Choosing a Wedding Date
Tips for choosing your perfect wedding date…
By: Niagara Wedding Helper | November 2017
You are now engaged and are about to start planning your perfect wedding. The first step, and a question your will be asked many times during your wedding planning process, is the wedding date. Choosing a wedding date may seem like an easy task at first. All you need to do is pick a date and everything will fall in place from there right? Unfortunately, picking a day for your wedding is not quite that simple. There are many factors that both you and your partner should consider when making this important decision. Not only is this the day both of you tie the knot, but it is the day you will celebrate your wedding anniversary for many years to come. Below are some key tips you may want to consider when choosing your perfect wedding date.
Is there a date that has special meaning to you and/or your partner? Maybe it’s the day you first met? Or started dating? Or the date of your wedding proposal? Maybe it was the day that your favourite sports team won the championship…or maybe it is a day with a different special meaning all together. Although it is not guaranteed that you will be able to have your wedding on this date, it is a good place to start.
Is there a season that you prefer? Choosing a season for your wedding can help to narrow down the specific months you are interested in. Do you want your wedding to be indoors or outdoors? Depending on where you live, and what the weather is like, this question is going to impact your decision on picking a season and a date. Have you always envisioned your wedding in the spring or summer with bright beautiful colours and flowers? Maybe a beautiful outdoor ceremony in a garden or vineyard? Or do you prefer the rustic look of fall with burgundy, yellows, orange and reds? Although it is not always the best choice for a wedding date, maybe there is a certain holiday or holiday season that you absolutely love.
What is you wedding budget? Your wedding budget is an extremely important factor to consider when picking out a wedding date. Although you can have a wedding of any budget at any time of the year, it is important to realize that certain seasons have higher wedding costs then others. Typically, weddings cost more in the summer and fall and less in the winter. This means if you want that over the top wedding but don’t want to pay that over the top wedding price, you might be better off picking a wedding date during the cold and snowy season. Another budget factor to consider when choosing a wedding date is whether you want a weekend or weekday wedding. Since most weddings tend to occur on weekends, especially Saturdays, wedding venue’s and vendor’s may cost more on those days…whereas a wedding during the week may help you save some dollars.
Who are the “Must Have” Guests? Once you have narrowed down you wedding date to a certain season, you should start to consider who your “must have” wedding guest are. These are the guests whose attendance is the most important to you and your partner. For example, your parents, siblings, close friends and family. Although you do not want your guests to have the final say in your wedding date…this is a decision that should be made by you and your partner…it is always a good idea to make a list of dates that absolutely do not work for your “must have” guests. This will help you to further narrow down your wedding date choices.
Venue and Vendor Availability? If you have a Wedding Venue or Vendor that is a MUST for your wedding, then you might not have as much of a choice on your wedding date as you may like. Most Venues and Vendors tend to start booking up about a year to two years ahead of time. This means the more popular the Venue or Vendor, the less choice you will have when it comes to the wedding date. To avoid disappointment and to increase your chances of booking your favourite Venue/Vendors on your preferred wedding date, you should start your wedding planning and booking process sooner then later. It is also a good idea to have a few back up wedding dates in case your preferred venue/vendors are not available on your first choice. Or, if you are not flexible on your wedding date, then you must be flexible on everything else. This means having backup venue/vendor choices in case your first choice is not available on your chosen wedding date.
Once you choose your wedding date, the rest of your wedding planning can finally begin. For help on what the next step(s) should be, check out Niagara Wedding Helpers article on Planning A Wedding. This article provides tips and suggestions on when you should start your wedding planning process, what you need to do, and when to start booking what. It also has a Wedding Planning Timeline & Checklist that you can download and print out to help keep your wedding planning on track and organized!