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If you're recently engaged, you're probably feeling over the moon. Now you know for sure that you and your partner want to spend the rest of your lives together, and now you have a wedding to look forward to.
But of course, when will that special day be so that you can start counting down the days?
The truth is that you can't plan for anything until you've set a date.
That florist you like? They may not be available all year round.
The venue you want? It may be booked until next year.
Even the wedding dress you want may not be season-appropriate when you ultimately have your wedding.
You'll have to carefully select your wedding date to ensure that every aspect of your wedding will go according to plan.
If you're concerned about getting the timing just right, here are some steps to select the perfect date for one of the most important days of your life.
No matter how excited you are to get married, you'll need time to prepare. Even the wedding rings alone need at least a couple of months in advance of the wedding. If anything goes wrong with a wedding ring, such as ending up with the wrong finger ring size, you'll need the extra time to get together your backup plan, which can involve exchanging the ring for a different size.
Besides, you want your wedding to be a happy time. And if you spend several months rushing through every decision and task, you'll just sharply increase your stress and anxiety in general about the event. This could lead to severe burnout and even make you dread your wedding or feel relieved when it's over.
Don't fall into this trap. By giving yourself enough time, you can plan the wedding you want without driving yourself to exhaustion. We recommend at least a year to plan.
You don't need to know the exact venue, but one of the first things you should think about is the general location of where you'll get married. Will that be in your current city, your or your partner's hometown, or a destination wedding?
Once you know the general location, you can better understand the weather in that area. For example, you may not want to do a spring wedding if your hometown is plagued by a tornado season that could throw a wrench in your plans. And Miami in November without the scorching heat sounds nice, but you may just find yourself in hurricane season.
Whether you just don't like snow or want a backyard wedding where guests don't suffer from heat exhaustion in July, the weather will be an essential consideration. You can't predict the weather a year in advance, but it can help you avoid the weather that would be a dealbreaker for you.
What do you see as part of your wedding when you close your eyes? Is it the cool, cozy tones of fall or blooming flowers and pastels of spring? Or do you envision a winter wonderland with an ice princess bride?
The general theme you want should be critical in determining a date. Everything from your favorite colors to the flowers you want to see and the general vibes will help you decide on a season. You may also want to put your dress at the center of these decisions.
Fall may be the best fit if you envision a carefree, bohemian-style dress and vibe. If you'd like an elegant, princess-like dress, you may want an elegant, luxurious winter wedding. All of this will play into your theme and choosing a date.
There are, of course, the obvious holiday dates you want to be aware of when looking at the calendar. Luckily, most of these dates are already on any standard calendar.
Be careful about planning your wedding around a holiday. While it may be a fun idea for the wedding day, remember that this will be your anniversary date for the rest of your life.
Do you want Christmas Day to be your anniversary forever? A day when you're likely supposed to spend it with friends and family? When everyone else is excited about New Year's Eve, do you want to be trying to have a romantic anniversary dinner?
In addition to holidays, be aware of special events that may be unique to your circle. For example, if someone close to you in your family will be a graduating senior, you may want to look into their graduation date so it doesn't conflict. Similarly, if you have rabid sports fans in your family, you won't want your wedding to be on the Superbowl with everyone trying to check the score on their phone covertly, and less attention is on you.
While you shouldn't try to please everyone, being aware of these events will help you make an informed decision, so you know exactly what you're getting yourself into.
A wedding date isn't only a matter of preference. The date will also determine vendor availability and prices.
Marriages tend to have seasons. For example, spring and early summer are typically the most popular seasons, while winter is decidedly off-season for tying the knot.
By going with an off-season date, you may find more options for less booked vendors. You may even be able to find discounts.
However, be warned that going off-season may not come with the mind-blowing savings you imagine. No matter the time of year, weddings are expensive. From buying the wedding rings to renting out an entire venue (or two for the reception), it's only as cheap as you make it, not as the date determines.
So if you're committed to saving from every angle possible, then going off-season may be part of that plan. However, if your heart is set on a spring wedding, cutting costs in certain areas may ultimately come out to the same price as if you had gone all-out on a winter affair.
Now that you've begun narrowing down your choice of season, consider when you want to celebrate. What dates are important to you and your partner?
For example, if you're getting married with your grandparents' wedding rings, maybe you'll want to honor them by getting married on their anniversary or one of their birthdays. Perhaps you want to get married on the day you and your partner met, or you want to be sure not to get married on a sibling's birthday (no one wants their birthday co-opted).
Whatever the motivations, think about if there are dates that would add meaning to your special day and what conflicts you'd rather avoid.
You've looked at this question from every angle. You've considered all the important dates, what days you might want to avoid and what would add even more happiness to this special event.
With the perfect date set, now it's time to start planning for your wedding day. Go pick out some wedding rings, talk to a florist about flowers, and send out the invites. Let everyone know exactly when the next chapter for you and the person you love will begin with confidence because you analyzed all of the essential factors.
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