You’ve answered the most important question with an ecstatic “Yes!” and now it’s time to figure out your reply to the most popular one: “When is the wedding?” Choosing your wedding date is the first big planning decision you’ll make, and there’s more to consider than it first seems. From meaningful moments in your relationship to honeymoon plans, here’s a quick guide to all the different ways you can settle on a date for your big day!
So you’re ready to get stuck into wedding planning? First you need to figure out exactly what you want for your big day! Our Wedding Vision Builder is a quick, easy and fun way to set your wedding priorities, discover your dream venue, reveal your wedding style and organise your ideas. This interactive step-by-step guide is filled with conversation starters for you and your partner to complete together. Once you’re finished filling it out, you’ll have a clear picture of the wedding you want and be ready to share this vision with your family, friends and suppliers.
1. Sentimental value
Options include your grandparents’ or parents’ wedding date, the date you first met, when you started going out or the date of your proposal.
2. Milestone marker
A date that would mark your 5th, 10th, 15th, etc. year together.
A number sequence that is easy for you to remember, e.g. 5/5 or 11/12.
4. Bon voyage
The best time of year to travel to your honeymoon destination.
5. Ideal weather
If you’re planning on an outdoor wedding, when will it be most pleasant for a garden ceremony or open air reception?
6. Family availability
What timing works best for the people most important to you? Do they have holidays, pregnancies or health limitations to consider?
7. Favourite flower
When is your favourite flower in season? Choosing your wedding date to suit will increase the chances that this beautiful bloom can be included in your arrangements.
8. Supplier availability
Found a dream venue or vendor? Keep your date flexible to guarantee a booking!
9. Work commitments
When will you have the right amount of leave available, or be able to take time off work?
10. Piggy bank
When will you have enough savings for what you would like to do?
11. Done deal
You can snap up special rates at certain times of year.
12. Lucky number
Do either of you have a number of special significance you would like to include? Adding, subtracting or dividing your lucky numbers to create your wedding date is also an option!
13. Public holiday
Many guests will already have the time off, or love the idea of a recovery day on a long weekend.
14. Breathing room
Do you want to spread out events like birthday, anniversary and seasonal celebrations?
15. Favourite time of year
Do you love the idea of roaring fires and cosy corners, or is spring more your style? If you feel a connection to a particular time of year, why not make it extra special with the addition of your wedding!
Sometimes practical considerations will win over a romantic idea, and that’s perfectly okay – the date you choose will become special and significant once you are married!
Got your date locked in? It’s time to check out our Essential Wedding Invitation Tips!