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Once you're engaged, it is time to start planning your wedding. Don't worry. You have time. No one is going to rush you to the altar. Take the time to truly consider what you want this day to be like and to talk to your soon-to-be spouse. One of the first things you need to do is pick a wedding date that works for you. This doesn't just mean closing your eyes and pointing to the calendar. Instead, you need to think about everything from the weather and the time of year to important dates in your life, and the schedules of you and your loved ones. With enough time and consideration, you can choose the perfect date for one of the most important moments in your life.
First off, take the time to sit down with your loved one and talk about how quickly you want to get married. Weddings are expensive, even small ones, and the two of you may need time to save the necessary funds. Additionally, you may not want to leap from an engagement right into a wedding ceremony. Be honest with your loved one about the length of this engagement. Additionally, the bigger and more detailed your dream wedding, the more time you will need to plan. You also want to give loved ones the time to make traveling plans. You can get married in a year's time or you can take a few years to really wrap your heads around what you want for this big day. This is hopefully a once in a lifetime event: Take the time to plan it right.
Next, think about how the different seasons or times of year. Getting married in winter is vastly different than getting married in the summertime. Think about your favorite times of year, possible wedding themes, and how the weather might be during certain months. This will help you and your loved one narrow down your options so that you choose the best possible date for your wedding. Always consider both your likes and dislikes. If you hate sweating, you may not want to marry in July or August, but if you love the changing colors of the leaves, fall may be a definite option.
Consider possible conflicts when choosing a wedding date. You may want to steer clear of holidays because this is generally a busy time in people's lives. Additionally, take the time to consider people's work lives and engagements. Your loved ones will want to attend your wedding. Picking a weekend date will make it easier for loved ones to attend your wedding because it will make it easier to get away from work.
Always think about important dates or anniversaries from your relationship. This may be a way to make your wedding date that much more personal and unique. For example, you could marry on the anniversary of your first meeting, date, or kiss. The more meaningful the wedding date is, the more likely it is that your big day will feel special and memorable to you.