“Congratulations! Let me see the ring! When is the big day?”
These are typical responses after one makes the big announcement (and usually in that order too). You just made a BIG decision by saying, “YES!” and now you have quite a few other BIG decisions to make.
The first and foremost is selecting a date. Believe it or not, this may be more difficult than finding your wedding dress. The typical engagement is about a year-long (sometimes longer) which really helps make your dream wedding a reality.
However, many factors need to be considered such as the season, the budget, the holidays, and of course the major sporting events (We want all eyes on you not on a bunch of boys chasing a ball).
Once you can pick a date all else will follow and fall into place. But, it is wise to choose two or three so when searching for a venue (next on the list), you have more flexibility especially if you have a certain place in mind to tie the knot.
Take these annual dates into consideration.
Valentine’s Day (many couples love this date)
Presidents’ Day (always a Monday)
Mother’s Day (always a Sunday)
Make sure your moms are okay sharing this weekend with your wedding. And ask yourself, do you want your anniversary to fall the same weekend as Mother’s Day when (or if) you become a mom?
Memorial Day (always a Monday)
Father’s Day (always a Sunday)
Like you would with your moms, check with your dads about doubling up on this day. And grooms, make sure you’re okay with celebrating your anniversary the same weekend as Father’s Day if you decide to have children.
Labor Day (always a Monday)
Columbus Day (always a Monday)
Avoid it if you’re terrified that someone might actually show up in costume (and embrace it if you want them to!).
Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)
New Year’s Eve (sounds like a fun idea, but typically more expensive)
Religious and Cultural Holidays
Be mindful of religious and cultural holidays (your own and those of your guests) when planning your wedding or any event. There may even be restrictions at your house of worship as to whether you are allowed to marry at these times.
Days of Remembrance
We are talking about historically significant days (like the anniversary of 9-11) that may be off-limits if you come from a big military family… Or that could make them all the more meaningful — it’s up to you to decide.
Major Sporting Events
If you’re die-hard sports fans — or if you’re worried your guests might have a hard time choosing between your wedding and the big game — avoid getting married during popular sporting events. And if many of your guests come from the same alma mater, watch out for homecoming weekends, and bowl games that might conflict.
Best of luck and choose wisely.