When it comes to planning your wedding, dedicating at least a year to the process can be beneficial for most couples. This will give you enough time to check off everything on your list, from finding and ordering a wedding dress (which can take 9 to 11 months) to booking the venue for your wedding (some venues are booked up to a year in advance). Start by brainstorming dates that are special or symbolic for you. Once you have some dates in mind, you can begin looking for wedding venues.
One of the first questions you should ask a potential venue is about their availability (for example, you could say “We hope to get married in May 2025”). If a place is fully booked during your chosen season or on viable dates, you may need to look elsewhere. However, if you fall in love with a particular place, you may want to take another look at the calendar to see if there are dates that work for both parties. Flexibility can be key when it comes to choosing a wedding date, so don't discount weekdays or off-season dates.
If you have any Irish heritage, consider getting married on December 31st - New Year's Eve - as this date is considered lucky for the Irish. What better way to start a new year than with a new spouse by your side? You should also consider getting married at a time when most of your wedding essentials are in season, such as food and flowers. Popular times when other people get married include spring and fall seasons, as well as Saturday nights. While these times may come at a higher price, there are always seasons, months and days that are just as wonderful to get married that may not cost as much.
Take the time to consider all of your options and stick to your budget.