Firstly, Congratulations on the engagement! Now the fun (and often stressful) time of planning your wedding begins.
As a couple you need to decide on when you want to get married.
Have you always dreamed of a short thin dress, barefoot on the beach? or a warm full dress surrounded by snow?
Decide on a season, then a month and finally a date
if possible select 2 or 3 dates at the start so you have some flexibility when it comes to your dream venue, photographer etc.
Remember most wedding vendors take bookings a year in advance so if you can plan that far ahead, or further, you’ve got more chance of getting that certain Venue, DJ, Photographer.
So now you’ve picked a few dates that you love over a year in advance. You need to think about those dates:
State/National Holiday Weekends
A quick google search will let you know all these dates for your chosen year.
Having a wedding on a long weekend can have positive and negatives so you need to decide if the long weekend is important enough to not have your wedding or not.
Positives – You can get an extra day to celebrate (or recover), you could possibly have your wedding on the Sunday which is usually cheaper than Saturdays.
Negatives – Accommodation may be more costly or need to be booked very early, florals may cost more (esp Roses if you want Valentines day).
Don’t forget to include weekday into this – things like ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day
Major Sporting Events
Again a quick google search will assist or give those sport hungry family members a call.
The last thing you want during your wedding reception is a grooms man who is a major car racing fan ducking out or sitting at the table watching the Bathurst 1000 on his phone because he can’t miss the race!
Missing a mid season footy game is easier than missing the grand finals
Check your calendar, are any of the dates already your close family/friends anniversaries? Are they the date your local community celebrates anything, meaning many family/friends will need to give up a major event to attend?
If you’re superstitious, you might want to watch out for these historically inauspicious dates.
The Ides of March