Engaged! Now What? [Part 2: The Date]
From Shannon Dexter and Vikki Marsee of All You Need Is Love Events
The Date (or better yet…the time of year)
Now that your budget is set (if it is not, please check out Part 1: The Budget) and your ring is sparkling on your finger, the question you will hear over and over again from friends and family alike is…”When is the big day?” Picking your wedding date is a decision that can be sensitive and require a lot of discussion between you and your fiance. Here are a few important things you should consider when picking your date (or better yet…time of year).
Tis the Season
One of the first things you will need to think about is what season do you want to get married in? Are you looking for a warm summer night underneath the sparkling stars, a crisp fall day with the coziness of the falling leaves, an aromatic spring evening with blooming flowers all around you, or a winter wonderland with a roaring fire in the background? Make sure to consider who you are as a couple and what season you feel really speaks to you.
Holidays are spread all throughout the year and it is important to consider where they fall in accordance to the time of year you would like to get married. If you have always dreamed of a backyard wedding with a barbeque, then the fourth of July might be the perfect holiday to tie your wedding date to. Remember though that guests might not want or be able to use their holiday/vacation time for your day so you need to be considerate of this.
Day of the Week
This might come as a surprise but there is no rule that says that you have to have your wedding on a Saturday evening! You may choose to have your wedding on a Friday giving your guests a long weekend to enjoy (and recover) from the festivities. Or you may be religious and it might not be an option to have your wedding on a Saturday or Sunday. If your budget is a big consideration (and let’s face it…who’s isnt??), getting married Sunday-Friday usually comes with a price discount!
Very Important People
While your wedding day is all about you, there might be some very important people that you could not imagine getting married without being there that you may want to consult with to make sure that their schedules are free and you can plan accordingly. It is important though to not open that VIP list to everyone. It is best to think of your parents, siblings, and wedding party as the VIP’s!
Remember this is part 2 in our series of “Engaged! Now What?” Keep your eyes peeled here at Marriage.com for our expert posts to find out what comes next!
Shannon Dexter and Vikki Marsee run All You Need Is Love Events, a full service wedding and event planning company in Southern California. From deciding on a budget to choosing the invitations, the flowers, the cake and everything in between, they assist couples through every aspect of wedding planning. Recognizing that each event is unique, they customize their services and packages accordingly. Learn more about Shannon and Vikki here; read their own fabulous blog here; and, check out their website for event planning services.