Ask Emilie: Christmas Wedding Period

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Today’s question is from Nathalie R who asks:

“Hi Emilie, My fiancee and I are planning our wedding for December 2017. We have been struggling to choose a date due to work commitments and the fact that a number of our friends are coming in from overseas. Then it occurred to us that we could hold the wedding between Christmas and New Years (Thursday 28, Friday 29 or Saturday 30), and some of our overseas friends have already said this will be easier for them as they won’t have to miss any work and can still spend Xmas at home with their families.

I found this website and wanted to ask your advice about whether this is a reasonable time of year to hold a wedding? We are anxious that it will be difficult to find catering, a florist, events hire etc on those dates, and have no idea about how it will affect the price. Would really appreciate any advice or experience you have in this area. Thank you and all the best, Nat and James”

Hi Nathalie,

Every couple will go through the process of choosing a wedding date. That being said, the Christmas wedding period has some interesting advantage and disadvantages. While I covered this roughly in a previous blog about Christmas Weddings, you question has some specifics which I would like to expand upon.

Christmas Wedding Period: Holiday For Everyone

Christmas Wedding Period: Beach WeddingYou are correct that it is the holiday period where the majority of your guests will have time off work. That said, as the name “holiday” suggests some of your guests may have planned to go away on a holiday of their own. For your guests coming from overseas this would be a holiday with a wedding as well.

With regards to your guests that are living in Australia, this may be a time when they want to travel on their holiday. While many may not travel, there will be a decent percentage who will be going on a holiday out of the city. They will most likely visit family and friends during this period up the coast, interstate and so on. It can put them in that interesting position of ” go to my friends wedding? or stick with my plans?“.

Our suggestion is to ensure you give your guests plenty of notice (like 12 months) with your save the dates. This will not catch your guests off guard and will allow sufficient notice for them to plan themselves. Another suggestion is to have the wedding in the first week of January. Many people from overseas and Australia will still be on holiday. The only difference is that all the Christmas and New Years festivities are over. Most of your Australian guests may be heading back home and your international guests are still free to come over.

Finding Suppliers

The good news for you is that suppliers during the Christmas wedding period will be available as it is not peak wedding season. The peak season is around August to November. While some suppliers will close up during the holiday period, many do not. This includes everything you suggested such as catering, a florist, events hire. Venue spaces will have occupancy and it may be a lot easier to find a place for the ceremony and reception. Finding suppliers will be easy to do if you allow yourself time to book in advance.

With regards to savings, it is possible to get a good deal. This is due to most venues having finished with their corporate Christmas parties. Do not do what some of our previous clients have done, which is wait for deals close to the wedding date during this period. My suggestion is to start looking for suppliers and deals now. This way you will find out in advance who will be available on your day and who will not and see what they have on offer.

It Can Get A Little Hot

As you would be aware it will be in the middle of summer. If you can appreciate that it can be very hot and humid here in Australia during this period. The reason why the peak season is August to November is that the temperature is a little more comfortable. Just keep this in mind when planning locations and also what type of dress you are wearing.

Well Nathalie, I hope this answered your questions regarding this time of the year to make a more informed decision. The only piece of advice I will suggest again is to give your guests plenty of notice and book suppliers early. The alternative is to have it in the first week of January. If you are definitely going to have it during the Christmas wedding period then go for it!

Best Of Luck,

Emilie

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About Emilie Hunt

Emilie completed her studies in Events at Tafe alongside her wedding planner certification back in 2013. With a passion for events and being in the unusual situation where she was at one point the living embodiment of the movie 27 Dresses. After being a bridesmaid countless times, Emilie found she had flair and a passion for weddings, shortly after she started working at Pink Caviar Events.