Congratulations on your engagement! Now to choose your wedding date. A one year engagement is the norm and will give you enough time to plan, book and hire the wedding specialists you need to create a flawless wedding. Many couples like to choose a day that is significant to both of them, however there are a number of factors to take into consideration before deciding on your wedding date:
You need to determine what season is preferable for your wedding day. The weather conditions in a particular season can be a big determining factor as to what day of year you decide to get married. Summer weddings due to high demand also tend to be more expensive than weddings out of season. If you have a particular flower you would like to use in your bouquets and reception centerpieces, you also need to make sure the flower is in season or be prepared to import your flowers at a much higher cost.
Getting married in November, December, January, February & March will mean higher prices in certain areas as it is peak season and most venues and accommodation establishments are fully booked up. If you want an extravagant wedding but have a smaller budget, consider a wedding out of season or even during the week or a Sunday as opposed to a Saturday as many venues are only booked up on Fridays and Saturdays.
- Wedding Party.
Consult with your closest family and your chosen wedding party to ensure that they are available on the date you have selected.
- Holidays & Personally significant days.
Always check that the date you have chosen does not clash with a religious holiday or a personally significant day that may affect someone close to you and preclude them from attending. Public holidays may give you an extra day which is great for a destination wedding and for out of town guests. On the flip side, some guests may not enjoy their long weekend being upended by a wedding.
- Dates with symbolic meaning.
Although it may be great to select a date that has symbolic meaning to both of you, always check what day of the week that date falls on and whether the wedding reception venue you have selected is available on that day.