Sometimes, you love a holiday so much it makes sense to plan your wedding around the celebrations. Other times, you might have made plans ahead of time, not realizing your wedding coincides with Easter or Memorial Day weekend. In some cases, you might even be forced into a particular date because it was the only available time for your Utah wedding venue of choice.
Whatever your reason, there are pros and cons to celebrating a wedding around a holiday. And depending on how you approach it, a holiday wedding could be a magical celebration or an added stress.
- Guest Lists: If you’re planning a destination wedding around Christmas, chances are people won’t be able to drop everything to attend. The same is true for any wedding that falls on the exact date of the holiday, since most people have their own plans and traditions already in place. Don’t be offended if your guests are unable to accommodate your holiday wedding, and accept that your guest list may be cut down by as much as one-third.
- Accommodations: In keep with the guest issue, you may have difficulties finding room for out-of-town guests if you plan a wedding that coincides with a local or national holiday. This is one time when planning ahead can really help. If you need to, reserve a block of rooms early on so that you have enough space to accommodate your friends and family members who are willing to spend their holiday with you.
- Theme Weddings: One of the top reasons for a holiday wedding is because of how easily (and inexpensively) it can tie into your wedding theme. If you love the winter holiday season, the sparkling Utah snow can be all the decoration you need. You can also find decorations with a holiday theme for a low cost (and reuse them at home for years to come). The same is true for fall weddings, Valentine’s Day weddings, or spring weddings—you can tap into the colors of the season and find several inexpensive ways to decorate.
- Finances: Let’s face it—almost everyone is a little more strapped for cash during the holiday season. If you do plan a wedding around Christmas, lower your expectations for gifts and even for your own last-minute planning efforts. Focus instead on how wonderful it is to celebrate the holidays surrounded by the people you love.
- Anniversaries: Before you decide on a holiday wedding, be sure and think about the long-term consequences. Some people love celebrating their wedding anniversary and Valentine’s Day on the same weekend; others think it diminishes the specialness of the holiday when they have to be shared. It might also be difficult to take a special ten-year anniversary trip to the Caribbean or Paris if your wedding date falls on an important holiday, conversely a Labor Day or Memorial Day weekend will provide years of 3 day anniversary getaways. So just be sure and plan accordingly.
Another issue to consider when planning your Utah wedding around a holiday is the availability of services. Holidays here—especially the traditional, family-oriented ones—tend to carry a special meaning, and many stores and wedding providers will be closed. Be sure and check with everyone from your caterer and florist to the photographer to determine if the holidays will prohibit certain wedding details.