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Once that rock is sparkling on your finger, the next thing for you to do is to set a date for your wedding. Many couples love the idea of holding their wedding on a popular holiday, or at a significant time of the year to make it extra special, but there can be downsides to this as well as advantages. Here are some of the pros and cons of getting married on a significant date.
Planning your wedding around a special time of the year such as Christmas, New Year, or Valentines Day can add a touch of romance to your celebrations. You can take inspiration for your wedding theme, entertainment, catering and colours from these special occasions.
If you get married the weekend of a national holiday such as Labour Day or Australia Day, all of your guests will have the Monday off work so they will have plenty of time to recover. You could consider a two day wedding, or hold your wedding on the Sunday when venues tend to be less pricey.
You can tie your wedding in with another special occasion such as your birthday or a significant birthday of a close family member, the anniversary of your first date, or the anniversary of your engagement. Having your wedding on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day is the perfect way to honour your parents, and holding it on a day of Remembrance such as Anzac Day is wonderful as long as you take a minute to remember the Anzac soldiers and perhaps include a recitation of Laurence Binyon's For the Fallen in one of your toasts.
If you get married on a memorable date such as 09/09/09 everybody will remember your anniversary (including your new husband!). Most wedding venues were completely booked out for 08/08/08, partly because eight is considered a lucky number in many cultures and also because on its side the number eight is the same as the sign for infinity; a great motif for a wedding. 09/09/09 falls on a Wednesday, but 10/10/10 could be a good day for a Sunday wedding.