There are so many details involved when planning a wedding. The first item on the agenda, and perhaps the most important one, is selecting a date. Sometimes you choose a date for personal significance, like the anniversary of your first date or the same wedding date as your parents. Other times you might choose a date based on venue availability. Some dates are chosen for seasonal availability, like a couple that specifically wants a fall wedding or a bride that assists on having peonies in her bouquet (a May or June wedding). Regardless, there are some dates that you should be aware of that have the potential to be problematic for either you or you guests. Most are associated with holidays or special times of the year. See below for some dates that you may want to avoid.
Long Weekends With A Monday Holiday
Your initial thought might be that a long weekend is a great time for a wedding. After all, you will have an extra day off on Monday for guest to enjoy the festivities and time to recuperate. However, with increased costs for hotels and flights, your out-of-town guests won't be of the same opinion. As well, it's important to note that while many venues may provide discounts for Sunday events, they don't usually apply to long weekends and you're looking at the same costs you would as if the wedding was on a Friday or Saturday. Some long weekend dates to be aware of:
Family Day (February)
Weekend of February 18th - 20th, 2017 Weekend of February 17th - 19th, 2018
Victoria Day (May)
Weekend of May 20th - 22nd, 2017 Weekend of May 19th - 21st, 2018
Civic Holiday (August)
Weekend of August 5th - 7th, 2017 Weekend of August 4th - 6th, 2018
Labour Day (September)
Weekend of September 2nd - 4th, 2017 Weekend of September 1st - 3rd, 2018
Some Holidays Will Cost You More
How can a holiday cost you more? Quite simple! Flower wholesalers mark up their stock up to four times for Mother's Day (second Sunday in May) and Valentine's Day (February 14th). Not only is it harder to get flowers around that time of year, but you will pay through the nose for them. You may also pay more for delivery and labour at that time of year as a floral designer has plenty to do within their own shop and feel that their time is at a premium if they have to leave to go do set-up for your wedding.
Valentine's Day (avoid the weekend before and weekend after)
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
Mother's Day (avoid the Friday and Saturday before)
Sunday, May 14th, 2017 Sunday, May 13th, 2018
Sometimes "cost" can also refer to the quality of a product as well as labour charges. Most flower wholesalers shut down between Christmas and New Year's. That means any weddings held between December 24th - January 1st have flowers that will be delivered prior to Christmas (another time of year we see a spike in flower sales). While flowers won't be as marked up as much as Mother's Day or Valentine's Day, the flowers available to you during that time will be much older and not as in as good condition as if they were cut and delivered 2 or 3 days before your wedding to your florist (normal delivery conditions).
Significant Sporting Events
We're seeing more and more people opt for a Sunday wedding. Part of this is due to discounts that a venue may offer. (Fridays and Saturdays are prime dates that clients play a premium for. Weekdays and Sundays usually cost less.) However, Sundays can be problematic for sports enthusiasts. In particular, major sporting events such as Super Bowl Sunday and Grey Cup are planned for long in advance. Whenever possible, you are best to avoid these dates at all costs unless you plan to bring in a myriad of TVs to ensure coverage for those exceptional die-hard football fans.
Grey Cup 2017 in Ottawa - Sunday, November 28th, 2017
Grey Cup 2018 - Date and location yet to be announced
Super Bowl 2017 in Houston - Sunday, February 5th, 2017
Super Bowl 2018 in Minneapolis - Sunday February 4th, 2018
Some holidays are meant for family gatherings, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Once again, these are periods of time that we normally see huge increases in hotel and travel costs that your out-of-town guests will not appreciate. These same people may also prefer to spend time with their family than pay a lot to attend your wedding.
Your vendors may also charge higher costs as labour is more expensive. Remember, that when you hire vendors for holiday dates, you're asking for these people to be away from their own family celebrations. If they are going to accept a wedding, then you will probably pay extra for their services.
Easter Weekend (April)
*** Special note - some companies give the Good Friday holiday; others give them the Monday instead; some companies don't recognize either.
Weekend of April 14th - April 17th, 2018 Weekend of March 30th - April 2nd, 2018
Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend (October)
Weekend of October 7th - 9th, 2017 Weekend of October 6th - 8th, 2018
Christmas Day (December)
Monday, December 25th, 2017 Tuesday, December 24th, 2018
Friday the 13th
Whether you are superstitious or not, there are lots of people out there who are. There are dates that are considered unlucky, such as Friday the 13th. Some would be worried that the date might cast a dark cloud over your future marriage. Others who are extremely superstitious may actually avoid leaving the house on those dates. Most just prefer that you avoid this date entirely.
January 13th, 2017
October 13th, 2017
April 13th, 2017
July 13th, 2017
Cathy MacRae is a Calgary, Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise wedding planner in the business of designing customized weddings that make your heart skip a beat! She is the lead wedding planner and design coordinator for Creative Weddings Planning & Decor©, working with couples to plan chic and stylish weddings that make your heart skip a beat! Located in Calgary, Canada, she plans wedding for couples primarily in and around the Calgary, Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise, and Fernie area. Her clients want a wedding that is all about romance, elegance and personalized style with meaningful and heartfelt moments that take your breath away and created an incredible guest experience. She has been in involved in the wedding industry for over eight years now. The foundation of her business has been built on developing relationships with numerous quality vendors that her allow her to best match them with her clients so the end result is a unique wedding celebration that tells a story and sets the stage for the couple's "happily ever after." As a destination wedding specialist, she also works with couples who desire to wed in various picturesque dream locations throughout the world. She had done weddings in various exotic locales such as Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, and throughout the Caribbean. She is available to plan weddings internationally.
She has earned her Professional Wedding Planner© status with the Association of Bridal Consultants, and is also a member of the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada, the Calgary Bridal Alliance, and the Community of Wedding Innovators. In addition, she is a Certified Sandals Specialist and WeddingMoons© Specialist with Sandals© and Beaches© Resorts, specializing in romantic travel. She was a founding board member of the Wishing Well Wedding and Event Foundation, Canada's first non-profit wish granting founding providing weddings for couples directly facing terminal illness, and continues to support the foundation in the role of a STAR vendor. Cathy also owns Consulting For Creatives, where she works as a business coach with both new and experienced entrepreneurs in the wedding and event industry with a desire to get ahead.
For more information about planning your own wedding or for advice from Cathy, please contact her at 1-888-790-6986 or email her at email@example.com.