So he has got down on one knee, or maybe you proposed to your beloved? – You have shared the news with all of your friends and family, on Facebook, and even got a megaphone and written it on a sandwich board to share your happy news through the streets of your local town… Okay, so that may be a little over-the-top, but don’t say you’re not excited! Because I totally know you are! And before you choose the dress, the cake and sort the guest list – you have to choose the best date. Here are some tips on choosing the perfect wedding date for your wedding day:
- Decide what season you want your wedding… if you want to wear a thick lace long sleeve dress, is a summer or warm wedding going to be comfortable? If you are planning a marquee or outdoor wedding you may want to consider a Spring or Summer date.
- Decide what year you want your wedding – think carefully about the pressures, time and efforts it takes to plan a wedding, especially if it is a big family affair – so bear this in mind – perhaps you want to leave a year or two, or if you are super organised then six months may be fine, or if it is a small wedding three months even. The more time you have to plan, the more relaxed you will feel on the lead up to your wedding day.
- Where are you thinking of getting wed? Is it a popular venue? Do they have availability? Is it on home-ground, or abroad? It is worth checking the price of travel or flights around the time of year you are planning your wedding, not to mention whether or not your guests are around to take holiday time from work, or studying to attend your ceremony. Is there a specific religious building you want to exchange vows in? Because you will defo have to call and book in advance.
- It may not be something you wish to think about… but DON’T book a date near your expected ‘lady’ cycle. The PMS is no fun at the best of time, neither is the greasy hair, increased appetite, pimples, bloating, stashing Tampax in your wedding clutch or having to make excuses to your new husband on your wedding night. So this is actually very important, because as a woman, I know that at that time of the month I don’t feel my best, and feeling your best is the single most important thing on your special day. So best to try and avoid it by checking your dates. It is another reason to try and remain calm on the lead up to your day to avoid irregular periods due to stress.
- Check in with your most important members of your guest list – because if your best friend or one of your bride’s maids is unable to make your date, then you may want to reconsider.
- Choose a date that is significant to you and to your husband-to-be, but that is still unique. So avoid birthdays for example, because in future when you want to celebrate your anniversaries you don’t want an event clash. So maybe the first day you met, or the day of your first kiss.
- Avoid any very busy holiday times too, as it is likely that the date will clash with booked vacations of guest-list members.
- Do you have a theme in mind? Well, think about what date may suit this theme nicely. obviously a subtle Christmas touch would not suit a July date in the UK.
If you have experience as a bride how has chosen the ‘wrong’ or the ‘right’ date and want to share some advice please email me and i’ll share your tips too! firstname.lastname@example.org