How do you begin to pick a wedding date? You (or your daughter) probably have some idea of the time of year you would like to be married, but the time of engagement may dictate whether or not that will happen. For instance, dreams of a June wedding may not be realistic with a January engagement—not enough time for THIS June, and too much time til next.
When looking at the suddenly daunting task of setting the date, the bride and groom should sit down together and ask themselves these preliminary questions:
1. What kind of wedding do we want? Religious or nonreligious? Large or intimate? Sooner or later?
2. How deep is our faith? Is a religious ceremony important to either of us?
3. Where will we do this? The bride’s home town? Where we live now? Our college chapel?
4. Who will pay? Are we OK with parental control, or do we want this to be all ours?
As you can see, this will lead to some bigger conversations—make sure you have them! Regardless of how well you know each other and how deep your love and commitment, prepare to compromise.
Following this conversation, several possibilities will unfold.
You will either
*start with your place of worship and go from there, or
*decide on a religious ceremony but not in a specific place of worship. In this case, your phone call should be to a priest, rabbi or minister and see what the “rules” are. Or you may choose to
*decide on a nonreligious ceremony, in which case you can start with reception venues and let them know you will also have the ceremony there.
This is often the point where girlhood dreams get a dose of reality. This isn’t necessarily a negative.
My daughter dreamed of a beach wedding at a relative’s remote beachfront home. But she also wanted a fairly big wedding with all her college friends, which didn’t mesh with the beach dream. She moved on, and because she met her fiancé in college and shared so many friends, they were married in their college chapel. Lovely!