If you’re thinking about having a winter wonderland wedding, the question “Should we get married during the holidays?” may have crossed your mind. While everyone has an opinion about every aspect of a wedding—location, food, music, etc.—most people will agree there are certain dates that engaged couples should avoid getting married on and during the holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, is one of them. Why? Below are three valid reasons.
Expensive Travel & Stay
The cost of flights and hotels is significantly higher on a holiday weekend, and if you’re driving, the traffic will be heavier too. Same goes if you plan on going on your honeymoon right after the wedding. Also, if you have a lot of out-of-towners coming in for the wedding, hotel blocks need to be booked early as accommodation options go fast during the holiday season.
The holiday season is generally a financially stressful time for people between purchasing gifts and attending social events. In addition to expensive travel and accommodation, guests may decide not to attend a wedding over the holidays because it’s too many things at one time. Or if they do attend/plan on sending a wedding gift, the gifts they give may not be that elaborate.
Guests may have a hard time committing to a wedding over the holidays because people have their own traditions, religious beliefs and trips planned. Time off from work can be few and far between, so people may want to spend time with their families on those precious off days during the holiday season and not attend a wedding.
Think about what the holidays mean to you, your partner and your guests. The holidays can be a frenzy between the financial and social commitments, so it may not be the best time to have a winter wonderland wedding. But if you’re set on having one, get married around a major holiday instead of over one. For example, several big cities will have their holiday decorations up by the time November rolls around, so you can make use of the magical scenery for pictures and your winter theme. If you have your wedding in the winter season but not during the holidays, you can still gain some of the perks of a holiday wedding and your guests won’t be overwhelmed.
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Saturday, December 15, 2018