1. The Couple
The most important thing to think about and discuss is what will work or not work for you as a couple. You will need to scratch off all the dates that won’t work with you and work around that. Think about your work for example, you might want to refrain from getting married during your busy time at work as it might just add stress. Think about your holidays, if you get forced leave at a specific time of year, you may want to combine that with the wedding as you will be more relaxed and able to go on your honeymoon straight away. Should your religion have restrictions with dates over the year, take note of that too. You could also think of setting the date around your special days as a couple such as your first kiss, your first date, your anniversary, etc. Remember that it is your wedding, so you come first!
2. The Budget
Depending on your budget, you may want to consider an off-peak wedding as the rates of suppliers tend to be a lot cheaper and would save you a lot of money. Weekend weddings are also more popular, so you could consider a week wedding as you will have a better negotiating power with suppliers.
3. The Season
Once again, when it comes to choosing the season you would like to get married in, think about your personal preferences as a couple. If seasons matter to you, which season do you prefer? Do you prefer heat to cold, or rain to sunshine? What kind of food would you like to have served? What colours do you want to incorporate? Do you have specific flowers in mind? Do you want an outdoor ceremony? And, what dress do you have in mind? Think carefully about what you would like, and keep your budget in mind as spring and summer tend to be a little pricier.
4. The Suppliers
The availability of suppliers could also dictate the date you will choose for your wedding. I would highly recommend starting with the venue as that will influence the location, so where you will look for suppliers, and the category of suppliers needed. Another point to keep in mind is that your date and your venue will set the tone for your wedding.
5. The Guests
Focus on your close family and friends’ preferences as they are the ones who will be surrounding you that day, so you’ll want to consider their availability. There might also be a particular time of year that your families finds meaningful or traditions to keep in mind.
You also want to keep in mind the amount of time you will be giving your travelling guests to get organised. Should you set a date for four months from now, it might not be enough time for some to confirm leave at work, book flights, get the money together, etc. It is always nice to give them at least 10 months to get organised, especially if you have a lot of overseas guests.
6. The Time
Very simple, ask yourself how much time you would like to have to plan your wedding and base your date accordingly. You want to enjoy your engagement, so give yourself some time. Too many couples believe that as soon as you are engaged, you need to get married. You don’t need to rush. I would actually encourage taking your time with the wedding planning to enjoy the engagement period. Remember that you only get engaged once and you’ll be married for the rest of your life, so make it count!
7. Special dates
Consider the pros and cons of hosting your wedding on special days such as, long weekends, the festive season, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, ect. Think about whether it will be beneficial for you as a couple and for your budget. Then think of your guests, and whether it will help them in attending your wedding or whether it will come in the way of their personal life.