Before you start planning your wedding menu or trying on bridal gowns you’re going to need to set your wedding date. While you may think, “any old day in June or July will work just fine for us,” it usually isn’t all that simple. You’ve got plenty of details to factor in, from your dream venue’s availability to your work schedule. We’ve compiled a list of some factors you should definitely consider when narrowing down the date of your big day.
Here are a few things to think about when choosing your wedding date.
How much time you’ll need
Planning a wedding is hard work, and you’ll want to give yourself enough time to do the job right. If you’re planning an intimate, laid-back soiree, you can probably be a little more relaxed, but if you’re hoping for a luxurious event with hundreds of guests, you’ll want to get a running start months in advance.
The availability of your dream venue
So, your wedding venue is your #1 priority? Well, you’ll want to find a date when the one you love is available. If you’ve chosen an extremely sought after spot, you should be prepared to make a few compromises when it comes to your wedding date.
Your work schedule
If you don’t have the luxury of doing your business from home, you’ve probably got a work schedule that you stick to each and every week. Unless you’re okay with booking extra time off, you’ll want to factor that into your choice. Weekends are usually a safe bet, but you may want to consider taking off a few dedicated planning and recuperation days before and after your wedding, too. P.S. you’ll want to factor in any major work events, like conferences or presentations, so that you’re not super stressed or burnt out on your big day.
Your friends’ and family’s schedules
Unfortunately, there’s a good chance that not everyone you love and adore will be able to watch you tie the knot. Yes, it sucks, but as long as your inner circle can make it, consider yourself #blessed. Be sure to ask your soon-to-be bridesmaids, groomsmen and close family members about their schedules so that you don’t choose a date that they can’t make.
How big your budget is
Weddings grow costlier at different times of the year, so do a bit of research before deciding on your wedding date. Wedding suppliers and venues will up their prices during more desirable seasons, so this can really impact those who are minding their money. As you probably know, summer weddings are the most popular and because of this tend to be more expensive. Also, certain days of the week (usually Saturdays and Sundays) are pricier.
Unfortunately, unless you were gifted with some impressive wizard-like powers, you won’t be able to predict the weather on your wedding date. However, you probably know which seasons are the rainiest, sunniest, warmest and coldest, so let that information guide your choice. If you’re planning on hosting your event indoors, this may not make much of a difference to you, but it may effect your guests’ travel plans.
(Some) Bank holidays
Bank holidays, especially ones like Christmas and Easter, tend to bring families together, but will probably sneak at least a handful of your friends away from your wedding, so you may want to steer clear of them. However, some - like the Early May Bank Holiday and the Summer Bank Holiday, for example - may make for ideal wedding days, as far away guests will have more time to work with.
Think about major events and festivals happening on the date you’re aiming for. Things like Brighton Pride, Glastonbury Festival and Halloween may steal some of your guests away or make your venue difficult to get to, so you’ll want to mark those dates on your calendar and maybe even avoid them for your wedding. Remember, even if you manage to snag your dream venue on the date of one of these events, your guests may be tempted to stay home just to save a few quid - hotel and food prices really spike at these times.
You’ll want to make sure that no members of your inner circle are planning on hosting their wedding on or around your ideal date. Yes, your wedding comes first in your books, but if there are multiple ceremonies happening on the weekend of your wedding, they unfortunately may have to miss out on yours (and you don’t want that!). If this is the case, you may want to consider pushing yours back or forward by a week or two so that all of your nearest and dearest can attend.