You said YES!!! Now you have about a million things to do before you officially get married. Don’t stress-out yet, just make one decision at a time. Of course if you put off picking a wedding date then you won’t have to make any decisions. LOL!!
All your choices will hinge on the DATE that you pick. Do you want a long or short engagement? Will you get the venue you want? Can you get off from work? Will your brother be able to travel from across the country? Will you have time to save money for the honeymoon? Are there conflicting commitments? Should the wedding be indoor or outdoors? What season is it?
Take a deep breath. Before you jump into a decision you might want to consider the eight tips I have gathered for you. Then you can make an informed choice and know that you have found the perfect date for you.
1. A Special or Symbolic Date
Does your anniversary fall on a weekend this year? What about the day you met or had your first date? What about the first time you said “I love you?”
Any date that has significance in your relationship can be considered.
2. Venue Availability
Have you always dreamed of being married at your family church, or where your grandparents were married? Do you desire a garden wedding or something overlooking the river?
In that case you might want to check with the venue before you set your heart on a certain date.
3. Your Desire for a Short or Long Engagement
Are you eager to make your commitment or do you need more time to plan everything to perfection?
Will a long engagement help you finish school without extra stress? Would a short engagement prevent the stress from building up too much?
4. Time off from Work
How much vacation time are you allowed? Is your job flexible when scheduling your time off?
Considering this in advance might help you save up some vacation days or earn some extra paid time off. Remember you need to have enough days for the wedding and the honeymoon.
5. VIP Conflicts
Remember to check with the VIPs in your life before scheduling your wedding date. It would be bad if your parents couldn’t be there because they have already scheduled an anniversary cruise.
Most people will work around your needs but only if you make them aware of your plans.
6. Other Local Events
Is your wedding the same day as the local high school prom and the hall and town are crowded with mix-matched teenagers? Is it football or basketball season and a rival game is played that day? Is the president planning a visit down the road and you need to worry about traffic, security, and parking?
Yes, these are weird and a little extreme but it doesn’t hurt to check your local calendar to see what other events might be happening.
7. Time of Year
Many couples choose a date based on the season. Do you love the colors of Autumn? Or the flowers of Spring?
Common sense says your outdoor garden wedding shouldn’t be planned for November through March. To avoid sweating in Kentucky you might consider an indoor wedding because the weather here is unpredictable no matter what season it is!
Did you know you can maybe save some money by getting married in the Winter or on a Friday or a Sunday? Some venues and vendors offer discounts for less popular dates. If you are flexible this might work in your favor.
You might have your own reasons for picking the wedding date that works best for you. Whatever day you choose it will be the perfect!