How do I choose a wedding date?

 Photo by  La Caravan  on  Unsplash

Photo by La Caravan on Unsplash

It’s an exciting time when you start planning your wedding.  There are so many things to do it can feel overwhelming.  Make sure you check out our past article on 5 decision to make before you start wedding planning. One of the first things you will do when planning your wedding is choosing your wedding date.  This date needs to be made before you start meeting your vendors. For some couples, this is an easy decision, but for many of us, it can be difficult.  Here are a couple of tips to keep in mind when choosing your wedding date:

Tip #1: Is there a significant date you would like to follow?  Maybe you started dating on a certain date, which was the same day your fiancé proposed or you want to choose a date that has a fun number combo like 09-02-18 (because you know 9 x 2 = 18 and that's just a fun way to remember your anniversary).  You can choose a date that’s in between your birthday and your fiance's birthday so you’ll have a date to celebrate in-between your birthdays.  Or your grandparents mean the world to you and you want to get married on their wedding anniversary.  This also could be dates you want to avoid as well (for example, you may not want to get married on the same date as your siblings, cousins, best friend's wedding, etc.)  The good thing is there are 365 days you can choose from.  Check with your fiance for any significant dates you want to reference for choosing your dates. 

Tip #2: Keep in mind the season.  This can vary depending on where you live, but typically wedding season can start in May and run through October.  During peak wedding times, prices can go up so if you’re on a budget and you’re open to getting married during the off-season, you may be able to find great deals with your vendors. 

Tip #3: Do you want to get married at a particular location?  You always imagined yourself walking down the same church as your parents or you grew up wanting to have your reception at a hotel overlooking the ocean. Popular venues can book up well over a year in advance so if you want to get married at a particular location, having a flexible wedding date can be helpful.  If the date isn't important to you, you can base your wedding date on your venue’s availability. 

Tip #4: Does weather matter?  If you live where it’s humid, you may want to avoid July and August.  If you live where it snows, you may want to avoid November-February.  This doesn’t mean you can’t get married during these times, but keep in mind that weather can affect your guest attendance and your wedding photos.  And while your wedding photos will look gorgeous no matter the weather (I've seen many great winter wedding photos), if you want to be the most comfortable, pick a time when the weather is most pleasant for you.   

Overall, your wedding date does not have to be a significant date prior to your wedding.  The fact that it will be your anniversary date is significant enough.  So when it comes to choosing a date, choose a day that feels good for you and your fiancé, no matter what, it will be your special day. 

Have you chosen your wedding date yet?  How did you decide on your date?  Share with us below!