Tips for choosing a wedding date


There are many reasons why couples choose their wedding date, but we've got a few things you may want to consider.


SCHEDULE

First off, and probably most obvious, check your schedule. Do you work every third weekend of the month? Does your ex have your daughter every other weekend? Make sure you look at any potential scheduling conflicts with your possible dates.


My husband and I chose our wedding date very carefully based on my school schedule. We got married in April and I was graduating in May, then we were moving to Colorado. We got married the weekend before my dead week at school so I could use that time off to take our honeymoon (and yes, I studied a little on our honeymoon), then come back for finals, graduation, and moving.


You may also want to look at community events. Here in The Woodlands, the Ironman always falls around the end of April or beginning of May. If you choose a date that weekend, there are thousands of competitors in town and you'll need to make sure to let your guests know to make their hotel reservations early.


HOLIDAYS

You'll also want to look at holidays. You can look at it one of two ways: (1) Everyone will already be traveling to visit family, so they can just travel to us and we can have a big family get-together at my wedding or (2) Everyone probably has other plans and won't be able to make it.


I used a holiday to my advantage. We got married the Saturday before Easter because I knew most people that would be traveling would have that Friday off anyway, so they would have a long weekend to make it a more relaxed trip. You can also save a bit of money by using holidays that fall on a Monday to your advantage. You could have a Sunday wedding to save a little money, but everyone would have Monday off so you don't have to worry about people leaving early.


If you choose a wedding date that falls on a holiday weekend, it's a good idea to send out Save The Date cards 6-8 months in advance so your guests don't make other plans.


COMMON DATES

Think a date is cool because it's repeating or unique so it would be easy to remember? Odds are, a lot of other people thought the same thing. For example 10-10-20 was the first date we booked for 2020, and nearly 2 years in advance. We had quite a few people at the Bridal Extravaganza Show who were looking for the same date. If you're looking for something that has a repeating number or that would be easy to remember (7-11 is another one), be sure you book all of your vendors early since a lot of other people are going to be wanting the same date!


MONEY

It's no secret you can save some money by choosing a date that isn't on a Saturday. Fridays and Sundays are typically cheaper with your venue and weekdays are even cheaper than that. Look at possibly doing a Labor Day or Memorial Day wedding, since those always fall on a Monday. Or even July 4th if it falls in the middle of the week. Most people have those days off anyway and it can save you a lot of money!


You will want to check with your venue to make sure they don't up-charge holidays, because some do. (We don't, in case you're wondering.)


OTHER

There are also some more, *cough cough*, personal considerations you may want to take into account. Ladies, you know what I'm talking about. If you are on the pill and/or really regular, look ahead to your potential wedding dates and make sure you're going to be able to have the wedding night and honeymoon of your (and your future hubby's) dreams! You definitely don't want to be cramping on your wedding day!


Good luck with your date selection!

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