The journey begins! We are on the road to planning a wedding in just four months. I’m sure there are lots of ways to do it, but this blog is going to take you step by step on how we are tackling each item on the to-do list.

Step 1: Pick the Date

After Danny proposed and we toasted the night away with our families, we sat down, shell shocked but ecstatic. The little girl inside me was bursting at the seams to start making wedding plans, but I didn’t want to overwhelm him. I mean, we’d only been engaged for two hours.

“So…” I said. “When do you want to get married?”

“This fall, yeah?” He responded, with a smile on his face.

We’d been talking about getting married before the official proposal. And we had decided months ago that we wanted to be married before the new year. And there was something about a fall wedding that appealed to both of us.

What to Keep in Mind When Picking the Date:

When picking your wedding date, it’s very important to have your priorities in mind. Each season has its own beauty, its own character and its own challenges. You also need to keep in mind how much time you have to plan. Planning a wedding in less than six months is usually frowned upon. 

Danny and I had a mutual vision for our wedding, and fall was the perfect season for us.

  • We wanted an outdoor wedding, and mid-fall actually has the least chance of rain in Coastal Virginia.
  • We wanted to keep costs down, and after summer, prices for venues go way down.
  • We love the weather during fall. Crisp cool air, with a touch of lingering warmth.
  • The color schemes of fall were our favorites. Such as the beautiful, changing leaves splashing the trees with vibrant colors of red, yellow and orange.
  • Delicious fall treats like hot cocoa and cider, pies and apples.
  • We love fall fashion! Warm sweaters and jackets, fun scarfs and long sleeves.

After discussing all these things, we made our final decision. Fall 2016 was the time. But we didn’t want to pick a specific date until we started discussing venues, so we picked a loose time frame; late October to mid-November. 

It’s important not to get your heart set on a specific day. If you decide on a day, you may be severely disappointed when plans change. 

Here are just a few of the conflicts that have come up to make us change our tentative wedding date: the weather, availability of the venue, date-conflict with friends or family, the end of Daylight Saving Time and so much more.

There’s still so much to tackle on our to-do list. Keep reading Quickly Becoming Conley to get our tips on how to plan a wedding in just a few short months. Next week, read about how we found the perfect venue.

What do you think is the most important item on the Wedding to-do list? Comment on the CoVa Bride Facebook page with your answer. You could win a $20 gift certificate to Sal’s Ristorante Italiano.

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