Booking a wedding on a weekend falling near a U.S. federal holiday, like Independence Day or Labor Day, poses a simple way to ease up on your guests' vacation time. An extra day off might lessen the burden of long-distance travel, allow your guests to explore your fair city or give you more time to spend with long-lost friends or relatives.
However, these weekends often come with familial obligations or long-standing traditions, or your guests may just balk at spending a holiday weekend away from home. Toe the line between convenience and irritation by planning far ahead and giving your guests the chance to decline -- or to book flights and hotels in order to beat the holiday rush. Send your save-the-date cards as soon as you mark your own calendar.