Of all the details that you’ll have to plan as a bride-to-be, the one you’ll likely repeat most often is your wedding date. From gushing the news to your BFFs to sending out Save the Dates and chatting up your favorite wedding vendors, your wedding date is the one detail everyone will ask you about after learning your happy news.
Not surprisingly, choosing the perfect wedding date comes with a lot of considerations these days. You don’t have to let the decision stress you out, though. Here are my top suggestions on what to ask yourself to narrow down your choices for the best wedding date possible!
1. How long do you want to plan the wedding?
Whether you’re wanting to be married ASAP or you’re more inclined to draw out your wedding planning to a year or more obviously is a good indicator of when you should set your wedding date. Discuss this with your fiancé, and figure out how long you’ll need to start this new chapter of your life together. Keep upcoming life events in mind when considering the options, too. (More on that later!)
2. Have you had a certain style or theme in mind for your wedding since you were a little girl?
Whether you’ve always dreamed of a winter wonderland wedding or a warm, outdoors celebration, you should use these ideas as inspiration for your wedding date! They could easily help you narrow down your choices to a certain season at the least.
3. Do you and your fiancé have a date that’s special to you? (You don’t necessarily have to marry on a Saturday.)
If you’d like to honor what’s brought the two of you to this point, consider choosing a date in the future that means something to your past. This could be your first date, your first kiss, the first “I love you,” or even a special anniversary of a beloved couple in your family or circle of friends.
Keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have to marry on a Saturday (or even on a weekend). Marrying on another day of the week often can save you tons of money, and you’ll likely have far better options for popular vendors who likely are still available for your date when not on the traditional Saturday.
However, do give your guests ample notice of your date if not on a weekend. They may have to request time off from work in order to attend.
4. What season do you normally feel most alive?
Nearly everyone I’ve met has a certain season in which he or she feels the “most alive.” If you’re consistently happy in summer but find yourself in the doldrums around winter, you may want to focus on the spring and summer months for your nuptials. If the brisk air and warm scents of fall get your blood pumping (like me!), you may want to look at dates during that season instead. The time of day you have your wedding also can make a huge difference. Keep your seasonal allergies in mind, too! No matter what you choose, if you feel your best, the wedding will be fabulous.
5. With regards to the budget you anticipate having for the wedding, what is most important detail you will plan?
If your wedding hopes and dreams rely on securing a certain venue or vendor, your date options likely are already drastically limited. If none of the options above gives you enough information to choose the best wedding date for you, consider basing your date around the details within the wedding itself that are most important to you and your fiancé. Discuss your bridal budget, shifting it around with more money allocated to items that mean the most to you, and then call the venues or vendors at the top of the list for dates of availability. Once you know what you can spend and who’s available on what dates, you can confidently choose the best wedding date for your celebration.
Keep in mind that many popular wedding professionals book weddings a year or more in advance these days, so make your decisions swiftly.
When it comes to choosing the best date for your wedding, it may seem daunting to choose between the 365+ days looming ahead. However, you need to have this date before you ever really start discussing specific reservation options with vendors – unless you’re chatting to interview their style and learn when they’re available to base your date off them! Once you get this important date nailed down, you can start planning your big day as soon as you’d like. And you can finally answer everyone when you’re asked, When’s the big day?
What pointers have you used to select the perfect wedding date? Tell me in the comments below!
Images courtesy of Knoxville wedding photographer Jennie Andrews Photography.