Many wedding timelines suggest that you start planning by selecting a wedding date. And while this is nice, in theory, it doesn’t always pan out so well. Many times fiancés find that their favorite wedding venue is already booked on their dream wedding date, and instead of consider changing dates, they settle for a venue that doesn’t quite make their hearts sing. Instead of following this common advice, we think couples are often happier when they start the wedding planning process with a range of dates in mind, which makes it more likely they can find their dream venue with an date open that will work for them. After all, ten years from now you may not care what day you wed, as much as where you wed, and if that location lived up to all your expectations.
When to Stick to a Single Date
We know some couples choose wedding dates for special reasons. For instance, they may want to wed on the bride’s parents or the groom’s grandparents’ anniversary. Some opt to wed on the same day as their first official date. It can be sweet and romantic to set a date with personal significance, but many times this is impractical for some couples.
For instance, if your first date was in January, but you have always dreamed of an outdoor spring wedding, you may have tossed this idea out the window before you even got engaged. In other cases, one or both of you may be in a profession (like teaching) that makes it difficult to choose a wedding date anytime other than summer break.
In these cases, why set your heart on a date, before you have chosen a wedding venue?
After all, unless your ideal wedding date has some special significance to it, there is no reason to sacrifice your favorite venue (or other vendor) because it is not open on your initially chosen date.
When to Choose a Wedding Venue, First
Here at our hillside wedding venue, Texas Old Town, we have found that many couples have strong opinions about what month they wed, and where they do so, but not necessarily what day they get married on. For these couples, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.
Choosing a month or timeframe for when to wed, as opposed to a specific date, greatly increases the odds of finding a venue you love with a date that is open.
Though Saturdays have long been considered prime time to say “I do,” that doesn’t mean this is the only weekday appropriate to wed. In fact, many modern couples have embraced the fact that choosing a wedding date that falls on a Thursday, Friday, Sunday, or even Monday makes it possible to find a venue (and other wedding vendors) with openings. Plus, it gives wedding guests a great excuse to make a mini vacation out of the wedding weekend!
It can be especially helpful to plan a weekday wedding around a three-day holiday, such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day or even Columbus Day. May people will already have time off work, without being subject to extremely busy travel days, like those that fall around Thanksgiving or Christmas.