Yippee Yay – we’ve set the day!
He’s got down on one knee, said the four magic words, you’ve stuttered/muttered/shouted/shrieked ‘Yes’ in reply, hugged, cried and danced around like children…and then the planning begins…
Every proposal is different and unique and special in its own little way but once the question and the champagne cork have been popped, its time to start thinking about the when, where, how and what of the wedding itself. And for many, the biggest hurdle is the first hurdle…deciding on a date.
So, here are few glimmering pearls of wisdom from Just Bespoke about popular wedding dates…
1. Money Money Money
Many suppliers will charge a premium for weddings taking place on certain dates such as Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, so if you are trying to keep costs down then try to avoid these dates if possible.
2. Viva Las Vegas
Consider whether you want to share your wedding day with other brides…while many people around the world get married on the same day, you probably don’t want to see a huge raft of other brides at your venue on your wedding day, queuing for their turn to say ‘I do’. If this is the case, it might be worth avoiding dates such as Valentine’s Day and destinations such as Las Vegas. In Sin City, as Vegas is often referred, there are an average of 150 weddings each day, not to mention the 27,000 people who flocked to the city to get married on 14th February this year! (Useful knowledge from a Vegas cab driver during my recent trip!)
3. May the fourth be with you
Be flexible. If you know you want to get married on a certain date to celebrate a particular occasion, some of your plans may need to change to accommodate the date. A lovely bride recently told me she knew the date of her wedding but not the year as she was determined to marry on Star Wars Day but wanted her wedding to fall on a Friday or Saturday so she was having to postpone her plans until the right date and day came up.
4. Quickety quick
Book everything as far in advance as possible. Weekends in June, July and August are always very popular – especially around bank holidays – so get your booking in the venue’s diary before another couple does.
5. Family matters
And finally…think about your friends and family. If you want to make sure they can all attend then figure out a day which is going to work for them. It might be difficult for people to get days off work during the week (despite it being cheaper for you!) so weekends are often the best way to ensure everyone can make it to see you up the aisle.