Wedding planning: how to select your wedding budget and wedding date? This is part 1 of a series helping you plan your perfect Seattle wedding.

Wedding Planning Budget

Before doing any planning, decide how much you’re willing to spend on your wedding. According to the Seattle Times, the average cost for a wedding in the Seattle area is $31,000. Your budget will dictate where you can hold your wedding, the size of your guest list, and everything else involved in your wedding day, including your wedding date! Most Seattle weddings happen in the summer time, giving a greater chance for great weather. If you hold your wedding on a traditional Saturday afternoon and evening, there are only 13 Saturdays in the year! Therefore, booking one of these Saturdays are at a premium and will make your wedding planning difficult. Be aware of your budget is greatly affected by your choice in wedding date.

Wedding Date

Picking a wedding date may be obvious: have it on the anniversary of the day you met, during the holidays when out of town family will be around, or a special day for no other reason. Below are some important dates in the calendar. Think about the date and your potential guest list–it may be the perfect time or a way to guarantee no one will show up. Also, many places of worship may be off limits on or around these dates. And some dates are not a great day for celebration due to their solemn nature.

Three day weekends

  • MLK Day (January)
  • Presidents Day (February)
  • Memorial Day (May)
  • Labor Day (September)
  • Veterans Day (November)

Holidays that may not result in a three day weekend

  • New Years Day (January 1)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November, often a four day weekend)
  • Christmas Day (December 31)

Holidays on a weekend

  • Mother’s Day (Second Sunday in May)
  • Father’s Day (Third Sunday in June)

Religious days

  • Palm Sunday (Sunday before Easter)
  • Easter Sunday (spring)
  • Ram Navani (spring)
  • Passover (spring)
  • Ramadan (spring/summer)
  • Eid al-Fitr (end of Ramadan)
  • Tisha B’Av (summer)
  • Eid al-Adha (summer)
  • Krishna Janmashtami (summer/autumn)
  • Rosh Hashanah (late summer/autumn)
  • Yom Kippur (9 days after Rosh Hashanah)
  • Hanukkah (winter)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Kwanzaa (December 26 – January 1)

Days where you may not get guests to show up

  • Super Bowl Sunday (First Sunday in February)
  • Valentine’s Day (February 14)
  • Winter Olympics (February 2018)
  • Final Four / March Madness (March, early April)
  • Stanley Cup (April – June)
  • NBA Playoffs (April – June)
  • FIFA World Cup (June/July 2018)
  • Seafair Weekend (August)
  • World Series (October)

Days where driving in Seattle will be difficult

  • May Day (May 1)
  • Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon (June)
  • Fremont Solstice Parade (June)
  • Gay Pride Parade (June)
  • Torchlight Parade (July)
  • Seattle International Marathon (November)

Unlucky Dates

  • Ides of March (March 15)
  • Halloween (October 31)
  • Friday the 13th

Next week, my wedding planning post will be about selecting your wedding party and guest list. Are there other dates or wedding planning advice to include in this guide? Please email me at chad@photochad.com or Contact me.