Choosing your wedding date can be overwhelming. After all, this is the date that will mark your anniversary celebration through the years.
To make things more complicated, you have to be aware of special dates – religious holidays, possible life events, other important dates to your family & friends. Following a quick checklist can ensure that you pick the best wedding date for you.
- Avoid major holidays and religious observances. If you opt for a wedding around New Year’s, Christmas or 4th of July, you will likely lose a number of your guests on the attendance list. These big holidays can also overshadow your special day, which for some people can be a turn off.
- Take note of major events. From major sports events to graduation weekends, the year is filled with different events that are important to other people. These too will make it harder for your guests to travel & attend your big day. If you live in a major metropolitan city large conventions can also increase the cost of hotel rooms.
- Think about off peak. Off peak means cheaper travel rates for your guests, and it can also mean that you can get your favorite venue at a discount. Many areas will advertise their peak travel times, so consider working around that.
- Focus on making it special. Sometimes you just have to choose a date and go with it, but there may be an opportunity to pick one that already has a special meaning. One of our couples chose to get married on the 13th of the month because they were both born on the 13th. That creates a fun theme (and memorable wedding date). Close family, too, may be thrilled to share their anniversary!
- Know there’s no perfect date. No matter how much you try, there will inevitably be some conflicts with your chosen date. Choose to move forward with understanding and grace if someone cannot make your big day. They’re likely disappointed too!