How To: Set the Date

Now that you’ve set your budget and given your wedding day vision some serious thought, you’re ready to set a date!  Setting a date is a huge undertaking, as it affects your entire wedding planning process.  No fear, though – we’re going to help you through this!

1. Finalize the vision

You want your wedding day vision to be fully formed.  Speak with your fiancé/fiancée and brainstorm about themes, seasons, etc.  If you’re thinking about a beach wedding, January probably isn’t your month.  Winter wonderland your style? Definitely not July.

Once you’ve got a clear picture in your head, you’re ready to take the next step.  But first, let’s take a look at some stats from WeddingWire:

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2. Make a Decision: Outdoor or Indoor

When it comes to setting a date, what you’re really asking yourself is: Am I having an indoor wedding or an outdoor wedding?  Once you answer this question, the date becomes clearer. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, you know the big day will take place in the fall or spring. If you’re choosing to stay indoors, you have more options.

If you’re really set on a particular type of wedding, start doing some research on venues, rentals, etc. When speaking to venues, ask them what you’re responsible for renting (facilities, tents, kitchen, lighting) in addition to standard wedding costs (catering, entertainment, favors, site fee).  Once you see how things are adding up, you’ll either be able to make it work or consider other options.

Pinterest may paint a gorgeous picture, but you have to remember (more often than not) you’re responsible for creating that vision from scratch, not to mention hoping Mother Nature will be on your side.

Additionally, spring and fall are the more popular seasons for weddings, and usually the most expensive.  Certain days of the week may also carry a higher price tag than others.

TIP: If you’re trying to stay within budget, speak to venues about off-season dates and unconventional wedding days (Monday – Thursday).  You might also want to ask if they can contact you in the event of a last-minute cancellation.  Sometimes taking over another date can save you (and the Venue) some cash!

3. Significant Dates/Holidays

Again, if you’re trying to stick to a tight budget, think twice about tying the knot on major holidays (Valentine’s Day, Christmas/New Year’s Eve, and the Fourth of July). Not only may vendors and venues kick up the price, but traveling around this time of year can be expensive for guests. You might also want to consider how you’ll celebrate this date in the future. Do you want to share your special day with another occasion?

4. Take Your Time!

Planning a wedding is stressful enough without putting time limits on yourself.  Remember to go at your own place with planning the details, and to take your time making these decisions.

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