When friends and family find out about your engagement, usually one of the first questions is “When is the wedding?” It’s a natural question to ask–of course your friends and family want to know when the event is! But don’t feel that you have to rush choosing a wedding date before you’re even sure what kind of wedding you want.
Until you’ve had at least a bit of time for planning, it’s a good idea to keep good news of your engagement to close friends and family. Once you’ve got the big picture of your wedding in mind, these five tips can help you announce your wedding date with confidence!
1. Have an idea of the location and budget first
The date of your wedding doesn’t have to be your first decision. In fact, in most cases it is best to decide on (or have a general idea of) other things first. Your guest list, the location of your wedding, and your overall budget probably take precedence, for example. Having an idea about these aspects of your wedding can also make choosing a date easier. For instance, if you have some venues in mind, their availability will be a major guiding factor in your decision.
2. Allow time for planning
You’ll want to allow plenty of time to plan all of the necessary details of the event. Depending on the size and scope of your wedding, how much time you need may vary. Ultimately the length of your engagement is up to you, just make sure you have the right amount of time to get all of the pieces in place.
3. Choose a time of year – any season can be great!
The first thing that probably comes to mind when you set about choosing a date is the season in which you want to celebrate your vows. You may already have your heart set on a winter wedding or a midsummer marriage, but even if you’re committed to having your wedding during a certain time of year, you may be able to save money by going for a date or day of the week in which wedding vendors are less in demand.
Of course, if you want all or part or your wedding to be celebrated outdoors, take the weather into account. How likely is it to be extremely cold or hot? How likely is precipitation during that time period in your area? Will you room in your budget to rent a tent if necessary?
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4. Consider choosing a wedding date during the off-season
The most popular months for weddings are June and September, which means the likelihood that your favorite venue will be booked up is much higher.
In general, your costs will also likely decrease outside of the most popular months.
If you’re working with a wedding planner, he or she can also help you figure out which times are best in your specific area.
5. Consider Your Guests
If you want to maximize turnout (and hopefully your guest list is full of people you’d love to see), then making it easier for guests to attend should be one of your primary concerns.
To the extent that it is possible, take into account people’s work schedules. For instance, if you’re in the U.S., scheduling your wedding on or around tax day (especially if you have friends or family who are accountants) might not be ideal.
Likewise, you should take holidays and local events into account. Depending on the holiday, it may be easier or harder for guests to attend.
And above all, let your invitees know a sufficient amount of time in advance. Save-the-dates can be a great way to let people know to mark their calendars and avoid unnecessary conflicts.
With the proper planning you can have an amazing wedding any time of year! Just keep your priorities in mind when choosing a wedding date and the rest will fall into place.
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