Photo taken at the springs event venue in Houston Texas
By Dominique Flournoy
Ladies! He’s finally popped the question and you of course said yes! One of the challenging tasks when it comes to planning your special day is of course…..the date! With 365 days in a year, you would think it would be pretty easy to pick one day. This is not the case for every bride, especially in Houston.
When it comes to picking the day of your wedding a lot of questions come into factor such as your fiancéor your work or school schedule, potential schedule conflicts, weather and venue availability, and that yearlong calendar looks a whole lot shorter.
Here are a few tips we have that could help you pick the perfect day to start your forever:
Pay attention to the Seasons!
We are in Houston, which means seasons can play a big part in if you are planning on having an indoor or outdoor wedding, and also your wedding’s overall cost. Because of extreme temperatures and humidity, and a general desire among Houstonians to NOT subject their friends and family that are from out of town to our city’s summer weather’s uncertainty, July and August typically are not top choices for Houston weddings.
Fall, on the other hand, tends to be a popular season for weddings in Houston, with its milder temps and unique activities visiting guests would be able to enjoy that only Houston has to offer. However, fall also overlaps with storm season. Tropical storms can affect wedding plans, including guest travel, tenting and, of course, anything scheduled to take place outdoors. If you do opt for an autumn wedding, make sure you have contingency plans in place, especially for events with outdoor features.
Spring, an ideal season for a Houston wedding when it comes to weather, breathtaking floral choices, etc.—but the popularity of the season comes with the challenge of venue and vendor availability, so start planning early. Winter, a favorite for nuptials here in Houston and offers a great opportunity to plan a “winter wonderland” themed wedding. But if you’re on a tight budget, you’ll want to choose your florals wisely—many blooms are not in season in winter months, and imported exotic flowers can be on the pricey side.
Look out for Holidays and Special Family Events Conflicting Your Big Day’s Attendance
You would think that Valentine’s Day or New Year’s eve would be the perfect wedding date and we don't blame you. But playing devil’s advocate —if your anniversary were NOT on Valentine’s Day, you’d get TWO romance-fests a year rather than one day to celebrate your love. Guests also may have their own family commitments during major holidays, while flights often are hard to come by and airfares are at a premium, making it difficult for some to attend. When it comes to picking your wedding date it’s best to avoid major holidays, and the weeks immediately before or after. (Though a holiday theme wedding can be fun any weekend of the year!)
It is also important to avoid special or annual events. Thinking about planning a June wedding? Better find out ahead of time if anyone on your guest list is planning to graduate that month or their child. Got a pregnant bridesmaid or other important guest? Make sure your wedding doesn’t fall on her due date or in the three months (at least) after she delivers so she can enjoy your big day along with you.
What day of the week should I get married? Saturday is the most popular day of the week for weddings—except for Jewish weddings, which are often scheduled for Sundays to avoid taking place on the Jewish Sabbath, and some Indian weddings as well. If you, like the majority of brides, are planning to have a Saturday wedding, make sure you start your planning early, especially if you are determined to have your reception at one of Houston’s most popular venues. These venues often book up a year or two in advance, especially for prime-season Saturdays. Allowing yourself ample flexibility in selecting a venue will go far toward helping you find the right site on the right date for your special day.