Considering how often newly engaged couples are asked when their wedding date is, it would be understandable if you thought settling on a wedding date was the first thing you should do after saying yes to a proposal. However, there are many factors you should consider before you decide when to say I do. If you and your beloved have a special date – such as your anniversary or even the wedding day of one set of your parents or grandparents – then that might be your first priority. For most others, some conversations and other decisions will be necessary before picking a date. Read below to learn what you should discuss or find out before you and your sweetheart choose a wedding date.
- Family obligations. If there’s a graduation, milestone birthday, or another wedding coming up in your extended families or social circles, you will likely want to avoid those dates – perhaps even the immediate weeks surrounding the other occasions, if travel is involved.
- Preferred vendors. Do you have a dream venue, photographer, or planner? Find out when their open dates are and use that as a guide of when you should get married.
- A favorite season. Whether winter, spring, summer, or fall, you and your future spouse will need to agree on a time of year to tie the knot before you can narrow it down to a specific date. The location of your big day may be a factor as well.
- Events at your location. Say you want to get married in Palm Springs – the weekends of the Coachella or Stagecoach music festivals would probably be an inconvenient time to host a wedding, especially if your guests were traveling. Similarly, while not an event per se, a location that experiences seasonal natural disasters such as hurricanes or wildfires should probably be avoided during those times.