How to Choose a Wedding Date
Updated: Apr 9
So, how to choose a wedding date?
You have just gotten engaged! Congratulations! You are about to enter a new and important stage of your life with a man that you love. That is incredible. You are also about to embark on organizing your wedding. If you have never organized anything more than your own birthday, don’t worry, we have inspired tens of thousands of women to organize a wedding and being seasoned event managers, we come from an event management background. It all might seem overwhelming now, but we will break it down, step-by-step, week by week. Here are the important considerations:
Avoid Your Menstruation Dates
Remember to check your menstruation cycle. Avoid a wedding date where you are having your period. If your period is regular, there are many apps that help you track your period and you can see what days you will be having your period each month. If you have a regular period, your bleeding will start every 28 days.
If your period is irregular, you can take a birth control and skip the sugar tablets so that you do not bleed that month. It is therefore advisable to start this two months prior to the wedding so that you get used to it. You will most likely get a little bit of bleed through and your breasts will become larger. They won’t become large enough for you to need a new bra or for your dress to be too tight though. Check With Your Most Important Guests First
Your and your husband-to-be’s family and best friends may just have a holiday or something planned that you don’t know about. Check with them first to see if there are any dates that they are not available for.
If you are planning well in advance i.e. one year or more, this should not be a problem at all. If you having a shorter time to plan, that is completely doable, but it is even more important that you check with your most important guests first.
Check With Your Potential Venues
Once you have narrowed down to a season, you will need to check with your potential venues to see when they have available dates. If it is a well-known popular venue, it may be booked out one year in advance. Or you may need to be flexible on the day of the week. Saturday, not suprisingly, is the most popular day to get married. So if you are set on a venue, you may need to be flexible and have your wedding on a Friday or a Sunday. Often, you can negotiate a better deal if you choose not to get married on a Saturday.
By checking with your potential venues early on in the process, you will know what the maximum capacity is too for each venue.
Remember to check with the venue to see what their terms are in the unlikely case that the wedding needs to be postponed for example with illness or who knows these days, even a lock down due to a pandemic.
Which Season Appeals to You Both Weather Wise Think about which month tends to be the month that you enjoy the most. Is it in Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter? All of these seasons have its beauty. What do you need to keep in mind for each season? Spring
Spring is the most popular month for weddings, so securing a venue, if it is a well-known and popular one, can be challenging.
Vendors can also book out very quickly so if you have a particular vendor in mind, it is worth checking their available dates first. Vendors that tend to book out quickly are photographers and hair and make up artists. You can normally find someone though, for example, through instagram, so if you are flexible, this should not hold you back.
Depending on where you live, Spring, is normally when the weather is the most favorable. Just look average weather and precipitation in the city that you are getting married in, for each of your potential months.
Spring is when flowers bloom! If you are getting married in Spring, rest assured that you will have a large array of beautiful, in season flowers to choose from for your bouquet and decor.
If you are considering an outdoor wedding, depending on where you live, you might not need a wet weather contingency. If it is forecasted to rain, one week out from the wedding, you should have your furniture supplier ready to go with a marquee. If you are having a wedding during the day, you will not need lighting. Heating will also not be needed, depending on where you are getting married.
Depending on the city where you are getting married, Summer can be a wonderful month to get married as the days are longer. It can also be a month where it is terribly hot.
What is great is that you are least likely in Summer to need to wet weather contingency if you are getting married in the outdoors. Heating will also not be needed. As the days are longer, you can have the wedding go longer, without the need for lighting.
If you have particular flowers that you want as part of your wedding, just check with the florist if these are available in Summer. If not, what are the alternatives. Flowers in Summer are also beautiful, so if you are a little flexible, you will find something that speaks to you. If you are getting married in a glasshouse, just know that it can get crazy hot in Summer, even if the outside temperature is only 68 degrees Fahrenheit (or 20 degrees Celcius). In a glasshouse at this outside temperature, it will be double the heat so 136 degrees Fahrenheit (or 40 degrees Celcius). If it is expected to be hot and you are getting married indoors, make sure that there is air conditioning or at least ice-cold beer on tap!
With fall comes falling leaves and falling leaves means wonderful color. Fall is a great time for wedding photos.
With fall though, the temperature does start to drop and it is more likely to rain. If you are getting married in the outdoors, you will definitely need a wet weather contingency. If you are getting married indoors, ensure that there is heating.
Winter can be a cozy month to get married. It can be cute to cozy up with a mulled wine or a hot chocolate.
It is recommended that all components of the wedding be indoors. Just make sure that your venue has heating!
As this is the least popular season for getting married, you are not competing with countless couples for dates, you will be able to negotiate a good deal with all vendors.
We hope that this article on how to choose a wedding date has been helpful to you to narrow down to a date where you will start a new chapter of your life.
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