When you’re thinking about how to choose your wedding date, you want to start by thinking about your big priorities for your wedding day. Who would you like to invite? Do you want to get married outdoors or indoors? In your home state or somewhere else? What is your budget?
In a nutshell, you’re looking for the date when the right people and the right place are available at the right price. In other words, when you should get married is determined by who you want to be there, who you want to officiate, where you want to hold the ceremony, and how much it all costs.
If you already have your heart set on a specific venue or a specific officiant, the availability of those things will affect when you’re able to get married. If not, you can start by thinking about the ideal season of your wedding (busy season is May through October and venues tend to be more expensive in those months, whereas November through April tend to be less busy and therefore less expensive), whether you want to be married indoors or outdoors, and a general location.
You might only be able to narrow down a location as far as “my fiancé’s hometown or the city we live in now,” and that’s OK. At least you have a general starting point for your venue search, which will help in setting a date.
As you tour venues and make decisions as to where you’d like to be married, how much you’ll be able to spend, and how many people you’d like to invite, you’ll know how to choose your wedding date.
Visit our First Steps page for more tips on how to start planning your wedding.