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As we highlighted a few weeks ago on a blog post, we’re still in the midst of engagement season as this post gets published. Engagement season typically runs from Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day, with this being the time period where quite a few engagements tend to take place. Being in the wedding industry ourselves, we always enjoy seeing the beautiful pictures that pop up on our social media feeds, as well as having the opportunity to meet with recently-engaged couples as they begin the wedding planning process.
Nonetheless, before you’ll start meeting with these various wedding vendors that’ll take part in your special day, you’ll want to have a wedding date somewhat finalized. At the very least, you’ll want a day of the week and month in mind to share with the vendors. Unsurprisingly, these details can have an impact on important factors like pricing and availability. Having said that, given that it’s still engagement season, we wanted to focus this blog post solely on tips for selecting your wedding date. We’ll cover a few general ideas for dates that tend to get booked up quickly, in addition to some specific dates that may be more popular than you previously thought!
September and October Weddings
As you can likely guess, September and October tend to be the most popular months for weddings. Generally speaking, fall weddings have a number of things working in their favor, which helps put some context to this popularity. For one, you can’t beat the fall weather. While weather is always a bit of a wildcard, the fall is typically a fairly safe bet! Secondly, who doesn’t love the beautiful fall color palettes to pick from? We’re confident that they’ll truly pop in your wedding photos too. Orange, emerald and dark red are a few that are worth taking into consideration. Lastly, you don’t have to worry about guests already having summer vacations planned or holiday commitments that could interfere with attending your wedding celebration. All in all, it’s no surprise why September and October continue to be hot months for weddings!
If you want to take it one step further, Saturdays in the fall tend to be the most popular dates of them all. For those planning on having their wedding then, it would be a good idea to get your favorite vendors finalized very early on in the planning process. It’s not uncommon for wedding venues and vendors to have these dates booked up more than a few months in-advance.
Planning a fall wedding? Check out our previous blog post HERE that discusses why fall weddings are always a hit at Madera Estates!
Tying the Knot Around a Holiday
When it comes to holiday weddings, there are definitely some that are more popular than others. Labor Day weekend and Memorial Day weekend tend to be quite popular for a couple of different reasons. Most notably, many of your guests probably will have a three-day weekend anyways due to the holiday and won’t have to worry about taking a day off work or rushing back (which can be very important for out-of-town guests). This is a major reason why the Sundays before these two holidays are a popular date. How about a holiday where you can save a few bucks? Have you considered the days right before Thanksgiving? While this might not have been your first thought, it is definitely one worth considering. For one, weekdays are generally less busy anyways, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble with availability and may be able to save some money since these days aren’t as popular. It might not be the best idea to have your wedding day on Thanksgiving day itself though, considering many of your guests might traditionally spend time with their families then, but the weekdays before are a possibility. Before we move on to the next point, one final holiday we’ll mention is Halloween. Even though you’ll want to avoid going overboard on the spooky decorations, Halloween definitely presents a handful of unique possibilities. This includes plenty of candlelight, moody color palettes and definitely some creative decor.
Keep in mind that while certain holidays may not be as popular for actual wedding celebrations, that doesn’t mean some of these popular holidays aren’t common dates for engagements. After all, there’s a reason why engagement season runs from Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day!
We briefly alluded to weekday weddings above in reference to the week of Thanksgiving, but when discussing finalizing wedding dates, it’s definitely a topic worthy of having an entire section dedicated to it. While Saturday will likely continue to be the most popular day for weddings, that’s not to say weekday weddings aren’t a possibility. One of the most noteworthy benefits they provide are the cost-savings. Since vendors are generally less busy on these dates, you can likely save a few bucks, which may allow some flexibility in your budget and provide the opportunity to book more of your favorite vendors. Furthermore, to add to that point, availability won’t be as much of a concern either so you won’t have to worry about your date already being booked up like some of the more popular Saturdays. Were you planning on having a more intimate wedding celebration? If so, then a weekday wedding might make sense there too. The one key caveat is to make sure everyone has plenty of notice. As you can guess, people may have to ask off work or make other arrangements to attend. The more notice they have for doing so, the better! Long story short, if you have your heart set on a specific venue or certain vendors that may already be booked up on Saturdays, weekday weddings are a great way for still making that happen
As we wrap up this week’s blog post, one final weekday wedding idea worth mentioning are Friday weddings. While Friday is still a weekday, it definitely offers a few unique advantages (in comparison to the other weekdays) with the most notable being guests not having to worry about having to go to work in the morning or taking the next day off work. In addition, out-of-town guests will have the weekend ahead of them as well, so they can stay longer and enjoy the time with family and friends!
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Finalizing your wedding date is obviously a major decision that will likely take place early on in the wedding planning process. It’s a task that’ll impact a number of other future decisions, with one of the more important factors being vendor pricing/availability. We hope you enjoyed this week’s blog and found some valuable information in this peek at different wedding date topics. It goes without saying that there are certainly particular dates that tend to be more popular than others.
We didn’t provide an introduction in the opening paragraphs, but for anyone that may be visiting our wedding blog for the first time, welcome to Madera Estates. As a wedding venue and event space located in Conroe, TX, our team at Madera Estates has had the opportunity to work with hundreds of engaged couples over the years in helping them create their dream wedding day. If you’re currently in the early stages of the wedding planning process and still in need of a venue for your big day, we would love to offer you the opportunity to tour Madera Estates. To check out our online booking calendar, feel free to click the link HERE. We look forward to hearing from you!