Rhode Island Wedding Guide

Wedding Planning

Selecting a Wedding Date

Newport, RI wedding
Photo by Michele-Yvette Photography

We've heard from many brides and grooms who just recently got engaged. First of all, we would like to congratulate them all. Secondly, we would like to remind them to stay cool, calm and collective when making their wedding plans. Before you even start to make your RI wedding plans, just sit back and enjoy the first few weeks. Don't rush out and start your planning. There will be plenty of time for that. Also, don't let people start pressuring you about what plans you should be making first. Just revel in the fact that he finally popped the question!

After sharing the great news with your family and friends, it's time to start your RI wedding planning. The first step is to decide on how long of an engagement you would like. You may just want to wait for that special date (such as your anniversary, etc.) or even come up with a date by figuring out just how long you think it will take to plan your wedding. Most engagements last from six months to a year. That's not to say that you can't get married two years from the time you get engaged (or even two months!). That decision is up to the couple.

When deciding on a date, envision your ideal wedding. Do you want a more intimate gathering or a big extravagant celebration? What season would you like to get married in? Would you prefer fall foliage or spring flowers? Does an outdoor Newport wedding appeal to you? How you choose your wedding date is going to depend on the following:

  • How much time is it going to take to plan for your big day?
  • You'll have to check for significant dates such as graduation, holidays, Grandma's 100th birthday, etc.
  • Do you want your birthday to fall on a certain date such as the anniversary date of the first time you met, a special holiday (Valentine's Day or maybe... Groundhog's Day??).
  • One big factor is whether or not you can get the reception site and ceremony site on the same day. You may just have to switch dates to accommodate both the reception and ceremony site on the same day.
  • Another factor is the time of year. Certain times of the year tend to be more expensive than others. If you're looking to cut your expenses, you'll want to set an "off season" date. You'll be able to save some money this way.
  • You may have decided to wear your mother's wedding gown - which is made of a very heavy material. You won't want to get married in the summer with that gown on!

So, as you can see, there are many factors to consider when selecting a wedding date. So you must envision your "perfect" wedding day and decide what would be the most important factor for you. From there, things will go...smoothly?

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