by: Lauren

Happy Thursday everyone! Today we’re going to have a little chat about choosing the date and time of your wedding. It’s something that you all have to do very early on in your planning process. You can’t really do anything without choosing your wedding date, and then shortly thereafter you have to choose the exact time that you want everything to occur. I received this cute little infographic by TurboTax all about dates, times, and how the cost of your wedding can be impacted by both of the factors, and so I thought I would start off with that…

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And now for some of my thoughts and insight into all of this…

Locations: It’s true that the cost of weddings are dependent on the specific location of where you have your wedding. If you’re on a tight budget and you live in a city where the cost of weddings are higher, you may want to perhaps get married in your smaller hometown or find a venue outside of the city. Example: My friend lived in DC, but chose to get married in our small Florida hometown. It was either spend $30,000 on an wedding for 50 people in DC, or spend the same amount and have 150 people in our small hometown. :) 

Time of Year: Ah yes, the time of year can play a HUGE factor in what your wedding ends up costing, but also in the availability of vendors and venues! The most popular/least popular wedding months are going to vary by your location though. I know here in Florida, the most popular months are March, April, October, and November- because the weather is the nicest in those months. So for your location, if you want to know what the most popular months are, think of when the weather is the best. :)

{Thursday Tips} Dates,Times, and Cost of Weddings via TheELD.comPhoto by VUE Photography

Time of Week: Weddings that occur on days other than Saturday are becoming a lot more common. It makes sense- who ever said that you absolutely had to get married on a Saturday anyways?! Of course you’ll want to think of your guests when choosing the day of the week to get married, but if you want your wedding to be on a Wednesday, I say why not?! Besides, you could possibly get a lesser rate for your venue rental! But I’m not going to promise that you can get any “discounts” from other vendors, because service is service and product is product no matter what the day of the week is. :)

Time of Day: It’s true- the time of day can have a huge impact on what you end up spending. Mostly because all of the other times of day that are available- morning, afternoon, later evening- result in less food and alcohol. Well, except for later at night- that would most likely result in more alcohol, if you have a partying crowd. :)


Brides, what are your plans? Have you chosen your wedding date and time yet? How did you come to your decision?


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Lauren Grove is the editor and owner of Every Last Detail. A clueless bride-turned-wedding planner, Lauren uses her experiences and knowledge to educate and inspire brides all over the world.

4 responses to {Thursday Tips} Dates,Times, and Cost of Weddings

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  1. April

    I’m sorry, but those figures cannot be correct. I am getting married in Chicago, and even If I got married in a venue that cost 10K for rental, $100 per head for food, and spent $2,000 on my dress, and $10k on flowers and decor, that still comes in under $53k And all of those figures i just quoted are vastly inflated and are at the top of Chicago costs.

    • Lauren Grove

      April, I can’t speak on the extent of their data that was obtained for those figures. It does say “most expensive” though, so perhaps they took the “most expensive” data that they had? Sorry I can’t clarify more, this isn’t my infographic, I’m just sharing the info! :)

  2. madison

    I would say that’s an average cost. There is money to be spent in Chicago. Obviously, you could easily have a a wedding under $30,000, but you also VERY easily have one for $100,000 or even more. Just because your wedding comes in less than the amount shown doesn’t mean the figures are wrong, it just means you’ve found a smarter, more economical way to celebrate your day than the average Northern Illinois bride. =)

  3. Sarah (just curious)

    I love the idea of having a dessert wedding. That is something you would put on the Invitation/RSVP but how would you say it without just going out and saying”please eat before you come”

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