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Tis the Season

If your heart is set on a particular day, choosing your wedding date is one less thing to worry about. If you aren’t one who falls in that category, selecting the right time can be more challenging than you think as there are factors to consider. Breaking down the pros and cons of each season is a good place to start and, at the very least, helps narrow down your time frame.

Spring is the time of year associated with rejuvenation and newness as colors begin to reemerge and the climate warms following the drabness and cold of winter. The lush landscaping and countless flowers beginning to bloom make for wonderful photos and beautiful bouquets. Chances are your friends will be thrilled to get together and celebrate after the hullabaloo of the holidays is over.

Because it is not the most popular time for a wedding, you may be able to get lower rates with vendors but, with summer approaching, the competition will increase for venues, available dates and prices will begin to rise. Additionally, the weather can be finicky and occasional showers do occur without warning.

Summer is the most popular time to wed for a variety of reasons. With children out of school, parents often plan on a more relaxed schedule including vacation time which would allow your friends and family separated by distance to share in your special day with you. Also, due to the hectic nature of the first half of the year, chances are your guests haven’t been spending much.  Therefore, they may have a bit in their budget for extra special wedding gifts for you.

On the negative side, the first thing is the weather. Regardless of how cool the inside of a venue may be, the heat can cause issues with your hair and makeup during outdoor photos, not to mention the discomfort for those who either just don’t like the heat or cannot tolerate it well. On another note, because it is the most popular time for a wedding, prices will be at their peak and there is a chance that some of your guests may be invited to another ceremony on the same day.

Fall is ideal for you if you are a fan of oranges, gold, rust and darker colors as well as falling leaves and cooler, brisk temperatures. It is a time that brings with it a sense of togetherness and tranquility. With fruits, vegetables and leaves being abundant, there are numerous ways to create one-of-a-kind decorations that are not only elegant but incorporate the sentiments of these months.

Unfortunately, if berries and greenery won’t replace your heart’s desire for bright, vibrant flowers, this may not be the time of year for you unless you are willing to have flowers shipped in from wherever they may be available (at a very steep price). Also, school begins again, people have plans for Labor Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving so you need to keep those dates in mind.

Winter might not be your first choice (as it isn’t for most brides) but, with it comes an air of coziness and romance unmatched by any other time of year. Not only is everyone already feeling a sense of togetherness, the sun sets earlier and there is nothing warmer in the world than closely holding the arm of your new husband. Vendors are more likely to be available and because there is less competition, not only are prices typically already lower, there is often room for negotiation.

Despite the unexpected pros, there are some drawbacks. One is that the cold and lack of foliage can make outdoor photos less desirable so many of them may have to be done indoors. As well, your guests are probably saving money for the holidays, have preexisting plans and travel arrangements are much more expensive and difficult during this time.

Your wedding will be wonderful regardless of the day you choose but, realistically, no matter the day, there are always factors and possible conflicts that may arise which are out of your control. A seasonal breakdown is an easy way to quickly eliminate large spans of time so you can begin focusing on the particular day.

When is the Right Time?

Choosing a wedding date can often be a simple task as you may select the anniversary of when you were proposed to or the same day that you had your first date with your future husband. However, it can easily and quickly get complicated as there are several factors to consider that may not initially cross your mind.

Photos:  Many brides who opt for a day other than an important anniversary, make their decision based on a particular season or time of year. Depending on how important it is to you that your pictures look a certain way, it is imperative to remember that, for example, in late autumn or winter, the grass will not be green, flowers will not be blooming and chances are that the ground will be covered with leaves. Unless you get married on a tropical island where it is always sunny and everything in nature is constantly thriving, there is no way to avoid those things.

Colors:  Typically, certain colors are associated with each time of year. Shades of pink or yellow are not typically worn in the later months just as a dark auburn, for example, is not usually chosen for the middle of summer. There are many colors such as jewel tones that are appropriate regardless of the date you select and, of course, you should select whatever makes you happy but it is something to definitely consider.

Venue:  Brides choose their venue for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you want to hold your ceremony in the church you grew up in and you pick a day that the venue is available. Maybe your budget is at the forefront and you need to find a location that is within your constraints. Possibly, a place that fits your style and is a reflection of who you are is the most important.

Guests:  Inevitably, there are going to be people who have prior obligations and are unable to attend your wedding despite how much they may wish that were not the case. Those who are most important to you (such as the ones you want in your wedding party) are the ones whose schedules and availability should be taken into consideration as you don’t want to choose someone less important simply because the one you would prefer is busy on the date you decide on.

Whatever day you choose, everything will turn out perfectly. However, it is important to give some thought as to the reason(s) behind that choice and consider what is most important to you when you will look back years later and remember one of the most important moments in your life.

I Do…but When?

Now that you are engaged, both the fun and the hard work begin. One of the first decisions to make is picking the date. That way, you know how much time you have to plan and can set yourself a schedule of when things need to be completed by. However, there are some things to consider before you make up your mind.

A lot of couples have a date that is very special to them such as the date they met, the first time they kissed or another day that is sentimental. These are great ideas but you have to be open to compromise and have an open mind in the event that the date happens to fall on, say, a Wednesday of the year of your wedding.

Every bride and groom have certain people in their lives that they could not imagine getting married without. It is important to consult those individuals to check availability they may have. Keep in mind that, if you start asking a plethora of people though, it can easily make the task complicated and confusing. Therefore, only ask the people you can truly not live without having them in attendance.

Make sure to check with the venue if you have your heart set on a place before choosing the date because they might not be available, in which case you will have to decide whether a particular day or location is most important. Also, keep in mind the color schemes that are appropriate for any given season. Although you can always break tradition, for example, if you have your heart set on pale pink flowers and dresses, a spring wedding may be more appropriate than a winter one.

Be aware of certain events that might make your guests wish you had chosen a different date, such as Superbowl Sunday or the weekend before taxes are due. After all, you want everyone to be excited to be sharing in your special moment rather than wishing they were somewhere else.

Save the Date

One of the most important things to consider once you are engaged is what day you will actually get married and, while the day is supposed to be all about you, there are many things that need to be taken into consideration before you settle on a date.

If there is a day that means a lot to you, such as the anniversary of the day you met or even a day that you just think will be easy to remember, that’s okay and it’s perfectly fine to go with that. However….

If you have your heart set on a venue, an officiant, a band, etc., their availability may have some influence on the day of your wedding. Keep in mind that Saturday is the most popular day to get married and June, August and September are the most popular months.

If there are people who you can’t imagine walking down the aisle without them being present, it’s a good idea to check their schedule before sending out the invitations. Although it is the most important day in your life, it’s possible that someone will have a conflict that existed before you got engaged (and you shouldn’t take it personally).

Think about your job and vacation time so that you and your fiance can escape for your honeymoon. You don’t want to get married if one or both of you can’t possibly get away to celebrate until 6 months later!

Holidays are a popular time to get married but, especially if you have a fair number of guests coming in from out of town, give it a second thought. Prices for plane tickets and hotel rooms are elevated and the hassles associated with traveling are higher than normal. Also, remember that your anniversary is a day that is special and unique to you and if you get married on a holiday, it will be shared with a celebration of something else as well.

However, ultimately, what matters the most is what your priorities are.