Things to take into consideration when setting the date.
The weather at the time of year, school holidays, public holidays, footy grand finals, and even festivals and events that might be scheduled in the location you choose. All these factors can affect the cost and availability of accommodation especially if you are having a destination wedding where guests are expected to travel.
Popular venues book out a year in advance…. same goes with popular vendors. Therefore, it’s important to schedule some appointments and take a day off to go and visit each venue on your short list if possible. Get a feel for the place and especially the venue manager. Sometimes a venue can present totally different to their website photos!
One very important question to ask is regarding noise restrictions and what time your guests will be required to leave the venue. Some venues must abide by strict curfews…so get answers to these question in writing.
How About DIY Venues? Sometimes cheaper, but so much work!
If you take into account the time you spend sourcing everything from wine glasses, lighting, dance floor, marquee to the porta loos,- the cost is usually on par with booking an all-inclusive venue. Only difference is, you don’t have to clean it the next day.
There is no easy way to do this but one thing for certain is that you will need to work together on this.
Start with writing down everyone that you would like to have and then get the red marker out. Do you really want partners, kids, work friends who will cost $200 per head?
I can count 10 people that I haven’t seen since my wedding two years ago! So if you need to, be brutal.