Congratulations on your engagement! Now comes the real work. Yes, you read that right. Picking your wedding date is usually one of the most difficult and challenging tasks to strike off your wedding to-do list. It is typically more challenging than picking a wedding photographer NYC.
Unfortunately, this singular factor influences virtually every other decision you will make to have the perfect wedding celebration. And there is just so much to consider! From your budget, to your guest’s convenience, to the weather conditions, to your favorite flowers, and every other thing in between. Man, can it be any harder?!
The stress and pressure from friends and family who are waiting to get the ‘save the date’ notes compel most couples to settle for just about any date. But who wants to wear a suit in 100 degree weather?!? This is why settling is not an option. Your wedding day is a special day and deserves to be special, not just any day a hall is free. Absolutely not!
As challenging and daunting as setting a wedding date may be, we are positive these tips will help you choose the perfect date to say, “I Do!”
1. Pick the Right Wedding Season
Of course, you should start off by picking the best wedding season for you. Each season of the year comes with its pros and cons. There are seasons where weddings are less expensive, but travel may be more difficult. Winter, for example, has the least weddings. This means you can get the best price on different packages at this time of the year. Venues, flowers, wedding photographer NYC, cakes, DJs, and the likes all cost less money. However, you may spend additional money on renting a venue to hold an indoor wedding. No one wants to attend an outdoor party in winter weather!
The first step to setting a wedding date is careful consideration of each season and their pros and cons. Early summer and early fall – typically within June, September, and October - are the ideal time of the year to set your wedding date. The weather this time of year is neither warm nor cold. Every element seems to be in balance. You do not have to worry as much about a heavy snowstorm stopping your guests or being heated up in your suit. It is just perfect! But you may pay more because this is when everyone else wants to marry!
2. Consider Your Wedding Budget
Your wedding budget is yet another important factor in deciding a day to say, “I Do.” As I mentioned earlier, some seasons cost a lot more than others simply because of supply and demand. While you may want to choose a season with fair weather, it is crucial to always consider your budget. Be sure to choose the best wedding season with the least amount of rush. June through October is usually filled with weddings, however, there are some ways to cut back on costs. For starters, you should avoid picking Saturdays. Saturday is the typical wedding day. Virtually every couple wants to tie the knot on a Saturday, giving room for price inflation due to the fierce competition. Picking a date that falls on a Thursday, Friday, or Sunday is a good way to save some money.
3. Get Familiar with the Dates to Avoid
Knowing the dates to avoid is a good way to narrow down the ‘good dates’ you can choose from. It is advisable to avoid dates around major holidays such as Christmas, New Year, Mother’s day, Valentine’s day, Father’s day, and the likes. Also, be sure to avoid dates that fall on major sporting events and other similar events. You want that day to be special, and you don’t want people to miss it for another celebration. Also, your friends and family already have their quintessential plans for such holidays. Don’t make it about just the two of you. Always think about your guest’s convenience as well.
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