Congratulations, you’re getting married!
While you should take time to drink the champagne and relax, we’re sure that there’s one question rolling through your brain: “How do I choose a wedding date?!”
There are lots of variables to consider when selecting your wedding date. It’s one of the most special days of your life, and the month you pick can set the tone of your wedding.
In this article, we discuss how to choose a wedding date, to help you plan your dream wedding!
How Soon After Getting Engaged Should You Pick Your Wedding Date?
Before picking a wedding date, it is important to know how long you want to stay engaged.
Some people prefer a long engagement. This is because they enjoy being fiancés, and they have time to save money for the wedding.
Generally speaking, you will have more flexibility with your wedding date if you plan in advance. If you’re only engaged for a year, it’s likely that a lot of venues will be selected.
One year in wedding time is not a year in regular time, it’s much shorter and much more hectic! If you plan to get married in two to three years, you will have a lot more options with the date.
If you plan on having a shorter engagement, you might need to focus more on the month, or the season.
That’s because wedding venues get booked up pretty quickly, so you will need to be somewhat flexible in your choices.
For some, this does not overly matter – they’re just excited, and happy, to be married!
Next, we’ll discuss how to go forward with picking the best date for your wedding.
Following The Seasons
The easiest way to pick your wedding date is to work out which season would best fit your wedding.
The season you get married in will greatly affect your wedding — from the type of weather you may have, to the dress code, and theme.
Spring weddings are popular for a number of reasons.
The weather tends to be mild, between somewhat warm and chilly, depending on your climate.
It’s a beautiful time to get married, because you have the brightness of the summer months, without the intense heat.
Plus, many couples love the idea of exchanging vows outside during their first springtime together.
Spring weddings reflect the goodness of spirit. They are fresh, happy and there is a naturalness about them.
Spring weddings are great for outdoor ceremonies, as well. You should keep in mind, however, that many people experience bad allergies in the spring.
If you are planning an outdoor wedding, this might be a point you need to consider.
Summer weddings are very popular.
There is something magical about getting married at sunset. Many people feel that it’s romantic and fun. It’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with friends and family.
It’s an incredible time to get married. Summer weddings reflect a romantic nature. They’re passionate and exciting and are ideal for those who like to celebrate in the summer months.
Summer weddings tend to be hot, but the weather is usually pleasant. Depending on your preferred climate, you may not like a summer wedding.
It can become overbearing, so you’ll need to make sure the venue has air-con.
Fall weddings are perfect for those who are looking for a rustic setting.
They’re beautiful and romantic. There’s something special about walking down the aisle under the leaves.
A fall wedding is a great opportunity to celebrate with loved ones.
It’s very typical for weddings to follow a natural theme. Lots of yellows, oranges, and greens, alongside moss, plants, and flowers.
It’s a very calm, but loving time to have a wedding. There’s a certain peacefulness to a fall wedding.
Furthermore, fall weddings are ideal for outdoor, and indoor weddings.
The weather can be a bit chilly, but it is generally warmer than spring, and less intense than summer.
Winter weddings can be quite wonderful.
There’s a magic to the wintertime, and it reflects a closeness to family and friends.
There is already the incredible atmosphere of winter, given it’s the time of Christmas and the new year. Having a wedding in the winter can add to the excitement.
These types of weddings tend to be cold, and snowy. However, these weddings are extremely romantic, and many couples enjoy them.
Winter weddings are perfect for indoor receptions, and small gatherings.
Consider Your Honeymoon And Anniversary
When picking your wedding date, you also need to take into account your honeymoon, and your anniversary.
The honeymoon occurs straight after the wedding. The couple will go on a holiday together, to celebrate their union.
The month you get married will impact your options, and also the deals you will get.
For example, if you want a winter wedding, you have to take into account that December will be an expensive month for honeymoons, but November and January will be cheaper.
You need to also think about the location. Having a winter wedding is great, but if you want your honeymoon to be in Hawaii? It may not be the best fit.
Likewise, the anniversary of your wedding matters. When you pick the date of your wedding, you are picking a date that you will celebrate for the rest of your life.
Whether you choose to celebrate by going on holiday or going out for dinner — every year, on that date, you celebrate.
You may already have a dozen birthdays in August to think about. Adding an anniversary to the calendar might not be the best option.
Instead, June or July might seem like a less overwhelming month to celebrate. You need to think about how you want your months to be balanced out.
Think About Sentimental Values
Some couples decide their wedding date due to sentimental value.
Instead of thinking about the seasons, they think about specific events in their life and show appreciation to those events by celebrating on that day, or month.
It could be that a couple met in the month of April, and they decide to marry in April.
They may even want to get married on the exact date they met (although, this is fairly uncommon).
Perhaps the couple wants to marry in the month that a parent or grandparent was born, to show eternal love and appreciation to that person.
It may even be that a particular month is just simply important to the couple. Perhaps they have a lot of good memories in that month, or it’s the month they fell in love with each other.
There’s a lot to consider, because everyone is different, and has their own sentimental experiences.
Planning your wedding is going to be both magical, and stressful. Picking the date of your wedding can be one of the best moments because you’re choosing a date that you will spend the rest of your life celebrating.
When it comes to picking a wedding date, there are a lot of things to consider. You can think about the seasons, the honeymoon, the anniversary, and any sentimental value.
Whatever date you pick, we hope that you have a wonderful wedding day, and all of your planning goes well!