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Wedding planning 101: Setting the date

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 17th, 2011 3 comments

Your Facebook status has been updated, you’ve sent out emails to tell everyone that you’re getting hitched, and you constantly find yourself gazing dreamily at that rock on your finger. You’re engaged! Now what?

It’s time to start thinking about how to stay organised in the months ahead so that planning your wedding goes as smoothly as possible.

First of all, get the official engagement photos out of the way. These can be used later on for personalised ‘save the date‘ cards.┬áThen invest in a wedding planner. This will be your best friend in the months ahead, and will help you stay on top of every little detail. It should have a calendar (18-months to be on the safe side), lots of space for list making, pockets for storing clippings and ideas, and space to fill in the contact details of your chosen wedding suppliers. We came across this gorgeous planner and notebook from The Wedding of My Dreams – which will help you stay organised!

Now that you have a beautiful book to save all the ideas and decisions in, it’s time to set the date! It could be that you already know which date you’ll say “I, do”, but if you don’t know picking the perfect date is not always easy – there are 365 to choose from after all!

Even if an extra day off is tempting, getting married on public holiday weekends is best avoided (Bank holidays, Christmas, New Year’s etc). No doubt people will be thrilled to be part of your wedding, but be considerate and realistic – they might have other plans and costs for travel and hotels are usually higher around these dates.

You’ll be wise to avoid 29th April 2011 too, which is Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s wedding day. However, if you’ve just got engaged chances are you’re not planning on saying your vows in only 3 months time. Instead, invite your bridesmaids around for tea and scones and get inspired by what is set to be the wedding of the year (apart from yours of course!).

If you’re planning on tying the knot in London in 2012, you might want to do other things on 27th July through to 12th August when the Olympic Games are taking place. The city will be a nightmare to navigate through.

Want to get married on a memorable date? Then these are your best opportunities:

9/10/11 (Saturday)
11/11/11 (Friday)
10/11/12 (Thursday)
12/12/12/ (Wednesday)

Just keep in mind that all of the above are going to be popular dates, so best to book the venue sooner rather than later.

Once you’ve decided on the date, you might want to consider creating a wedding website. It is a fantastic way to let your guests take part in your journey and share wedding gift lists.

Which date will you be getting married on in 2011/2012? Share with other Bridalwave readers by using the comment box below.

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Images from The Wedding of My Dreams

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