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09 June 2014

When to Marry

Organising a wedding leaves so much to think about, from the catering to the dress to what the colour scheme will be. But one aspect many couples do not give as much thought to is the actual date when they will get married.

Avoiding An Empty Church

Weekends were traditionally frowned upon as suitable days for weddings, but Saturdays are now the most popular day of the week. Having a weekend ceremony makes it easier for family and friends travelling from a distance as well as making it easier to attend for those who work Monday to Friday. To make sure the majority of the guests will be able to attend, it's also a good idea to consider ease of travel and whether your wedding will clash with any big events. Another common faux pas is to hold your wedding the day after the clocks go back or forwards; this can lead to guests arriving an hour too early or too late.

Avoiding Bad Luck

Different cultures had different beliefs about the time of year to pick for a wedding. Although summer months are generally much more favourable than the winter for most couples, the Romans had a distinct aversion to any ceremonies taking place in May. This is because this was considered the month when the dead were remembered and chastity was celebrated, not ideally compatible with a happy wedding! This idea of an 'unlucky' month seems to have endured even if the reason behind it has been forgotten, as many more modern rhymes also warn about a May marriage. However, the Romans were rather keen on June. This month was named after the goddess of love and marriage, Juno and any ceremonies taking place at this time was considered to be particularly blessed.

Summer v Winter

In the UK, summer months are by far the most popular months to tie the knot and as a result, are a lot more expensive. However, whilst you may dream of a sun-kissed walk to the altar, with the unpredictable British weather, there's no guarantee that your guests won't be dodging the raindrops, even though you have paid for your big day to take place during high season. For this reason, it can be a good idea to plan a winter wedding. As well as saving you money, the conditions are far more certain and your plans won't be ruined at the last minute by unseasonably poor weather. In the winter, a gazebo in the garden is just not going to work but in the summer months, you may be tempted to hope for the best. If you do plump for winter, you could be really lucky; what could be more romantic than a sprinkling of light snow? But some couples have a preference for an actual date, whether it's the day they first met, an anniversary, or maybe even a birthday. If this is the case, you may face a slightly longer wait if it falls within a popular period.

Setting Personal Preferences: Venue or Date?

Ultimately, your choice of date may simply come down to when your venue of choice is free. If you aren't too fussy about the time of year or day of the week you hold your wedding, this could be the easiest approach. But if you do have a particular strong yearning for a special date, season, or day, you may be better off waiting until it falls free or find an alternative setting. After all, you only get one chance to set the date you will remember for a lifetime.



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