Choosing your wedding date

Choosing your wedding date is one of the most important elements of wedding planning

Choose your wedding date wisely

With Caroline Griffiths from Caroline Griffiths Wedding Planner

Choosing the wedding date for your wedding is one of the most important decisions that you’ll have to make during the planning process. Whatever date you chose will impact every other aspect of your day.

1: Taking the weather into account.

Summer weddings are very popular but the weather can never be guaranteed so making alternative plans for your event to be both outside and inside is really important. Every couple hopes the weather on their wedding day will be perfect: 25 degrees heat, and not a cloud in the sky. But what if it isn’t? It’s best to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way, be it rain, sleet, snow or fog. After all, you can’t control the weather no matter how hard you try but you can plan for it!.

Just remember as much as it’s your day consider your guests and their comfort levels. You may not be worried about standing in the cold when you say I do, but for your guests sharing this occasion with you will be baring the cold for a lot longer. The last thing you want is ruined heels, muddy trousers, numb fingers which equals unhappy guests! If you are braving the the colder weather or open locations, add a little extra to the budget for a cup of hot chocolate, or a rug to wrap around their shoulders. Adding these little touches will make a massive difference to the atmosphere of your ceremony.

Talk to your venue. Although they will tell you, “it won’t rain,” “think positive”, you should be prepared for the worst case scenario. Before you book a venue, find out what their Plan B set ups are. Do they have an indoor space available? Do they provide a canopy or some other type of temporary structure? While you were probably drawn to the venue for its primary spaces, you want to understand what you’ll get if the weather doesn’t cooperate. If the backup options are not going to suit you, (or there isn’t one), you may want to consider another venue or figure out if you can bring your own backup.

2: Think before getting married during a major holiday period.

In addition to Christmas, Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, you may also want to reconsider tying the knot on religious holidays, event weekends, major sporting events, Father’s Day and other holidays of this nature.

Although these weddings can be super fun and festive, your wedding date is something you want to celebrate for years to come because of the meaning behind it not because it was also NYE. Plus you should consider your guests. As much as they would want to be there, you also want to make it an event that your guests are excited about and can afford to attend. Hotels, flights and car rentals can all get very expensive.

3: Consider your budget.

Getting married in November or January might help cut your higher venue fee down but you have to be prepared to make sacrifices in other areas. For example, let’s say that daffodils are your absolute favorite flower and you can’t imagine having a bouquet with anything else. Depending on the time of year, it may be hard (if not impossible) for your florist to find them at a price that fits your budget.

The same concept applies for Friday vs. Saturday weddings. Although a venue might be able to give you a slight discount for a Friday reception, be aware that the rest of your wedding vendors might not be able to.

Choosing a winter wedding date gives you a big bargaining chip with your suppliers. Winter tends to be a less busy time of year so you’ll find more availability and suppliers are keen to sell their wares at this time. Look around and use the Internet to see what’s on offer.

4: Chat to your nearest and dearest.

Now, depending on what other aspects of your wedding are important, you might want to keep an open mind to a few dates. What if your dream venue is booked or your favorite photographer is unavailable? Better yet, what about the important people in your family? You will want to make sure they can attend.

Once you are juggling a couple of dates around, letting immediate family know is a good move. Chat to your family and friends and put the feelers out as to if any dates are. Since the date could be far in advance, and you haven’t announced officially with save-the-dates just yet, it’s a good way of being respectful of them in letting them know that we do have a plan.

5: Give yourself plenty of time and don’t rush it!

I have planned full weddings in just a few months and we’ve all seen how weddings can be pulled together within weeks on TV. However, what you might not be aware of is the cost that it takes to ensure that a big celebration can be executed quickly.

When a bride reaches out to me and asks if I can help plan her big day in a short amount of time, I always tell her that anything is possible, but there might be areas that she will have to sacrifice. For example, a custom wedding gown can take over a year to create, depending on what you want. Also, your custom logoed favors, centerpieces or invitations may not end up exactly how you had planned.

The moral of the story is to make sure you give yourself enough time to plan for the things that are truly important to you, whether it’s incorporating lace from your mum’s dress to use in your own gown or getting hand-crafted favors from your favorite travel destination.


Best months?

April and May, followed by September and October – it’s no surprise why as the weather can be absolutely beautiful and there is less rain!

Cheapest month?

November, January, and March – during these months, vendors are normally more available and less expensive.

Read more – Choosing the best month or best season to get married