So you’re engaged, and ecstatic to start everything that comes with planning your dream day. But where do you start? Before you start ticking off items on your to-do list, there’s one important detail you need to consider: your wedding date. Here are some tips to help you understand that choosing your date is a process, and something that you should put some thought into. These tips will ensure you pick the date that’s right for you!
Black out any dates that don’t work for you and your closest guests. Secondary to you and your future spouse (obviously), you’ll want to consult the schedule of close family and friends, such as your parents. Black out the dates that don’t work for them and ask them to place a hold on tentative dates you have in mind.
Avoid holidays or long weekends if possible. Having your wedding on holidays or weekends where people will likely be traveling might make it more difficult for your guests to attend. Unless your wedding is themed around this specific holiday and you don’t see it being a schedule conflict with most our guests, choose around these days. See our handy list of dates you should avoid.
Look at venues prior to choosing a date.
This is an absolute must, as you will want to choose your venue before your other vendors, and your venue’s schedule will play a key role in selecting your wedding date. Have a few dates in mind that you are okay with and don’t have your heart set on a specific date prior to booking your venue.
Keep in mind the season.
This will indicate the availability of your venue; during peak months (May to September) it may be more difficult to secure a date. If the day of the week is not important to you, consider having your wedding on a weekday (Thursday or Friday) or in the off-season months. Not only is there likely to be more dates available, but these dates can help you save a few extra dollars.
Consider the availability of must-have vendors.
If there are vendors who are a must on your list to hire, contact them early on. For example, if you are looking to hire a specific wedding planner, go to them to see if their schedule aligns with yours. As your planner will be your main point of contact with other vendors, they will be a priority to secure.