Choosing Your Wedding Date
Paperia | May 2014
You’re engaged; how exciting! One of the very first decisions (of many) that you will need to make is how to set your wedding date. This is an important consideration and will affect several other components of your big day, so take care to think it through.
You will want to choose a wedding date early in your planning. Selecting your date is no easy task, as it may determine the season, the weather, venue and vendor availability, and how many people may or may not be able to attend.
Wedding dates change for various reasons, so before choosing a day of the month, choose the year (if applicable), then the month, then the day.
The warmer months are popular for weddings, because the weather makes planning easier.
If you plan a destination wedding, consider the weather and convenience for you, your guests, and your wedding party. For example, you may want to avoid planning a wedding at the height of hurricane season in coastal Florida.
If your wedding involves multiple celebrations (pre wedding, post wedding, and religious ceremonies), it helps to plan all the dates for all celebrations at once. This will allow your guests to plan accordingly, and also help your wedding vendors (DJ, caterer, florist, photographer, etc.) to plan their schedules around your needs for each party.
When selecting a specific date, you may choose to consider both practicality and / or significance.
For example, a teacher may choose to plan her wedding during the summer months when school is out simply because her schedule is more flexible at that time of year. On the other hand, some couples choose a significant date for their wedding, like the day they met or the day their parents got married.
Lastly, before finalizing your date, you may want to check with any venue you have your heart set on using (i.e. your childhood parish or your family’s synagogue for the ceremony, etc.). And, if possible, clear the date with your immediate family members – it’s a nice gesture and they are going to be doing a lot for you in the coming months!
For more ideas to help you finalize your wedding date, visit The Knot.