Welcome Friends to the Wedding Planning Series! I fully recognize that planning a wedding day can be overwhelming, exhausting, and kind of like a part time job at times. There is A LOT that goes into a wedding day. But here’s the thing friend, it doesn’t have to be.
Planning your wedding should be:
And leave you feeling full and loved!
I want to help you make this process as enjoyable and seamless as possible. I want to help you love your wedding planning process. I want you to enjoy this beautiful season of life. You can feel good about your wedding planning process and choices! So let’s do this!
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know I have been hosting live videos focusing on different aspects of the planning process and different vendors each week. My goal in Spring 2018 is to walk you through a planning a wedding day like a pro! Once a week I’m going live and talking about a different part of the planning process from picking photographers to vendors to caterers to florals, etc.
There is a lot of material to cover, so let’s get started. First up…
When trying to pick the perfect date for you I would consider the 5 following things:
Are there dates that are significant to you as a couple? Are there dates that are important to your family? Your anniversary? Parents anniversary? First kiss? etc.
If there is a date that means a lot to you consider it for a wedding date! Do keep in mind that your date of importance may not fall on a weekend date, but that’s okay, you do you!
If this is how you are picking your wedding date you’re done! Congrats! You can stop reading now. 🙂
This is a big one! This matters so much, and will vary a lot depending on where you are getting married. What do you envision for your wedding? Do you envision a Spring wedding with lots of florals? A Fall wedding with bright orange and red leaves? A Winter Wonderland theme? What is most organically you and your partner? Go with what you feel most connected with!
If you’re getting married abroad or having a destination wedding do a little research! Make sure that you know what weather to expect at your destination wedding.
Are you working on a tight budget and really thinking of ways to save money on your wedding? Then you should think about ‘off seasons’! ‘Off seasons’ will vary depending on where you live. Seasonality can play a big role in terms of cost on a wedding day.
For example, I know that not many couples get married in Georgia outside in December or January because it’s pretty cold and not many people want to do that. Of course you CAN do this and I’ve had friends do this and have beautiful weddings! But because this is a slower season in Georgia often venues will have reduced rates to rent the space at that time.
So…if you have a dream venue you have your eye on, but you’re not sure you can afford it, see if they have a pricing change during their ‘off season’. This can help you narrow down a date!
Holidays can help you pick a date or help you deter from dates!
Help – You can plan your wedding on a weekend where there is an extended day of the week for a holiday (i.e. Labor Day or Memorial Day). Since most people have an extra day off that weekend, it allows you the flexibility to plan your wedding on a Sunday and still give your guests time to relax that Monday!
Or perhaps a particular holiday means a lot to you…like St. Patrick’s Day! That’s great! You can plan your wedding around that date and celebrate your favorite holiday with all your favorite people!
Deter – There may also be some holidays you may want to avoid. For example, if lots of your guests have children or may be flying from out of town to your wedding and you want your wedding on December 23rd, that might not be the best choice. Many of those people will want to stay at home with their families over Christmas. So think about your guest list for this one! Will planning your wedding around a particular holiday make it difficult for your guests to attend?
If there is a venue, photographer, planner etc. that you really want to work with chances are they may be booked up way in advance. If you must work with them, figure out when they are available and book them!
Have questions regarding anything about wedding planning? I mean it…ANYTHING? Leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to address this in our series!