Choosing a Wedding Date

Congratulations! You’re engaged! There is no better feeling than cuddling up with a stack of wedding magazines and catching a glimpse of your new bling while flipping pages. But wait! Before you pick the perfect dress and get caught up in the details, there’s one very important decision to make… WHEN do you want to get married? Planning your perfect wedding has everything to do with which season you choose. To simplify the process of narrowing down your ideal date, let’s take a look at each season, along with its perks and pitfalls: Spring: A spring wedding date brings many pros and cons. While the weather in some areas is temperamental, the flower choices are plentiful. Purchasing flowers that are in-season often results in lower costs. Another plus? Just about any dress length/style goes! If your sights are set on an outdoor wedding, spring may not be your best bet. The unpredictable weather is what keeps many couples from planning spring weddings. Some brides and grooms-to-be choose springtime to get married, because the season brings a sense of renewal.

Centerpieces by Tracy Hunter

Summer: Warm-weather weddings offer many options for engaged couples. Outdoor ceremonies offer a naturally beautiful backdrop and less need for elaborate décor. On the other hand, hot temperatures can make guests uncomfortable, and bugs are often an issue. Similar to a spring affair, summer weddings allow brides to wear nearly any style of dress, and lots of blooms are in season. Concerns about extreme heat cause some couples to shy away from a summer wedding, However, longer days, and the carefree feeling associated with summer, make the warmer months an ideal time to tie the knot.

Roy & Tracy by Jen Son

Fall: Autumn weddings are popular for lots of reasons; multi-colored leaves make lovely decorations, and fall temperatures are often perfect for outdoor ceremonies. Some brides and grooms-to-be choose to decorate with pumpkins and other autumn décor, which can reduce a wedding budget drastically. Depending on how traditional you want to go, wedding gown options may be more limited due to cooler temps and the fact that many dresses scream summer. With that being said, the pros often outweigh the cons for fall weddings. In many regions, it’s the most beautiful time of year.

DO_Wedding by Virginia State Parks

Winter: Although winter weddings are not on the top of the popularity list, they can be downright gorgeous. Weddings with a holiday theme allow for unique decorations, and because many venues aren’t booked solid this time of year, you may have your pick of dates. Dress choices are limited, but wraps and warm hand muffs can be used to keep the bride warm (and they make for beautiful pictures). It can be difficult to find flowers in season, but your florist can help you determine your options. Although it’s not the top pick for many couples, winter weddings can be a big hit.

Nelll + Venlamin by Reinis Melioranskis

The most popular months to get married are June, September, and October. While many people gravitate toward these months, every couple is unique. What do you envision on your wedding day? Do you see an early evening sunset and colorful leaves blanketing the ground? Or maybe you envision a warm summer night with fireflies lighting up the sky. No matter what season you choose, you can make your dream wedding a reality. You’ve chosen your date? Perfect! Let the planning begin…

Wedding inspiration Chalkboard

**Wedding inspiration Chalkboard tips** We all remember the infamous chalkboards our teachers used in our school days. Everything we’ve ever learned about prepositional phrases and quadratic equations was likely first shown to us on a blackboard. These days, anything can be converted into a chalkboard for just about any purpose! The best news? Your wedding […]

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Choosing a Wedding Venue

Between the engagement ring and the wedding ring, there is a whole lot of planning to be done. One of the very first steps a newly engaged couple should take is choosing a venue. Why? The place you choose to get married will impact every other decision you make when planning your wedding. Here at […]

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Fun Wedding Ideas

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of attending a really fun wedding, you most likely took mental notes as to what made the event unique. While your wedding day will undoubtedly be memorable for you and your new bride or groom, unfortunately, guests may be less than impressed if the celebration is a cookie cutter […]

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Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Deciding who will attend your upcoming wedding may seem like the difficult part, but many brides-to-be soon realize that sending out written correspondence can be a tedious task. Don’t get bogged down by the details. We’ll help you out of the invitation rut and give you suggestions to keep the process easy and fun! When […]

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Wedding Music Suggestions

When couples think of the difficult decisions they must make when planning their wedding, music isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Themes, dresses, and cake flavors tend to take top priority, but many couples underestimate the importance of good songs on their big day. Music sets the tone for the entire event, from […]

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The DIY Wedding

There are so many reasons to design your own wedding, and with the endless creative (and easy!) ideas out there, you don’t have to be a craft queen to be successful in the DIY wedding approach. Many brides-to-be are on the fence about adding hand-crafted, personalized touches to their big day, afraid that their best […]

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Wedding Flowers for Everyone

Beautiful flowers are an integral part of a bride’s vision for her wedding day. It’s true that finding the perfect mix of blooms is essential to pulling off the desired look. But what many people overlook is the importance of finding the right person – or team of people – to transform simple flowers into […]

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Wedding Favor Ideas

When a bride begins to put the personal touches on her wedding day, she often turns to magazines and the internet. The research process can be a blessing and a curse, because the abundance of ideas can be incredibly inspiring and downright overwhelming. Most brides-to-be have stressed at some point over what to send home […]

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Wedding Flowers on a Budget

Image Credit: Alvin Mahmudov **Six Wedding Flowers on a Budget Tips to Create the Day You’ve been Dreaming** Here at the Plunge Project, we know that planning and paying for your dream day can be overwhelming. Unless you’re pulling out all the stops and able to spend the big bucks on a celebrity-style ceremony, you’re […]

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