7 Questions to Ask Before Picking the Wedding Date
1. How much time do you need to plan?
Allowing for a lot of planning time can give you more options, more budget flexibility, and less upcharges for rush orders. If you’re planning a lot of DIY projects, want to work around a pregnancy, a move, or a job change, give yourself a few extra months if you can.
Perhaps the biggest bonus to planning the wedding as early as you can is that your chosen vendors will likely have more dates available to you. Photographers and venues often book months and months (if not years) in advance.
2. When are your no-way dates?
Depending on your career, children’s school schedule, planned vacations, and other scheduling considerations, you’ll likely have dates that are just out. Block those out before you start eyeballing dates.
3. Planning a honeymoon?
If you’re planning to honeymoon vacay anywhere near your wedding date, or just after, you’ll want to think about the season and weather in your chosen destination.
If your wedding date is flexible and you definitely want to take your honeymoon right away, choose your wedding date during the season you want to travel. Watch out for high seasons where travel and costs are at their highest or when weather will be at its most volatile.
4. Who are your VIP guests?
You may have guests who are must-haves: the people you really want to be there. Check in with them before setting the date to make sure they’ll definitely be available.
5. Are there any special dates to consider?
Your anniversary, the day you met, special dates between the two of you, and major holidays are all factors to consider when choosing the wedding date. Holidays especially add additional elements to the planning. Make sure you’re aware of the major holidays, religious holidays, local event weekends, big sporting events, and other holidays or family birthdays before committing to a date.
6. Do you have a theme?
If you’re planning a specific theme like Halloween, fall foliage, a movie theme (aligned with a movie release!), or a summer camp vibe, you’ll probably want to let that guide your date choice. But don’t worry if you go off-roading with your theme. Nobody will care if you’re celebrating pink and yellow flowers in the fall. Feel free to embrace the season you choose, though!
7. Would you consider off-peak timing?
May, June, July, September, and October are usually the most popular wedding months based on weather alone, so off-season dates may save you some bucks. Consider January, March, April, and November if you’re looking for a slightly better deal on your venue.
You could also consider a non-Saturday wedding or a off-peak daytime wedding to save even more money.
For more information on how to make your reception unique and legendary, contact us and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.