How to Choose Your Perfect Wedding Date: 5 Factors to Consider

how to choose a wedding date
Published January 8th, 2024

Congratulations on your engagement! Now that you’ve taken the first step towards forever, it’s time to start planning your dream wedding. One of the most critical decisions you’ll make during this process is choosing the perfect wedding date. This choice will set the tone for the entire event and will impact your overall experience. For couples that dream of hosting their wedding at a coastal luxury New England venue, here are five factors that should determine how to choose a wedding date.

1. Seasonal Charm

New England is known for its stunning seasonal beauty, which is why it’s a popular destination for weddings. The region offers unique experiences throughout the year, with each providing its own unique, picturesque backdrop and inspiration. 

  • Spring brings gorgeous, aromatic blooming flowers, with gardens bursting with lilacs and beach roses, and offers mild weather.
  • Summer offers lush green landscapes and warm weather, ideal for complete enjoyment of the outdoors. 
  • Autumn provides vibrant foliage reflected across the shore, and comfortable daytime temperatures with cool evenings, perfect for enjoying by a bonfire.  
  • Winter casts a magical spell with snow-covered landscapes and a cozy ambiance. 

Consider the ambiance and atmosphere you desire for your wedding and choose a season that aligns with your vision.

2. Weather Conditions

Alongside the beauty of New England’s four seasons comes its variable weather. For this reason, it’s essential to consider the potential range of weather conditions on your wedding day and how they may impact your experience. If you prefer mild/comfortable temperatures and low humidity, Spring and Autumn are your best options. Summer offers sunshine but be prepared for heat, possible humidity and the potential for afternoon thunderstorms(and lots of incredible rainbows!). If you’re a fan of winter, embrace the beauty of snowfall, but be sure to choose a setting that allows you to embrace this while ensuring your guests are comfortable. Keep in mind that weather conditions can impact guest attendance, travel plans, and comfort.

3. Availability of Luxury Venues

When planning a luxury wedding on the New England coastline, securing the perfect venue is crucial. These venues are limited in number, and many only host one celebration a weekend, so this limits date availability significantly. As a result, these venues book up quickly, so it’s essential to have flexibility and move swiftly to reserve your wedding date. 

4. Holidays and Local Events

While incorporating local events or holidays into your wedding can add a unique touch and offer some benefits to the experience, it’s essential to consider the potential impact it may have. This could include increased traffic, increased flight costs and limited flight availability, increased lodging costs, and limited lodging availability. For holiday weekends, some of your guests may have annual commitments and traditions that they will not miss, so this may reduce your guest count. Sometimes this is beneficial if you would like to reduce your guest count without having to choose yourself. Research the event calendar for your desired location and weigh the pros and cons before finalizing your wedding date.

5. Meaningful Dates and Personal Significance

Choosing a wedding date that holds personal significance can add an extra layer of meaning to your special day. Consider dates that hold sentimental value, such as the anniversary of your first date, proposal, or another significant milestone in your relationship. Incorporating personal significance into your wedding date can make the celebration even more memorable and meaningful, and amplify the cause to celebrate the date, for years to come.

Celebrate Your Love at French’s Point

Remember, there is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to choosing your perfect wedding date. Instead, prioritize what matters most to you as a couple and weigh the factors that are most important for your dream luxury New England wedding. Take the time to discuss your preferences, consult with wedding planners or experts if needed, and make a decision that aligns with your vision. With careful consideration, attention to detail, and a touch of personalization, your luxury New England wedding is sure to be an unforgettable experience for both you and your guests. French’s Point is a stunning luxury wedding estate in Stockton Springs, Maine, offering private weekend wedding retreats. Whether you’re planning a coastal summer wedding, a cozy winter celebration, or a vibrant spring or autumn event, French’s Point provides the perfect setting for your special day. To make your wedding experience truly unforgettable, contact us at French’s Point and start planning your perfect wedding retreat.