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February 13, 2014

5 Tips for Picking a Wedding Date

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My last article discussed some things to consider as soon as you get engaged. One of the biggest tips there was to start putting some thought into wedding dates early on in the engagement process. Like I said, dates and venues can book up to 2-3 years in advance, so you want to make sure you get access to the dates that best suit you and your future wife or husband.

But what happens if you have absolutely no idea when you would want to get married? Well, there are a lot of factors that can impact your decision. Take a look below to help get yourself acquainted with some of the things to keep in mind when picking out a wedding date.

Weather & Time of Year

Of the most obvious things to consider is the weather. Do you picture yourself getting married by a beach during the summer or getting married surrounded by Christmas lights in the winter? The most popular months tend to be late spring through early fall and why you ask? Those months tend to have the most favorable weather. While these months do have some pretty great weather, they also come with a major price tag. If you’re looking to save a few dollars (and it could be a lot) shy away from those more popular months and go for an off-season month, even if the weather may not be as ideal. I saved a great deal of money by scraping my idea for an October wedding and pushing my date only one week into November.  While it may not be as warm, I saved up some money that can be used elsewhere.

Flowers & Color Scheme

Have you always envisioned certain flowers or certain colors being focal points at your wedding? While I’m not a firm believer in the strict set of colors for certain seasons, some people are. Pastels are usually found more in springtime weddings, whereas richer colors can be found in the fall months. If you imagined having bouquets of dahlias and hydrangeas, for example, then your best bet is to have a summer/early fall wedding because that’s when these flowers are in season. If you pick flowers that are outside of the season you’re planning to get married in, you risk higher prices and less availability.

Consider major events and holidays.

Another thing to consider is national holidays and important dates in your family. Some people like the idea of having a wedding on a long holiday weekend, but for others they don’t want to force their friends and family to give up a vacation or some down time on their own. On the flip side though, if you have a lot of family coming in from out of town then a holiday weekend may make the most sense for you. However, holiday weekends do also come with higher price tags, so it’s important to keep that in mind for your guests.

You can also see if there are any special days in your family, like a wedding anniversary or birthday of someone special in your life, that you would like to honor. Holding your wedding on a meaningful date to you and your loved ones will add a little extra something to your day.

Don’t let anyone sway your mind.

It’s inevitable that friends and family will throw in their two cents about the planning of your wedding at some point. They are trying to help you and give you some advice, so definitely listen to what they have to say; they wouldn’t steer you wrong. However, just remember that in the end it should be you and your fiancé’s decision. If you have a pushy grandma or mother-in-law, take their advice, but don’t let it sway your decision if that’s not what you want. It’s your day; you should be able to have it when you want.

Give yourself ample time to plan.

Unless you’re looking for a super quick wedding timeline, make sure you give yourself enough time to properly plan and organize everything. Between entertainment, flowers, invitations, dresses, and all the rest of the fun stuff that are involved with weddings, you’re about to have a lot on your plate. Most people wait a year to a year and a half in order to get everything in order, but that timeframe is completely up to you.





About the Author

Elisa Freese
Elisa Freese is a lifelong New Yorker with a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz and a Master’s degree from New York University. She has always had a love for writing and now that school and homework are finally done forever, Elisa is going back to writing on a regular basis. In addition to writing, Elisa loves anything that has to do with traveling, shopping, social media and TV/movies. With her experiences, as well as the experiences of her friends and family, Elisa hopes to shed some light on the ins and outs of dating to the readers of Nouveau Dating.




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