Deciding on a Wedding Date

Choosing a Wedding Date

‘That’s easy’ I hear you say, I want it on XX date, which is the date we first met, or my parents got married that day, or it has special meaning to us, etc etc.

But before you get your heart set on a particular date you need to factor in a few things before choosing your date:

Is there enough time to plan your wedding?

The reality is that we aren’t in the middle of ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’ (in most cases that’s a good thing! 🙂 And things take much longer to organise than you think. Mainly the wedding dress. If the designer doesn’t have your size in stock it can take from 4-6 months, and then there is the fitting times to consider.

You want to give yourself time to enjoy the process too, you don’t want to be running round like a headless chicken every spare moment you have. You want to be able to take the time to embrace every aspect, you will only be doing this once (hopefully) so you want to savour every moment.

Check Dates With Important People

The likelihood is that you will be planning your wedding day far enough in advance that the desired date doesn’t clash, but it’s always worthwhile checking with the most important people that they are free, that there aren’t any holidays booked, wedding already planned for that day.

Planning a Wedding  Abroad?

If you are planning on having your wedding abroad you need to think about various things:

Weather

  • Is it Monsoon season? You don’t want a wash out – you’d stay in England for that 😉
  • Will it be very hot? Do you need to work the wedding around the weather? e.g having a later afternoon/evening wedding if it’s hot/  ensure there is cover for the guests if it’s an outdoor wedding

Holidays/Festive Period

  • Does the date fall into a school holiday period when it will be expensive for your guests to travel?
  • Check the country where you plan to marry doesn’t have any holiday’s happening, or festivities, or any big events happening through this period as it may increase your prices and may limit the availability for your guests.

Time of Year

The same as if you are going abroad you need to check whether the date falls on a festivity/school holidays etc and how that may impact your guests, and the price of your wedding.

Generally speaking June – September are the most expensive months to get married, understandably due to the desire to have a warm weather.

December and February prices can rise again due to Valentines Day and Christmas, so you will need to look into this if the cost of the wedding is a concern and your heart is set on a winter or Valentines day wedding.

Days of the Week

Weekdays and Sundays are the cheapest days to get married, not just with the venue, but also catering, photography, entertainment. There is always the worry that guests wont be able to get the time off work but if you give them enough notice, they will be there with bells on. 🙂

Multiple Venues

And finally, and this is always the hardest to cater for, if you are having a Church wedding followed by a reception, or a Registry Wedding followed by a reception, you need to ensure that both venues are available on that date, and not just the date, but the desired times.

A lot of churches and registry offices run weddings one after the other, so you want to ensure that you get the time slot that you want, so that it fits in with the following venue.

If this, or anything else that I have talked about seems all a little daunting or you just want some advice or clarification, please do pop my a message and I’ll be happy to help.

Jo x

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