Did your partner finally pop the big question? Congratulations. Now comes the fun part: choosing that special day to walk down the aisle. Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime moment that you will celebrate forever, so you want to make sure to choose a wedding date that’s meaningful to you as a couple. Keep these suggestions in mind when choosing that special day to walk down the aisle to make picking the right day a little easier.
- Choose a symbolic day. A significant day in your relationship is a great way to pick a date to celebrate your love. Perhaps you want to get married on the anniversary of the day you first met, the first time you said “I love you” or the day you became engaged. In your lifetime together, you will have holidays and birthdays, so choosing another special day will give you even more reasons to celebrate together. If you choose a wedding date that has significance to your relationship, you can tell your guests about the symbolism of the day in your wedding programs.
- Consider your favorite season. Is a cozy, fireside reception the party of your dreams or do you envision your wedding guests dancing under the summer stars? Narrowing down the seasons will help you determine the perfect date for your wedding. Whether you want a classic ceremony in late spring or an unexpected winter wedding, choosing a season will also help with planning things like the colors, flowers, food and cocktails.
- Stick to the wedding budget. Typically, June, August, September and October are the most popular months to get married (which you may have noticed when you started trying to book a venue). If you are looking to save a little money, it can be helpful to plan a wedding outside of peak season. On the contrary, if you are looking to spend less but want to hold your party during peak seasons, the prime months may have better opportunities for outdoor and alternative locations. Whatever you’re planning, you will find something in your price range if you just make sure to plan the budget accordingly.
- Work around upcoming events. A good activity to help you plan is to map out the upcoming year in its entirety. What trips, work events or other obligations are you already signed up to do? The last thing you want to do is plan a wedding smack dab in the middle of your busy work schedule. For instance, if you know that October is always crunch time at the office, avoid planning the wedding around then.
- Evaluate timing. With everything you need to plan, from finding the perfect wedding dress to tasting all the yummy wedding cakes, a good rule of thumb is to give yourself at least a year to get everything lined up for your wedding. Consider making a wedding timeline to stay on track before the big day.
Once you pick a wedding date, it’s time to get to work. The quicker you can send out your save the dates and wedding invitations, the sooner you can request RSVPs to make party planning a breeze. Whatever date you choose, your wedding is your special day and you’ve already done the hardest part—finding the person with whom you’ll share your memories, love and life.