Flowers, Rings and Wedding CalendarTiming plays a huge part in most aspects of life. This is especially true when it comes to selecting the right date for your wedding. After making the decision to tie the knot, your first task as an engaged couple is to figure out when you’re going to hold your ceremony. There is a little bit of pressure on this step, as you can’t begin any other planning until this has been figured out. If you want to make the experience easier, you can learn a lot by reviewing dates that you should avoid selecting.

From major holidays to dates of personal significance, be sure to plan your wedding around any serious conflicts. Consider these points and find a time of year that works best for all.  

The Major Holidays

Right away, you want to avoid booking a wedding too close to any major holidays. Typically, the big ones in the United States are considered New Year’s Day, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. It goes without saying that picking any of these dates for your wedding is an easy way to guarantee most of the people you invite won’t be able to attend. While these are the big ones to keep in mind, you should also broaden your scope a bit to include any holidays recognized on a federal level. 

A majority of businesses close for extended weekends around federal holidays. Though a three-day weekend might seem like a great time to plan your nuptials, you also run the risk of it conflicting with vacations and other getaways friends and family could be planning. There are also holidays to avoid that aren’t recognized in an official way, such as Halloween. Unless you have your heart set on marrying on a very specific date, your best bet is to avoid most holidays. 

The Days of Personal Significance

In addition to holidays celebrated by the masses, you should also consider events of personal significance when looking over possible wedding dates. Planning your ceremony on the birthday or anniversary of a close family member can easily lead to some complications that can be difficult to iron out. While you should feel free to select whatever date works best for you and your partner, being mindful of the potential conflicts of your family and friends can help you create an event that works for those who matter most to you. 

The Dates of Cultural Significance

It is also wise to remember dates of cultural and religious significance. Though you might not follow the beliefs of Judaism or Islam, there could be many people on your guest list who belong to these faiths. By understanding when the holy days of these religions fall, you can increase the odds of selecting a day that will allow the maximum number of your guests to attend. Though not all couples will need to factor these dates into the equation, having a general idea of the calendar can be very helpful. 

The Local Problem Spots

Finally, the area where you plan on getting married can play a big part in what dates to avoid. If you want to get married on or near a popular beach, then it is best to think about when the crowds tend to travel. If all of your guests get stuck in beach traffic on the highway for hours, your ceremony might look a lot emptier than you’d like. Whether you’re tying the knot in an old farmhouse in the countryside or at a mountain resort, there will be key dates that will avoid crowds.

Picking the right date for your wedding begins with learning more about which days won’t work. As long as you stay mindful of potential conflicts, you’ll be able to set a date that helps you bring your big day to fruition.

Category: Wedding Planning

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