Choosing your wedding date

So, your partner has popped the question and you start to consider when and where you'd like to get married.

You'll no doubt have a few ideas of where, but here are a few things to think of before you decide when:

  • Give yourself enough time to organise the wedding you want.

  • Popular wedding venues get booked up well in advance - are you going to have to wait a year or two to get the venue of your dreams?

  • Struggling to decide which month - what is your favourite season? Everybody thinks of a wedding in the height of summer, but some of us love the snow!

  • Narrowed down your month? What dates/days work best for you?

  • Narrowed down your day/date - can the other important people make it as well - parents, bridesmaids, best man etc.

  • Give yourself enough time to find a wedding dress. If you aren't an 'off the peg' size (is anybody?) give yourself enough time to find the dress, but also to have any alterations done.

  • What kind of wedding do you want? If you have your heart set on a grand marquee in the grounds of a Castle, you might need to consider the summer months.

  • What is your budget? Do you need time to save for the wedding of your dreams?

  • Are you considering a wedding on a weekday? Will everybody you want to invite be able to get the time off work?

  • If you are considering Flower Girls or Page Boys - will they be able to get the time off school if you have a weekday wedding?

  • Have some of your friends also recently got engaged? Is it worth speaking with them so your proposed wedding dates don't clash?

  • Are you really, really looking forward to the Honeymoon? If you have somewhere in mind, will your wedding date coincide with term-time holidays meaning it will be more expensive.

  • Is your chosen Honeymoon destination at its best when you want to go there? Are you considering going to the southern hemisphere - its winter there when its summer in the UK. Does you chosen location have a rainy season, or any kind of extreme seasonal weather?

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