Here you are! You said yes, you have the ring, you have told your family and friends, everyone is excited for you, then you wake up one morning, stop and get a coffee before heading into work when someone asks you “Whens the big day” you realize that you hadn't even thought about it yet! You were still enjoying the excitement of being engaged and now like a ton of bricks you realize you have a lot of work to do! How does one even go about picking their wedding date? Today I'm going to share some tips that will help you pick the perfect date.
1. An Important Date
Many couples look to the calendar to pick a date for their wedding that is significant to them. This is the easiest way to pick your wedding date. But what if you have a lot of important dates together or your significant date falls on a weekday?
2. Where do you want to get married?
For many brides the venue is one of the most important parts of their wedding day and non negotiable. In that case you are at the mercy of the venues availability and if they are a popular venue you may have to wait 2 years for the next available weekend. In that case they just helped you pick your wedding date and have gave you plenty of time to plan the rest of your wedding!
3.Pick the Season
If neither tips above apply to you, take a moment to close your eyes and visualize your wedding day. Really feel it. Imagine walking down the aisle, imagine spending time with your closest family and friends, imagine your first dance together. Did you imagine your wedding inside or outside? Could you feel the warm June sun or the crisp October breeze?
Here in Indiana 46% of weddings take place in early fall between September and November and only 15% of weddings happen in the spring. That could be a huge opportunity to save money as vendors aren't typically as booked up. Remember if you pick spring, pick a date late enough to reduce the risk of being rained out!
4. Consult the local event calendar
Here in Indiana we never have a shortage of fun activities. When planning your wedding and picking your wedding date make sure you check a local event calendar online just to make sure you didn't choose the one day in may when more than 300,000 people flock to indy for the indy 500, booking up every hotel and cramping 465 for the entire day.
BONUS TIP: Don’t Ask everyone for their advice.
This is your wedding, you want to be surrounded by family and friends but if you ask everyone for their availability and their thoughts, you will never pick a wedding date. After you and your fiance sit down and pick a date then just take it to your closest friends and family. Take it to the people you would be devastated if they couldn't make it. This is mainly the those who will be in your bridal party.
Now I didn’t say picking a wedding date would be a breeze or even an easy decision but with these tips I hope you feel more ready than ever to sit down with your partner and pick the date you’re going to remember forever.