Choosing the Wedding Date
As a general rule, a wedding takes at least six months to organise.
If the ceremony is to be held at a register office or the home of the bride/groom, things may take less time to organise.
Couples who set the date for over a year in advance can find that this a long waiting period; it is unusual for an engagement to last more than 18 months.
- The first decision to be made is the time of year. Most brides to be will have an idea of the season in which they would like to get married.
- Spring and summer (May-September) are the most popular months in the UK, with June being the busiest of all.
- Saturday is the most popular day for weddings; Fridays may prove to be a good, and sometimes more economic, alternative.
- The honeymoon should be researched - is the dream destination suitable at that time of year?
- The bride and groom should check when they can take time off work.
- The day should not clash with major sporting events or bank holidays.
- School and summer holidays should be considered - for example, friends may be away on holiday during August.
- A Christmas wedding may clash with many guests' family commitments.
- The choice of wedding day may be a good opportunity to mark a significant anniversary.