Considerations for Picking a Wedding Date

Picking the date for your special day isn’t as easy as you may think. Be sure to check the calendar for dates that you might want to steer clear of – and keep these handy when booking a date or making a deposit. For example, holiday weekends (like Memorial Day and Labor Day) are great because you get an extra day of festivities and the option to plan a Sunday wedding, which can end up being less expensive. Most venues reduce room rental and other fees on Sundays and weekdays. On the flip side, travel might be more expensive for guests on holiday weekends or it could possibly interfere with prearranged vacations. I always recommend checking with family and key guests (like the wedding party) to make sure most of them will be available on the dates you’re considering. The other thing to be mindful of is religious and cultural holidays (your own and your guests). Selecting one of these dates might also pose restrictions with your chosen house of worship. Other possible conflicts to ponder are college football games, the Super Bowl, Final Four, any annual community events in your area and of course Mother’s Day and Father’s Day weekend. Most of these might not bother you or anyone on your guest list, but it’s good to keep in mind especially since they might be a hinderance when booking venues.

Upcoming Holiday Weekends
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (always a Monday)
January 16, 2012
Presidents’ Day (always a Monday)
February 20, 2012
Memorial Day (always a Monday)
May 28, 2012
Independence Day
Monday, July 4, 2011
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Labor Day (always a Monday)
September 5, 2011
September 3, 2012
Columbus Day (always a Monday)
October 10, 2011
October 8, 2012
Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)
November 24, 2011
November 22, 2012
New Year’s Eve
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Monday, December 31, 2012
2011-2012 Religious and Cultural HolidaysPalm Sunday April 1, 2012
Easter Sunday
April 8, 2012
Passover (begins at sunset the night before) 
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Tisha B’Av (begins at sunset the night before)
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Hashanah (begins at sunset the night before)
Wednesday, September 28, until nightfall on Friday, September 30, 2011
Monday, September 17, 2012 until nightfall on Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Yom Kippur (begins at sunset the night before)
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Hanukkah (begins at sunset the night before)
Wednesday, December 21, until nightfall on Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Sunday, December 9, 2012 until nightfall on Sunday, December 18, 2012
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 until nightfall on Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Flipping for Flip Books

Looking for something new and interactive to spice things up at your reception? By bringing their mobile studios to any venue, these flip-book vendors (see contact info below) can create a custom flip book in minutes, and it becomes a really cool keepsake for guests to take home. The concept is very similar to the kind of flip books we made as children with stick figures in our school notebooks. Here’s how it works: guests are invited into the mobile studio to record a seven second video, acting out whatever they want like a dance or skit. Once the video is done, it’s sent to the onsite printer, cutter and assembler to make a unique flip book all in just a few minutes. This is such a fun way to get wedding guests to mix, mingle, socialize and have just plain old fun – plus they get to take home a really cool gift from your wedding. For more information, visit The Flipbook People, Florida’s 1st Original Flipbook Studio [See our ad in the new Fall-Winter issue of Orlando Wedding Magazine], and Flip Book Creations