Choosing a Wedding Date ?- When You?re Feeling Indecisive

He ? or she ? asked, and you answered in the affirmative! Now's the time to bask in the romance, and enjoy the first phase of your new life together. But soon, you'll need a response for that timeless question: "when's the wedding?"

For some couples, it's easy ? they know just when they want to tie the knot. For others, it's less clear. After all, you have a lot of options. Even more than you might think, since it's really not necessary to get married on a Saturday. Friday and Sunday afternoons are good choices too, and less expensive.

So if you're looking at the calendar ahead and seeing a hundred alternatives, all about equally attractive, here's how to narrow them down.

Must-have venues

No matter how flexible you are, there's bound to be things you won't compromise on. Maybe it's a particular church, temple and officiant for your ceremony. Maybe it's a special venue for your reception. And there are certain indispensable guests, like your parents.

Luckily for you, putting just these three things together is bound to reduce your choices. Once you call on the church/temple, ceremony venue or reception hall, you'll probably find many dates already filled, especially if you call less than nine months in advance. Good. That makes things easier!

Must-have ambiance

But maybe you don't have a must-have venue. Maybe you just have an image in your mind of the perfect wedding. Maybe it involves falling snow, ermine mantles, a horse-drawn carriage, and a crackling fireplace. Maybe it involves stacks of shiny apples, heaped pumpkins, a scattering of leaves and the scent of cranberry-apple cider. Or delicate pastels, gossamer pashminas for the bridesmaids, and a dove release. In this case your time of year is set: all that's needed it to work out the logistics of venue, local climate and the availability of your most important guests.

Must-have flowers

Some people know exactly what floral arrangements they want at their wedding. Flowers are such an enormous part of the wedding budget, if particular ones are important to you, you might want to arrange your date around them. Unless you're an heiress, for example, you'll want to avoid buying roses for your Valentine's Day wedding. On the other hand, December and January are great months to buy calla lilies. To study flower availability charts, Google for "flower availability by month."

Must-have honeymoons

If you have your heart set on a certain destination, you'll probably find the honeymoon helps set the date for you. Chances are, some dates are good for travel but others involve the risk of hurricanes or lengthy rains.

Limited budget

For now, winter is the slow wedding season. So it's often (though not always) true that you can get a break on expenses by having your ceremony during the holidays. Brides often find that by marrying near Christmas, they benefit from already-decorated churches and don't need to add much themselves. Plus, if they shop the year before, they can stock up on decorations at incredibly discounted post-holiday sales. The trick is to avoid competing with office parties for reception venues and limousines (New Year's Eve is particularly competitive).

Another factor to consider, besides the possibility of dismal weather, is how many guests are due from out-of-town. Flying in for a holiday wedding can strain any family's Christmas budget, plus airlines often charge extra during the season.

If you need to keep expenses in check but want to avoid winter, make sure you steer clear of proms, graduation, "parents' day" at colleges, major sporting events and other local events.

"Life" dates

You might find your own life gives more guidance than you think. Are you a teacher, with set vacation times? Are you graduating from college or ending an internship? Are many of your relations students, available only during the holidays or the summer? If you're working, is your vacation time limited to a certain time of year? If many guests are flying in, will Labor Day weekend or Memorial Day weekend give them time to get acclimated and enjoy your big day? If none of these apply, is there a date that has special significance to you as a couple, such as the date you first met or first dated?

"Auspicious" dates

Many people find little extra jolt of comfort in picking auspicious days for their wedding. In India and China, this is standard practice. But even in the West, people often find it reassuring to pick numbers or dates with personal meaning. A Chinese custom is to select a date with as many even numbers as possible (such as 2-18-2006). The Irish believed that New Year's Eve is luckiest for weddings. The Romans (and consequently, modern westerners) favored the month of June. For Victorians, it was lucky to marry on the groom's birthday.

