TIPS ON HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR PERFECT WEDDING DATE

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5/24/17

 

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You’ve been dreaming of this day for ages, and it’s finally right around the corner. You’ve filled up Pinterest boards with the perfect dress, elegant florals, and so many color schemes your head hurts trying to decide between teal and blush. Wedding planning is in full swing, and you’re now fielding the ever popular question left and right: “So, when’s the big day?”. Now you have to decide on one of the most important decisions of all! When should I get married?! Read on for some tips on choosing your perfect wedding date.

There are so many options when planning your wedding, nailing down a day shouldn’t be too hard, right? Below is a short list of things to consider when picking a date.

Tips on how to choose your perfect wedding date

Venue

Where do you envision getting married? Will your ceremony take place outdoors in a beautiful garden such as Forever and Always Farms?  Or will you tie the knot in a grand ballroom of a luxe downtown hotel? Will the ceremony and reception take place at the same location, or will you travel to a different spot for the reception? If your heart is set on a particular venue, you will have to work around their already scheduled events. The earlier you start thinking about venues, the better! Some popular places book up a year in advance.

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Special date

In leu of a special venue (or perhaps in addition to one), you may have your heart set on a particular date. Maybe the first day you met, or your first official date is one you want to keep as your anniversary. Some couples try to work around holidays, birthdays, or other big events in their life. Your lists of dates to avoid maybe even longer than your list of preferred dates.

If you have your heart set on a specific date, your choice in venue may become even more limited. But don’t be scared to shop around- and don’t be scared to be flexible with your dream venue. There are tons of beautiful locations!

Season

Do you want a summer wedding in the Temecula wineries? A spring wedding with all the beautiful greenery and flowers in full bloom? Maybe you dream of a fall wedding with toasty warm colors, or a white winter wedding by a cozy hearth. Some couples want their wedding in a particular season, and this will play a big part in the date and what’s available at your particular venue as well.

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Day of the week

Are you set on a specific day for your wedding? Saturdays are the most popular date for weddings, and therefore book up fastest, and at a higher cost. If you’re open to a Friday night wedding, you can often cut costs substantially. Make sure before you do so, you take your most important family and friends’ schedules into account. Our friends at Fazeli Cellars have a fantastic Friday package that just might be the right fit for you and your future Mr.

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Sometimes weekday weddings aren’t the most practical if you have a lot of people traveling from out of town. However, most people are willing to make an exception for that one special day, and as long as you nail down your venue far enough in advance, they’ll have plenty of notice to make arrangements.

There are a lot of factors that go into choosing the perfect date for your wedding. I hope this list helps you to narrow down your options, and check the ever elusive “choose the date” off your list! Happy planning!

 

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