What Every Bride Should Know about Picking a Wedding Date

Choosing a wedding date is one of the first decisions every engaged couple has to make. It’s also one of the biggest.

Even more than where to hold your wedding, who to invite, and where to go on the honeymoon, the wedding date is the one decision you will have to live with for the rest of your life. That’s because the date you choose for your wedding will also be your anniversary date every year afterward.

Good Dates for Weddings

If you want an anniversary that’s easy to remember, hold your wedding on a date that’s already well-known such as New Year’s Eve, Independence Day, or Christmas Day. Other holidays such as Thanksgiving, Labor Day, Easter, or Memorial Day don’t fall on the same date every year.

Speaking of other holidays, having your wedding on a three-day weekend gives your family and friends more time to celebrate your wedding. For example, if you have your wedding on the Saturday of Memorial Day or Labor Day weekend, there’s all day Sunday and Monday for people to hang out and enjoy each other’s company.

Bad Dates for Weddings

If possible, you may want to avoid having your wedding on dates that are infamous. For example, September 11 or December 7 are generally difficult dates for wedding planners to book even when they fall on a Saturday.

The months of April, May, and June are the most popular for weddings because the weather is generally glorious and because springtime is associated with renewal, new life, and rebirth — all of which are consistent with wedding celebrations.

Be aware, however, that weekend dates during those months tend to get booked early at churches and banquet halls by other couples. So if you are set on having your wedding during the most popular dates, you will need to plan ahead.