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How to Choose the Right Wedding Date

What you'll want to consider before you book the venue.

Contributing Writer
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There's quite a bit of thought that goes into selecting a great wedding date. You might prioritize weather or a meaningful anniversary while your fiancé thinks the wedding should be planned to coordinate with a nearby event. Whether you have ideal dates in mind or at a loss of where to start, we're here to help. To make the process of choosing a wedding date clear and simple, we're offering helpful, practical tips.

 

Related: Things to Consider When Choosing a Wedding Venue

 

Decide on the time of year.

Depending when you become engaged and how long you're happy to wait until you tie the knot, it should be pretty easy to decide on a time of year for your wedding. Your location should also play a big role. Think about seasonality. If you like the idea of an October wedding but know that temperatures dip low in your region during that time of year, you may want to explore other options.

 

Check out the local Farmer's Almanac to understand weather trends.

The Farmer's Almanac has been tracking weather patterns since 1818 and can tell you when to expect a full moon, reasonably good weather, and when the sun will set on a particular date. It's a great tool if you're getting married in an area you don't know very well.

 

Take weather events into consideration.

While it's tempting to host a destination wedding in low season because of the more affordable pricing, weather is something that should be on the forefront of your planning mind. Hurricane season in the tropics does not make for a great wedding date, but shoulder seasons can be a safer bet.

 

Be flexibly sentimental.

If you're thinking you'd like to host your wedding on the anniversary of your parents' wedding or the anniversary of when you met, that's a great start. But being flexible is key to planning a wedding. You might find that your preferred wedding date isn't available at the venue you'd like, or that the date falls on a weekday. Rather than get carried away with your dedication to a specific day, remember to look at the big picture. You can always celebrate the sentimental day in another way.

 

Research events in the area.

Once you've settled on a general location for your wedding, it's smart to take a look at local happenings so you can avoid any times when huge festivals or tourist attractions may be scheduled that could interfere with your wedding. For example, harvest season in wine country usually means visitors to the area will be battling traffic and crowds. While some couples may think this is a small price to pay for a fall harvest wedding, it may be a deal breaker for other couples.

 

Find your venue first, then select your date.

The biggest factor in selecting a wedding date is usually whether the wedding venue you'd like is available or not. Once you've set the place, you can work with the venue manager to find a date that works best for you.