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10/10/10: Record Breaking Number of Weddings Yesterday!


Did you get married yesterday?  If so, you weren't alone!

According to numerologists the "row of perfect tens" created by yesterday's date made it a very lucky day. To take advantage of the good fortune, couples around the world tied the knot in record numbers.

What to Do When You Have to Postpone Your Wedding


Life happens, even when you’re getting married. If you are faced with the possibility of having to delay or cancel your wedding date, know the proper protocol for doing so. Just as important, take a few tips in the hope that you might be able to avoid the worst-case scenario.

Should the wedding have to be called off, due to a family emergency, work, or something else out of your control, get the word out as soon as possible. When you reschedule, make sure the same guests are invited.

There’s no need to tell guests what the exact problem is, but enlist your close friends and wedding party members to call and/or email people with the news. If you’ve already rescheduled, give them the new date. If not, simply tell them you will keep them posted. If the wedding invitations have already gone out, etiquette says you should send out new ones, but don’t sweat the details too much.

“These things happen,” says Danielle Bobish of Curtain Up Events in New York City. “If you’re way over budget already, a phone call wouldn’t be the most inappropriate second invite.” Bobish says that you can re-do invitations if they’ve not gone to the printer, and to call all vendors immediately.

“Depending on how far in advance you cancel, you might get your deposit back,” she says. “If the vendor has lost work because they can’t rebook, you shouldn’t expect a refund.”  Bobish says you should still talk to each vendor and explain the situation, as each service provider has a different cancellation policy.

Before you start making calls and stop dieting, make sure calling off the wedding is inevitable. If you can salvage your affair despite a setback, try and make it happen. “Canceling a wedding is not a decision you make lightly,” says Bobish. “It’s going to cause a lot of people a lot of money and be a huge inconvenience.”

Bobish notes instances such as vendors canceling at the last minute or site’s going bankrupt or being otherwise unavailable. “If you’re thinking of canceling because of a vendor, you can usually get another one at the last minute,” she says. “Also, you’ve be surprised at sites you can find. You can’t afford to be picky, and you’re going to have to sacrifice some of your wants, but you’ll still have your wedding.”

Read more: Limited Time Vendor Packages: A Good Idea?, 5 Ways to Pick Your Wedding Theme, Ways to Make Sure They'll "Save the Date"

Choosing the Right Day for Your Big Day


Picking the wedding date is one of the most important and exciting decisions you’ll make as a couple. Before you pull out a calendar and randomly choose a day, make sure you’ve covered the basics.

For starters, you need to decide how long of an engagement the two of you need. Should there be complicating factors—job, family, finances—an engagement of a year or more is smart. If the wedding is less complicated, you can aim for less than a year. Keep in mind that planning a wedding inevitably takes more time than expected.  Review this wedding planning checklist for a brief overview of everything you’ll need to consider for your wedding.  It will help you determine how much time you’ll need.

If you’re having a large, formal affair, you need to make sure all the important people are available—immediate family, your best friends, etc. While loved ones will make your wedding a top priority, if Mom and Dad have already planned a trip to Europe next year, you need to work around their schedule.

Once you know the time frame, figure out a date, and then pick a few alternates. If you’ve already chosen your ceremony and reception sites, it’s possible the exact date you’ve selected won’t be available. Also, you might find out that the Friday night you prefer is much more expensive than another night, or an afternoon wedding. Decide before you book how flexible you are with days of the week.

If you are set on a specific date, or even a few specific dates, you also need to have alternate sites in mind. For instance, that Valentine’s Day wedding you’ve dreamed about for years might be a wonderful idea, but it also might be impossible to book your first-choice venue.

The length of your engagement is also going to affect vendors’ accessibility. You don’t need to have your site picked when you choose a wedding band or a reception caterer, but understand that top vendors get booked way in advance. The further off you put the date, the more access you’ll have to the best of the bunch.  Days and time of year are important too: Vendors are more popular around holidays, weekends, and during prom time, from March through June.  Check out how to get started with wedding vendors here.

Before you check off Memorial Day Weekend as your wedding date, keep in mind that many of your friends might already have plans. Should you decide on any holiday weekend, picking a far off date is wise; guests aren’t as likely to have scheduled trips. Even so, you will receive more RSVP “no” responses during those times of the year. Once you do pick the date, stick with it, and know that there is never an absolute best day to get married, only an absolute perfect reason to do it

Deciding When to Get Married and Why


We just posted a new article about one of the biggest decisions a new bride-to-be can make: Choosing her wedding date!

Selecting your wedding date depends on many variables. You need to have enough time to prepare every detail of your big day, and you also want to think about the guests you’re inviting.

Check out the article here!