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Thursday, October 11, 2018

How to Pick your Wedding Date

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As a newly engaged couple, we’re sure you’ve been asked, “so when is the wedding?” since the moment your partner popped the question. There’s a reason for this. After determining your budget, securing a wedding date is one of the biggest choices that you have to make during your wedding planning. Do you want an outdoor wedding? You’ll want a ceremony during the warmer months? Are you dreaming of jingle bells and sleigh rides? Then a winter holiday wedding is perfect for you. Whichever date you decide on; we have provided a few things to keep in mind when picking your perfect wedding date.

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Weekend versus Weekday

There are many pros and cons to having a weekday or weekend wedding. Weekday weddings are often times less expensive than a weekend wedding and you have more options of dates to choose from. The downside is that many of your guests will leave early or might not come to a Wednesday wedding because they have to work on Thursday morning. A weekend wedding is the exact opposite. There aren’t as many options to choose from and depending on the season, you might feel pressure to secure a date due to its popularity. However, most guests are more likely to attend a weekend wedding, even if it is a destination wedding!

Photo by: Jamie Weiss Photography

Photo by: Jamie Weiss Photography


Speaking of seasons, seasons vary in popularity. Most vendors call March through October wedding season, or peak seasons. Spring and Fall are the most popular seasons since the weather is milder during those periods. November through February are known as non-peak season and generally less expensive than the other months. Since not many people elect to get married in the winter, you are more likely to find amazing vendors at a discount than during the warmer months!

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Here in the South, football plays an important role in many peoples’ lives. Sports fans will stay at home or travel to locations to be a part of the experience. Such devotion can throw a monkey wrench into wedding planning. If you plan your wedding on a Saturday, some guests might be traveling to their favorite college football’s game instead of to see you walk down the aisle. For this reason, the BYE week (when the college team isn’t playing for a week) is one of the most popular times for weddings. If you decide to choose an off-week, you might want to consider hiring your vendors as soon as possible in order to avoid having to book a lesser quality vendor.

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When you envision your wedding, are you envisioning fireworks and barbeque? Then you might want to have your wedding during Fourth of July. Are you dreaming of Easter eggs and pastels? Then you might want to consider an Easter wedding. Many holidays fall on long weekends, which will make many of your guests more likely to attend. The downside is that some guests may not want to share their holiday with your wedding, so please keep that in mind.

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Sentimental Dates

How sweet would it be to get married on the first day that you met? Or would you prefer to say “I Do” on the same day as your parents? Your wedding date is something that you will forever be celebrating, so why not pick a day that has special significance to your or your fiancé?

Perfect Wedding Date
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Setting a wedding date is one of the most important things to do for planning your wedding, and often times one of the most stressful. Your wedding dreams are suddenly are becoming a reality and it can overwhelm some couples. But once you set a date, you go from planning a thousand weddings in your mind to planning your wedding. Everything beyond that will be magical and will celebrate the love between you and your fiancé.

Happy Planning!

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