Thinking of having your wedding around a major holiday? Before you lock in the date, check out these pros and cons of coinciding your special day with the holidays.
So you’re thinking of having your wedding around a major holiday, with the idea that friends and family will have time off work to celebrate your special day. But have you considered that they might already have vacation plans or that the costs of travel will make it impossible for some? In this article, we’ll weigh up the pros and cons of a holiday wedding to help you make the right decision.
The idea of having your wedding around a major holiday can be enticing, with extra days off work and a specific theme that you can workaround. But before you get carried away and book a Christmas Eve or Valentine’s Day wedding, there are a few drawbacks you should consider.
In this article, we’ll weigh up the pros and cons of getting married around a major holiday to help you determine what’s right for you.
The “pros” of having your wedding around a major holiday:
Friends and family can take time off work.
One of the main advantages of getting married around a major holiday is that many of your family and friends will have time off work. While they might be able to book time off work at other times of the year, many companies automatically close over holiday periods. This is particularly useful if you’re having a destination wedding and your guests need extra time to fly or drive to the venue, as well as giving them a day or two to relax either side.
You’ll have more time to relax around your wedding.
Another perk of getting married during the holidays is that you may automatically have a few extra days off work before your wedding for last-minute planning or you can steal a few days away after for an extended honeymoon. There’s less pressure to work right up until your special day (which will inevitably leave you exhausted) and instead, you’ll go into it feeling refreshed and be able to enjoy each and every moment.
Your family is already gathered together.
Holidays tend to be a time that families come together, particularly if they’re living in separate cities or states. So if people are already traveling the distance to be together, what better way to mark the occasion than with a wedding. You don’t have to negotiate dates that are suitable for everyone else, as they’ve already put aside that time to be with the family.
You can create a themed wedding.
If you love a themed party, then a holiday wedding is for you, as you can go with the flow and select your decor and aesthetic depending on the event. Why not plan a festive-themed wedding around Christmas complete with trees and mistletoe or Valentine’s Day wedding with heart-shaped decorations and pink decor? Holiday-themed weddings are always fun to organize and will resonate with everyone.
It’s two celebrations in one.
Another advantage of a holiday wedding is that you’ll always remember your anniversary date as it coincides with a day that’s already marked on the calendar. The advertising in stores and social media leading up to the date will always remind you that it’s time to spoil your loved one and buy them something special. And if it coincides with a holiday that already involves gifts, you can package two presents into one big surprise!
The “cons” of having your wedding around a major holiday:
Guests may be unavailable.
The most obvious disadvantage of scheduling your wedding around a major holiday is that guests might already have plans and be unavailable. Perhaps they’ve booked their annual vacation or they have a tradition of traveling to be with family at that time of year. By planning your wedding on a holiday, you might be making them decide between seeing their relatives or watching you wed. While your immediate family would probably drop whatever they were doing to attend your special day, co-workers and friends might not be so willing.
Not everyone gets vacations at the same time.
It’s also important to keep in mind that while you might automatically get days off around holiday periods, not everyone else will. In fact, some professions will require their employees to work extra shifts or will incentivize with overtime rates. So while some friends and family will be able to attend your multi-day destination wedding because it’s scheduled to coincide with the holidays, others won’t.
It’s an expensive time of year.
With everyone trying to get away for a few days of travel or visit family on the other side of the country, holidays tend to be an incredibly costly time to travel. Flights are at their most expensive and you’ll need to let your guests know well in advance so they don’t end up paying a fortune just to attend your wedding. Add to that, people are already feeling the financial strain of buying gifts or preparing lavish meals, so the added costs of traveling to a wedding or buying a wedding gift might just be a stretch too far for some.
It can end up being chaotic and stressful.
If you’re trying to plan a wedding and your usual holiday events, such as a Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas, it might all end up being too much to handle. Weddings are already stressful to organize, with even the simplest events having a never-ending list of things to do. But if you add to that the task of planning everything that goes into your regular holiday celebrations, it might just be pure chaos.
Your wedding date will always be associated with another holiday.
If you plan your wedding on a holiday, then your anniversary will always fall on a date that’s of significance to everyone else for a completely different reason. For some couples, this is no big deal, while for others, it detracts from it being their special day. So consider whether you want to keep your wedding anniversary all for your own or if you’re happy for it to be remembered by others as something else entirely.
May 23, 2020