Planning a wedding over the holidays?

It has become increasingly popular to plan your wedding over or on public holidays.  I can definitely see the attraction to doing so, but there are also a few things to take into consideration on the flip side. Let’s look at a few suggestions for planning a fabulous holiday wedding!

Pros

Public/festive holidays can be great to host your wedding, here’s why :

  • Most of your guests will be free from work commitments for that day/weekend so leave days are saved 🙂
  • Long weekends are great for your 3 or 4-day wedding celebrations that bombard most Indian homes.
  • Out of town guests have time to chill a little before the hustle and bustle of wedding day vibes. This can be very important for elderly guests who would need the extra time to recover from traveling.
  • If you’re planning a wedding over a festive holiday, you can save tons on wedding décor and theme ideas as many companies have specials/sales during this time. You can choose different shades of the normal festive colours to give your day a unique feel.
  • Our favorite 🙂 – you will have your anniversary off for many years to come, so planning those romantic getaways will be a breeze!

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Cons

  • Most people plan way in advance for getaways or family events over public / festive holidays. If you want to monopolise on their time, send out your save dates / invites at least 8 to 10 months before your wedding date.
  • Most times traveling during the peak holiday season can be very expensive, so keep in mind if you have out of town guests.
  • Sales and specials are great at these times, but sometimes you might also find the flip side of the coin – some things become overly expensive due to peak season. Always best to weigh your options, especially if you are on a tight budget. Check in with your vendors to verify costing on public / festive holidays.
  • Festive holidays are normally reserved for family time and your guests might prioritise their events over your wedding. All good, as the family usually comes first over the festive seasons. Remember, it’s your wedding and if you choose to have it during these times, you will need to understand that there are a few things that you will have to accept when planning. Don’t feel guilty about the dates set and try not to make your guests feel bad about responding with a no.

Tips :

  • Think very carefully about planning your wedding over public / festive holidays and do your homework!
  • Weigh the cost involved as well as sourcing your wedding needs over peak times.
  • Consider your season
  • Start your planning at least a year to a year and a half before your wedding date, and give your guests plenty of notice.

Happy wedding planning 🙂