The first big challenge for a couple is the choice of the wedding date. It's necessary to find a date that works for everyone: parents and mutual friends and relatives.
1) ADVANCE: first of all, take your time and really think about this seemingly trivial decision,
at least one year. In this way, you can manage all the unexpected events.
2) SEASON: what is your favourite season? Imagine your wedding day.
Will it be a sunny and hot day at the pool? Or in a frescoed hall in front of a glowing fire?
Check the weather conditions in the region where you are getting married at that time.
Avoid the hurricane period if you get married in the Caribbean, and that of the monsoon
if you get married in South East Asia.
Anyway, remember to provide a plan B, because even in the middle of the Summer there may be storms.
3) ANNIVERSARIES: Some anniversaries might be perfect , such as the day you met,
or the day you had your first kiss from your beloved, or when you got engaged,
or even on your birthday, but only if it coincides with the birthday of your partner (it is not frequent, but it happens).
4) NUMBERS: Your personal lucky numbers could be an inspiration for choosing the date.
5) CALENDAR: the days before a holiday are ideal, to allow your guests to rest and to take their time to go back home.
6) RELATIVES' ANNIVERSARIES AND REMEMBRANCE DAYS: From here begins the list of dates to avoid,
or to carefully consider. Before choosing to get married on the anniversary day of your parents,
or of your brothers and sisters, or of your bridesmaid or groomsman, make sure they agree.
You should do the same for their birthday. Beyond that, not all the recurrences are positive.
Some can recall sad memories and it is important to avoid these dates.
For instance, it is not appropriate to get married on September 11th, if there are soldiers
or firemen or American citizens among your guests.
7) PUBLIC EVENTS:Check that there are no important events in your city that make essential
the presence of some of your most important guests.
8) SPORT: Avoid getting married during popular sporting events such as the Football World Cup final,
or the Superbowl. These would divert the attention and the participation of your guests.
There is nothing sadder than a big screen in a room or guests who disappear
to go watching TV in another room of the beautiful location you have chosen.
9) RELIGIOUS RECURRENCES: If you want to celebrate a Catholic wedding,
here is a list of the days where weddings cannot be held.
Palm Sunday (April 14th in 2019), Easter (April 21st in 2019) and the following Sunday (April 28th);
Christmas (December 25th) and the days immediately after Christmas.
There are many other recurrences, but lately the priests are a little more flexible
and you should check with them if they agree to celebrate the wedding those days
(for instance the Corpus Christi, the Patron Saint's day, and so on).
10) SUPERSTITION: If you are superstitious, here are some indications.
In Italy you should avoid Friday 17th, but in other parts of the world it is Friday 13th.
As far as the days of the week are concerned: Monday is the day of the moon and it fulfills your desires.
Tuesday brings wealth. Wednesday was considered by Celtics "the best day of all" and it is still positively considered.
Thursday would bring sorrows to the bride. Friday is the day of Venus, but for Catholics, it is a day of penitence.
By tradition, Saturday is not a good day to get married. Sunday would be perfect, but it is necessary to decide it
well in advance, so that the celebrant, the priest, the church, your favorite location, etc are not booked.
Finally, if you are thinking of hiring the wedding planner of your dreams, the one who, you know,
will design and organize the most beautiful day of your life,
then make sure that she is free on the day that you have chosen.
Thanks to Francesco Camera for the beautiful watercolors
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