How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Date

Choosing the perfect wedding date is essential to planning your wedding. Your wedding date helps coordinate themes, venue locations, and of course your pictures! Obviously the perfect wedding date is different for everyone depending on their own preferences and lives, but follow our helpful tips in determining the perfect wedding date for you!

Consider the Weather

Do you prefer a sunshine-filled day for your wedding or are you hoping for a bit of snow? Some brides prefer spring or fall time for coordinating colors within their themes. Typically, warmer months are more popular for hosting weddings but if you don’t mind the possibility of a slight chill go for a spring or fall wedding date! Keep in mind that the weather can also affect your out-of-town guests.

Think About Your Theme

If you are planning a nautical theme wedding it may be more relatable to the summer months, or even a Winter Wonderland themed wedding obviously wouldn’t go over too well in summer. Or even if you are planning to use more pastel, bright, or warm tones in your color palette – they may be easier to find during the spring and summer months.

Which Day of the Week

Friday, Saturday, or Sunday? Saturdays allow people from out of town to come in Friday night and take off Sunday morning. Sundays seem to be very formal and allow people to enjoy themselves at your wedding while still not having to take much time away from their busy schedules. However, Fridays, which are somewhat less common for wedding dates, tend to really work well for destination weddings or weddings with a lot of out-of-town guests. This is because people come in from out of town for the Friday wedding and usually end up staying the whole weekend since they are already in this new location.

Pricing

The costs of a wedding vary from couple to couple, and do play a significant role in the entire wedding planning process. If you have a small budget for your wedding it is probably best to use an off-season date to save on venue costs. Keep in mind how close your wedding date is to a holiday as well, as guests flying in may have to pay a premium for flying during peak holiday season.

These are just some factors to keep in mind when choosing the perfect wedding date. But everyone has a different idea of what they believe to be the “perfect” wedding date. So regardless of the date you choose, you will find a way to make your wedding completely your own!

Enjoy Richmond and Petersburg Spring & Summer Festivals

There is an abundance of upcoming spring and summer festivals in the Richmond, Hampton & Petersburg areas this year! Whether you’re looking for something new, something local, fun for the kids, or entertainment for adults – there’s a festival for you to enjoy!

Dogwood Wine Festival

http://wineforcures.com/dogwoodwinefestival/

April 23rd

Reynolds Building – Richmond, VA

A fun outdoor event for you and your friends, participating in the Dogwood Wine Festival also helps fund cancer research through the Wine for Cures public charity. With over 60 wine exhibits everyone is bound to find something tasty!

Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration

http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/MothersDayWeekendCelebration/

May 6-8th

Lewis Ginter Gardens – Richmond, VA

The weekend celebration of Mom kicks off on Friday, May 6 with National Public Gardens Day. This day is designed to promote awareness of public gardens. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will have its historic Bloemendaal House open to the public from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with free tours by knowledgeable Garden Guides where you can learn more about the history of the property as the Lakeside Wheel (or bicycle) Club built in the 1890s.  The celebration continues throughout the weekend.

Disney’s The Lion King at Altria Theater

http://www.richmond-theater.com/theaters/altria-theater/the-lion-king

April 19th through May 8th

Enjoy this Disney Classic at Altria Theater in Richmond with the whole family!  Over 80 million tickets sold to this spectacular stage performance of an unforgettable tale.  The Lion King has won six Tony Awards to include Best Musical and is recommended for children ages six and older.  If you enjoy Broadway productions and theatrical storytelling, you won’t want to miss this!

East Coast Triathlon Festival

http://www.endorphinfitness.com/races-events/east-coast-triathlon-festival/

May 1st

The Liberty University Online Academy East Coast Triathlon Festival is a full day triathlon event on May 1, 2016 with races for all ages and experience levels.  All races are completed on a course completely closed to traffic with multiple loops encircling the viewing area so that it is very spectator friendly. The course is perfect for the beginner of all ages. Bring your entire family out to race and make sure to watch the Youth & Junior Elite Race as well as this is only one of three in the country and will host 300 of the top 13-19 year old athletes in North America who are on the US Olympic track as they race head-to-head. Come be part of the most unique triathlon experience in the country.

 41st Annual Richmond Greek Festival

http://www.greekfestival.com/

June 2nd – 5th

Join the celebration this year at the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral from Thursday, June 2nd through Sunday, June 5th, 2016.  There will be plenty of food, music, and dancing and entertainment for the whole family!   There will be a tour of the sanctuary along with beautiful art, jewelry and amazing finds in the International Bazaar.

Innsbrook Pavilion After Hours Presents Jake Owen

http://innsbrookafterhours.com/concert-schedule/jake-owen/

July 15th, Doors open at 5:00 pm

“Guided by sheer musical instinct, a drive for self-improvement and a willingness to experiment, the singer-songwriter has crafted Barefoot Blue Jean Night as one of the most innovative and refreshing country collections of the year.” Come see Jake Owen live at Innsbrook Pavilion in Glen Allen!

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Butterflies Live Exhibit

http://www.lewisginter.org/event/butterflies-live/2016-04-15/

Friday, April 15, 2016 – Sunday, October 9, 2016

Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles.