The first question after getting engaged is always when’s the big day or do you have a date yet? There are a lot of things to consider when picking a date. A lot of times dates are constricted by the venue, but when considering multiple venues you might have more control.
When choosing our wedding date we had three date options, one of the weekend of Jared’s birthday, one April Fools Day and one was the date we chose. This made picking our date pretty easy, but that’s not always the case. Below are 5 things to consider when picking your wedding date.
5 Things To Consider When Picking Your Wedding Date
1. National Holidays
Unless you are going for a New Year’s wedding or Valentine’s Day Wedding, you might not want to pick a national holiday as your wedding day. This can be very difficult for your guests and makes for a weird anniversary.
2. Personal Holidays (Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc.)
Of course, getting married on your dating anniversary or engagement date is sweet. However, getting married on your sister’s birthday or parent’s anniversary is awkward.
3. Weekdays are cheaper but 10x harder on guests
A lot of times weekdays or Sundays are cheaper than Saturdays. I HIGHLY recommend adjusting your budget and splurging on a Saturday wedding. Weekday weddings are awkward and difficult for your guests since they’ll be coming from work. It also makes the rehearsal/rehearsal dinner hard on everyone. You’ll also likely see a drop off in guests from ceremony to reception because they have to get back to work the next day. Sunday weddings can also be difficult for guests traveling out of town or needing to leave early since Monday is a workday.
4. Local Events – Football Games or Festivals
If you are in South and plan a wedding on gameday you can pretty much guarantee distracted guests. Also, keep in mind local events. If the town is roaring with people or visitors hotels can be difficult to book.
5. Other Weddings
Lastly, don’t forget to check with your friends for their wedding dates. The last thing you want is a Bride Wars situation.