Picking the Perfect Wedding Date!

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 4:13 PM
Immediately after getting engaged, the wedding date is the first and foremost thing that a couple thinks of. Though you might think that this is an easy decision, you're perfectly wrong! Imagine choosing one perfect day from the 365 days we have in a year! So, to help our couples out there, here are some of the guidelines which may help you wisely decide your perfect wedding day:

1. Consider the Seasons of Potential Wedding Dates
Perhaps the first thing to consider is what season you want to get married in. Do you want the warmth of summer or the cold December-breeze wedding?

2. Which Day of the Week?
Though to us Filipinos, we usually have the weddings on a weekend for the sake of the guests (typically, all of the guests would not be amenable to a weekday event due to their work responsibilities), some couples nowadays dare to celebrate their wedding on a weekday. If most of your wedding guests are in town and not traveling, you might also consider having a weekday wedding, when there will be discounts and more availability of premium locations and vendors.

3. Marking Special Occasions with Your Wedding Date
Many couples love the idea of getting married on Valentine’s Day (February 14th), or The Christmas day. You could get married on the anniversary of the day you met, or honor your parents or grandparents by choosing their wedding date.

4. How Long Should Your Engagement Be?
I think that a year is a good amount of time to plan a wedding, while not stressing out. Other people think that spending an entire year is unnecessary and torturous. It’s certainly possible to have a very short engagement or one that spans several years.

5. Prioritize Your Different Desires
You may have to make some hard choices. If one of you really wants to get married on your anniversary, but it falls on a Friday, and the other really wants a Saturday evening wedding, you’re going to need to find a compromise. Each of you should rank what is most important to you. Perhaps there's something else that one of you wants (say a favorite wedding band, or to avoid the receiving line) that you can trade for your choice of wedding date.

6.Consult Key Participants
If your sister will be in the midst of college finals, or your parents will be in Aruba, that’s not a good wedding date. Don’t worry about too many people, only those who absolutely must be there.

7. Consult Your Favorite Wedding Locations and Vendors
If you really want your wedding ceremony at your church, or the reception at your town's most beautiful hall, you’ll want to make sure they’re available before you start sending out Save the Dates. Most people won’t change their wedding date just because their favorite photographer isn’t available, but if that’s important to you, you’ll want to book him or her first before finalizing your wedding date. Not having the very best location or vendor won’t mean disaster, but their availability is at least something to consider.

*Disclaimer: some of the excerpts from http://weddings.about.com/od/pickingyourweddingdate/a/weddingdates.htm were deleted and some were retained.

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