You’ve ecstatically answered, “Yes!” and now it’s time to tackle the next big question, “When’s the wedding?” You might already have a season in mind or a specific month – but not necessarily the exact date for your wedding day. And that’s okay! Whether you’re wanting to take advantage of the golden hues in the Autumn months or looking to wed in an exotic destination. Perhaps you’re completely at a loss for a date, don’t panic! There are many elements to consider when narrowing down the dates for your special day. Whilst some couples might opt to have their date decided by venue availability, others might choose to plan their wedding around a date that has a significant meaning. There is no right or wrong answer!
Keep reading below for 4-ideas to consider when choosing your wedding date!
1. Brainstorm Ideas and Don’t Forget About Sentimental Value!
When you think of potential wedding dates, are there any particular dates that stand out to you? Perhaps it’s the anniversary of your first ever date or the date you became an official couple. It might even have more familial significance such as the anniversary of your parent’s or grandparents’ wedding. It may even be a date that has cultural significance to you. I encourage you to sit down as a couple to brainstorm any dates that are standouts for your relationship. What’s more magical than being married on a date that you hold near and dear to your heart, it’s a truly beautiful touch! It’s important to remember, however, that if you’re attached to a particular date then it may potentially limit your options on venues and vendors due to availability. With that being said, there is an abundance of Victorian wedding vendors to reach out to. (And if you need any help or have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me!)
2. Do You Have a Desired Season?
Whilst you might not have the desired date in mind, you may have a season that you’d love to be married within. Whether it’s a bright summer afternoon or potentially a flourishing spring day when everything is in bloom, an easy way to establish a wedding date is to narrow it down to a specific season. Consider what type of wedding you’d like to have too. For example, if you’re looking to have an outdoor wedding with blue skies and warm sunny rays, it might be a good idea to stick to the summer months. If your heart is set on an indoor wedding with open fires and frosted windows, the cooler winter months would be absolutely perfect! Autumn is slowly becoming one of the most popular seasons to wed in due to the glorious colours too! Again, I would definitely recommend sitting down as a couple and seeing if you have a preferred season in mind!
3. On-Season vs. Off-Season
I’ve spoken about this idea in some of my previous blogs and I think exploring wedding dates in the off-season can be incredibly beneficial for both venues and vendor availability, as well as being quite cost-effective in comparison to peak season prices. If you’re not set on a specific date for sentimental reasons, nor are you tied to a particular season, I would definitely recommend looking further into off-season dates. This usually falls between May and August during the winter months in Australia. With less competition from other couples, you’ll have more choices and flexibility when it comes to planning your wedding!
4. Let the Venue Choose for You!
As I previously mentioned, sometimes you might just fall head over heels in love with a particular venue (or celebrant, or photographer, this applies to any wedding vendor, really.) In these circumstances, the venue (or vendor) itself might just decide your wedding date for you! If you’re not fussed about a particular wedding date, I think this can be the best way to ensure you have the venue or vendor of your dreams without the added stress of trying to book on a specific date too.
If you’re still stumped for ideas and don’t feel any closer to establishing the desired wedding date, I would encourage you to start again and this might sound weird, but start backwards! Sit down and discuss what dates you wouldn’t like to get married on. Whether it’s birthdays or public holidays that you would like to avoid, write down a list of unsuitable dates and start from there! Start reaching out to some vendors too and establish some of their availability, before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to deciding on your special wedding date and then you’ll be able to shout it from the rooftops!