Scheduling your wedding date is as important as the big day itself. In this article, you will find some key factors to discuss before setting your date.
Allow at least 6 to 12 months to plan for your wedding. Vendors such as photographers and caterers are generally booked months in advance. Many of the products that you will order take weeks if not months to prepare. Invitations may take up to 6-8 weeks to print and your dress will take even longer. A gown chosen off the rack would still take months to complete the alterations.
When selecting a date, consider holidays, community events, major sporting events, popular vacation months, work and school schedules, and other obligations like family reunions, graduations or other weddings. These dates may make it difficult for your guests to attend. Available dates surrounding major sporting and community events may prove to be scarce and difficult to obtain regular pricing.
Choose a time of day that fits your wedding style and budget. Be mindful not to create a hardship on your guests. For example, scheduling an early afternoon or morning ceremony during the work week would cause a strain for guests to take off from work or school.
Before you select the date, keep these tips in mind.
- Give yourself plenty of time to plan, schedule, reserve and order for your event.
- A well advanced date will better your chances of getting the vendors you want.
- Schedule around major events and holidays to increase reservation availability.
- Pick a day and time that is budget friendly.
- Choose a time of day that is more suitable for your wedding style.
- Always be thoughtful of your guests in general.