It’s not surprising that many people intentionally plan their weddings around the holidays. Sometimes, it’s a favorite holiday -- but more often, it’s an easy way to assure that many of the people you’d like to have at your wedding are at the same place, at the same time. For couples who may have friends and family located all across the country, this can be especially convenient.
Having your wedding around the holidays, though, will take a bit of special consideration and extra planning. Here are a few things you can keep in mind whether you’re ringing in the new year with nuptials, or hoping to tie the knot the same day America declared its independence.
The Basic Planning Essentials
If you plan on having your wedding around a holiday, book everything earlier than normal. Check out our list of month-by-month recommendations for planning -- and you should likely add a month or two to every guideline, just to be safe. Many wedding venues will fill up quickly, and you don’t want to be picking through the leftovers after every other event has already snapped up the great locations.
Special Considerations for Guests
Because it’s the holidays, you’re naturally going to lose a few guests this way -- you may be trying to make things convenient as possible by bringing things back to New Jersey, but your cousin’s husband’s family might want them to come to Florida. Keep in mind that having your event around the holidays means that, realistically, it might not be the first priority for all your guests.
Keep your guests’ busy schedules in mind as you plan your event. If you’re planning your wedding during new year’s eve, for example, you’re likely going to want to have a reception that you can stay at past midnight. Otherwise your guests are going to feel like the party is over at 9pm -- and they have nowhere to go.
Also important to consider is the +1. During a typical wedding, if you’re trying to cut down on the number of guests you may limit +1’s to only spouses. During the holidays, though, this might be a deal-breaker for a number of your guests, who aren’t necessarily interested in “going stag” to your event. The Offbeat Bride recommends offering this right away rather than dealing with everyone’s special requests.
Expect Higher Costs from Vendors
Sometimes you can actually save money around the holidays by doubling up -- christmas decorations can work fine for a reception, pine is an easy and cheap material for creating table settings, etc. Seasonal foods can often be more affordable to carry, as well. Overall, though, you should likely expect to shell out a bit more during holiday times. You’ll be trying to book spaces along with numerous families and companies also trying to plan holiday events. The Knot has a few additional tips.