Immediately after the question has been popped and you’ve uttered yes (hopefully enthusiastically!), you will begin hearing the same question: “When’s the wedding?”. You can fend off this question for awhile with answers like:
“For now we are just enjoying being engaged and haven’t made any big decisions yet”
“We haven’t picked a specific date, but it will be next summer”,
“Not sure yet, but you will be the first to know!”
Eventually, you will need to pick a date, and here are four considerations you will want to factor into your decision:
1. Sentimental Value:
Perhaps you choose to get married on the anniversary your first date, or the anniversary of the first time you said I Love You. If you are close with your parents or grandparents, it may be a meaningful gesture to get married on their anniversary. For my fiancé and I, we wanted to get married on the anniversary on our engagement. Picking a date that has sentimental meaning doesn’t have to be a deal breaker, but it may help provide some suggested dates. It also makes for a fun fact to share during the wedding, and one less date that you will need to memorize down the line!
Does your fiancé hate the heat and dread the thought of saying his vows under the sweltering sun? If so, the middle of summer may not be an ideal time of year for you to say your I Dos. If you can’t stand the cold, but have always dreamed of an outdoor wedding, you might need to compromise and choose early or late summer before the heat arrives!
3. Time Off
Depending on your jobs, it is helpful to get married during times of the year when you won’t be swamped in the office or unable to take vacation time. The same goes for your guests – will they be able to get away for the weekend, or is this an overly busy time for some of your must-have guests.
In Canada, most weddings are held between June and September; whereas January, March, April and November are typically the least popular months for weddings. Weekends are also more popular than weekdays. Strategically choosing your wedding date may help your budget given that many venues and vendors offer lower rates at slower times of the year and on weekdays.
Regardless of the date you land on, it will be one to remember! How did you decide on your wedding date?