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Should You Have Your Wedding Over a Holiday?

How about having your wedding ceremony over the holidays? Well, people might try to discourage you, even some guest will tell you they’ve got many commitments with family and friends. Do not worry its time to bring both of your families together and plan your big day…

Meaning that you can have your wedding on Thanksgiving weekend or the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve. Note that choosing a holiday period to get married also has its downsides, but there are more advantages and reasons for saying your vow on a major holiday. Read on:

1.    It is easier to remember your anniversary

Tying the knot on a significant holiday makes it easier to commemorate your anniversary especially for men. You can quickly forget other dates like April 18th, but if it’s a major holiday like Dec 25th, it becomes easy for you to remember the date. This is even more beneficial if you will love to surprise your spouse on your anniversary or also go on a vacation during this time.

2.    Avoiding wedding season

Most people prefer to get married during the fall or spring season and if you decide to plan your wedding during this period as well, then get ready to spend more. But, during the holiday, there will be vast options to choose from helping you to save and reduce cost. All you have to do is to research for a wedding planners, caterers, Deejays, florists, bridal boutiques and bridal shops to make the right choice. You will also be able to skip high price tags if you have a holiday wedding, as most wedding professionals will be available at a cheaper rate.

3.    Loved ones may think that your plans are more important than theirs.

You might set your wedding dates months before the day, and some of your guests might assure you that they don’t have plans for that day, but that doesn't mean you should take that day for your own in advance. The reason is that you are asking your guest to forgone their plans and forgo spending that time with relatives – in favor of you and your beloved. Whatever choice you make, be it a big affair or small one you will be taking someone away from their family or making them make a difficult decision.

4.    Your guest will merry

This is a holiday season, with celebration and decoration all around, your wedding will find everyone in their best mood, making your special day more fun. Having a holiday wedding is one of the reasons why your wedding will be unforgettable.

5 Things to Keep in Mind If You're Planning a Holiday Wedding

December is no doubt one of the most popular month to tight the knot with your soul mate. However, it’s no brainier that having a holiday wedding isn't nearly as common because fall is the most common season many couples decide to walk down the aisle.

What many couples do not understand is that planning a wedding for December and January may be an opportune time, as this period is around school breaks or work schedules. The only downside to holiday weddings is that your guest might not have time to attend the event due to the overlap of other events.

However, we have listed below things to keep in mind if you are committed to hosting your wedding around the holiday season. Read on:

1.    Consider a Smaller Guest List

The first thing you should keep in mind is that, even if you have been your holiday wedding for more than a year, there are chances that some guest will not be coming due to the choosing date as they will have their family celebrations to attend or due to other reasons like the high cost of travel during the holiday period. So, it is advisable that you consider making your wedding a more intimate if you're worried that you'll have a lot fewer guests in attendance.

2.    Family Comes First

Just as we stated earlier on it is advisable that you turn your wedding into a family-friendly affair if you're planning on inviting guests beyond families and your close friends. That will significantly increase the chance of your guests showing up as they won't have to choice than to attend your beautiful day.

3.    Shortlist Your Ideas

When you are having choosing what and what to add or remove from your plans, sit yourself down with your partner and pick your way through it. Set aside a time for this and keep an open mind as you discuss on the ideas – you can easily shortlist of destinations and venues naturally.

4.    Pick A Hue

Once you are done deciding on the bigger plans like your destination, venue, how to get your guest there, now it’s time to work on the more beautiful details. To get a starting point with the design, dress-up, and décor. You can as well follow the season trend – log fire flames ambers, snowy whites and red wines are winter hues for weddings. 

5.    Be Prepared for Higher Prices

Well, people might not tell you this, but because your wedding is booked for the holiday period where other people and vendors are wanting to spend time with their own families, the price of things like photography, catering, and others might be higher than it should be. So, be prepared to pay more for a wedding during the holiday period. This higher prices also applies to flights and hotel rooms. It is advisable that you book your hotel and flight in time before the price skyrocket, especially if you are having your wedding at a winter destination.


How to Have a Patriotic, 4th of July Wedding in Gilbert, AZ

How to Have a Patriotic, 4th of July Wedding in Gilbert, AZ

Happy 4th of July! Happy Independence Day! Here in Gilbert, Arizona, we're big fans of this amazing holiday, so why not incorporate your love of country into your wedding?

But, here's the rub. I'm not talking about camo and shotguns. I'm talking about elegance, sophistication, and patriotic charm. 

Here are some ideas we pulled from Pinterest for your patriotic, Independence Day themed wedding...

Last Minute Easter Wedding Ideas

Last Minute Easter Wedding Ideas

Easter is just around the corner, and if you're getting married in beautiful Arizona on Easter weekend, we've got some last-second ideas and tips to make your Gilbert wedding more memorable than you could possibly imagine!

Valentine's Day Wedding Ideas

Valentine's Day Wedding Ideas

Valentine's Day weddings are cliche to some, a must have for others. Here at Val Vista Lakes, the premier wedding venue in Gilbert, Arizona, Valentine's Day is fully booked far in advance. Arizona a weather in February can't be beat by anywhere else in the country. And with a waterfall backdrop and beachfront property, there is no better place in Arizona to have your Valentine's Day wedding.

Today, let's dive into some Valentine's Day wedding ideas that might spark some inspiration for your romantic big day.

Winter Wedding Lighting

Winter Wedding Lighting

From snowflake projections on the dance floor to fairy lights in centerpieces, winter wedding lighting can come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, shades and colors. Here at Val Vista Lakes in Gilbert, Arizona, winter weddings get a fabulous Christmas Mountain backdrop, with thousands of beautiful, sparkling holiday lights!

Today, let's dive into winter lighting for your wedding...

Winter Wedding Centerpieces

Winter Wedding Centerpieces

If you are planning a cozy and traditional Christmas wedding in Gilbert, table centerpieces can turn out to be your real show stealers. Amazing designs with candles, pine cones, ornaments, and wood slices can add festive vibes to your wedding decor.

These centerpieces look beautiful in any form. Whether you are looking forward to a white Christmas wedding or a colorful affair here at Val Vista Lakes, there are many fascinating ideas that you can incorporate into your decoration. For your help, here are a few centerpiece ideas to get the creativity flowing...

Happy Halloween Wedding

Happy Halloween Wedding

Happy Halloween!! We have been on the topic of Halloween for the past week, and because of the great response, we're going to keep on the topic of Halloween themed weddings all week!!

So, let's dive into Halloween wedding ideas with some of the most random and interesting that we could find on Pinterest.

Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Wedding Theme Ideas

Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Wedding Theme Ideas

Who isn't a fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas? The artistry. The music. It's turned in to a cult culture over the past few years, and one that has been brought into the world of weddings. 

With Halloween just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to take a look at this popular Halloween tale to see how it translates into a wedding theme:

Halloween Wedding Theme: Dia De Los Muertos

Halloween Wedding Theme: Dia De Los Muertos

I love the idea of a Day of the Dead Wedding theme for Halloween, don't you? The beautiful colors! The fantastic artistry! The makeup! If you're interested in Halloween wedding themes that just haven't been done enough, and you want to do something different for your Halloween wedding, you have to go with a Dia De Los Muertos inspired wedding.

I know, I know, you're probably thinking that theming a wedding around the subject of "death" seems like bad luck. But, on the contrary, many believe that this symbolizes togetherness throughout eternity, in life and in death. 

So today, let's dive in to some ideas for your Day of the Dead wedding theme: