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Picking Your Wedding Date - time of year, holiday weekends, weather

You've just gotten engaged, now everyone wants to know when the wedding is. How to pick the perfect date? This guide will help guide you through the pitfalls and help you pick the ideal date for you; deciding what time of year, how to deal with holiday weekends, and what the Farmer's Almanac really means.

Picking the Perfect Wedding Date
Choosing a wedding date is a little bit like playing Tetris. There are lots of different considerations, and 365 (or more) days to choose from. Here are the major things you should think about when choosing a wedding date.

What Time is Your Wedding?
You've probably thought a lot about the date of your big day, but have you considered your wedding time of day? Morning, afternoon, evening, or a combination, wedding time can be any time you want. Here are the pros and cons of each.

Wedding Dates to Avoid
Most of the wedding articles you'll read will tell advice on the best wedding dates to have the best weather and the biggest discounts. What they don't tell you is what the WORST wedding dates are. Here are wedding dates you'll surely want to avoid when planning:

Major holidays in the United States
Find out what major religious and secular holidays occur on or near your wedding date. If you're getting married in a house of worship, you'll want to avoid religious holidays. Also, consider scheduling your wedding during a three-day weekend so as to allow out-of-town guests extra travel time.

The Farmer's Almanac
You've heard of the almanac, but aren't sure what it is. This book takes solar activity, among other things, to predict weather. It's not perfect - reliability is somewhere around 75 percent. But it is more reliable than using weather averages. This site will give you an overview of the almanac.

Some considerations to keep in mind
Before you settle on your wedding date, read this list of considerations you might not have thought of before.

Seasonal flowers
To those of you who love flowers, you'll want to make sure that your favorite flowers are available for your wedding. While you'll want to check with your local florist, this site lists flowers by the month they are in season, and has photographs of each one.

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