How to Pick Your Wedding Date
Everybody who has been engaged knows the first question that your friends and family ask -- When’s the Wedding? Depending on your style, you might want to start planning right away or take your time to settle into the idea of marriage. Regardless of your style, there is no right or wrong way to plan your wedding and Precious Times has got your back! We have all of the tips and tricks that you need to pick your wedding date and make it great.
How Soon Should I Pick My Wedding Date?
The process of picking your date is going to look different for every couple, but it is important to think about the amount of time you want to plan your wedding. Most engagements, according to a survey conducted by The Knot, last about 15 months. Giving yourself at least a year is important, this will give you time to check off everything on your list and find your perfect dress (which can take about 9 to 11 months to find, order, and alter). Not to mention your venue, which often books out a year in advance. We recommend taking time to figure out exactly what venue you want and then seeing what dates they have available.
If you thrive under pressure, maybe a short engagement is for you. Just be sure to have everything organized and ready when your big day comes. If you want a smaller wedding without a lot of details, a shorter engagement might be perfect for you.
Brainstorm Dates that are Symbolic to You.
How romantic would it be to get married on the day that you first met? Or the day you shared your first kiss? Your wedding date will be your anniversary for the rest of your life. It is important to set a date that will hold a lot of meaning for you. Even if you can’t get it on the exact date because it falls on a Monday or your dream wedding venue is booked, you can still get pretty close and enjoy all of the same romantic sentiment. (Be sure to tell your wedding guests about any romantic meaning behind your big day!)
Pick the Season you Want.
The weather can affect your wedding’s style, location, and mood so you want to pick the season that is just right for you and your wedding. Think of the personality of your wedding: want a fun-in-the-sun adventure complete with cocktails and beach bound adventures? Summer is the season for you. Are you dreaming of a snowy day with hot chocolate by a fireplace? Winter is the perfect season for this. If you want rich colors, nostalgia, and apple cider, fall is perfect, but spring is the season for freshness -- including flowers and new beginnings.
What is the Cheapest Month to Get Married ?
Wedding season is expensive. June, September, and October are expensive months because they are so popular, so the trick is to pick something in the off season. February and December are also popular months because of the holidays, so you want to pick an off month. The cheapest months to get married are May, April, and November. The other most important factor is the day of the week. Saturday nights are going to your busiest nights, but if you chose a weekday wedding venues might even try to outbid each other.
What About Holidays?
Holidays can be a fun option to ensure that everyone is already in the party spirit. If you want a BBQ wedding, think of doing it on the Fourth of July. Have you always wanted a big party? Consider a St. Patrick’s Day wedding for the ultimate get together. If you and your fiance have always loved Easter, consider an easter egg hunt at your wedding. This is perfect for older and younger guests alike. However, some people might not want to attend a wedding on a holiday so the turn out might be smaller.
Skip Certain Dates.
Every profession has their busy season. If you are a tax attorney, don’t get married during tax season. If you are a farmer, you probably won’t want to get married when it’s time to harvest your crops. Be sure to find a date that you and your fiance will be able to enjoy without the stress of work.
Most importantly, don’t stress too much about finding the perfect date. No matter which date you choose, it will be the perfect one for you and your fiance. The most important thing is that you are enjoying the wedding planning process and your wedding. Everything else will fall into place.