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To select a date that is convenient for your family and friends to attend, you must consider several important notes. Make sure the date you choose is not conflicting with graduations, vacations, holidays or exams. Also remember that certain dates, such as New Year’s Eve or Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day, and Christmas are at a premium price for vendors, and can be difficult to contract musicians.

To plan for an outdoor wedding, the safest months are in June, July, August, September, and October. They will be warm enough (65 degrees), but still will require tents for shelter from the sun and rain. Fans will also be necessary for temperatures over 80 degrees. Garden weddings in November, December, January, February, and March are likely to be too cold, and there will be no blooming flowers during these months. That is why there are so many available dates during these months. Do not be misled that it you will "only be out there for ten minutes and its won’t feel that cold.” It is too cold, and your guests will certainly rather be indoors. For any outdoor wedding, always plan for a backup indoors, just in case you may need it.