Now that you’ve set your budget, it’s time to talk about choosing a date. Your wedding date, much like your budget, should be chosen before speaking with vendors. After all, how can they reserve your date if you don’t have a date? You may think that picking a date is as simple as looking at the calendar and choosing the first open Saturday 6-12 months from now, and it can be. But, there are a few things you need to consider before marking it in your calendar.

  1. The Weather // The weather is a huge factor when it comes to choosing the perfect date for your wedding. You’ll want to take into consideration the possibility of rain, snow or tornadoes. For example, if you live of the East Coast of the US or are planning a caribbean destination wedding, you may want to choose a date that doesn’t fall in the middle of hurricane season. The same goes for the Midwest and Northern states with winter weddings and snow fall. Weather should also be a consideration if you want to have an outdoor wedding.
  2. Community Activities // You may be wondering how community activities could impact your wedding date. Well, depending on the size and type of event, it may influence availability of venues, hotels, and other vendors. Large local festivals and sporting events are the two main types of events you need to check for before settling on a date.
  3. Date Popularity // Depending on the season, some dates will be more popular than others. For example, if you live in a college town and want a fall wedding, away game or off weekends for football could prove to be very popular. This could potentially make finding available vendors difficult if you don’t start planning early.
  4. Family Availability // After you think you’ve found the perfect date, check with important friends and family members. Even if you are planning a year or more in advance, it’s not uncommon for people to have other engagements that could affect their ability to attend.
  5. Work Conflicts // Another thing to consider before setting your date in stone is any potential work conflicts. You’ll want to enjoy every moment leading up to your wedding and the last thing you want is to be stressing about an upcoming deadline or important meeting after you return.

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Now that you’ve factored in these considerations, it’s time to set your wedding date! Join us back here next week where we’ll be talking about how to create your list.

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