How to Choose Your Wedding Date
Photo: Isabella Lusk Photography
In case no one has pinched you yet, let us be the first to do it: this is really happening! You’re getting married to the love of your life! Just soak in that happy feeling for a little while, don’t let the weight of wedding planning weigh down on you yet. Take it one step at a time. And don’t worry, here at NOAH’S, we’ve got all the help you need to make your fairytale wedding day a reality. One of the first things people wonder is how to choose a wedding date. We’ve gathered a few things to keep in mind to make narrowing down your wedding day as simple as 1, 2, 3, 4. (There are four tips. It may not flow as well as 1, 2, 3, but it is just as easy.)
Decide on the Length of Your Engagement
Are you ready to move quickly and start your new life together as soon as possible? Or would you rather give yourself lots of time for wedding planning and preparation? Don’t worry, either way, we’ve written guides to help you pull it off. If you are looking for something short, try reading 8 Essential Tips to Plan a Wedding in 90 Days, and if you want a little more time, check out How to get Ahead of Your Wedding Planning: the 18 Month Checklist. Discuss with your partner the engagement length that will be right for you to take the first step toward picking your date.
Choose a Season
Do you picture fresh blossoms and warm breezes for your outdoor ceremony? Or would you prefer a backdrop of crisp fall leaves and warm colors? The time of year is huge for creating the atmosphere of your big day, so it is not something to be taken lightly. Don’t just think of it as indoor or outdoor, as you can easily get the best of both worlds. At NOAH’S, you can walk down the aisle of our outdoor patio and then move inside for the celebration (or do both at the same time with our indoor/outdoor ceremony rooms at some buildings), or you can look out at stunning scenery through our large windows.
Check the Availability of Your Dream Venue
Your venue is often the biggest deciding factor when it comes to deciding on a date, as availability fills up far in advance. We recommend booking your venue as soon as possible. You can go on tours and do research long before you are engaged. That way, once it is official, you can book your venue quickly and be sure to get the perfect place for you. When talking with a potential venue, be flexible on your date. Come in with a range rather than one specific day already decided. This will give you more options and allow you to find the ideal location for your “I Dos.” Similarly, no one ever said all weddings must take place on a Saturday or Sunday. There are tons of benefits to a weekday wedding, with a discounted price and higher availability being only a few. Here at NOAH’S, we would be happy to show you everything that our beautiful, customizable buildings have to offer and help you find the perfect date for you.
Pick a Meaningful Date
Rather than doing the equivalent of throwing a dart at the calendar when choosing your date, why not choose something that is significant? Choosing something like the anniversary of your first date or kiss is a sweet way to put an exclamation point on your relationship. If you want to take this one step farther, choosing a date that coincides with a major event, such as a birthday or a holiday, is also common. Looking for more guidance? Look to the stars! No seriously! Using the stars and astrology is a trendy way to help make the decision. If you are wondering how to pick a wedding date by astrology, just look up (and also check the locations of stars and planets). However you decide to choose, make it personal to you! This is going to be one of the best days of your life, so we recommend choosing something meaningful and unforgettable.
Choosing your date makes the wedding process feel real, and gives you something to count down to. It’s a big decision! Starting with these simple steps will help you be sure to find the perfect date for you and your partner. Still wondering how to pick a wedding date? Here at NOAH’S, we would love to help you have the perfect day in the perfect place. Book a tour today so that we can show you how NOAH’S can make your day as perfect as possible with our elegant rooms and friendly staff.