With 2011 fast approaching, engagement season in full force and couples now pondering wedding dates for next year -- the first thing I advise my clients to do is establish their wedding date.
Planning a wedding on the date or near the date of a major holiday may cause problems for couples. Many venues and vendors raise their prices for holiday weddings. It is also important to think about air travel for out of town guests.
Here are the major holidays to avoid in 2011:
- January 1st (Saturday): New Year's Day
- February 14th (Monday): Valentine's Day
- April 1st (Friday): April Fool's Day
- April 23rd and April 24th (Saturday and Sunday): Easter Sunday
- May 8th (Sunday): Mother's Day
- June 19th (Sunday): Father's Day
- July 4th (Monday): Independence Day
- October 31st (Monday): Halloween
- November 24th (Thursday and following weekend): Thanksgiving
- December 24th and December 25th (Saturday and Sunday): Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Holiday Weekend for a Wedding
Booking a wedding for a holiday weekend in which many people have off an extra day can be a good idea depending on the couple and the guests. Here are some three day weekends you may want to consider:
- January 17th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- May 30th: Memorial Day
- September 5th: Labor Day
Keep in mind some of your guests plan weekend getaways for three day weekends and might already have plans when they get the invitation. If this is the case, it may be a good idea to send out save-the-date cards as soon as possible.
Other Things to Consider Before Choosing a Wedding Date
Before choosing a wedding date couples should make sure that there aren't any big local events taking place on that weekend. For instance, couples who schedule their wedding during the week and/or weekend of the Taste of Chicago will have a hard time finding affordable hotel rooms for their guests.
Popular holidays such as Valentines Day, New Years Eve, Mothers Day and Fathers Day are very popular dates and keep in mind that many things like flowers and venue rental prices sky rocket during this time. Also, when considering major holiday weekends, your friends and family members may resent that they have to put their holiday plans on hold to attend a wedding.
Engaged couples should always consider major holidays, holiday weekends, big sporting events and local events to ensure that a majority of the guests will be able to attend and to prevent accruing more expenses than necessary. It's difficult enough planning a wedding. Don't make it more difficult by scheduling your wedding on a date that will create more chaos.
Ciao for now,
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