February 05, 2020

How to Choose Your Wedding Date

How to Choose Your Wedding Date
Oxi Photography

The first and most important step in planning your wedding is finding your venue and securing your date, but how do you choose the date you get married?

If you want to get married sooner rather than later and have chosen a popular wedding venue you may find dates are limited, which does always make the decision a little easier!

Is your heart set on getting married here at Elmore Court? We have 4 dates remaining for 2024!

- Thursday 3rd May

- Friday 26th July

- Saturday 27th July

- Tues 31st December (NYE!)

- Get in touch with the wedding team to snap one of these up before they fly!

However, if you don't mind waiting two years or more for your wedding day, or you have your sights on a significant or numerologically fitting date then there is more to consider...

Choosing an auspicious or lucky date for your marriage is of the highest importance when planning a Chinese wedding (happy belated Chinese New Year!), but here in the west we tend to think about many other things before the numbers…

It’s all about priorities.

Bridesmaids in pyjamas walking towards Stately home Elmore Court in the hazy spring sunshine
Oxi Photography
Talk to us about early Spring wedding dates in 2023

Short Notice Wedding

If time is the most important factor to you and you want to get down that aisle as soon as possible, then you will probably only have a handful of dates to choose from which helps whittle it down.

You might also want to go down this route if budget is the biggest determining factor, as venues are often able to give great deals on late availability wedding dates.

Psst! While we’re on the subject we have just 4 dates left next year...

Get in touch with Team E to snap one up.

But if you are happy to wait a little longer it can make it harder to decide when your magic number might be…

Significant dates

Many Elmore couples have chosen a special date for their wedding such as the date of their engagement, when they first met, their first date, or the date of one of their parents weddings or their birthdays.

Your wedding season

If you don’t have a special date in mind consider which season you want to hold your wedding…

For instance, if you’re set on an outdoor wedding (Great news for you: UK wedding law has recently changed which means you can now get married outdoors in any licensed venue) then late Spring and summer is the obvious choice, if you’re sold on the magic of a winter wonderland wedding then the end of the year is the time for you.

Stunning floral wedding aisle with tall wildflower arrangements and trees flanking the wedding aisle in the ceremony hall at Elmore Court in Gloucestershire
Rob Tarren
Amber Persia flower aisle
Pretty pink and greenery wedding reception with round tables and foliage pampas grass floral arrangements, neon sign back lighting the cake table
Eve Dunlop

Seasonal flowers & Decor

If you don’t feel you have a strong preference as to which season you want to wed, have a think about the kind of flowers and decor you envision decorating your wedding day.

If you have a favourite flower which you just have to have, you might want to consider when it blooms to avoid having to order flowers out of season from overseas.

Here are some of the most popular flower choices and rough timings for seasonal blooms in the UK:

Peonies: April - June.

Sweet Pea: June - July.

Roses: Most of summer and through to autumn.

Hydrangea: August - October.


We get a lot of requests to marry here at Elmore when our beautiful wisteria covers the house in a fragrant purple haze!

Our wisteria is usually in full bloom between April - May each year. As well as the beautiful purple variety which decorates the house (it's now around 300 years old!) we also have white wisteria growing on top of some of the outbuildings.

Both make the most beautiful spots for photos...

Our magnolia tree in the walled garden is another very popular photo opportunity, with pink petals falling in breezes like natural confetti it makes a romantic spot for an outdoor wedding.

Our magnolia tree usually blooms in February.


Wedding guests with balloons on the lawn at Elmore Court
Oxi Photography
A wedding isn't a party without guests!

Wedding guests availability

Your wedding guests availability is a big consideration. If most of your friends and family have children then perhaps a wedding in a school holiday would be best, or maybe that rules out August because so many of your guests will be away on holiday?

Bridal party in pink and white robes and pyjamas laugh as the bride drinks prosecco out of the bottle
Oxi Photography

Wedding date numerology

Choosing a date around lucky numbers or using numerology to work out a date around your life path numbers is another option. The Eastern way of choosing wedding dates is a lengthy process with many factors to consider, no one would consider getting married on an inauspicious day…

Our last dates until 2025!

We have just two dates left to marry in 2024...





Let's work out the numerology of these wedding dates!

Bride stands on the entrance portico of Elmore Court with her long white gown trailing down the steps. Candles and flowers decorate either side of her
Tom Durn

So how do you work out your wedding day numerology?

The simple way to calculate your wedding date numerology is to first find both your life path numbers, these are your birth dates added up until you have a single digit number. For example:

Your date of birth: 5th February 1990 5/2/1990
5 + 2 + 1 + 9 + 9 + 0 = 26
2+ 6 = Life path number 8

Your partner’s date of birth: 22nd October 1991
2 + 2 + 1 + 0 + 1 + 9 + 9 + 1 = 25
2 + 5 = Life path number 7

Now add your numbers together in the same way until you have your single digit ‘marriage number’

8 + 7 = 15

1 + 5 = 6

You can now go about choosing your wedding date by choosing a complimentary number to either your marriage number or both of your life path numbers.

To find out if a date is a complimentary match to your marriage and/ or life path numbers add up date as above until you have a single digit and refer to the handy lists below:

Life path compatibility numbers

Number 1 Life path number compatibility:
Perfect match. Dates that add up to: 1,5,7
Compatible Match: 2,3,9
Incompatible: 4,6,8 
Number 2 Life path number compatibility:
Perfect match. Dates that add up to 2,4,8
Compatible Match: 1,3,6,9
Incompatible: 5,7
Number 3 Life path number compatibility:
Perfect match. Dates that add up to: 3,6,9
Compatible Match: 1,2,5
Incompatible: 4,7,8
Number 4 Life path number compatibility:
Perfect match. Dates that add up to: 2,4,8
Compatible Match: 6,7
Incompatible: 1,3,5,9
Number 5 Life path number compatibility:
Perfect match. Dates that add up to: 1,5,7
Compatible Match: 3,8,9
Incompatible: 2,4,6

Number 6 Life path number compatibility:
Perfect match. Dates that add up to: 3,6,9
Compatible Match: 2,4,8
Incompatible: 1,5,7
Number 7 Life path number compatibility:
Perfect match. Dates that add up to: 1,5,7
Compatible Match: 4
Incompatible: 2,3,6,8,9
Number 8 Life path number compatibility:
Perfect match. Dates that add up to: 2,4,8
Compatible Match: 5,6
Incompatible: 1,3,7,9
Number 9 Life path number compatibility:
Perfect match. Dates that add up to: 3,6,9
Compatible Match: 1,2,5
Incompatible: 4,7,8

Wedding date numerology meanings

Here's a simplistic breakdown of the 'personality' of each date...

Number 1 wedding date = New beginnings, Independence, Action.
Number 2 = Harmony, Balance, Peace.
Number 3 = Laughter, Socialising, Achievement.
Number 4 = Planning, Commitment, Practicality.
Number 5 = Exploration, Celebration, Adventure.
Number 6 = Family, Love, Heart.
Number 7 = Spirituality, Creativity, Ideas.
Number 8 = Infinity, Financial success, Results.
Number 9 = Success, Growth, Announcements.

Numerology of our available dates

If you'd like to come and have a look at our wedding venue for potential 2024, 2025 or 2026 wedding dates, pop our next wedding fair in your diary. We'd love to see you!

And let us know if you used numerology to pick your wedding date! We'll be discussing in more detail over on Facebook.

Lots of Love,
Team E x


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