Love is in the air!
Happy Valentine’s Day! Writing my first Carefree Weddings blog on the most love-filled day of the year seemed like a good fit, as February is a HUGE month for me this year! Firstly, I am now with Carefree Weddings full time, and secondly, I just announced my first pregnancy – which means I was tethered to Facebook for quite a while ;). As I read my friends Facebook messages to their loved ones on this Holiday, it got me thinking about Valentine’s Day weddings & holiday weddings in general.
Deciding to have your wedding on a holiday may sound like fun for everyone, and it will be - as long as you plan accordingly! My [destination] wedding day was the Saturday of the Memorial Day Weekend in 2014. When we were planning it out, we knew our guests would need to travel for the wedding, so we thought it was a great idea to have it on a 3 day weekend, so people wouldn’t have to take as much personal time off to travel. Once we knew for sure that it was going to be a destination wedding, we got to work sending out our Save The Dates with the location on them right away – holiday weekend airfares can easily get out of the affordable range if you wait too long. Even if you are planning to do your holiday wedding locally, it is still a good idea to send the Save the Dates ASAP - people make holiday plans many months in advance. Incorporating the holiday into your wedding colors or decor can add a touch of whimsy to your holiday wedding, but try not to over-do it. Signature cocktails would be a fun way to combine the wedding and the holiday in one! I became a junior home-mixologist trying to figure out our wedding cocktails and coming up with the perfect names. Call me crazy ;) … wait, forget I said that.
If you are a real holidays fan, and wish to get married closer to the major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas – which may be a strategic move since your family will be nearby already – call your favorite venues and discuss what deals they can offer you for booking a wedding in those months. Great deals can be had in the Winter time, however, a lot of venues and vendors will be busy with holiday parties, so you also may have competition. I suggest to book weddings near Christmas way in advance!
Holiday wedding tips & tricks
- Send Save the Dates (don’t forget the location!) as soon as you decide you are having your wedding on or around a holiday.
- Include some touches of the holiday in your décor and signature cocktails.
- Look into your favorite venues and vendors and see if you can get a discount for a late fall or winter wedding – you will stand a greater chance with a very early booking.
- Hire a wedding coordinator to keep it all organized, and to execute a backup plan in case of weather or other unexpected situations.