It might seem like a simple decision, but there are lots of things to take into account before you send out those ‘Save The Dates’.
“Have you set a date yet?”
It’s the question you’ll be inundated with just after people congratulate you on your engagement. And it’s not an easy one to answer.
Your wedding date is not just an important one for you, but also your family and friends, and your future wedding anniversaries to come. So how do you decide on such an important date?
Read on to find out all of the essential things you and your partner should carefully consider before setting your wedding date.
Once you’ve said “yes”, it can be tempting to rush down the aisle as soon as possible. But weddings can’t be planned overnight. So when deciding on a date, make sure you have enough time to organise the day you really want.
Venues, churches, bands and photographers all get booked in advance. Plus, wedding dresses can take up to six months to be made, so we recommend doing a bit of research into the wedding items that are important to you before grabbing your diary. Conversely, you can have too much time and find yourself losing momentum with all the preparation. As guide a guide, most couples allow themselves between one and two years to plan their big day.
It might sound obvious, but the time of year you choose will dictate what sort of wedding you have. If you want to get married in a marquee, stick to the warmer, summer months, especially if it’s in the UK. If your dream wedding involves a snowy backdrop, December is a good option or you might prefer the freshness of a springtime affair and opt for March or April.
If you’re tying the knot abroad, be sure to double check what the weather is like at the destination during the time you’ll be there. Wedding brochures may show endless sunny days and sandy beaches, but it won’t be like that all year round so do some research.
Also, keep in mind not only your wedding budget but your wedding guests. Booking your wedding in the season with the best weather may also mean booking at the most expensive time.
Traditionally, most marriages take place on a Saturday. But with the increase in competition for top wedding venues, many places are offering Sunday or weekday weddings. You can often book these at shorter notice and they’re usually cheaper than the high-prized Saturdays, which makes them an attractive option.
Just keep in mind that if you do decide on a weekday or Sunday, many guests might find it harder to attend due to work, family, or religious commitments.
Expecting lots of little guests on your big day? It might be worth making a note of the school holiday dates, especially if there’s travelling involved. If you do decide on a date in term time, avoid exam periods (January, May and June) so your younger guests can really relax and enjoy the big day.
It’s a nice thought to choose a date that has a special meaning for the pair of you. It could be the date you first met, that he proposed on or some other date that has a significance to you both.
If you’ve got your heart set on a particular venue, church or band, check their availability before committing to a date. There are potentially 365 days of the year that you could tie the knot, but you might have to be flexible if you have strong feelings about venues and entertainment.
If you have friends who are engaged, it’s worth sounding them out about their wedding plans to avoid date clashes that will divide friendship groups. It’s also a good idea to run potential dates past key family members who you couldn’t imagine not being there.
Your choice of flowers may help you decide which date to opt for. Lilac and lilies are in season in spring, while if you want meadow flowers or roses in your bouquet, opt for a summer wedding.
Where you want to go on holiday after the wedding might affect your wedding date. Popular honeymoon destinations like the Maldives and the Caribbean are best visited in the winter months, from November to April. While deferring your honeymoon for a few months has become a popular practice, there are some couples that like to be whisked off straight after their big day.
Public holidays are a popular time to get married as it gives people more time to enjoy themselves or to travel. Just be aware that the summer bank holidays and New Year’s Day are popular times for weddings so venues will be more expensive and need to be booked in advance. Guests may also have made pre-existing plans so if you choose a public holiday day for your wedding, be sure to give everyone plenty of notice.
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