It’s no secret that planning a wedding can be chaos, but once the planning is over, you can relax and enjoy yourself! There are so many different services that you need to pay for and book well in advance. Let’s not forget the little details you wish to include on your big day, the suppliers, the venue. This is serious, it’s not easy! And for many individuals this is often a first time experience, and unfortunately many of us are very unprepared and find ourselves walking into the unknown world of wedding planning. Knowing how early and when to book your cake, flowers, wedding celebrant, photographer and venue can be a daunting experience. There is nothing worse than finding your perfect photographer or wedding celebrant then discovering that they were booked earlier by another couple.
Booking your wedding services. How early is too early?
It’s recommended that you should begin booking your wedding photographer and wedding celebrant at least 9 to 10 months before your wedding day. You may wish to begin booking popular dates even 10 to 14 months in advance. Nevertheless, the frightening truth is that many couples are very last minute and make their bookings just a month before their big day, which can lead to a world of disappointment.
Most wedding celebrants can be fully booked a year well in advance. This means as soon as you have finally decided upon your wedding venue and date, it’s a good and highly recommended idea to begin choosing the wedding celebrant for your special day. The best wedding celebrants are guaranteed to be booked many months in advance, and also especially during the peak wedding months. The same goes for your wedding photographer too. If you are flexible on time you may be able to secure your chosen celebrant but unfortunately not the case if your photographer is already booked.
How do I know if my wedding date is popular?
Let the truth be told that it’s near impossible to decide as to whether your wedding date is popular. Some couples are attracted to specific numbers or particular months, or perhaps fate just decided that the date was special. Nevertheless, you can typically generate a good guess at how popular your special date will be by listening to other couples.
The seasons play a significant role when it comes to popularity; with winter typically being the least favourable. Spring and Autumn are known to be incredibly popular due to their mild temperatures. If you have your mind set on getting married in within the seasons of Spring or early Autumn, it’s recommended to book as early as you possibly can. The summer months may provide you with more grace, with the winter months appearing to be more than flexible.
A Saturday is known for being an incredibly popular day to get married, with both Fridays and Sundays not far behind. If you have your heart sent on a Saturday wedding, it’s recommended that you book all your essential services 10 to 14 months in advance at the very latest. If you wish to get married throughout the working week, you can generally leave booking a little longer. Nevertheless, don't be surprised if another couple is also getting married on your chosen day, as mentioned above, some dates just look good for other couples too!