Choosing your wedding date is one of the first decisions you’ll make when planning your wedding, and it’s also one of the most important. Your wedding date can affect everything from your event theme, to your guest list and your budget. Before you start the planning process, here are three important things to consider when selecting a wedding date.
The time of year can have a big impact on the feel of your wedding. Have you always dreamed of a beach ceremony or garden reception? Or do you have visions of walking down the aisle like a snow fairy at a winter wedding? It’s also helpful to consider how the seasons may affect your guest list. Does most of your family head out of town in December? If so, perhaps consider a Spring or Autumn ceremony when your guests are more likely to be available.
Is there a special date that is meaningful to you and your fiancé? Perhaps you’d like to get married on the same day you met or had your first date. Some cultures have dates which are considered good luck for weddings and you may want to incorporate some of that tradition into your planning. In our last blog post, we talked about how tradition and historical significance have led to the lasting popularity of June weddings.
Cost is a big consideration for most couples when planning their wedding day. Venues tend to increase their prices during popular wedding months based on the standard principle of supply and demand. Popular days of the week, such as Saturdays, can also come with a higher price tag. If budget is a strong consideration, winter weddings and weekday ceremonies can help you cut costs considerably.
Choosing the perfect wedding date may take some time, but it doesn’t have to be too complicated. Simply think about what seasonal or traditional elements you want to incorporate into your special day and shop around to see what dates can get you the best value for your dollar.
What is your perfect wedding date? Share it with us in the comments!