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When to wed

Posted: Thursday, Apr. 02, 2009

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You’ve envisioned your wedding over and over again. You and your groom side by side in a beautiful garden in the spring, in an old stone church on a crisp fall day, or surrounded by the glowing lights and decorations of the holiday season. Whatever dream you pursue, keep the following in mind when setting your wedding date:

• There are certain periods during the religious calendar when weddings are not performed. Check with your priest, minister or rabbi if you have questions.

• Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas are times that people want to spend with their families. You might want to avoid these dates to ensure that your friends can come to the wedding.

• If you decide to marry during the Christmas season, or on New Year’s Eve, plan well in advance. Everyone is having a party! Reception locations, musicians, florists and caterers are often booked more than a year ahead.

• Check with the Convention & Visitors Bureau to see if any major events are scheduled for your wedding date. Out-of-town guests will need overnight accommodations, and hotel rooms may be booked before you know it.

• Though your wedding will be the most important event ever, if you and your groom or family and friends are avid sports fans, be conscious of major sporting events that might conflict with your wedding.

• The nicest aspect of planning a wedding in the Charlotte area is the year-round temperate climate. But if it should rain, storm, sleet or snow, your wedding will still be wonderful. You might even find you’ll have some special stories no other bride could match!

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