• Tatum Pettrey

Selecting Your Wedding Date: The Dos and Don'ts

You just got engaged and the first thing you typically do is select your wedding date. This might seem like the easiest task of the entire wedding planning process, but there are a few things you should consider when selecting the date you will celebrate every year!

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Do: Pick a date that is already significant to the two of you.

Selecting your dating anniversary or the date he proposed are always special dates that work perfectly as your wedding date!

Don’t: Do Outdoor Weddings in the Summer or Winter (If living in super hot states or super cold states)

If you are set on having an outdoor wedding, it is probably best to choose a month that is known for great weather. However, if you do have an outdoor wedding in a hot or cold month, just consider providing some relief for your guests like fans and water bottles/blankets and hand warmers

Do:Pick a Friday or a Sunday if it helps with your budget.

Some venues offer lower rates on Friday and Sunday’s so if you fall in love with a venue that is a little out of your price range, consider picking a Friday or Sunday date to cut down on some of those costs. Friday and Sunday weddings are becoming more and more popular.

Don’t: Pick a popular date if you are only 6 months out.

Are you hoping to get hitched on a fancy date like 11/11, well, I promise many other couples want this date as well. There are some weekends that are just extremely popular wedding dates. If you don’t book a popular date and your vendors far in advance, you may run into the problem that all your most wanted vendors are already booked.

Do: Have flexibility.

Having flexibility will often times benefit you. Say the venue you absolutely fall in love with is booked on the date that you absolutely don’t want to budge from. That is a hard situation. Choose a month instead of an exact date and then see what the venue has available - then you can select out of those available days which works best for you.

Don’t:Pick Holiday weekends if you are trying to save money.

Holiday weekends can be great choices in terms of a lot of family may be in town or have time off work surrounding your wedding. However, many vendors will charge extra for Holiday weekends as them working your wedding means time away from their families on special Holidays. If your budget can afford it, then go for it, but if you are trying to cut costs, avoid these weekends.

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Do:Pick a date that works around life’s crazy schedule.

Often times there are things in life that happen that you just have to work around and that is okay. Are you and your soon-to-be-husband going to be moving a good distance away from your hometown? Plan your wedding before then so you know many of your friends and family will be able to come. Are you a teacher? Plan a Summer wedding so that you have time off work to prepare, enjoy and then relax on your honeymoon. Definitely take into consideration the season of life you are in and how your wedding date can affect other important transitions.

What is most important is that you are picking a wedding date that you are excited and happy about. Most couples tend to book their wedding venues and wedding planners one year out - but the timing is different for everyone. Take these Do’s and Don’ts into consideration and then when you finally select a wedding date, shout it from the roof tops because YOU ARE GETTING MARRIED!

In case you were wondering, my wedding date was August 1st! It was an indoor wedding so no sweaty guests or vendors and it worked well with the season of life Luke was in with his Masters Program and job!

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