The holiday season is a time for parties. Office events, family gatherings, the list goes on. In fact, the months of November and December usually mean a full social calendar for most people! So, if you’ve decided to get married in the midst of this merriment, how can you make sure your special day stands out? Here are a few tips for planning a wedding in the holiday season.

Do Give Your Guests Advance Notice

Traditionally, couples are expected to send out wedding invitations 6-8 weeks before the big day. This gives your guests enough time to RSVP and make any necessary arrangements (book a flight, find a sitter, etc.). However, attending a wedding during the holiday season may require a little more arranging. Send your invites 10-12 weeks in advance so your guests can make time in their schedules.

Don’t Indulge Your Holiday Spirit TOO MUCH

Your wedding may take place during the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean it needs to have a holiday theme! Make sure your wedding stands out from all the other parties this time of year by keeping the holiday touches to a minimum. No need to go overboard with Christmas-tree centerpieces and Christmas music playing all night!

Do Take Advantage of Holiday Sales

The holiday season can be a shopper’s paradise. Between Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and a host of other seasonal sales, you can find tons of beautiful decor for fashion pieces at economical prices. If you need a few vases for your centerpieces or you want a new pair of earrings, this is a great time to treat yourself. After all, you do need “something new”!

Don’t Forget That Vendors May Be Pricier This Time of Year

As I mentioned earlier, this time of year is just chock full of holiday parties. This means that venues, caterers, and florists can be very busy during November, December, and even early January. If you want to get married during this time of year, you absolutely should. Just be prepared to see some premium quotes when booking your vendors.

Do Take Time to Enjoy Your Holiday (and Your Engagement)

The holiday season can be very stressful. Planning a wedding can also be very stressful. Planning a wedding DURING the holiday season? That’s a challenge only for the strongest among us. If you decide to get married during this time of year, make sure you carve out a little time each day to unwind and enjoy the season with your sweetheart. This will help you keep your cool, and it will make the holidays just a little merrier.

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Vendor dream team and credits for the featured image:

photographer - Creatrix Photography
florist - Flor Amor
caterer  - Lily Grace Catering
DJ - Texas Pro DJ
cake - Hill Country Cakery
beauty - Silk and Glow
jewelry - J. Bennett Gems
calligraphy - Bailey Rose Design