Holidays are a festive time when everyone is in high spirits and decorations are abundant. It is no wonder why so many couples think that having their wedding around a popular holiday time would be a wonderful idea. There are a few things that should be considered before making the decision to have a holiday ceremony and the information below can help you make the decision that is best for you.
Take a Short Poll
Before making the final decision on a date for your wedding, it is best to take a short poll of close friends and family members that would be free during this time. Holidays are a peak time for those who go off on vacations or to visit family members in other parts of the country. If the people who are closest too you can't be there or members of the wedding party would not be available, then it may be best to choose a different time of year instead.
Weigh the Pros and Cons
After taking the poll, the next step in planning a holiday wedding is to weight the pro's and con's involved. Is the venue where you want your ceremony going to be available? Will there be weather issues to consider? How many vendors will be providing services during that time period? These are all things that have to be considered. If there are too many drawbacks on that date, then another time frame will need to be chosen. The last thing you need on your special day is added stress and frustration.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
Once you have chosen a date and decided on a holiday wedding, you need to ensure that you have plenty of time. Weddings that take place on holidays should be planned at least a year in advance because of the extra hurdles and hassles involved. Not only does it require more time to plan, but deposits and reservations of venues and vendors must be done further in advance in order to make sure you get exactly what you want at such a busy time of year.
Take Advantage of the Time of Year
One of the best things about choosing a wedding that is done on a holiday or around a holiday period is the ability to take advantage of decorations that are already in place. Christmas is one of the best holidays to plan a wedding around because most places decorate their venues in elaborate displays. These decorations can be used as backdrops and themes for your wedding. This can easily save you hundreds of dollars in decorating costs for your big day.
Many couples have dreamed of having their wedding around their favorite holiday time. This can be a wonderful idea, but it can also pose many problems as well. The tips above can help you decide whether a holiday wedding would be best for you and how you can go about making it possible if it turns out it is indeed what you want.