How to Choose Your Wedding Date

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What You Need to Know About How to Choose Your Wedding Date

You’ve said “YES” time to dive into wedding planning… or so you thought. The truth is, there is a lot of “pre-planning” to do before the actual planning. The most important? Your wedding date. Before you can start booking vendors or dreaming of details, you need to choose your wedding date because your date will drive many of your future decisions. Keep reading for our tips on how to choose your wedding date.

How Soon Should You Pick a Wedding Day?

The timeline for picking a wedding date is different for every couple. Some couple choose to have a short engagement, meaning they choose a date and beginning planning right away. Other couples set a date and book a venue a few years out, so they have plenty of time to plan and enjoy their engagement. Some couples bask in engagement bliss, and don’t even think about planning for a few months or even a year down the road.

Bottom Line: When to choose a date is up to you. But keep in mind that venues and other vendors book far in advance. If you have your hearts set on a specific date or venue or photographer, then you’ll want to get a jump on setting your date, so you can book quick.

What Should You Consider When Setting a Date?

Getting married in Michigan means that the season should be among the top criteria for choosing your wedding date. Weather affects the style, location, and mood of your wedding. You will achieve vastly different wedding visions depending on the season you choose.

For example, if you’re dreaming of an outdoor wedding with fresh, bright blooms, then a December date is not going to work for you. On the other hand, if you and your fiance love the look of a winter wonderland, then a December date could be a dream come true.

Pro Tip: Before choosing a wedding, take some time to envision your wedding. What does it look like? This should help narrow your options to a certain time of year.

Read More: What Season Should I Get Married?

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Who Should You Consider When Setting a Date?

While your wedding date is ultimately your decision, you’ll definitely want to take others into account. Check in with your closest friends and family to get an idea of some of their future plans. Do they have other weddings to attend? Are they planning any travels? If there is anyone that you could not imagine saying “I Do” without being there, then take their schedules into consideration.

Similarly, think about your guest list. Do you have plenty of out-of-town guests that may find it difficult to travel during the school year? Are there holidays that you should consider? Keep these things in mind when choosing your wedding date, and don’t take it to heart if you receive more “no” RSVPs than expected.

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Think About Your Love Story

At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that your wedding is the next chapter of your love story. Think about some milestones throughout your relationship, and consider choosing a wedding date based on those. How romantic would it be to get married on the date you first met, or on the day you officially became a couple?

Pro Tip: If going this route, include the significance of the day on your wedding programs. Guests will love to learn why the date is so important to you. Bonus: Your wedding photographer will LOVE capturing those sweet details.

Miriah and Andrew's Wedding at The Holly Vault how to choose your wedding date

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