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With a whole blank calendar in front of you, the sheer availability of opportunity can make this process overwhelming. It's tempting to just select a date smack in the middle of summer, but there can be so many other factors to consider. 

Sentimental Choices

Many couples choose a wedding date based upon a sentimental choice, such as the anniversary of their first date or the birth date of a beloved relative who has passed. If you go with one of these dates, make sure to provide a sign to explain your choice to your guests so that they can join in on the special significance of your selection.

Venue Availability

If you have a specific venue in mind, then it's more likely that their availability will influence your wedding date more than any specific preference you have.  Popular wedding venues often have very daunting wait lists, so make sure that if your venue is your top priority, that you contact them before any other wedding vendor.

Favorite Season

Do the two of you love cozying up by the fire after a day spent skiing?  Maybe you live for warm days relaxing on the beach?  If the two of you have a favorite season, find a wedding date that will allow you to celebrate your wedding during a time of year that you already love.  Especially if you go with seasonally-appropriate decor and details, the rest of your planning will be a breeze!

Holidays

Holiday weekends can often be really convenient wedding dates when it means that the majority of your guest list will either already be in town or need an extra day of vacation to get to and from.  Beware that sometimes travel costs can be higher during these holidays, but when the convenience factor offsets that, your guests will usually be grateful!

Low Travel Costs

Speaking of travel, if the two of you really want a destination wedding, you may want to find a non-peak season wedding date.  This will help more of your friends and family be able to attend, and will help keep you on-budget for your event!  Research packages at your favorite resorts to see what sorts of deals they can offer you at less popular times of year.

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