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From One Bride-to-Be to the Next: How to Choose A Wedding Date

by Katherine Callaghan

The official kick start to wedding planning is setting a date. Picking your picture-perfect wedding date requires a lot of thought and planning. It’s a date you and your soon-to-be husband will be celebrating for years to come. According to Splendid Insights, 72% of brides think it is very important for their wedding to reflect their style, and believe it or not, it all starts with your wedding date.

So how do you choose the right date? Well, for starters, there is no wrong date, but you do want to be smart about the date you choose. Your date starts a domino effect for the rest of wedding planning (i.e. seasonal wedding flowers, wedding colors, locations etc.); so here are a few important things to keep in mind when choosing your wedding date.

Feature Image via Jo Photo/ Instagram: @jophotos.

 Family Availability

Of course, when choosing a potential wedding date, you want to make sure your immediate family is available. Make sure to ask your parents, siblings, grandparents etc. if they have any upcoming plans around the time you are thinking and the same goes for his side of the family. However, don’t ask everyone their availability.  Trust me, this will drive you crazy and it may start to put a damper on your plans. Once you compile a list of dates that don’t work for your VIP family members, you can start marking potential dates that could work.

One of the greatest pieces of advice I’ve received during my wedding planning process is that the people that matter most will be there. While I would love for everyone I invite to be there, of course, it is never going to pan out that way. However, what I do know, is that our closest friends and family will be there and that’s what really matters to us.

Season

Choosing a season for your wedding is a really important decision to make. It affects the style, location and the overall tone and mood of your wedding. A fall wedding is full of rich and dramatic colors, while a winter wedding, is full of sparkle and metallics– two very different vibes. No matter what season you choose your wedding it will turn out magnificent; it’s really a matter of preference and what reflects you as a couple.

For my fiancè and I, we both wanted a fall wedding. He wanted an early October wedding and I wanted a September wedding. So we compromised (a little) and decided on September 21st!

Symbolic Dates

Do you guys have a lucky number, like this real couple? Do you want to get married on the same day you went on your first date? While these symbolic dates may not fall on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday; you may be able to choose a date that’s close making your big day even more special!

 

A Holiday Wedding

A holiday wedding is a great way to pick a theme for your wedding. However, a holiday themed wedding can affect your wedding guest list. The extended weekend for some of the year’s major holidays can make it easy for out-of-town guests to attend your wedding, which is great! The downside, some guests don’t approve of having a wedding take up their holiday weekend, so this may lead to a few more decline invites than you anticipated.

Think About Your Venue

When you go venue shopping it’s wise to have a general idea for the time of year you are looking to have your wedding. Keep an open mind! Do not have your heart set on anything. If you fall in love with your venue, this is really going to influence your decision. Once you see the open availability of your dream venue, it’s time to lock in a date with your venue and let the rest of the wedding planning begin!