Choosing the perfect wedding date requires a bit of luck, intuition, and research! While a fun, easy-to-remember date may be ideal, the time of year and availability of family or vendors might not work with you. Here are a few things to consider to help you think through all your options before making your decision final when choosing your Baton Rouge wedding date.
How to Choose Your Baton Rouge Wedding Date
There’s no rulebook here. Some like to take their time and enjoy their engagement period. Others like to start preparing immediately. With that being said, 12 to 18 months is the average length of an engagement period in the United States. If you and your fiance are looking to get married in less than a year, we recommend locking down a wedding date about a month after getting engaged.
You should allow yourself enough time to speak with your loved ones about the perfect date and any schedule conflicts. If you are thinking your engagement period will be closer to the 18-month mark then it is acceptable to book your date later on.
Either way, how long you wait to pick a date is less important than how much time there is between when you send out save the dates and the wedding itself. You will want to give everyone as much time as possible to request time off of work, plan babysitters, travel, and/or prior events and commitments.
Here are a few popular weekend wedding dates that would be memorable (and fun) for an anniversary!
- 6.20.21 (Sunday, Summer Solstice, longest day of the year)
- 8.21.21 (Saturday, Repeat Day and Year Numbers)
- 9.10.21 (Friday, Sequential Numbers)
- 9.11.21 (First Saturday after Labor Day Weekend, Patriot Day)
- 10.10.21 (Sunday, Repeating Numbers)
- 12.11.21 (Saturday, Palindrome Date)
- 1.22.22 (Saturday, Repeat Day and Year Numbers)
- 2.12.22 (Saturday, Repeating Numbers)
- 4.2.22 (Saturday, Repeating Numbers)
- 7.8.22 (Friday, Sequential Numbers)
- 9.9.22 (Friday, Repeating Numbers)
- 9.10.22 (Saturday, Sequential Numbers)
- 10.22.22 (Saturday, Repeating Numbers)
- 11.11.22 (Friday, Chance, Coincidence, or Spiritual Meaning, Repeating Numbers)
Consider Your Season
With fall being the busiest time of year for weddings, you can expect limited availability if you’re reserving vendors within 12 months, and sometimes even slightly higher prices. The wintertime is quite the opposite, being the slowest time for weddings (busiest for engagements though!), resulting in better availability and pricing from wedding vendors.
Budget-Friendly Days To Get Married
It may be a given that choosing a day besides a Saturday is going to be better for your budget, but many venues will also discount during slower months as well. In short, your budget-friendly days to get married will be during the slower season, or on Sunday (potentially excluding the Sunday before a long weekend like Labor Day or Memorial Day).
Baton Rouge Wedding Dates To Avoid
Also, don’t forget to avoid big events in Baton Rouge to avoid hotel rooms being filled for any guests, or you and your fiance, wanting to stay in your hotel block. Here are some upcoming events that draw crowds to Baton Rouge:
- Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival
- Fourth of July Spectacular
- Live After 5
- Baton Rouge Pride
- LSU Home Football Games
- Greater Baton Rouge State Fair
- Louisiana Marathon Finish Fest
- Mardi Gras
Reserve Your Date
If you’ve made it here, you have the research aspect down, now just don’t forget to follow your intuition when choosing which date feels best for you and your partner, and lock that date in with your venues first! We’re throwing all the lucky stars your way that you land your top wedding location and vendors!
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