Successful weddings are elaborately planned. They entail great attention to detail that even what the wedding date would be is a very big deal for both parties. Considering that your wedding is on a tight budget, the date maybe the least thing you would ever have to think of. However, that might not be the case. Depending on your wedding date, your expenses might go as high as 30% depending on the date alone.
Wedding venues and suppliers often charge higher on peak seasons. That is, June and September for months, Saturdays for the day in the week, and evening for exact time of day. If you set your wedding date on these times, you are in the peak season surge of prices on wedding supplies and services. Here are some tips on the best times to set your wedding.
- The ideal months to marry are January, March, April and December. We already have excluded June and September, which is very popular among engaged couples as the wedding months. If couples don’t catch up on the June dates, they would book during July and August to make it before September. May and October are popular months for the Midwest. However, if these two months aren’t that familiar wedding months in your area, they can also be ideal months.
- Plan around holidays and conspicuous dates. Watch out for any holidays, including the Lenten Week for Catholics, National Holidays and Dates of Observation. Valentines’ Day prices for flowers are not friendly for tight-budget weddings, so it’s not an ideal date regardless of how symbolic it goes. In fact, the more symbolic the date of your wedding is, the more it’s packed with marrying couples. This includes conspicuous dates like 12-13-14 (December 13, 2014) or 02-15-15 (February 15, 2015). If it’s also okay to plan your wedding around significant holidays like Mothers’ Day or Fathers’ Day, you may do so. Of course, Friday the 13th dates are very risky dates.
- Take note of the time specifics of your wedding date. Saturdays are favorite days because it’s a guarantee that most, if not all, invited participants would come. Try planning your wedding date on weekdays or Sundays. Hotel accommodations are cheaper on the weekdays, particularly from Sunday through Thursday. Airfare for relatives coming from distant places is also cheaper during the weekdays. If your concern is the full-time workers in your guest list, if you notify them early enough, they may reserve the date in the future. For the exact time, a tight-budget wedding discourages evening weddings. Motifs used in evening weddings are mostly classy formal themes that consume more money for venue details. Unless you have a motif that would not need to pay for as much details as a classy evening wedding, then evening weddings may work.
- Check your wedding suppliers and services for that date. If it’s possible, and that you’re eyeing a specific service for, say, photography, then you should reserve them ahead. Also make sure that the venue you want is available for the day you want. If you’re holding a traditional Church wedding, look at their registry if there are couples already listed on that date. The same applies for venue halls, which may even entail different kinds of events like reunions, birthday parties, etc.
Planning your wedding date is not exactly that simple as before you have read this article. If you are willing to splurge on your wedding, for it is a special day indeed, you may do so without concern for these guidelines. However, if you see that you can save a big deal by just choosing the right date, then these tips might help you choose an appropriate, and equally memorable, date.