Friday, February 26, 2010

Setting your Date

You’re engaged!!!!! Now you need to set a date… here are some dates to avoid and some that you may have never considered.

Holiday weekends are great, right? Well, maybe not. Yes, you do have an extra day and it makes a Sunday wedding a good possibility. However, the cost of travel is likely higher. Some people may already have plans that don’t include your big day, so be sure to ask around before you commit to a holiday weekend.

You also need to consider the religious and cultural activities that surround certain holidays for you & your guests.

Other dates to be careful of:

Valentine’s Day - your floral bill will likely double…be aware.

New Year’s Eve - most reception sites are booked for parties, so the cost to rent a facility if there is one available is increased.

Also, know what is going on in the town you will be getting married in. Try to avoid weekends of home sporting events, big reunions, homecoming, and any large conventions that might be taking up venues and hotel space. For example, any bride and groom getting hitched in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the fall should look at the home football schedule. Those couples getting married in Detroit, Michigan in the summer should check the schedules of concerts at Ford Field and the Tigers baseball team.

Aside from cutting down your guest list, the next best way to save some serious cash on your wedding is to get married during "off" season and/or on a Friday or Sunday.  Weddings in December, January, February and March are sure to get a deal.  Another bonus is that if you choose a day close to Christmas, your venues may very well be decorated already, which could save you money on flowers and decorations.
Holiday Dates for 2010-2011

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, January 18, 2010
Monday, January 17, 2011

Presidents' Day
Monday, February 15, 2010
Monday, February 21, 2011

Palm Sunday
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Sunday, April 17, 2011

Passover (begins at sunset the night before)
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

April Fool's Day – a quirky day that could be a lot of fun for the right funny couple.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Friday, April 1, 2011

Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Sunday, April 24, 2011

Mother's Day- be sure to check with Mom first.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Sunday, May 8, 2011

Memorial Day
Monday, May 31, 2010
Monday, May 30, 2011

Father's Day –make sure Dad is ok with this.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Sunday, June 19, 2011

Independence Day
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Monday, July 4, 2011

Tisha B’Av (begins at sunset the night before)
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Labor Day
Monday, September 6, 2010
Monday, September 5, 2011

Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset the night before)
Wednesday, September 8, until nightfall on Friday, September 10, 2010
Wednesday, September 28, until nightfall on Friday, September 30, 2011

Yom Kippur (begins at sunset the night before)
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Saturday, October 8, 2011

Columbus Day
Monday, October 11, 2010
Monday, October 10, 2011

Halloween – either make it a Halloween themed wedding or don’t be upset if people show up dressed for the day.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Monday, October 31, 2011

Thursday, November 25, 2010
Thursday, November 24, 2011

Hanukkah (begins at sunset the night before)
Thursday, December 2, until nightfall on Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 21, until nightfall on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Saturday, December 25, 2010
Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday, December 26, 2010, until Saturday, January 1, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011, until Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's Eve
Friday, December 31, 2010
Saturday, December 31, 2011


WeddObsessed said...

Good thoughts!

Something to note- no matter what day you chose, some one won't be able to make it! Chose a day that works for you and your fiance-the rest falls into place!

Petals Planning Co. said...

So true! At the end of the day you have to do what's best for you...after all, this is your one day to be selfish - right?