7 Steps for Setting a Wedding Date

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Choosing a wedding date is one of the most important planning decisions that you'll have to make as a couple — it will impact every other aspect of your big day. For every couple, the process is completely unique and that's part of what makes your wedding date so special to you.
 
Step #1: Take the weather into account: The most popular months to get married are June, September, and October and it's no surprise why — the weather is absolutely beautiful in early summer and fall.
 
Step #2: Consider all the factors of an off-season date: Getting married in January or March might help cut your rental venue fee down but you have to be prepared to make sacrifices in other areas.
 
Step #3: Lead the date selection process by creating a list of what you envision for your wedding day: Imagine that your wedding day has finally arrived — what do you see? A lush rose garden as the backdrop for your ceremony? Vineyards dripping with grapes ready for harvest? Snow-covered mountaintops? By narrowing down your potential wedding date to one season (or two) you can cut down your options in half.
 
Step #4: Think twice before getting married on a major holiday: Holiday weddings can be super fun and festive, your wedding date is something you want to celebrate for years to come because of the meaning behind it. But perhaps the biggest factor to consider is your guests. As much as they love you, do they really want to spend a major holiday celebrating you instead of being able to celebrate them?
 
Step #5: Focus on what you want your wedding day to be and how to portray that in a date: At this stage, you should have your potential dates narrowed down to a month or two and this is where it gets fun! Within the months that made it to the final round, are there any dates that are meaningful to you as a couple or as individuals?
 
Step #6: Give yourself plenty of time and don't rush it: Make sure you give yourself enough time to plan for the things that are truly important to you, whether it's incorporating lace from your mom's dress to use in your own gown or getting hand-crafted favors from your favorite travel destination.
 
Step #7: Think about other aspects of your wedding and how they will all play out: Now, depending on what other aspects of your wedding are important, you might want to keep an open mind to a few dates. What if your dream venue is booked or your favorite photographer is out of town? Better yet, what about the important people in your family? You will want to make sure they can attend!

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