As soon as you have announced your engagement there will be one question that everyone wants to know the answer to – have you set your wedding date? So how to choose your wedding date? Follow our simple guidance of what to consider and you will have a better indication of what date you would like, what wedding date will work and what will be the most achievable.
How to choose your wedding date
DECIDE YOUR Wedding Budget
Considering your budget really is probably the biggest factor when choosing your wedding date. If you have a quite a sizeable budget in mind for your big day consider if you already have the wedding fund in place. If you and your other half will need to work on building up your wedding fund then look at realistically how long this will take you to do.
Perhaps you want to keep the costs down for your wedding. In which case you will need to consider when is the best time of the year to enable you to do so. If you haven’t already check out when is the best month to get married – we have looked at the temperature, rainfall, daylight hours, supplier demand and of course costs of a wedding in each month for you! Will it be a Monday wedding in February or a Saturday wedding in July? Let your budget guide you.
Once you have a good idea of when you will have the money saved for your wedding you can then start to narrow it down to a more specific wedding date from there – will it be next year or in three? Remember, don’t put too much pressure on yourselves to save as much as you can as soon as you can. Planning your wedding is supposed to be fun. You really don’t want to spend the time leading up to your wedding stressed about your finances. Just take as long as you need and enjoy being a fiancé – it only happens once.
What type of wedding you plan to have
Hopefully, by now you have a good idea of roughly how long you need to have your wedding fund in order, it is time to narrow it down to the type of wedding you want. Look at the venue you had envisioned saying I do in. If you’re planning an outdoor ceremony then you need to consider the best season for it. Consider the wedding you want, and decide what season will work best. If you have your heart set on a beautiful outdoor ceremony in summer then you may need to give yourself the extra time to save for it.
Perhaps you have read the pros and cons of having a wedding abroad and plan on jetting off somewhere far far away. Make sure you look at the weather in the country you plan on going to. What may be the ideal wedding month in the UK could be hurricane season overseas.
And of course, if you have a specific venue in mind, perhaps it is the university you met at or your favourite hotel to visit, you need to consider their availability as this could ultimately decide your wedding date for you.
THINK ABOUT Your Wedding party
As much as your special day is about you and your other half it would be a good idea to think about your wedding party and guests when choosing your wedding date. You would hate to not be able to have your best friend as your bridesmaid because you didn’t take into account any other commitments she may have.
After looking at your wedding budget you should already have a good idea of when you will be looking to have your wedding so the next step is to do some digging around. Find out if your immediate wedding party and family have any prior commitments around that time. Consider other events, work commitments, holidays and the health of your guests. A word of advice, keep this as limited to the wedding VIPs as possible – you could open up a whole can of worms otherwise.
It would also be good to take a minute and just look at what it is you’re asking of your guests and how achievable it is for them to do. Are you asking your guests to travel to your wedding? Take time off in the week? Leave the children at home? All of these need to be considered if you want them to be able to share your day. Quite simply, the more notice you can give your guests the better chance you have of them being able to attend your wedding. In some cases, other commitments won’t be adjustable, teachers, for example, will really struggle to get time off in the week. Factor all of this in nice an early and you will avoid any disappointment further down the line.
CONSIDER SPECIAL DATES
And finally, the fun part. Consider what dates are special to you and your other half. Perhaps you want it on the anniversary of your first date? Or maybe when you officially first ‘got together’? The anniversary of your engagement always sounds terribly romantic! Perhaps you both love Christmas or Valentine’s day? The possibilities are endless but remember if you have are choosing an important date in the annual calendar such as Christmas this will increase the costs and supplier demand.
Honestly, though, no matter what the actual date you decide on is for your wedding day – it will be so important at the end of it, it really won’t matter what significance it had before. Just don’t put too much pressure on yourselves in the lead up so you can be sure to enjoy it!