Choosing your wedding date is probably one of the first items on your checklist. The day you choose can help set the tone for your event. But, keep in mind that you want to select a date that is not only special for you and your partner, but one that is feasible for your guests. Here are some suggestions of dates to avoid.
Major holidays are commonly shared with close friends and family, and sometimes they create extra days off work. But, vendor and travel costs can be higher, and accommodations may be limited during these busy times. Many families also carry traditions they may not want interrupted. A few of the major holidays to consider are:
- Mother’s Day
- New Year’s
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
Major Sporting Events
Perhaps if you are a huge sports fan, this is a no brainer. But, if you do not get too excited about major sporting events, here is a list of big dates you may want to steer clear of.
- March Madness
- Super Bowl
- College Championships
- US Opens
- FIFA World Cup
- Golf Majors
- NFL Playoffs
Important Family Dates
If someone in your family has a special day, such as an anniversary, milestone birthday, or day of remembrance, you may want to avoid choosing this as your day to tie the knot. Some may find it rude to request that this special day is shared. Although it may not seem like a big deal to you, it could cause conflict and grudges. Your wedding should be a joyful day for you and those around you.
When you pull out the calendar to pick your special day, jot down these dates first to help with your selection. You may not please everyone, but if you keep your close friends and family in mind, your biggest fans will be alongside ready to celebrate!
There are so many wonderful holiday festivals happening this season! We’ve compiled a list in case you want to check them out.
• December 4-7—The Bizarre Bazaar
Open 10am-7pm Thursday through Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday, the Bizarre Bazaar is a holiday marketplace with over 500 exhibitors and fabulous, unique gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. General admission is $7 and children 2-12 get in for $1.50.
• December 5—Grand Illumination
This free downtown tradition kicks off the holidays with the lighting of millions of lights along the city skyline, followed by a festival featuring Santa and the Snow Queen.
• December 12—Church Hill Holiday Candlelight Walk
This 50th Anniversary Holiday Festival at Church Hill starts at 7:15pm in Jefferson Park and concludes at historic Libby Hill at 7:45pm. The event features holiday caroling and a visit from Santa Claus, and is free and open to all!
• December 13—James River Parade of Lights
In the 22nd Annual Parade of Lights, boats decorated with thousands of lights will cruise roughly a dozen miles down the James River from the fall line in Richmond to the Varina-Enon Bridge. You can register to decorate your boat and participate, or simply watch the festive vessels from several official viewing locations.
• December 14—Easter Henrico Holiday Extravaganza
The holiday celebrations at The Armour House and Dabbs House, include decorations, refreshments, craft activities, holiday songs by local chorus groups, Santa, and even a step back in time at the Dabbs House Museum.
• December 7—Hopewell Tree Lighting, Parade & Concert
Just a skip away from Petersburg, Hopewell has their annual tree lighting at the Ashford Civic Plaza. From 4-8pm, visitors can also enjoy a parade, free concert, horse & carriage rides, carnival rides, raffles, and refreshments. There will also be a visit from Santa!
What fun festivals are part of your holiday traditions?