You have the dress, chosen the food, picked out a cake and found a venue but have you chose your wedding date yet?  Don’t push this task off because you don’t want to have to answer all of the “When is the wedding?” questions with the dreaded “I don’t know”.  Plus, if you have a date locked down you will feel less stressed as you plan because now you have a goal!  

The moment you announce your engagement, your friends and family are sure to ask, “So when’s the wedding?!” Before you get overwhelmed by the deluge of questions, here are a few key things to consider before setting your wedding date:

1. Season. 
Do you want to marry indoors or out? On the beach, at a hotel or in a cozy mountain lodge? Consider the style of wedding you’d like to have and the right season for it as you begin to think about your wedding date.

2. Budget. 
Believe it or not, it’s more expensive to marry in June than it is in November. If you’re on a tight budget, consider marrying in the off-season. Alternatively, venues are often cheaper to rent on non-Saturdays — meaning any other day of the week. Marrying on a Friday, Sunday, or during the workweek can be a tough thing to ask of your guests, but if you’re having a relatively small wedding and give people plenty of notice, we’re certain your friends and family will understand.

3. Destination. 
Dreaming of a destination wedding? You’ll want to investigate the weather patterns in your desired wedding locale before making any commitments. Keep in mind hurricane season afflicts the Caribbean and many of our eastern states, so do some thorough research before you book a venue. Also, keep in mind the flexibility of your wedding guests: Destination weddings are often smaller than at-home affairs, but if there are VIPs you want to have at your wedding (think elderly grandparents) you might want to consider tying the knot closer to home.

4. Your schedule. 
Many couples want to take a honeymoon immediately after the big day, so be sure you can get enough time off of work or school to accommodate your busy pre-wedding schedule and your post-wedding vacation. Also consider the busy times of year in your profession: accountants, for instance, will probably want to avoid marrying between January and April.

5. Significant dates. 
Numerically-significant dates (like 12/13/14!) often fill up fast. For example, thousands of couples rushed to marry on 11/12/13. These types of wedding dates make your anniversary date easy to remember. You could also choose to marry on a day that’s significant for you – perhaps the anniversary of the first time you met, or your first date – or on a date that’s special to your family, like your grandparents’ wedding anniversary, for example. You can explain the significance of your chosen date in your program, on you wedding website, or somewhere else at your wedding.

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