Since Christmas is this week, it has me thinking about dates. (Specifically how little time I have left to prepare, but that’s another story!) Many, many brides become engaged over this holiday season, from Christmas to New Year’s Day, and one of the first questions they are presented with is “When will you get married?” Such a simple question, but what thought it requires! Before finalizing your wedding date, consider some of these calendar dilemmas.
Holidays can give you three day weekends to choose from, which make it much easier to hold a celebration on a Sunday and possibly save a few dollars on your wedding costs. However, travel and accommodations can be more expensive for you and your wedding guests, plus some wedding vendors will up charge their services to accommodate for time away from their families. It also might adversely affect your guest list if your guests traditionally spend that weekend on vacation or with family, and choose to stick with their traditions versus attend your wedding. Some of these holiday weekends include:
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Jan 18, 2010 & Jan 17, 2011
- President’s Day – Feb 15, 2010 & Feb 21, 2011
- Memorial Day – May 31, 2010 & May 30, 2011
- Labor Day – Sept 6, 2010 & Sept 5, 2011
- Columbus Day – Oct 11, 2010 & Oct 10, 2010 (Since this date is 10/10/10, some couples may choose it, even though it is a Monday, to make their date more memorable.)
Holidays that are sure to increase your costs would be:
- Valentine’s Day – February 14th (Sunday for 2010 and Monday for 2011) – Floral costs for your wedding will be much higher!
- New Year’s Eve – December 31st (Friday for 2010 and Saturday for 2011) – Wedding venues often charge more for this day.
Religious Holidays will often either dictate restrictions on wedding ceremonies at the appropriate place of worship or may affect your guests availability:
- Palm Sunday – March 28, 2010 & April 17, 2011
- Easter Sunday – April 4, 2010 & April 24, 2011
- Passover – March 30, 2010 & April 19, 2011 (begins at sunset the night before)
- Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) – Sept 9, 2010 & Sept 29, 2011
- Yom Kippur – Sept 18, 2010 & Oct 8, 2011(begins at sunset the night before)
- Hanukkah – Dec 2, 2010 & Dec 21, 2011 (begins at sunset the night before)
- Christmas – December 25th (Saturday for 2010, Sunday for 2011)
- Kwanzaa – December 26th (Sunday for 2010, Monday for 2011)
Some choose Christmas, or a date close by, to take advantage of the many holiday decorations venues already have to help save money on decor. Be aware that if you choose a Saturday during December, your costs may be higher due to the holiday season, but weekdays and Sundays will be lower. Other holidays to be aware of when planning:
- April Fool’s Day – April 1
- Mother’s Day – May 9, 2010 & May 8, 2011
- Father’s Day – June 20, 2010 & June 19, 2011
- Halloween – October 31st
- September 11th
- Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – December 7th
Just an FYI, 9/10/11 is going to be very popular, so if you want it, book it as soon as you can!
Finally, keep in mind special sports days and watch for big convention days in your area. For example, Super Bowl is on Feb 7, 2010, and watch for March Madness dates in 2010 that might affect your big day. Here in McKinney, we always keep an eye out for local festivals in case a bride’s venue is on the historic square. Parking becomes very limited and traffic can be a nightmare for guests trying to find your reception. It is always your choice as to whether you choose a holiday for your wedding, just remember how it affects you and your guests and we’re sure you’ll make the best decision!
Are there any other dates that you have found won’t work as your wedding day for 2010 or 2011? Which ones and why?