So you are in love and now you are engaged, and excited to be marrying the man of your dreams. Now you have to pick a wedding date, here are a few pointers to help you decide what that perfect date should be!
Personally Significant Days
It is important to check your own calendar for college reunions, family weddings, anniversaries or other events, like big conventions or festivals in your city (call your local chamber of commerce), and any annual occasions that involve your family or close friends. Anything that might create a conflict for friends and family to attend, you want to avoid.
"Holiday weekend weddings have pros and cons. You've got an extra day for the festivities (and recovery!); plus, a Sunday wedding is often less expensive than a Saturday one would be. However, costs of travel and hotels may be higher. And if you're looking to marry around Valentine's Day, be wary of your floral bill, especially if you've got your heart set on red roses -- they'll likely be more expensive than at any other time of the year. Likewise, reception sites often charge a higher fee for a New Year's Eve wedding. Also consider the impact of a holiday weekend on your guest list: Some families have standing plans or traditions that they'd prefer not to miss."
I personally prefer NOT to have a wedding set on a holiday weekend because you really do have to think about your guests and the idea of making them use up their holiday to attend your wedding just seems unfair.
Religious and Cultural Holidays
"Be mindful of religious and cultural holidays (your own and those of your guests) when planning your wedding. There may even be restrictions at your house of worship as to whether you're allowed to marry at these times."
Since I am Catholic, during Lent weddings are not performed in the Church. It is important that you check with your place of worship to ensure that you can get married around that time, so you dont end up disappointed.
Days of Remembrance
"We're talking about historically significant days (like the anniversary of September 11) that may be off-limits if you come from a big military family. Or, that could make them all the more meaningful -- it’s up to you to decide."
Major Sporting Events
"If you're die-hard sports fans -- or if you're worried your guests might have a hard time choosing between your wedding and the big game -- avoid getting married during popular sporting events. And if a lot of your guests come from the same alma mater, watch out for homecoming weekends and bowl games that might conflict."
Planning your wedding on Superbowl weekend? I don't think you fiancee would ever forgive you! If you don't want him distracted, then ladies please make sure you do not do this!
Greeks and Romans thought that starting any new life event -- from getting married to baptizing a child -- in a leap year would bring bad luck.
Next Leap Year: 2016
Now this is an interesting one because my Parents got married in a leap year, not sure I would constitute that as bad luck as they have been together over 30 years!
As long as these rules are followed, you should be able to pick a great date for friends, and family to join you in celebrating this joyous occasion!