Selecting your wedding date is one of the most notorious steps of wedding planning—and for good reason! It can have a significant impact on the style, weather, and planning of your wedding. While you may receive a lot of pressure from friends and family to set a date, don't rush this step. You'll thank us later! There are numerous fun and logistical factors to consider when choosing your perfect wedding date. Let's dive right in . . .
Spring and fall are generally the most popular seasons for weddings. However, this obviously depends on your state. For example, summer in Arizona lags behind winter and spring weddings in popularity. Peak seasons can be more costly when it comes to your venue or vendors, and may also have more limited date availability. Many popular dates are booked around 15 months before the wedding date—although it is always worth asking if you have a special date in mind. There are reasons why every season is beautiful - we've hosted gorgeous weddings in every season at every venue!
A lot of people ask 'how can we pick a date for our wedding?' I always say, let's keep it simple! Choose a season that has weather you enjoy, find out if flowers you like are blooming and affordable, and then my team can lock in a good wedding date for you. As your wedding approaches the date will take on significance - you don't need to start out locked to a single date."
Weekend weddings, particularly Saturdays, are often in high demand and limit your choices for both venues and vendors. By considering a weekday wedding, you open up your date availability and can often save with reduced rates. Nowadays, only 33% of spring weddings take place on a Saturday.
Mondays are great if you like the idea of a relaxed pre-wedding vibe with friends and family. Wednesdays are popular as people like to break up the week, maybe turning Tuesday into a pre-wedding Spa Day . . . Thursday, Fridays and Sundays are always a good option whether you have long-distance guests or many friends who are parents with busy kids.
Be open to options . . . "Traditionally, weddings are on Saturdays" is actually a myth. In fact there is an old English rhyme that says: "Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday best of all...!
If you're looking to add a bit of luck to your nuptials, considering picking a date using a lucky number or numerology. While 7 and 11 are traditionally considered to be lucky in American culture, 8 is the luckiest number in Chinese culture because its pronunciation sounds like 'wealth.' Another reason to love 'eight'? It's the number of tiers on Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William's wedding cake.
Getting married on the first of any month is a strong choice as 'one' symbolizes unity and new beginnings. The second pairs partnership and duality. The third of the month is lucky worldwide as it is associated with positive vibes across ancient mysticism. The ancient Egyptians associated the fourth with power and protection and it's known as a good day to enter a new home. The fifth represents adventure and energy. The sixth is associated with Venus which is symbolized via passion and harmony. The seventh is associated with marriage as it is not easily divided. The ninth of the month is lucky as it is three times the power of three.
With all these numbers, you can increase their power by adding two numbers you have an affinity with together. For instance, pairing two and nine for the 29th is beneficial because it is associated with companionship, compassion, teamwork, and diplomacy.
"If you have no urgency to get married and would like a peak Saturday, then ask my team to review dates for this year and next. For most people, flexibility is key when it comes to choosing a date. Although if you're a teacher or in the military it makes sense to share your availability first - that way my team can find the perfect date for your needs." —Mike Filari, Wedgewood Weddings Regional Manager
Using numerology to choose your wedding date can also be a unique way to incorporate positive vibes into your wedding day. Numerologists believe that your Life Path Number, which can be found by adding up digits from your birthday, defines who you are.
Here's some quick math to help identify your Life Path Number:
Reduce the month, day, and year of your birthday into single digits. If your birth month is December, for example, add 1+2 to get 3.
Month:11 = 1+1 = 2
Day:24= 2+4 = 6
Year:1987 = 1+9+8+7 = 25 = 2+5 = 7
Next, add up the three single digits (Master Numbers):2+6+6 = 14 = 1+ 4 = 5.
This means, if your birthday is November 24, 1987, your Life Path Number is 5.
The 20th and 21st of the month on every day of 2021 are wonderful wedding days. The same goes for the 1st and 2nd of the month if you want to round out your wedding anniversary numbers. This year there is a Friday the 13th in August, which some couples choose for extra kicks. There are also two beautiful palindrome dates in December: the 11th and 21st which will look eye-catching on Save The Date cards while also being easy to remember for years to come!
"It's perfect when a couple has narrowed their ideas for a wedding date to a season or month. It means we can play around to find a great option based on venue and vendor availability. One thing that's always worth remembering - guests will attend regardless of day of week!" —Chelsea Taylor, Regional Manager at Wedgewood Weddings
Choosing to get married when the moon is full is auspicious in many folk tales. It certainly looks beautiful during nighttime wedding photographs (although so does a star-filled sky when the moon is waning!). The ancient Greeks believed that marriages during the full Moon were the most prosperous and happiest.
Many people also believe the new moon is when the lunar cycle resets itself meaning it's time for a fresh start and new adventures. For maximum luck, a wedding 12 hours after a renewed or waxing moon is a great choice.
Remember: choosing a wedding date can be simple and easy. By knowing the season that you'd like to get married in and the general location, the rest will all fall into place. Give us a call if you need any help!