When couples decide on a wedding date, some will begin at the season or holiday. If they want a traditional summer wedding, they may choose a date sometime in July. Or Thanksgiving could be a special day so they want to host that for their wedding. When planning a wedding on a holiday, however, there are a few things to consider to ensure it’s what you really desire.
Firstly, you don’t have to have your wedding on the holiday to make it a holiday wedding. Just being inspired by themes and colors of Christmas — such as velvet, pine, holly, and other colors and textures for the Christmas holiday.
If you’re having an intimate wedding this is a great opportunity to bring family and friends together for the holidays to celebrate a joyous occasion. This could possibly be a weekend for family and memories built. Depending on the holiday, guests may already have the day off of work, and they wouldn’t have to take additional time off.
In some cases, you can also use the holiday to your advantage without using it for wedding inspiration. If you still want warm weather, then plan for Independence Day or Labor Day weekend wedding. If you love winter holidays but don’t want to wed during Christmas, plan it the week between or New Year. There’s also something special about scheduling your wedding on New Year’s Eve or Day.
Here are a few pros and cons to consider when considering a holiday wedding:
Depending on the holiday, it creates a festive atmosphere at your wedding.
A long weekend makes travel easier for family and friends.
Time off for a holiday (work or school) also makes it easier to plan for guests.
The couple has a unique wedding experience.
Christmas is a family-centered holiday and family members may have other plans.
Vendor costs could be more expensive if you schedule your wedding on a holiday.
Guests need ample notice so plan ahead especially if you are planning a destination wedding.
In order to make the best decision, sit down and discuss the pros and cons and what you want for your wedding: is this holiday important to you? Can you compromise on the date if the actual holiday doesn’t work out? Will your family be understanding?