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How to... Choose Your Perfect Wedding Date

Before you look at venues, before you try the cake, you need to sit down and have a long hard think about when you want to get married. Saturday is by far the most popular day for couples to exchange vows, while Friday and Sunday run a close second and third. 

The month and day of the week you decide to get hitched on will have an effect on your wedding. It could affect the price and how many people will actually be at your wedding. 

The location 

Every bride (and some grooms) have a dream venue in mind. But that means availability for the most exculsive venues is scarce. With only 52 weekends a year, and high demand you might struggle to get the date you want. If you opt for a Monday or Tuesday you will be able to get your dream wedding in a historic house with large grounds. Just make sure that they have no corporate events planned for the same day or you could be sharing your venue with a lot of bankers! 

The guest factor 

If you want a large wedding you will need to find a date that people will be free on. You’re more likely to have more RSVPs for a weekend wedding than a mid-week wedding. Then again, if you are hoping for a small intimate wedding then a mid-week wedding could be perfect! If you get married on a day that’s a holiday then you might find people already have plans. Getting people to come to a Christmas Day wedding might be tough, while a Valentine’s wedding is a day people will change their plans for. Peak vacation season is also not the ideal time of year as accomodation prices are sky high, and the same is ture of any days when there’s an event on. 

The cost factor

Did you know that the day of the week you decide to get married on can affect the price? The time of year and the actual day you get married on can affect the price because certain days are more popular than others. Summer and Christmas weddings are always popular, while January, April and November are often quieter months. You also need to see what events are taking place in your area because the price will go up if the venue expects to be fully booked. 

If you want a specific date or day of the week then you might have to book far in advance to ensure you get the date and time you want. If you’re a bit more flexible and are looking for the best deals then do some research by speaking to local vendors about when their quiet period is and see if you can get a discount for booking that date. 

Destination weddings

When plannig a destination wedding you have to make sure your guests get the invitations as early as possible. That’s because there are flights and hotels to be booked and the earlier your guests book them the better the price. If people have to travel some distance for the wedding then they will usually extend their break and take a vacation while they’re there. If they don’t have so far to travel then a weekend wedding means that people can travel over on the Friday and then home on the Sunday. 

The normal wedding rules don’t often apply when it comes to destination weddings. While close to home you might get a better rate on a mid-week wedding, because of good weather and the popularity of weddings abroad you usually won’t get a discount on a wedding during the week at a resort (ubkess you do some serious bargaining or it’s monsoon season). What you will find is that there is more availability during the week because weekends are often booked up years in advance. 

 

Superstious dates 

There is superstition attached to the day and month you get married (but these have to  taken with a pinch of salt). Many cultures see the mont of May as an unlucky month to get married. In Pagan times, the start of summer was when the Festival of Beltane took place (and was celebrated with outdoor orgies) and it wasn’t seen as a good time for a marriage. Romans also believed that May was out thanks to the Feast of the Dead.

In Scottish culture May 3rd is a particularly unlucky date for a wedding, while January 1 is the luckiest date. In Ireland there was a time when the Feast of the Holy Innocents on December 28 was a big no-no for weddings, while in England St. Joseph’s Day’s on December 17 was considered unlucky. Hindus also avoid birthdays as they are seen as times of trial. 

There is an old poem that says :“Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday best of all. Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses, Saturday for no luck at all.” If you’ve planned a weekend wedding don’t go cancelling your day – while Monday , Tuesday and Wednesday are still considered lucky, the rest of the week doesn’t have any supersticious significance at all. Moroccan culture believe Thursday and Sunday are lucky while all other days are unlucky and you can’t get married between February 24 to March 4. 

 

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