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, 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 wedding date.
How to Choose Your Wedding Date
Popular Dates & Months
It’s good to educate yourself on the popular dates and months, especially in the Lincoln area, ahead of time. This way if you want a wedding on that day or during that time, you know to plan well in advance (at least 16 months), so you still have a great selection of vendors and wedding locations open.
The busiest month to get married in October, and this has stood true nationwide since 2016! People love hosting their wedding ceremony outdoors (nearly 50% and rising!), and the semi-cool weather in the fall helps make this doable. September has been the next top wedding month, putting the autumn season at the top as the most popular season for couples to get married.
Once you have chosen what month you would like to have your wedding, you can now look around for some venues that have that month available. Now to choose a date. Saturdays tend to be the most common because they fall in the “middle” of the weekend. The next best bet is to go for a low-key holiday weekend. Although, make sure you’re aware of the holiday fee for some venues. For example, labor day weekend tends to work well because people will most likely be off work, and it allows for you and your guests to get some good rest after the wedding.
Here are a few popular weekend wedding dates that would be memorable (and fun) for an anniversary!
- 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)
- 6.21.22 (Tuesday, Summer Solstice, longest day of the year)
- 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 long weekend like Labor Day or Memorial Day).
Also, don’t forget to avoid big events in Lincoln 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 Lincoln, NE:
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! Interested in reserving your date for photography, videography, DJ, photo booth, or lighting with us? Contact us to see our availability and get a quote for your big day.