choose a holiday (but beware of additional holiday pricing). Lastly, any local event dates may affect your wedding and your hotel blocks like graduations, sporting events, and festivals.
Day of the Week. The most popular day of the week for weddings is Saturday, therefore they book up the quickest. If you are open to a Friday or Sunday or possibly a weekday, not only will you have more flexibility, you will also potentially save some money.
Check the Venue. When choosing a date, you will need to weigh the importance of the date to that of your dream venue. Which is more important? The date or the venue. Popular venues book up quickly (about a year in advance) and Saturdays in the popular months will book up even more quickly. For a venue you love, ask for availability in a particular month or season along with a particular date you are hoping for.
Life Happens. Check your own schedules to determine what time of year will work best. Teachers and students look for summer months or university breaks. Are you planning on starting a new job? Moving? Joining the military? How much time do you have off from work? Evaluate all the “life” factors.
Friends + Family. There are those special people in your life that you simply can not get married without them by your side. Check in with those select few to see their availability.
The most important factor in all of these tips is to remain flexible and open to several dates or months. Getting your heart set on a particular date only to find that it is already booked is difficult. Have a few options and reach out to your top venue (or venues). Discuss with your betrothed what other aspects are most important and plan accordingly. No matter what the date, remember you will be marrying the person you love most in the world and that is all that matters. Happy planning!