CONGRATULATIONS! You are engaged and now you have to set a date. No problem, that's easy...I like May, I'll pick May 21, 2016...WAIT...what do you mean I can't just pick a date. Sure I can, right... WRONG! I'm sorry to disappoint those of you that thought it would be that easy. Sadly, it isn't. Believe it or not, there are lot of different things you need to think about before picking that magical date.
SEASON/TIME OF YEAR
Probably one of the first things to think about is the time of year or season you want to get married. Do you want your wedding inside or out? The most popular months are generally June, September or October...not too hot and not too cold. Although July may be your favorite month, having your groom wear a full tux or suit in the heat of summer outside is not a great way to start off your life together. And, wearing the gorgeous sleeveless wedding dress you picked out in the dead of winter is not fun either.
Something else to think about is the flowers you want to use. Are they spring, summer or fall flowers? Do you want daisies and roses or greenery and holly? Although these days with greenhouses, it may be possible to get out-of-season flowers, I can guarantee that you will be paying a premium for them.
Believe it or not, planning a wedding during one of the most popular months is more expensive than planning it earlier or later in the season. Because Saturday's are also the most popular day of the week to get married, some venues offer discounts for weddings on Friday nights or Sundays.
Did you know that some venues are booked a year in advance. If you have always had that special venue in mind, the first thing you may want to do is ask them their availability and work around it. If you have your heart set on a certain venue and a certain month, think about a non-traditional day (Friday, Sunday or during the week). Especially if it is a small wedding. With advance notice, your close friends and family may be able to take the day off during the week.
Did you know that wedding dresses generally take months to order, sometimes as much as six to nine months depending on the popularity of the brand and the season. If finding the perfect wedding dress is high on your list of importance, make sure to put it at the top of your list when picking a date.
YOUR WEDDING PARTY
You know you have those certain people that you definitely want to be a part of your wedding. Whether they are your parents, sisters and brothers, your best friend you want to stand beside you or your favorite aunt that has always been like a second mom. Although you can't always pick the best time for everyone and it is all about you and your future husband in the end, thinking about holiday schedules and travel time is always a good thing.
Now that I've given you a few things to think about, here is my suggestion. Sit down with your future husband and come up with your dream wedding. Include the time of year, the colors, the flowers, the weather, the venue type and the people that you absolutely want there. Then look at that list and come up with a mutual date that matches as many of the things on your list as possible. Be sure to come up with a backup or two in case the venue can't accommodate you or the flowers you want aren't available then. After you have your dates, get to work notifying the people on the list to make sure you can have your perfect day!
Check back tomorrow for Rachel's final article in the series...Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue! If you are located in the Charlotte area, come check out our booth at the Carolina Bridal Show... this Sunday, January 17th. We will be at booth 405-505. Until next time, stay warm and be sure to share your love on Facebook and Instagram.