Now, I'm not talking about that romantic night out, the special window seat, the perfect meal and a glorious bottle of vino, I'm talking about your wedding date.
How should you go about setting the date?
Well, first you need to think about the budget (sorry, buzz kill) and your dream venue. The two will hold hands throughout your planning process as if THEY were the ones getting married. If you are seeking one of your areas top-rated wedding venues, you're going to pay the most between April and October. No longer do you only compete with the other June brides of the year, but you compete for space with all the fair weather brides these days. It's supply and demand so if you are looking to save some of the expense but still want your dream venue, look at the off months. You can still have some lovely weather in November or a lovely white winter wedding in January.
If you have your heart set on a specific venue, start there. Check their open dates. If it's the number one priority on your list, you will have to go with what they have available. Be warned that the best venues are sometimes booked out 2+ years especially on Saturdays. Be open to other days of the week and you may just get in. Fridays and Sundays are being picked up more rapidly these days. Some couples are even giving Thursday weddings a go with great reviews so far. I would suggest going with an evening wedding to be most respectful of your guests' schedules. Most will take off on Friday to recover from the party. You could even consider having a brunch on Friday to maximize the celebration.
If a specific venue is not the top priority because you know that with the right florist, decor, and planner you can turn any place into a dreamscape, then your date selection will open up.
Check the calendar.
Look for holidays, birthdays and special anniversaries. You're going to pay your vendors a bit
more to give up a holiday weekend. Many people like the idea of one extra day in the wedding weekend so you won't be along in vying for their time. Also, you'd hate to have your wedding compete with cousin Joe's epic 40th birthday party or Aunt Beth and Uncle Phil's 50th anniversary celebration.
Something else to think of.... check your bridesmaids and other VIPs. Does anyone have a baby on the way? When will the little bundle arrive. The new mommy & daddy will likely not be up to all of the wedding festivities in the last trimester of pregnancy or the first trimester after the baby arrives. If it's important for them to be there for you, plan accordingly.
Think about it.
Are you a summer person or one that hides from the sun? Does your fiance LOVE winter? Do you have the best time frolicking from Fall festival to Fall festival? As I say about every wedding decision, I want your wedding to reflect who you are as a couple. If you spend most weekends basking in the sun of the Jersey Shore... that's where I want your wedding to be!
Choosing a wedding date can be tricky, but if you set your priorities, be open and stay true to who you are as a couple, the date will be the Best Day Ever!
If you need help picking a date, venue, vendors or keeping it altogether, reach out to us at info@BDEweddings.com or 609-668-0310
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