Blake Kritzberg is editor at "FavorIdeas.com." Stop by for wedding favor ideas, Save-the-Date eCards, free wedding screensaver, free wedding templates and Bridezilla's weekly adventures at: http://www.favorideas.com

In The News:


People Magazine

Lance Bass Weds Michael Turchin
People Magazine
The couple wore custom tuxes they designed in collaboration with stylist Jeff Kim and the ceremony – which will be televised as part of an E! special, Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding, (airing Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. ET) – was officiated by ...
Lance Bass Marries Michael Turchin in CaliforniaNew York Times
Lance Bass & Michael Turchin Marry In 'Gay Wedding Of The Decade'Access Hollywood
Lance Bass Marries Michael TurchinEntertainment Tonight
Yahoo Celebrity UK (blog) -Wetpaint -Zee News
all 69 news articles »

People Magazine

Lauren Scruggs and Jason Kennedy's Road to the Altar
People Magazine
... believe I get to spend the rest of my life with her." For more on Lauren and Jason's romantic wedding, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on stands Friday. And The Kennedy Wedding: Jason and Lauren Get Married will air on Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on E!

and more »

Hollywood Life

Miley Cyrus & Patrick Schwarzenegger Got Married At Wild Party — Report
Hollywood Life
Is Miley now a Kennedy? A new report claims that friends of the singer and her boyfriend, Patrick Schwarzenegger, witnessed them tying the knot at a 'secret' ceremony in Miami! Miley Cyrus, 22, may be a married woman, according to a new report.
Miley Cyrus And Patrick Schwarzenegger Married? Wedding News Follows ...Business 2 Community

all 129 news articles »

8 Surprising (And Scientifically Proven) Things That Lead To A Lasting Marriage
Huffington Post
You may be tempted to bless your marriage with a fairytale wedding, but according to research from Emory University, couples who have thriftier celebrations are more likely to stay together. Among female respondents, those with a wedding bill higher ...

and more »

The Independent

Elton John and David Furnish wedding: Everyone's invited as couple post ...
The Independent
John's spokesman Gary Farrow said on Wednesday that the wedding will be a private affair. Britain is the 15th country to legalise same-sex marriage, which is also legal in several US states. The new law allows gay couples to convert their civil ...
Sir Elton John and David Furnish marryBBC News
Can You Feel The Love? Elton John and David Furnish marry in intimate ...Express.co.uk
Sir Elton John marries his long-term partnerTelegraph.co.uk
Yahoo News -ABS CBN News -Chicago Phoenix
all 33 news articles »

WAPT Jackson

Pastor Dresses Horse in a Wedding Dress to Protest Gay Marriage
Christian Post
James hopes to change the mind of U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves who struck down Mississippi's same-sex marriage ban ruling last month. Despite that ruling, gay couples still cannot marry in the state pending the outcome of a state appeal to the ...
Mississippi pastor trots out horse in wedding dress to protest gay marriageReuters
Pastor dresses horse in wedding gown to protest gay marriageWAPT Jackson
'Ridiculous': Mississippi pastor protests marriage equality by sticking a ...Raw Story
BizPac Review -Charisma News
all 48 news articles »

People Magazine

Lauren Scruggs & Jason Kennedy's Emotional Wedding: All the Details
People Magazine
As E! News co-host Jason Kennedy watched his bride, Lauren Scruggs, walk down the aisle to Amos Lee's "Sweet Pea," "I honestly thought I was going to lose it," he tells PEOPLE exclusively. "My groomsmen were giving me a hard time. They were like, 'Don ...
Jason Kennedy & Lauren Scruggs Are Just Married! Get The Wedding Deets ...PerezHilton.com
Jason Kennedy and Lauren Scruggs Are a Gorgeous Married Couple in First ...E! Online
'The Kennedy Wedding: Jason and Lauren Get Married' Premieres Monday ...TVbytheNumbers
Us Magazine
all 76 news articles »

International Business Times

Christmas Engagement 2014: How To Shop For Wedding Rings, Propose ...
International Business Times
The more ambitious can write "Will you marry me" in Christmas lights, or use specially crafted ornaments, according to wedding site The Knot. But before you plan every last detail, there are few things to consider first. How to propose marriage on ...


