13:46 (GMT+2), Tue, 16 September 2014| Comments
You're engaged?! Congratulations! When's the date? This delicate decision is different for each couple, but a year-long engagement is often about right. It gives you time to get your dream wedding dress (which can take six to nine months) and your dream wedding reception venue (some are booked a year in advance!), yet doesn't drag out the engagement. Consider the following to pick a day that is both practical and personal.
How romantic would it be to marry on the date your eyes first met, on the date you officially became a couple, or on your grandparents' anniversary? Some cultures use traditional methods to choose a date -- Japanese families use the koyomi, an ancient astrological calendar, to pick the most propitious day. You may not be able to marry on the exact day you want -- the venue you want may be booked or that special date could fall on a Monday -- but you can probably get pretty close. Make sure you tell your guests about any significance of the timing in your ceremony programs!
Weather not only affects your wedding's style and location, but may set a completely different mood. If it's snowing outside, or it's 30 degrees, people will behave differently. Consider your wedding personality, then choose your season accordingly. Free-spirited fun, sun-dappled settings, wild and sweaty dancing: Stick with a summer wedding. Freshness, pastels, a daffodil bouquet: A spring wedding is your thing.
Budget may affect your choice. The popular months are always more expensive. Sept – Dec. But if, for example, you're planning a wedding in January, March, or April, it may cost less because 50 other couples aren't lined up behind you offering to pay a lot ore. Days of the week also matter: Saturday nights carry a hefty price tag, but marry during the week and the price is often halved.
If you've always wanted a Nutcracker wedding, or you're hot for a heart-covered wedding cake, sounds like you're a holiday wedding couple. If you're Irish, opt for March, when everyone is already in the St. Patty's Day spirit. Try a wedding party in pastels and an Easter egg hunt in March or April. Some holidays fall on long weekends, which might make it easier for out-of-town guests to attend. On the flip side, some guests may not want their holiday weekends upended by a wedding, so take that into consideration as well.
Speaking of guests, but only of the top-tier, wouldn't-get-married-without-them variety: If you have limited preferences, you may want to ask your nearest and dearest about date conflicts and plan accordingly. Be forewarned that this is a slippery slope if you ask anyone outside your essential circle of parents, siblings, and close friends. Keep it simple and don't budge once the date's set.
There are definitely wedding dates to avoid.! No matter what your career, you probably have your own crunch time at work (inventory always happens in March, the new fiscal year begins in Arpil), so don't marry then. You'll either be stressed or you won't be allowed to take off for your honeymoon. Keep big sporting events in mind, you don’t want everyone rushing after the wedding ceremony to catch a big rugby game and then they are all late for the reception.
(Source-- Tracy Guth from tietheknot.com)