Picking my wedding date
The first big accomplishment with our wedding planning was picking our wedding date and where to have the ceremony. Erik and I became exclusive on July 4th and we didn’t want an Independence Day wedding.
We considered April 7th to be the big day because it’s 7/4 backwards. However, unless we wanted to be married in the middle of the week, we would have to wait until at least 2012. With both of those options out, we simply got out a calendar and started looking at dates.
January and February were too close to Erik’s birthday. May was my divorced parent’s wedding anniversary. June is my birthday month. July and August are WAY too hot in South Florida. September is the start of school. November and December are holiday months.
All of that narrowed it down to March, April, or October. So how did we decide? I got a calendar. We counted the days (literally) between his birthday and mine, found that closest Saturday and that’s our date!
Problems with our wedding planning
Since we got engaged in July 2008, our next question to answer was “Are we ready to get married in eight months?” For us, the answer was no. I was taking classes and only in my second year of teaching. I wanted to enjoy my engagement and Erik wasn’t going anywhere! I really think this is one of the most important decisions to make because weddings are a production. It takes time to plan and if you think it’s all going to “fall” into place, then I’ll say a prayer for you.
Erik and my engagement will have been twenty months when we say I do. Now that we are at the six month stretch, I can honestly say that the past fourteen months have FLOWN by. I still have a few more items on my wedding list that I haven’t even looked at yet, but not one item of the planning process has prompted me into”Bridezilla” mode.
Advice for picking your wedding date
My advice is be realistic. I have enjoyed my long engagement, but every bride is different! Once you have a day in mind, then commit to the time frame you want to work with.