Fall is definitely upon us, which means that the holidays are quickly approaching. While some couples love a wedding around the holidays, others might not be huge fans. Regardless of whether you plan to stick with a holiday theme or not, there are some things you should keep in mind when trying to plan a wedding around the holidays.
The biggest thing to keep in mind is whether or not people will be able to attend. People and families tend to get super busy during the last couple months of the year. November has Thanksgiving and December has holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years and many more. If you are choosing to have a holiday wedding around this time, be sure to be prepared to have lots of people unable to attend. Some will be out of town. Others will have family visiting. Others may have their own family celebrations that day.
If you want as many of your guests to be able to attend and be present to celebrate with you, try your best to plan your wedding around major holidays. This may mean choosing a date that isn’t on a Saturday. You will likely get a cheaper price on your venue and possibly your other vendors, as well. Try your best to avoid having your reception on the actual date of a holiday if you want all your loved ones to be able to be present! If that isn’t so important to you, then choose whatever date is right for you and your partner.
Give plenty of notice
If you are going to have your wedding around a major holiday, you want to be sure to give your guests as much notice as possible. This will enable them to make arrangements and plan around your wedding day, as well as the holiday. It will also make it potentially a bit cheaper for them to purchase travel arrangements if necessary. Usually the earlier they are purchased, the cheaper they will be. This will be helpful to guests as they are traveling to your wedding. Send out save-the-dates as early as possible!
Use the season
At Indian Creek, we always recommend using the season to decorate or choose food options for your wedding. This means choosing decor that would make sense to the season. Also, utilize whatever food is in season. This is a great way to keep costs somewhat low because oftentimes what is in season is the most affordable. This is also a great way to make people feel cozy and like they are celebrating the season and the holiday. Get some inspiration online and be sure to ask your vendors what they suggest for the time you have chosen. They will typically have some awesome advice and ideas to help you achieve your vision while keeping things seasonal!
Choose your music carefully
While we at Indian Creek love a good holiday party, you want your guests to feel like they are at a wedding. This means that you should try to steer clear of playing lots of holiday music at the reception. You don’t want guests to feel like they are at one, big holiday party. Instead, maybe play a few instrumentals and keep things pretty low-key.
Planning a wedding can be so much fun, especially when you are planning it around a really special time for people! Have them help you celebrate your special day and the season by having a holiday wedding. If you need some help planning, we want to be your first call. Contact us today to have your special day at Indian Creek.