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How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Date

Before you can finish the cake at your engagement party, friends and family are already asking you when you’re getting married. And while you do need to decide in a timely manner, you don’t want to rush your decision. Here are some ways to figure out the best time to tie the knot.

Significant Dates

If your parents and grandparents both got married on July 19, then choosing that date for your big day might be a great tribute to the enduring love of generations of meant-to-be couples. You could also choose a date that is significant to your relationship, like the day of your first date. Brainstorming these important dates can help you narrow down your search for the perfect day.

Seasonal Effects

Some women (and men) have always dreamed of getting married under the canopy of fall-colored leaves or inside an historic church. Talk to your fiancé about what he or she has in mind for the look of your wedding, and decide which season best fits the theme. It is also a good idea to choose a season with cooperative weather. You don’t want to plan an outdoor ceremony during the coldest part of the year or in the middle of a record heat wave.


If you choose a date during the peak of wedding season (June, September or October), then you’re probably going to run into some higher prices. But if you choose a less-popular time of year to wed, then you might be able to save a few dollars for the honeymoon.

Important Guests

While you can’t plan around everyone’s availability, it might be wise to check with your parents, grandparents, wedding party and officiant to see if there are any dates during the year that they won’t be available to be a part of your wedding.

Happiness Matters

Although it is a good idea to be practical when it comes to the date of your wedding, do what makes you happy. If you really want a spring wedding but are pressured to tie the knot in December to avoid a price jump, then you might not be happy with the result. It’s the most important day of your marriage, and you don’t want to give up what you truly want to make others happy.

**Photo by: Shelly Taylor Photography

**Photo features local couple, Taylor + Jake

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