Planning a Holiday Wedding
Planning a Holiday Wedding
A few years ago, everyone was clamoring to get married on a specific date – 11/11/11. For some, the repeating numbers held a bit of magic. For others, it was just a cool number to put on invites and an easy way to remember an anniversary as the years go by. Whatever the reason, though, plenty of couples were flocking to make that their date.
You see the same thing with various holidays throughout the year. There are a lot of couples that want to get married on New Years Eve, embracing the sense of renewal they already feel with the passing of the year. Then there are others who imbibe such a sense of romance into Valentines Day, they have their hearts set on that being the day they say, “I do” And still others find themselves planning romantic nuptials in the vicinity of other holidays – Teachers who have the time off over the summer and know friends and family can travel for Memorial day, or couples with large families that will already be in town over Christmas. They may not be aiming to get married on the exact holiday, but they are still planning within days of it.
If you are planning a holiday wedding, or simply hoping for a wedding date that may otherwise be especially popular with other couples as well, there are a few extra things to keep in mind:
When it comes to any popular wedding date, you have to know that booking venues and vendors is going to need to begin even sooner than normal. Give your planning at least 8 to 12 months if you have your heart set on a big day. Visit venues, ask about options and remember that not all vendors will even be open to working on the holiday – so start making calls and checking on schedules as soon as you have your venue set. Getting married on a big holiday is going to require that extra bit of perseverance and planning on your part. It may also cost top dollar so don’t be surprised to see a lack of discounts near a holiday.
Have Fun with the Theme
Just because you’re getting married on Valentines doesn’t mean you are expected to incorporate cheesy heart decorations into your reception – but a Christmas Eve wedding could mean Poinsettia’s and pine cones to decorate the perimeter (and to create a dramatic splash of color in your photos). Getting hitched on New Years Eve might mean using lots of blues and silvers in your color theme, and a 4th of July wedding could be amped up with a beach theme. A holiday wedding doesn’t lock you into any set theme, but it can certainly provide a list of options you otherwise might not have thought of. Use that to your advantage! And enjoy the possibilities getting married around the holidays can create.
For a lot of people, a holiday wedding makes sense. You might be thinking that your friends and family will already have the time off work or that people were already planning on being in town – so the timing is perfect. And in some cases, this is absolutely true. But it’s important to remember that a lot of people prefer to use their holidays as, well… holidays. Your guests may already have plans to jet off on vacation or long-standing traditions that they aren’t super keen on forgoing around the holidays. Understand that conflicts may arise and some of your invited guests may not be able to show up for your big day when you plan it around certain times of year. It isn’t because they don’t love you, but because the holidays tend to be jam packed for everyone – so plan ahead, give plenty of warning, and know that some of your guests may be sending their regrets.
Finally, consider what the two of you might want to do to celebrate future anniversaries. If you like to travel, having a December anniversary date does not lend itself to easy, carefree travel. If you like to sit by the pool consider a summer date. Also, a holiday date may mean you are end up celebrating your anniversaries on a different date than your actual wedding took place. No problem? Then go for it!