You're engaged! The next step is choosing the date of your wedding. Sounds easy, right?
Here are 6 questions to ask before picking your wedding date.
How much time do you need to plan your wedding? If you're super quick at making decisions, sending out emails, calling and following up with wedding suppliers, and don't get stressed easily...then you can do it in a month, yes, it can be done! But if you want to give yourself a few extra months - you'll probably get the wedding suppliers you really want; your budget may stretch further by booking well ahead avoiding upcharges for rush orders; and if you're planning DIY projects you'll be able to find cheaper options.
Which guests must be at your wedding? Look at your VIP list. Who do you definitely want there? Talk with them to find out if they can be there.
What dates do you definitely not want? Public holidays will probably have surcharges attached by your venue and suppliers, so unless it's a date you really, really want, cross them off your list. Believe it or not, the AFL grand final is a date that isn't usually booked by couples, so think about your guests and what other events may result in them sending a 'no' RSVP.
Do you have a 'special date'? Do you want to have your wedding on the date you met or were engaged? Is Valentine's Day or New Year's Eve a date you would choose so your anniversary is always easy to remember?
Where are you going for your honeymoon? Once we get back into travelling overseas, you might need to think about your honeymoon destination and what time of the year it's best to go there. Travel has high and low seasons. High seasons are when travel and accommodation costs are at their highest.
Will guests come if you book a weekday wedding? Having a weekday wedding will usually save you money, but not all of your guests may be able to get time-off work. So ask yourself which guests must be at your wedding and then check to see if they can make it to your weekday wedding.