Avoid planning headaches and find out what you need to know about picking a date for your destination wedding on Cape Cod.
Picking a wedding date can be super easy when it comes to dates you prefer.
But when planning a Cape Cod destination wedding, picking a date can be a little more complicated due to local events and even vacation patterns.
We thought it’d be best to hear it from an expert. So we asked Jessica Hennessey of Jessica Hennessey Weddings (Emmy award-winning wedding planner for Cape Cod, Boston, and across New England) for her take on picking the perfect date for your Cape Cod wedding.
Jessica recommended four things to consider when picking a date for your Cape Cod destination wedding.
“Hot dates” are different from year to year, but I’d say the months that book up fastest on-Cape are June and September. July and August tend to be much hotter, and summer rentals and lodging are harder to get. I also work a lot of estate weddings, and they do not rent out during that time.
Personally, I love end of May and June weddings. Celebrate at the beginning of the summer and relieve yourself of any planning duties, then celebrate your new marriage the rest of it!
Definitely the Pan Mass Challenge in August and any holiday weekends. Pan Mass really puts a big roadblock in place (no pun intended) for transportation on, off, and around the Cape — which means your vendors may request extra nights stay, and if you are providing transportation for your guests, it will likely not run on time.
Holiday weekends are challenging due to the surge in lodging costs and traffic as well. And most vendors will charge a “premium weekend fee” for those.
I’d avoid anything outside of May-September. October can be very cold at night—so unless you have ample heaters, it can be super uncomfortable for your guests.
If most of your guests are traveling, there will likely be at least a 2-night minimum on accommodations. Sometimes up to a week minimum during peak season!
Not only will you save on off-peak days, but most guests will welcome the chance to take an extra day or two and a little vacation if they are going to be traveling anyhow. And it gives you the weekend to relax and celebrate with them instead of cramming it all in!
I think the biggest thing to think about is if they would like to plan a 2021 wedding, they should start much earlier than “usual” — I usually say 8-months is plenty, but a year or more will be a larger guarantee they get the venue and vendors they’re hoping for.
To learn more about Jessica Hennessey and her planning services for your own Cape Cod destination wedding that’s coming up, check out her website or follow her on Insta!
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