Choosing a wedding date is one of the most critical decisions that you’ll have to make as a couple — it will impact every other aspect of your big day. You may have an idea of where you envision yourself walking down the aisle(greenwood springs could be the perfect spot) or what you want your cake to look like, but until you decide when you’d like to get married, you can’t commit to anything. You might be asking yourself, “How do I pick a date that works for my vision and is still special to me?” or “Where do I even start?”

For every couple, the process is completely unique and that’s part of what makes your wedding date so special to you. I hope that by sharing some insight — as well as some experience from real brides — we can help you find the perfect time to say “I do.” 

Step #1: Take the weather into account.

The most popular months to get married are June, September, and October and it’s no surprise why — the weather is absolutely beautiful in early summer and fall. In general, you can plan for weather based on past records and standards, but always remember to continue to track it throughout your planning process as well.

The best way to deal with unforgiving weather is to add some cushion in your budget for items like throws, fans, or umbrellas. Think about your guests and their comfort level.

Step #2: Lead the date selection process by creating a list of what you envision for your wedding day.

Imagine that your wedding day has finally arrived — what do you see? Perhaps a lush green forest as the backdrop for your ceremony? A bridal cottage perfect for getting ready in? A spring rolling under a bridge? If those things are in your vision, Greenwood springs is the perfect venue for you! That narrows your seasons down to spring, summer, or fall!

Step #3: Think twice before getting married on a major holiday.

In addition to Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and New Year’s Eve, you may also want to reconsider tying the knot on religious holidays, event weekends (depending on your location), major sporting events, Father’s Day, and other holidays of this nature, and September 11th.

Although holiday weddings can be super fun and festive, your wedding date is something you want to celebrate for years to come because of the meaning behind it — not because it was also NYE. Another thing to keep in mind is the significant costs that are associated with holiday weddings. For example, the price of roses during Valentine’s Day is unbelievable, so having them on your big day could really put a dent in your overall budget.

But perhaps the biggest factor to consider is your guests. As much as they love you, do they really want to spend a major holiday celebrating you instead of being able to celebrate them? Yes, your wedding is about the two of you, but you also want to make it an event that your guests are excited about and can afford to attend. Hotels, flights, and car rentals can all get very expensive, especially during a holiday weekend.

Step #5: Focus on what you want your wedding day to be and how to portray that in a date.

At this stage, you should have your potential dates narrowed down to a month or two and this is where it gets fun! Within the months that made it to the final round, are there any dates that are meaningful to you as a couple or as individuals? Do you want to honor a family member who is no longer alive by getting married on their birthday or anniversary? Are there any dates you want to avoid?

Step #6: Give yourself plenty of time and don’t rush it!

We’ve all seen how weddings can be pulled together within weeks on TV. However, what you might not be aware of is the cost that it takes to ensure that a big celebration can be executed quickly.

Most wedding planners will say that they can plan a big day in a short amount of time since anything is possible, but there might be areas that the bride will have to sacrifice. For example, a custom wedding gown can take over a year to create, depending on what you want. Also, your custom logoed favors, centerpieces or invitations may not end up exactly how you had planned.

Step #7: Think about other aspects of your wedding and how they will all play out.

Now, depending on what other aspects of your wedding are important, you might want to keep an open mind to a few dates. What if your closest friend will be out of the country or your favorite photographer is booked? Better yet, what about the important people in your family? You will want to make sure they can attend!

Greenwood Springs Event Center would love it if you scheduled your tour with us today, and considered us for your spring, summer or fall wedding!