The Great Wedding Date Debate
Should you pick a wedding date or a wedding venue first? Choosing your wedding date is one of the most important decisions that you’ll make. Don’t forget this date will be your anniversary date for years to come!
You may already have a date in mind. Some couples have a special date like the day they met or Valentines Day or New Year’s Eve. Others might want something easy to remember like 02/20/20 or 05/10/20. But consider these factors when selecting a date for your wedding.
- Other weddings or events in your local area could impact whether your tentative date is available. These may impact the availability of facilities, hotels and vendors.
- Choose two or three dates to allow flexibility for booking the reception site and ceremony site. Keep in mind that many venues tend to get booked eight to nine months in advance, so the earlier these locations can be booked the better.
- Depending on your wedding theme, you may also want to take the weather and the time of year into consideration. This is particularly true if you plan to hold the wedding outdoors.
- Finally, consider whether you will have enough time to make all of the arrangements.
Friday, Saturday or Sunday?
Friday and Sunday weddings are popular alternatives to a Saturday wedding, not to mention less expensive! Popular venues can book up 12 to 18 months in advance but you may be able to get your favorite venue on Friday night or Sunday. Churches can be easier to book too.
Cost savings are another advantage. Caterers, DJs, photographers and other vendors may offer discounts or lower minimum guest requirements. These vendors also have fewer demands on these off days.
A Friday or Sunday wedding can offer the opportunity to spend more time with family and friends either before or after the wedding.
Sending Save the Dates
Do you need to send out Save the Dates for your wedding? A Save the Date is a signal to your guests that they will be receiving an invitation to your wedding and should be sent 6 to 8 months prior to your wedding. Only send them to those guests you definitely want to attend. Be as clear as possible about who’s invited to the wedding by including the actual names of every intended guest on the envelope. Sending Save the Dates lets:
- Your out of town guests make hotel and travel arrangements ,
- Your wedding guests clear their schedules and plan around your wedding,
- Guests save up money, especially if you’re having a destination wedding or a wedding weekend affair
- And to let your family and friends ask for time off of work if needed!
Save the Date Ideas
Sharing your date is not only fun but allows you to be creative and can potentially, give your guests a sneak peak into your wedding theme. Check out pinterest and Etsy for ideas on how to communicate your wedding date. Couples have used cards, postcards, magnets, coasters, pencils, luggage tags, almost anything you can think of. Allow your personality to shine through in your Save the Dates!
So, happy planning! This is such an exciting time and selecting your wedding date is the first piece of the wedding planning puzzle.
What’s your favorite save the date idea? Share it in the comments to help out other brides!