Choosing a date can be one of the hardest decisions of your wedding planning process. There are a lot of factors to consider when picking a date such as: when does your vendor or Temple have availability? Summer months and around Christmas time book up very quickly so when you have a few dates in mind call and see if they will work. If so, reserve it immediately. For Temples, they usually have a cleaning time when they are closed for a couple consecutive weeks and that typically happens in the summer, which makes it hard for summer weddings. Another factor to consider is when can family and friends make it? You don't need to be too concerned with everyone's schedules because it's impossible to pick a time when everyone is free. Remember, those who really want to be there will be. Weekends are obviously the best choice but if that doesn't work then pick a different day. Most people say to pick a date close to a Holiday so people who work can turn it into a long weekend, and it makes it easier for people traveling a great amount. It is also important that you give your family and friends enough time to arrange for travel plans in getting to where the wedding destination is. If you are wanting to get married in August then pick a date in March or earlier. For me, I always knew I wanted an August wedding, so I told my husband to plan accordingly (meaning propose at least 4 months before). I always say at least give people 4 months prior to the date to arrange for travel- especially in the summer months those weekends book up quickly. I got married on a Thursday in August and it was perfect. Most of all my family and friends were all in attendance and it was the best day of my life. If you are wanting to send out Save The Dates, those are usually sent out 6-8 months prior to the big day so plan accordingly. Lastly, this is such an exciting time in your life, and once you pick a date the sooner you can really dig deep and plan. Plus, whoever is doing your cake, flowers, announcements, reception, caterers, photographer they all need a date so they can see if they're available and if they aren't you can arrange for other plans.