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7 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Date

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What’s the No. 1 question you get asked these days?

Parents, friends, and well-wishers of all stripes want to know one thing: When is the big day?

You can’t do anything else in your wedding planning until you make this one decision. Some couples know when they want to get married; others need a little help. Fall into the latter category? Check out these seven tips for setting your wedding date.

Your Dream Wedding

When you picture your wedding day, what do you see? A blooming garden? The colors of fall? Crisp winter whites? Are you wearing a light strapless gown, or a dress with sleeves or a cover up? Talk with your fiancé(e) about what you each picture for your wedding day. This will help you narrow down the season in which you’d like to marry.

The Forecast

Know where you’d like to get married? Destination wedding planners aren’t the only ones who need to think about weather. Check historic forecast data (The Weather Channel can help) for your location. Look for heat waves, hurricane season, rainy season, and other recurring weather patterns – and then try to avoid them or find ways to work with them.

Vendor Availability

If you have your heart set on a specific venue, photographer, or other wedding vendor, plan your schedule around their openings. The best and most popular vendors will book more than a year in advance. Want some flexibility? Ask about open Friday or Sunday dates.

VIP Schedules

Your wedding day won’t be the same if the most important people can’t be there. Who are the must-have people on your guest list? Check your wedding date with your parents, siblings, grandparents, bridal party, and important friends.

Your Schedule

All professions have “crunch” periods of the year. When are those times for you and your fiancé(s) jobs? These times may not be the best time to add the stress of a wedding. Make sure you can get the vacation time you need for pre-wedding activities and your honeymoon.

Your Budget

Want to save a little money? Avoid June, September, and October – they’re the most popular months of the year for weddings. You might find that rental costs and other vendors’ fees drop in off-season months. Saturday is also the most popular day of the week to get married – if you can make a Friday night or Sunday work, you may also be able to save a little money.

Symbolic Dates

Do you want to marry on a date that means something to you? Check anniversaries and other special dates – your first date, for example – to see whether you like any of those dates. Don’t forget your parents’ anniversaries or your grandparents’ anniversaries, especially if they have strong, long-lasting marriages.

Thinking about a wedding near a holiday or over a long weekend? Read our tips for holiday wedding planning.

TELL US: How did you choose your wedding date?