Picking a wedding day isn’t as simple as just picking a date out of a hat. You’ll need to do a lot of research before choosing that big day. Here are the most important things to consider when you’re deciding on a wedding date.
Time to Plan
You’ll want to make sure that you have enough time to plan your wedding – without getting too stressed. Taking at least a year to plan your wedding is recommended and will make for a less stressful experience, but it can be done (if you start now) in nine or six months. Less than six months will be difficult, but many couples have made it happen!
The Season and Weather
Rainy Season, Dry season – what’s your dream season to marry in? Consider what the weather conditions would be like during the time you plan to have your wedding and also, what part of the country your wedding is taking place. This is important if you’d like an outdoor wedding or if there is some other element of the outside environment on the day of your Event. In the End, Most people tend towards the Dry seasons so as to reduce the effect of the weather on their special day.
If there’s a venue where you’ve always dreamed of marrying, then check their availability before setting a date. If you’re open to any venue, then you can do things in reverse – set a date and then start your venue hunt!
While hosting a wedding on a national holiday or during a holiday weekend isn’t a total no-no, you should be aware that many of your guests won’t be able to attend due to travel or family obligations and vendors may be extra busy as well. Religious holidays are also important to consider – as it may not be advised to get married on some religious holidays.
Just like the recently concluded Lagos at 50 Celebrations, Parades, sporting events, major conventions, and other local events that will cause sold-out hotels and lots of traffic should be avoided. As a rule of thumb, it’s better to avoid dates like this.
Your Nearest and Dearest
Talk to your closest family members and friends about any important dates they have coming up. Make sure that these dates are truly important (the person would not be able to attend your wedding) before taking it into consideration. So that means your mom can miss her monthly village meeting since that’s not so important.
Is anyone in your family or close circle of friends getting married soon? Think about their wedding dates when planning for yours. It may be difficult for family members or friends to travel on a back-to-back weekend, so try to have a buffer of at least a week or two in between weddings.
You don’t want to leave for your wedding while totally stressed about an important work deadline or event. Try to set your wedding date for a time that’s relatively calm for both your and your fiancé(e)’s jobs.
While it depends on where you’re getting married, generally, the most popular months to get married in are June and September. It will probably cost you more to get married in one of these months as opposed to January and February, which are less popular.