One of the first orders of business when planning your wedding is choosing a date. But, it’s one of those “easier said than done” situations… Read on for what to consider to make this process go smoothly.

1. The Season

Having that, “where do I even start?” feeling? Begin by thinking about what season or month you want to get married in. Whether you’re choosing a month that’s more meaningful to you, or you just don’t want to be toasty at your summer wedding (understandable!), this will help narrow down the dates tremendously.

2. Engagement Length

Which brings us to our next point… do you want a short or long engagement? If you have your heart set on a summertime wedding but just got engaged in January, are you willing to have a short engagement or would you rather extend it? Is an 18-month engagement worth it to tie the knot in a certain season? Deciding on how long you want your engagement to be will help you easily decide on a date.

3. Your Venue’s Calendar

If you don’t necessarily have a specific date in mind but do have your heart set on a venue, checking their availability may give you some clarity on setting a date. If getting married in the month of July is a must for you and they only have one weekend open, it looks like your decision has been made!

4. Your Budget

Getting married in the midst of wedding season (we’re looking at you, summertime!) versus an off-season ceremony is certainly going to change the scope of your budget. Not only do seasons matter, but the day of the week matters too. A Saturday evening in June is going to be top-dollar, whereas a Friday night may be a bit more reasonable.

5. Your Guests

Be mindful of your guests. If you have a laundry list of out-of-towners, it may not be the best idea to have a Friday evening wedding where they’re required to take off work in order to arrive on time.

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