Hey ya’ll! Kathryn the wedding / farming florist, extraordinaire here!
I wanted to highlight 5 ideas to keep in mind while picking out your wedding date. Now, this is just from my perspective… There are other things to look into as well, but these are common ideas to keep in mind.
- Availability: First and foremost, pick a wedding date that is available for everyone! This is important for family but also for your dream vendors. If you love a particular florist… reach out to them first! I cannot tell you how many times I have gotten an inquire from a couple who wanted to book me because they love my designs but I am unavailable. Most of us are booking at least a year in advance.
- Season: When it comes to flowers, seasonality matters. If you love the spring flowers but want to get married in the fall… well, it will be a more difficult process to wholesale those flowers. Verses if you got married in the Spring, we would be able to harvest those flowers right away for you!
- Costs: Honestly – wedding dates are more expensive on Saturdays in the Spring – Fall. If you are looking to save money, choose a Friday or Sunday wedding. I know some wedding venues offer a discount for the “off season.” That being said… check back with note #2. Getting flowers in the winter is a lot harder and therefore will cost more.
- Relative Location: As you are picking a date, remember who is attending your wedding. From your cousins all the way in Florida (example) or possible a florist all the way in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Will they be traveling for extended periods of time? The longer we travel with flowers the more uneasy I personally get. Flowers do not like traveling… especially in harsh conditions. Of course, you cannot control the weather. We could have a very pleasant day one day and a wind storm the next… but keep that in mind for vendors who are traveling for your wedding.
- Significance: Okay, you have gotten through the first 4 bullet points and now are wondering about significance. If you and your significant other have a particular flower that means a lot to you… why not incorporate that in your bouquet? Or, if you got engaged in the Fall and want to get married on the same week but a year later… why not? Make sure what is significant about the date can be easily translated to your wedding day!
Again – there are other reasons to pick or not pick a wedding date – but hopefully this gives you an insight to our preferences when it comes to a wedding date.
If you are looking for recommendations for a great wedding date, let us know and we will help you make a sound decision.