How to Choose Your Wedding Date (It's a Tougher Decision Than You Think!)

Etiquette, Planning Tips

One of the biggest wedding-planning decisions you'll make is your wedding date. From narrowing décor options to influencing the venue, there's a lot at stake when you nail down a wedding date. Time of year can also have some bearing on cost, too. Here, things to consider when choosing which day will become your big day.

As you may have already guessed, what's traditionally deemed "wedding season" — that's anything from May through October — is a busy time for bridal folk. Venues will be booked way in advance and most likely the prices will be a lot higher too. But, if you insist on having an outdoor ceremony, reception, or both, you'll need to pin down a warmer weather month.

See more: How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Venue

Choosing an "off-season" date will save you money and most likely, if you're looking at a high-demand location for your nuptials, will free up availability. Plus, if you're a ski bunny, the winter is an obvious choice for your big day.

Some other things to keep in mind? If you have a lot of out-of-town guests, you may want to choose a date far away from any holiday, since those tend to be traveling nightmares. Destination wedding couples might want to go for an off-season to cut costs, but will want to beware of hurricane season to limit risk. And, of course, if you're using a priest, minister or rabbi to marry you, avoid any religious holidays that may conflict with your date of choice.

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