wedding planning

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Some couples are happy to wait, while some simply want to be husband and wife as soon as yesterday.  While both are completely understandable, you will have to come to an agreement. 

The Obstacles

Narrowing down wedding date is no easy task. Your perfect wedding venue is unavailable, or the must have photographer is already booked or maybe your best friend has prior commitments that are difficult to break on your chosen day. What do you do? Either find another best friend or change the date.

In the end, you must decide what’s best for you and the majority of your close family and friends. Once you’ve set the date, stick to it. Everyone will have to deal with it. And most of them will do so very well.

Most weddings take around a year to organise and for brides wanting to book the hottest venue in town don't be disheartened if you're told there are no Saturdays in November for 2 years, just remember to keep that impatience in check and enjoy your time as an engaged couple while you wait and plan.

Public Holidays & Weddings Away 

Planning your wedding to fall on a public holiday is often tempting. If you have guests coming from far and wide then having a few extra days may work well for them or if you are planning a wedding away from home that requires people to travel, then a long weekend gives wedding guests some extra time off work.

On the downside, public holidays, in particular Easter and Christmas, can be an expensive time to travel, and these times are usually cherished by families as a time to spend with kids and family...no matter how much they love you they won't be keen to cancel such holidays.

Another downside to holding your wedding on a public holiday is the extra cost for wedding services - it is highly likely that there will be a surcharge on everything - venues and restaurants charge at least an extra 10% to cover holiday loadings and when you are talking about a $10,000 or $15,000 reception that can add up to a gorgeous new pair of wedding shoes of the Jimmy Choo variety.

Here are some days to take into consideration when choosing a date:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Australia Day
  • Chinese New Year
  • Anzac Day
  • Easter Holidays
  • St Patricks Day
  • Labour Day (varies state to state)
  • Canberra Day (yes - and the rest of us are very jealous!)
  • Queens Birthday (varies state to state)
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

Peak versus Off Peak

Traditionally, spring and summer are the most popular months and therefore busiest periods, as the warmer weather and holiday feel lend themselves to an ideal day.

Winter weddings are generally considered easier to secure 'in demand' wedding venues and wedding service providers.

Be flexible. Booking a venue for a Thursday evening is likely to be less expensive than a Friday or Saturday night.

You may be surprised as to how many of your wedding guests will take the afternoon off to celebrate your marriage. What’s more, if you really want your wedding reception at the most popular venue in town, mid-week may be your only option.

Good luck and choose your date wisely and remember you will be celebrating this wedding anniversary for many years to come!

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