Congratulations! Now you are finally engaged. The next step is to set the wedding date. How are you going to do that? When is the perfect date? What are the things that you need to consider?
Here are some guides that might help you:
Most wedding date is set to a special day, birthday, anniversary, the day you first met, or the day of your first kiss. Your wedding day is the most important date that you will never forget for the rest of your life.
Weather not only affects your wedding’s style and location, but may set a completely different mood. The time of the year can affect your venue, wedding colours, theme, and even the menu, so it is an important first step.
Saturday is the most popular day to get married, and it is usually the most expensive time slot. Many couples are choosing to marry on off-days: Fridays, Sundays, or even midweek.
If you want to get married outdoors, it is especially important to consider the season. Think about the gown. If the bride has a dream gown in mind, it might not be appropriate for certain weather. For example, a velvet gown with fur trimming and long sleeves would make a hot summer wedding uncomfortable, as would a gauzy short-sleeved or sleeveless gown in the coldest part of winter.
Some locations—especially touristy destinations—may be busier, and thus pricier, during certain times of year. Consider how you are financing the wedding: are you and your fiancee paying for it all yourselves, or are your parents helping out? Budget may affect your choice. June, August, September and October are the most popular times to marry, so prices are inevitably higher. But if, for example, you’re planning a wedding in January, March or December, it may cost less because 50 other couples aren’t lined up behind you offering to pay top dollar.
Speaking of guests, but only of the top-tier, wouldn’t-get-married-without-them variety: If you have limited preferences, you may want to ask your nearest and dearest about date conflicts and plan accordingly. Do they have any commitments or conflicts that will rule out certain weekends? Naturally, the date you choose won’t be perfect for everyone. At the very least, be sure that all of your immediate family and other important “VIPs” will be available to attend. If any important people cannot make it on certain days, consider ruling out those times.
There are definitely wedding dates to avoid. The weekend before tax day is not the best time to tie the knot. No matter what your career, you probably have your own crunch time at work (inventory always happens in July, the new fiscal year begins in September), so don’t marry then. You’ll either be stressed or you won’t be allowed to take off for your honeymoon. Also, your religion may dictate some times of year, or even days of the week, that are off-limits.
Send out “save the date” cards to your guests so that they have plenty of time to plan to be there. Send emails if you know people will read them; otherwise, send cards to their postal addresses. Tell friends and family ahead of time so they don’t agree to go somewhere else and then not be able to come.
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