Daily Mail

Prince Harry, Beatrice and Eugenie among guests at society marriage
Daily Mail
Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were among the guests today, as Glasses Direct founder Jamie Murray Wells married his long-term girlfriend, barrister Lottie Fry. The traditional country wedding took place at Dorchester Abbey and ...
Prince Harry puts his doting uncle skills to practice as he looks after ...OK! Magazine

all 8 news articles »

The News-Press

Supreme Court won't stop gay marriages
WKMG Orlando
BREAKING TONIGHT IN HISTORIC RULING THE U.S. SUPREME COURT WON'T STOP GAY MARRIAGES IN FLORIDA. I'M MATT AUSTIN. I'M LISA BELL. IT MEANS SAME SEX WEDDINGS CAN START IN WEEKS. SHELLEY MUNIZ IS LIVE. THE STATE ...
US Supreme Court won't block gay marriage in FloridaThe News-Press
Wedding bells to soon ring for gay couples in FloridaWFLA
Gay marriage in Florida may proceed after Supreme Court rulingOrlando Sentinel
First Coast News -AL.com -FlaglerLive.com
all 464 news articles »
Google News

Wedding Insurance ? Peace of Mind for Your Perfect Day?

With the average cost of a wedding around 17,000 you... Read More

The History of Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands

These days, many people take wedding bands and engagement rings... Read More

The Planning of a Bridal Shower!

Planning a bridal shower? Maybe a dear friend or even... Read More

How to Lower a Wedding Cake Price

I recall how Mrs. Ingridman taught me invaluable lessons on... Read More

Wedding Flowers

The selection process of your wedding flowers will usually begin... Read More

How to Have a Sizzler of a Honeymoon! Article No. 6

It wasn't the wedding of the century. Six people in... Read More

Mindfulness and Marriage: Moving Along

Marriage has to be the greatest opportunity for mindfulness on... Read More

Flowers in Her Hair

Before George W Bush became a President, John Quincy Adams... Read More

Five Ideas for a More Romantic Honeymoon

Candles, rose petals, satin, succulent foods, perfume-you're probably already familiar... Read More

How to Find, Select, and Afford a Wedding Photographer

You are engaged and one of the most important days... Read More

How to Nurture Intimacy When Youre in a Long-Distance Marriage

The biggest problem long-distance spouses often face is how to... Read More

Choosing a Wedding Date ?- When You?re Feeling Indecisive

He ? or she ? asked, and you answered in... Read More

Games For A Wedding Shower

Games for a wedding shower are the best ways to... Read More

How to Have a Sizzler of a Honeymoon! Article No. 8

To paraphrase a song, "Are you doing it more, but... Read More

Your Bridal Shoes: No Need to Sacrifice Style for Comfort

Think your bridal gown is the most important garment you'll... Read More

Eight Cheap Honeymoon Ideas for Couples on a Budget

Between paying for the wedding and setting up a new... Read More

Planning A Backyard Wedding

So many couples are planning to have their wedding at... Read More

A Unique Diamond Engagement Ring ? In Platinum

Diamond engagement rings for many years typically came in the... Read More

How to Find The Perfect Wedding Dress

You want the perfect wedding dress, so you have made... Read More

Is Eloping For You?

Believe it or not, there is etiquette on how to... Read More

Wedding Save the Date Cards?Best Ideas and Wording

The sole purpose of save-the-date cards is to give the... Read More

How To Hire A DJ For Your Wedding

Hiring music entertainment can arguably be the most important booking... Read More

How Wives with Cheating Husbands Can Gain the Upper Hand

Too many wives with cheating husbands put up with their... Read More

Seven Ways to Survive a Remodel (And Save Your Marriage) Tips from Pisa Design, Inc

Remodels are tough on everyone. The house is out of... Read More

Chicago Wedding Receptions

There are two major events that you have to plan... Read More