Wedding Date Dilemma
When it comes to setting the date for your wedding, there’s a few angles you can approach it from.
Whether you have your heart set on a wedding venue with limited availabilities, or perhaps you just like the idea of hosting your wedding in particular season, the ideal wedding date will need to be perfect for you as a couple.
Moreover, it’s important to keep your guests in mind when choosing the date to have your special day. Around 15–20 percent of guests RSVP ‘no’ for a variety of reasons, so picking the perfect date for everyone will give you the best chance of gathering your friends and family together.
However you arrive at your chosen wedding date, here’s a few things to consider before you lock it in.
Make a list of dates to avoid – it just might save you a headache down the track. Our advice is to start with birthdays for friends and families, because let’s face it, nobody likes attending someone else’s wedding on their birthday. Consider anniversaries and milestones, both happy and sad, and nominated days on the calendar like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
Once you have a rough idea of the date, consider other events that are taking place around that time and location – we’re talking about major festivals and community events. For example, you don’t want your guests running late because the streets near your venue are blocked off for the Perth Running Festival.
It’s also worth considering the hardcore sports fans on your guest list. While your guests probably wouldn’t pick to attend the AFL Grand Final over your wedding, you don’t want them to be checking the score on their phones throughout the event!
WEDDING DATES & LONG WEEKEND PLANS
Public holidays are a popular choice for wedding dates for good reason; it makes everything easier if you’ve got a long weekend to work with. However, keep in mind that some public holidays are best left for their intended purpose, such as Anzac Day, or notable religious celebrations.
Another thing to remember is that a lot of venues and vendors charge a public holiday surcharge – this could add an extra 30 percent to the price tag – so make sure to enquire at your venue before you’ve got your heart set on the date.