Congratulations on your engagement! Most likely now discussion will turn to preferences of wedding date and venue! Which comes first, picking your wedding date or wedding venue? There are a few factors that might determine your answer.
Deciding whether date or venue is most important to you is crucial as one will most likely affect the other. Seasonal choice for your wedding is a key factor often determining availability of date and venue. Knowing what time of year you both would prefer getting married is helpful and a good start. If venue is most important to you then checking on the establishment’s availability during your preferred wedding season will determine the date of your wedding. You can bet you are not the only one that has fallen in love with getting married in that little chapel in the country next summer. Likewise, if you are particularly connected to a certain date for your nuptials that has sentimental meaning then your venue choice might need to be flexible if every other couple also loves the idea of a July wedding.
Wedding location will always affect your chosen date and venue if choosing to get married in a far away place. If you’ve always dreamed of getting married on a beach with tropical breezes a destination wedding might be for you. They’ve become very popular but research is important. Remember, even tropical climates can have fluctuations in temperature and what can be expected seasonally. If you’re hoping for particular weather it is wise to google when the rainy season begins and pick a date which suits your needs and wishes. Travel agents are wonderful sources for advice which could be invaluable when considering what you will need to know about your prospective destination, venue and the legal requirements of the country from afar. It’s never too early to make sure you and your guests have your passports in order.
Your wedding budget will definitely play a role in your choice of wedding date and venue. If wanting a destination wedding but finances are limited, off-season booking is the best way to get a special group rate at resorts.
If date is secondary and choosing a certain venue is important as you’ve found it to be most cost effective then don’t delay in booking. Some venues are booked up to two years in advance. Being willing to hold your wedding during off peak times may allow you to secure a date sooner.
Traditional places of worship have classically been great choices for your ceremony with reception to follow at another location. Sometimes wedding decor choice for both sites can increase costs. There are quite a few more options nowadays that couples are choosing to explore. Local historical sites, museums, wineries, botanical gardens and even mom and dad’s back yard can make a lovely backdrop for a combined ceremony and reception.
Number of Guests
The number of guests you will be inviting to your wedding will also play a role when prioritizing wedding date and venue. Your venue options will vary depending on the size of your wedding so if you have your heart set on a particular setting remember it may mean some adjustments of invites. Having a rough idea of numbers will certainly assist in your decision making process.
It’s exciting getting engaged. For some, a long engagement is a chosen path. For others, getting married within the year is a priority. While early planning for your wedding can sometimes be overwhelming it is important to have discussions with your fiancée to ensure you are both on the same page regarding certain aspects of your wedding vision. We at Eventastic hope this blog will inspire some discussion and help in your wedding planning process.