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There's a lot of thought that goes into picking the perfect wedding date. It's definitely not a decision that can or should be made on the fly. Will the weather be too hot to handle? Does your family have a prior commitment? Or is there a major marathon scheduled that weekend? These are all things you have to keep in mind, and then some!
1. Summer weddings are hot.
Particularly in the south, points out wedding planner Kelli Corn of Kelli Corn Weddings & Events. If you've always dreamt of saying, "I do" during the summertime though, just make sure you take the proper precautions. Some good ideas to consider, according to her, include parasols or umbrellas for your wedding guests, mini fans you can hand out, bug spray, sunscreen and cold drinks, to name a few. If you can't stand the heat (i.e. you tend to get all hot and bothered and really irritable), think twice.
2. Fall weddings may interfere with football.
If your groom's a diehard football fan or your family is head over heels for a collegiate team, a fall (or even winter) wedding could cause some problems, warns Corn. "Some fans are pretty dedicated and can get cranky if they have to miss their favorite team play."
3. Special events can raise costs for everyone.
Find out what major events may be happening on your wedding weekend, urges Phoenix, Arizona-based wedding planner Chandra Keel, owner of Chandra Keel Events. "A quick Google search could save you a lot of time and money, as hotel rates go up or sell out altogether when large events are in town." Not only that, but catering costs also increase, flowers may be more expensive, transportation resources become limited, and the list goes on, says Keel.
4. Holiday weekends require a major heads up.
And might annoy some or many of your wedding guests. "If your date falls within a holiday weekend, it's really important to assume your friends and family will make plans far in advance so the sooner they know about your wedding, the better," notes wedding and event designer Marc Wilson of Weddings by MWD Lifestyles. When possible, Jen Stone from Stonekelly Events advises against setting your wedding date on a holiday (like New Years or 4th of July), as your guests will incur extra costs.
5. Are your must-have vendors/venue available?
One of the biggest mistakes Keel sees couples fall victim to is choosing their wedding date before choosing their venue. "Do your venue research first and know which dates they have available," she recommends. "This holds true for any vendor that you're intent on hiring, especially your wedding planner and photographer since they can book clients up to a year in advance."