Fiancé a sports fanatic? Then you may not want to get hitched smack dab in the middle of football season. Early or mid May wedding date sound great today? Well, be prepared because your wedding anniversary just might fall on Mother's Day down the line. Don't say we didn't warn you! With so much to consider when picking the perfect day to say, "I do", most brides and grooms completely forget the fact that this date will be important not only the year of, but every year after that one too. We talked to a few planning pros to break down exactly how your wedding date can impact your future. We suggest you listen up!
It could conflict with must-see sporting events
Like the Super Bowl! In the South, there's also a love/hate relationship with fall weddings because of college football, points out planner Tracie Domino, founder of Tracie Domino Events. If you or your fiancé is a diehard fan, for instance, you've probably already checked the schedule and picked the bye week for your wedding, but just because it's a bye week this year doesn't mean it will be next year, she warns. "You can say goodbye to that romantic anniversary vacation if it falls on your or your husband's team's rivalry weekend."
Remember, some holidays fall on a different date every year
And this could be an issue for some couples. This is why Jennifer Arreguin and Natasha Burton, co-founders of Swoon California in Santa Barbara, recommend choosing a date that you can always easily celebrate and steering clear of those roving holidays, like Mother's Day, Father's Day, Easter weekend and even Thanksgiving, for which the actual date varies from year to year.
Major holidays may be a major problem in the future
And not just for obvious reasons, such as having to choose between spending time celebrating Christmas or the 4th of July with friends and family and going on an anniversary getaway of your own. If you have your wedding on a holiday weekend (more expensive), then your anniversary will be equally as expensive every year, cautions planner Scoobie West of Scoobie & Company. If you're dead set on the date but want to avoid the added expense of traveling on a holiday weekend though, perhaps you can book your anniversary trip well in advance or travel the month before or after, he suggests.
Will your anniversary be on Spring Break or during back to school season?
You may not have kiddos now, but when they do enter the picture and life gets more complicated, your anniversary celebration might fall by the wayside because it happens during back to school season or other kid-monopolized times of the year, notes Florida-based wedding planner Aviva Samuels of Kiss The Planner. Not planning on having kids? It could still affect you! For example, Jyl Deering, Chancey Charm Boston wedding planner, had friends get married in April, and they went on their 10-year anniversary this year to Florida. "Turns out it was a terrible idea, as it was school vacation week for schools in the North, and their beach and hotel were packed with kids and families. Not their ideal peace and quiet trip!"
Winter weddings will likely have an impact on a couple's future anniversary celebrations, especially if the weather wreaked havoc on the big day or if the couple resides in a region where there is severe snowfall, says Greg Jenkins, founder of Bravo Productions. "A blizzard and power outage doesn't exactly say, 'Happy anniversary honey!'"
Let astrology guide you
What if your wedding date could actually affect your future together? It does, according to famed astrologer Magi Helena. "In fact, scientific research into more than 10,000 wedding dates found conclusive evidence that the date you get married will have a powerful and predictable effect on your future love and happiness, peace and protection and success in both of your careers." Basically, certain planetary alignments are present in the astrology of the wedding dates of long-term happily and successfully married couples, like Cate Blanchett, Sarah Jessica Parker and Meryl Streep for example. So if you're into that sort of thing, do some research of your own and see if you can pick a MAGIcal Wedding Date (based off Magi astrology) too.