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    [Wedding Wednesday]: Tips for Setting the Date from Pink Cloud 9

    June 26, 2013

    Congratulations you’re engaged!


    Right now you’re calling your family and friends and telling them the good news. They’re responding with a huge excited congrats and...have you set the date? Choosing a date can be overwhelming so we created the top three things to think about when selecting your wedding date.

    The most common question you’ll be asked after the engagement party is, “When’s the wedding?” Before you whip out your calendar, take a few minutes to think about the wedding you both want to have. Deciding some of the details in your vision of the big day will make it a lot easier to pick the perfect date. Here are a things to keep in mind when trying to slim that 365 down a bit:

    Seasons/Weather
    Will you have an indoor or outdoor reception? Would you prefer a beach venue or winery? These options might dictate what season you should have your wedding in. Consider the weather and your guests’ comfort – an outdoor reception by the beach might not be the best idea in January.

    Bridal Party
    Consider your VIP guests when deciding a date. It’s a nice gesture to ask close family and friends for their black-out dates, if any. Some common dates to avoid are: Tax day, Christmas, Super Bowl Sunday (unless you want every guy at the party to constantly be checking the score on their phones), and school graduations.

    Engagement
    Have a discussion with your partner about the length of your engagement. Do you want to race down the aisle or will it be a longer engagement? You’ll need to be more flexible with your date if it’s a shorter engagement, because a lot of wedding venues require booking far in advance of the wedding day. It might also take some time to save and budget for a wedding, so a longer engagement isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

    Venue/Vendors
    May through September is peak wedding season, so your favorite venue or makeup artist might not be available exactly when you need them. We suggest contacting your must-have vendors for their availability before picking a date.

    Budget
    Weddings aren’t cheap, so save money by having your wedding in the off-season, November through March. Vendors will be more willing to negotiate pricing with you during those months. Ceremony and reception rental fees are usually cheaper in the off-season as well.

    Did these tips help you figure out your date? Our team at Pink Cloud 9 can help you with any questions you might have.
    What date did you set? Tell us in the comments below, on twitter, or on facebook.

    1. High Season
    Keep in mind that June, July, and September are the most popular wedding months of the year. This means that the prices for venues and the competition for your top vendors is going to be much tougher. Also, the day of the week should play a part if you are looking for the most cost-effective option. For example, a Saturday wedding is way more expensive than a Friday or Sunday wedding.

    2. Holiday Season
    Holidays are also a really popular time for weddings because it allows your guests from out of town to travel without taking more time off work. But, keep in mind that holidays are when family vacations are planned. Just make sure if you are having a holiday wedding to send out those save-the-dates early!

    3. Check with Close family & friends
    Most importantly, make sure to run the date by your closest friends and family before you print those invitations. This includes the parents and the bridal party. You want to make sure that the people closest to you can be with you on your big day.

    How did you set the date? Tell us in the comments below, on Twitter, or on Facebook. Don’t stress the small stuff on your big day, let Pink Cloud 9’s expert Day of Wedding Coordinators do it for you.