Between Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's, the holiday season is one of the most popular times to get engaged. If you find yourself sporting a new ring on your finger over the next couple of weeks, you'll hear a lot of congratulations and likely the same question over and over and over: "Have you set a date yet?"
Let me tell you, first of all, congratulations! And second of all, enjoy the excitement of being engaged for a few days before you start taking on the tasks of planning a wedding. You have months of wedding planning ahead. Take a few days to relax and soak up all the love and support of your family and friends.
Then, when you're ready to look at dates, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Based on my conversations with other wedding vendors and my own observations, September and October are becoming the most popular months for weddings in the DC area. My fall weekends are filling up six months before my spring and summer weekends.
September and October have grown in popularity because the temperature is generally mild, the skies are typically clear, and the fall color provides a beautiful backdrop at many wedding venues. This means there's a lot of competition to book exclusive vendors like venues and photographers for these months, so it's best to get started early.
If your preferred vendor is not available in October or September, try looking at April through early June. This is another window when temperatures usually stay under 85 degrees.
If you want some more helpful tips, I love this 2009 article from the Capital Weather Gang in the Washington Post.