Setting a wedding date can be a challenge. Take time to consider the following suggestions that might help you in your decision.
Congratulations on your engagement! Now every one wants to know.. “When is the big day?”. Here are some suggestions to assist you in the planning.
Consider a date that has significance to you and your partner, like the anniversary of your first date, a parent or grandparents wedding date.
Choose a date when your guests want to be with you and not somewhere else… ie Christmas Eve, New Years, Thanksgiving.
Are there are other family members or close friends getting married around the date you are looking at?
Budget may also play into when you are getting married. On average the cost is about $100/guest. So if you want 200 people that will cost approximately $20,000. Do you need a year or two to save? The prices for venues change seasonally as well as the time of day. Weddings that have a luncheon, cocktail party or formal dinner will vary greatly in price.
Consider the venue not only for the ceremony but for the reception: a church, synagogue, gazebo in a local park, backyard, legion etc. There are unique challenges with a destination wedding to consider.
Is the officiant you would like available. Many officiants are booking dates 1-2 years ahead.
Do you want a ‘dream wedding’ with years of debt or an elegant personal wedding and a down payment on a home?
You may also consider a new tradition of sending out “Save the Date” cards, or emails.
The main thing is to take your time in planning and setting the date and make it special to you and your budget.